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Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant

3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572-6026
+1 207-832-4880
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good16%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“fried clams” (16 reviews)
“seafood” (17 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
$$ - $$$
3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572-6026
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We intended to go to Moody's but I think it was more the hype than anything. Far too many cars in Moody's lot so we continued on the highway and discovered Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant. Very good food and service at reasonable prices. No "Moody's...More

Thank Gary997
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 6 June 2017

One of the highlights of our most recent trip to Maine. Enjoyed the best fried clams we've ever had, delicious lobster rolls, blueberry cobbler to die for, all served by the friendliest restaurant owner we've ever had the pleasure to meet. There are lots of...More

Thank cadreaminCt
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thanks so much for the great review. We really appreciate it. Thanks Becky

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to this restaurant, and although a little pricey, the food was worth the wait. I understand that seasonal hostelries have to make their profits where they can, so I don't begrudge paying a little extra. The restaurant itself is showing...More

Thank TravelingGirl973
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank for coming to Maine! Thanks for the nice review. Becky

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do.not.pass.this.up!!!!! After reviewing options on here we decided to give Captains a try. Not only were we greeted by one of the most genuinely sweet ladies (co-owner Becky. Her husband is the chef), but we were treated to absolutely the best... best all made from...More

Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the great review! Thanks for coming to Maine Becky☺

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Keep driving up Rt 1 to Bulwinkle's. Much better food and reasonable prices. Or go further south into Damariscotta.

Thank lakeladydrj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Always have a lobster roll during our trips to Maine and this one did not disappoint. Loaded with lobster on a large toasted and crispy bun. One of the best lobster rolls in the area! The coleslaw was delicious too. But wait, they also serve...More

Thank Roxilab
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for take the time to write a nice review. thanks for coming to Maine.😊🚗

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best fried Haddock sandwich ever. This is what one would expect in coastal Maine. It is located right on RTE 1 Just North of Waldoboro. I'll bet more locals go there instead of the bigger place just a little south. It doesn't have that touristy...More

Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review. Thanks for coming to Maine 😊 Becky

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews for this place on TripAdvisor, the wife and I decided to go here for dinner. As soon as we walked in the door, we were warmly greeted by the owner and were seated promptly at a table of our choosing. The...More

Thank Thomas S
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank for stopping and thanks for coming to Maine😊 Becky

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I were driving on Route 1 on our 2nd day on vacation in Maine, looking for a place to try lobster rolls. We found this place and couldn't have had a better experience! Our waitress was super sweet and very helpful...and the...More

Thank Jaxnruby
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write search a nice review Becky

Reviewed 13 June 2017

Lovely lady named Becky. Potato salad was great . Fried haddock sandwich with lettuce and tomato was fantastic but best of all were the fried clams. They weren't greasy. Never realized that clams could be that sweet. .Reminded me of fried oysters. We will definitely...More

Thank marie b
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Thanks for the sweet review! Becky

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22 April 2015|
Response from umyumyum | Reviewed this property |
Yes, several sides and nice salad. And ice cream and desserts. Last year I think they had quesadillas with cheese & or veg.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$4 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
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11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572-6026
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Waldoboro
  • Phone Number: +1 207-832-4880
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Experience where the locals eat! Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant was founded in 1987 with the goal in mind to serve fresh food good enough to be called "Wicked Good." Customers are welcome to come in and be seated in our comfortable dining room or our new screened-in deck. We also have a speedy take-out window if you would like to take your meal to go, or would like to sit outside on one of our picnic tables. Our takeout window also has a stocked ice cream/dairy bar where you can be sure to find something sweet. We offer a wide selection of food. From juicy burgers and fries to fresh steamed lobsters and clams. We also have a wide selection of specialty salads and scrumptious fried starters. But our lobster rolls are our area of expertise! If you are in the mood for some fresh seafood consider this the place to eat! You can have clams, scallops, haddock, or shrimp. We pride ourselves in hand breading all our seafood and serving it crispy hot to our customers. If you still have the room after eating our generous portions of food you may want to consider polishing off the meal with a homemade dessert. Choose from the homemade blueberry crumb cake, gingerbread, strawberry shortcake, or fruit pies. Captain's Fresh Idea is a family restaurant so kids are welcome to come and eat from our children's menu. So come on in, stop by, and say hi! We're easy to find on Route 1, Waldoboro ME. Look for the Red Roof!
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