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Lunch, Dinner
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American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family was staying in Boothbay for the week and enjoyed two meals at Karen's Hideaway. Crabmeat roll, Lobster roll, scallop and shrimp combo, and Clam strip roll. French fries, onion rings and their Cole slaw were prepared perfectly. Definitely will go back next summer.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I liked the fact the clams were fresh. They were breaded & cooked as I waited. Good flavor but we did have to crisp up a little bit more.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 10, 2021

I see people were complaining about Karen's lobster roll price.They don't understand that the lobster price is SKY HIGH this year with the fishermen getting close to 10 dollars a pound at the dock and the average lobster is more than a pound to be...legal in most cases.Karen gives you more lobster in your roll than anyone in the region and the price she gets is a very good deal. If you want lobster this year you have to pay more JUST LIKE SHE HAS TO !More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 12, 2021 via mobile

Decent food, average for burgers and dogs. A bit expensive, but it's Boothbay so not surprised. No wait to order and short wait for our food. Decent portion sizes too. Friendly service.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 7, 2021

I’m in Nantucket now and lobster rolls that are just as good and just as large are $29 at the Tavern restaurant on the wharf. Karen’s is way over the top in pricing considering her location and facility and you can get lobster rolls as...good and much less expensive elsewhere along the road. The second day I got a haddock sandwich at Karen’s which was excellent and $20 less. And while eating on the picnic bench a mouse ran out of the adjacent building, circled a customers legs and ran back under the adjacent building. That said, I bought some lobsters from her husband next door at $9.99 per pound (going rate) and cooked at home. They were excellent.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

From the friendly service to the simple, but ridiculously good food, Karen’s is a must try in the Boothbay area. This tiny, unassuming food shack serves up big value with a smile. We found this place here on TripAdvisor, and were intrigued by the promise...of big flavor at low prices. Man were the reviews right! My wife loved her “big, sexy crab roll”, while I struggled to finish the most enormous, and perfectly cooked, fish sandwich. When I asked Karen what made the crab roll big and sexy, she explained that it was not only larger than the standard crab roll, but it also contained bacon. Sounded like a solid explanation to us! It arrived in a beautifully golden brown, griddled, oversized New England style hot dog roll, with a bag of potato chips. My fish sandwich had to be at least 12 ounces of lightly coated, flaky, perfectly fried haddock with lettuce, tomato and a side of tartar sauce, on a griddled bun. This behemoth was twice as large as the bun itself, and again was served with an accompanying bag of chips. Simple, but perfectly executed. At a mere $8 this sandwich is a steal! Our whole tab came to a paltry $26! This much fresh seafood would easily run you double that in Portland. Admittedly, a roadside food stand lacks the ambiance of some of the nearby seafood restaurants, but if you want fresh, no frills seafood cooked right without pretense, Karen’s is a wonderful spot. This woman is a one person dynamo cranking out great eats with a smile. The menu doesn’t end at seafood, although I’d steer you in that direction simply because it’s done so well. There are French fries, onion rings, burgers, and a ton of other options available, so everyone will find something good to eat here. Additionally, the adjacent lobster pound offers freshly steamed or live lobsters to go. Classic Maine, classic Summer. Thanks Karen!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2020

After finding Shannon’s Unshelled closed for whatever reason we had to make an adjustment. The wife and I were on a mission to try a few lobster rolls. Karen’s did not disappoint. I told her I was there to try her world famous lobster roll....Her response was I’ve won a few contests and they’re getting pretty popular. She told me she just got done picking the meat. The rolls were piled high with fresh awesome lobster! Wow what a treat! Enjoyed every bite! Thanks Karen! Of the four places we visited on our trip I only found one better. Rated this place #2 of the four. See the rest of my reviews for number 1....More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

My mom and I stopped in. I ordered a crab roll and a lobster roll for my mom and I to split, Karen offered to divide the sandwiches for us. It was perfect. Of the five lobster rolls we had on this trip, it was...our favorite. We want to go back for the deep fried lobster. We had a sample and it was amazing. Appreciated Karen's hospitality.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 9, 2020

We had the fish sandwich and it was phenomenal! Huge and not over cooked with a light breading. Melt in your mouth. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

OH......MY.....GOD!!!!! My husband got the lobster roll meal and he ate that roll with his eyes shut and enjoyed EACH......AND.....EVERY.....BITE!!! I am super picky and I got the steak bomb meal. It was fantastic and I didn't even have to add salt to give it...flavor like I usually do. Ok.....now the potato salad. I just started liking potato salad and the chef said she makes hers REAL GOOD. Now usually I have to pick through the gross chunky stuff like celery and would eat just the potatoes. Well this potato salad is soooooo good I actually got to scoop up a fork full without and eat it without having to pain stakingly pick out the stuff I don't like. WHAT A FANTASTIC PLACE TO EAT!!! Update: 15 minutes later he went back for the crab roll. He says it is all the best he has EVER had!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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It opens at 11am.
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we are open 7 days a week Monday-wend 11am to 6pm Thursday-Saturday 11 am -7pm and sunday 11 am-5pm
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karen's Hideaway

Yes, Karen's Hideaway offers takeaway services.

Karen's Hideaway is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4