The best reasons to visit the coast of Maine are the spectacular Atlantic coastal views and lobster. The Trap on Perkins Cove offers both. It’s not fancy or complicated, just fresh right off the boat. It doesn’t get any better. The Trap opened in 2017. The restaurant is new and the interior modern and renovated. The quaint, old-fashioned building retains the historic charm of this popular historic town. The Trap is owned and operated by a long-time lobster fishing family.
Location: 117 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, Maine
Menu: The same menu is offered at lunch and dinner. The featured menu item is the Lobster Roll. One-quarter pound of fresh lobster can be ordered cold with mayonnaise or hot with butter. It is served with pasta salad and homemade pickles. The homemade chowder is filled with haddock and clams. Fresh oysters and steamed mussels are also menu staples.
A cheeseburger and grilled pesto chicken sandwich are offered for those who don’t do seafood.
Thoughts: There is back patio seating overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Front porch seating lets you take in the hustle and bustle of the Perkins Cove tourist crowd. The restaurant is small, so if you want to eat in, consider dining in between the traditional lunch and dinner hours. Perhaps a late lunch? Another option is to order takeout, then walk along the path of the Marginal Way, finding a bench or a rock to perch on while you chow down.
Beer is affectionately known as “Nectar from the Gods” by the lobster fishermen, and you can get one at The Trap to wash down your sandwich.
The Trap is open seasonally, which is roughly May-October in Ogunquit.
Price Range: Starters begin at $7 for the homemade chowder and progress to $33 for a dozen fresh oysters. Sandwiches range from $10-$19, with the lobster roll at $18.
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