“Where do we go for a casual lobster dinner “in the rough” in Rockland?”
The answer is Claws! Nestled in the Lobster Capital of the World – Rockland Maine – and perched on the northwestern edge of the harbor, Claws offers only the freshest seafood available sourced from local fishermen. With lobsters & crabs from Penobscot Bay, scallops from Vinyl Haven and clams from the Saint George, your taste buds will hum with glee from the sweet briny flavors.
We are proud to be Rockland’s only casual lobster eatery, with an expansive deck overlooking Rockland Harbor. During inclement weather, you can dine under our “lobster tail” – Our patio is now fully enclosed and heated! On warm days, we simply roll up the windows so you can enjoy the fresh salt air while you dine.
Why is our seafood so amazing? One reason is that “there is just something in the water up here”. Time and time again we hear our customers say “We have never had sweeter lobster anywhere” and “These clams are so sweet they are like candy”, and “This crabmeat is so amazing – it should be illegal!”
Our lobsters come to us directly off the boats each day. You cannot get a lobster any fresher even if you hauled them in yourself!
The other reason our seafood is unbeatable is that here at Claws, we pride ourselves in serving food that our Mom and our Nana, natives who have relied on our family’s cookbooks passed down through the generations, would be proud of. Like lobster rolls with nothing but a touch of Hellmann’s and a perfectly toasted New England-style hot dog bun (the way it has been done in Rockland for the millennia). Like freshly-picked crabmeat rolls filled so full, they literally roll and the sweet meat will send you over right over the edge. Steamers, oh… the steamers…so sweet and tender, they will melt in your mouth. Now you’re drooling, right?
Our Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese is prepared like nothing you have had anywhere else and has been decreed by many as the best they have ever tasted. Each dish is sautéed to order, not “hot held” in a pan for hours and we only use fresh lobster meat – never frozen. The same goes for our savory crab cakes – so tasty and full of freshly picked crab meat! You definitely will want to take some home with you (and you can!).
Our fried seafood is hand-breaded with our delicious secret coating. Our homemade seafood chowder is full of seafood – not potatoes. Even our sauces are made here with our own recipes. From our Maine blueberry vinaigrette to our zesty tartar sauce with capers and fresh dill, you will be delighted. Our cocktail sauce is made with fresh horseradish, lemon and Old Bay and our maple mustard sauce is made with real Maine maple syrup.
Not looking for seafood? The rest of our menu is just as fresh and delicious! Burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs – We even have chicken tenders and Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese.
If you order a “Boat”, you’ll also get a heaping side of our fresh-cut french fries and our freshly-made coleslaw. “What is in that coleslaw? It is so good!” See if you can figure it out…..
Don’t forget to save room for one of our home made desserts – from Nana’s whoopie pies to seasonal crisp (strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry or apple) topped with locally made ice cream – you’ll definitely want to try at least one. Maybe two.
When you dine at Claws, you are “dining in the rough. No one wants to attempt to eat a lobster wearing a suit with fine china!
While you enjoy dining on our expansive deck, you’ll soak up the views not only of beautiful Rockland Harbor, but you’ll also experience a unique view of the sea side of Main Street and the Apprentice Shop’s sailing school next door. Drop by for a late lunch and you’ll see the island ferries make their way in and out of the harbor.
This is serious business, so roll up your sleeves, grab a picnic table and prepare for a true Maine experience that you will savor again and again.