Old Orchard Beach, ME

Where to get seafood in OOB while Joseph’s by the Sea is closed due to a Monday morning fire

Stephen L Dalton

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The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.mwms1916 - Flickr.

In case you weren’t aware, Joseph’s by the Sea, considered one of the best seafood restaurants in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, had a fire early Monday morning, 19 July, before they opened.

The owners said they would re-open. According to their Facebook Page, Scott McCrum said, “We are so very thankful the building was vacant at the time, and no one was harmed. We are also thankful to the Old Orchard Beach Fire Department for their quick response and fast action to contain the fire. Due to extensive water and smoke damage, we will unfortunately be closed until further notice.”

Firefighters spent nearly three and a half hours bringing the blaze under control. Thankfully, no one was inside when the fire broke out, and the fire department kept the blaze under control.

The owner also said they would post updates about their progress toward re-opening on their Facebook Page, and “We’ll miss everyone and can’t wait to open our doors once again.”

Joseph's by the Sea fire in Old Orchard Beach, Maine

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It is highly likely that everyone in OOB will miss them too, as will the returning tourists who make it a habit of getting their fill of seafood at this iconic Old Orchard Beach restaurant.

Before the fire, Trip Advisor rated Joseph’s by the Sea as the top seafood restaurant in OOB, and for a good reason. Tourists and locals alike would wait for a table for hours, if necessary.

So, where can you get great seafood while Joseph’s by the Sea rebuilds? We, of course, have a few suggestions.

Great Old Orchard Beach seafood restaurants

If the fire at Joseph’s by the Sea spoiled your dinner plans, here are a few places to go instead, not in any particular order. These are just a few of the great seafood restaurants available in OOB that people talk about frequently.

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The Lobster Claw Pound & Restaurant from Google.By the owner - Facebook.

Lobster Claw Pound & Restaurant

The Lobster Claw Pound & Restaurant, owned and operated by the Deangelo family for nearly 50 years, is located at 41 Ocean Park Road and Norman Street in Saco, Maine.

Check here for daily specials. My suggestion would be to get the Fried combo for $23.95. It's a huge platter of seafood that you might not finish if you’re not a big eater. “All dinners include house coleslaw, waffle fries, a roll & butter.”

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Stuffed LobsterBy the owner.

Their hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 3 pm to 9 pm, Friday & Saturday from 12 noon to 9 pm, and Sunday from noon to 8 pm. Call to make a reservation or takeout order, (207) 282-0040. Facebook Page

FYI — They’re currently hiring servers. See their Facebook Page for details.

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Lobster Claw Pound Restaurant lobster roll platter.Izabela Marie - Facebook.

Izabela Marie from TripAdvisor says, “This is the first time my family and I are visiting Maine and this place was amazing! Our waiter was Andrew, and he was so amazing! … He recommended the clam cakes and boy was he right!”

With 365 reviews on Trip Advisor, 297 rated this establishment as either good or excellent.

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The Shack exterior.By the owner - Facebook.

The Shack

The Shack is located at 27 W Grand Avenue in Old Orchard Beach.

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The Shack lobster bake.By the owner – Facebook.

Your best option at the Shack is the Lobster Bake with steamed Maine lobster and clams, clam chowder, corn, & slaw — shown above.

Their hours of operation are from 11:30 am to 10 pm daily. Call to make a reservation or takeout order, (207) 937-8271. Facebook Page

ejh33ny says, “We went to The Shack the first night of our vacation and it was definitely the best meal we had. I had my first lobster roll (Connecticut lobster roll), and it was so awesome.”

With 165 reviews on Trip Advisor, 121 rated The Shack as either good or excellent.

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Bell Buoy Restaurant front entrance.By the owner - Facebook.

Bell Buoy Restaurant

The Bell Buoy Restaurant is located at 24 Old Orchard Street, OOB.

Visitors say their seafood is excellent for an affordable price, they take most credit cards, have a full bar with a big-screen TV, free curb parking, vegan options, and it’s classy yet casual.

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The Bell Buoy ready-to-eat lobster dinner.By the author.

Their hours of operation are from 4 pm to 9 pm daily. Call to make a reservation or takeout order, (207) 934-2745. Facebook Page

Anonymous says, “Party of seven dined in for dinner. Everyone's food was great, family had Calamari, Shrimp, Chicken Alfredo, Fish and Chips I had Chicken Tenders and I was impressed with the quality of food and service and cost considering the location. Nice atmosphere”

With 299 reviews on Trip Advisor, 201 rated Bell Buoy Restaurant as either good or excellent.

Closing thoughts

Positive thoughts go out to the owners and the employees of Joseph’s by the Sea, and we hope they’ll re-open quickly. Until then, choose one of these other seafood restaurants to enjoy great seafood in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

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