Red's Eats

Seafood, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream
$ $ $
16 Water St. (at Main St.)
Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-6128
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 12:00am
11:00am - 12:00am

Any discussion about the best—or at least, most famous—lobster roll in Maine would be incomplete without mention of Red’s Eats in Wiscasset. And there’s a line of customers to prove it. A long one. As a Times article documented, the wait begins in your car on the one-lane lead-up to Red’s and the bridge.

It hasn’t endeared tourists to locals. Indeed, someone shouted out their window “Red’s Eats sucks” during the hour-long wait on a recent visit. But there’s a short-cut to take in your car that will bypass a chunk of traffic. Follow Gardiner Road (as you have to) until you reach Churchill Street. Take Churchill and hang a left on Lee. Left on Middle. Boom. You’re there.

After you’ve done your time in line, stake out a seat on the deck for a view of the bridge— but really, you’ll be too busy with the roll for it to matter. Heaping, fresh wet lobster. So much it falls off and all over. It tastes like it was just cooked and picked, plus it’s a great deal. No dressing. Ask for both butter (kept warm in a tea kettle on the stove) and mayo. Sometimes there’s a reason why number one is number one. — Arthur Bovino 9/20/2010


  • Stand in this line to listen to people with funny New England accents
  • I can't believe this is labeled as a Hot Dog Joint. Any new englander knows there is one reason to eat at Red's - Lobstah!...and fried dough.
  • Deciding between butter and mayo is always a hard choice, but thankfully, there is no wrong answer.
  • CASH ONLY! They don't take credit cards.
  • Get the lobster roll. Awesome!!!!!!!!
  • The best lobster roll on Earth is served at an extremely humble shack known as Red's Eats. Red's is a legend among lobster lovers, so the wait in line can be up to an hour.
  • Wait in line. Lobster roll is basic but large and delicious.
  • Biggest and best lobster rolls in Maine.
  • Super delicious lobster roll. Super friendly staff.
  • Red's Eats is home of one of Maine's most popular lobster rolls, said to have an entire lobster's worth of meat in each roll.
  • Try the lobster roll
  • Totally worth the long line.
  • If you like lobster this is the place to go- no mayo or other fillers on their lobster roll- just lobster. Yum!
  • Should be called Red's "All-You-Can" Eats! Imagine the line they'd have!
  • Lobster Roll + Onion Rings
  • Lobster roll forever
  • Best lobster roll in the world. The service great everyone works very hard and have great customer service. I got two lobster rolls to go and they did a great job packing them! French fries are great!
  • After all that waiting you really have to convince yourself that it's the best otherwise you will feel like a fool.
  • Absolutely the best lobster roll I've ever had. Line or not, I'm waiting because it is worth the wait!
  • The best lobster roll you'll ever have...but be prepared to wait