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I love dinning here but upon our last visit it was bad. We ordered fried calamari and fried oysters. The oysters were like mush with a green brown liquid oozing from them and the calamari was tough. I hope it is the only time this would happen as I love to eat herePosted by: Georgeof Gloucester at September 22, 2010 02:53 PM
Visited this restaurant yesterday. Food compares well to that at the many other such restaurants my wife and I have visited throughout New England over the years. Prices were fair, no problem with service -- view was specacular. A very pleasant experience!Posted by: Hank at August 29, 2010 11:39 AM
The view phenomenal and the food great.Posted by: asm14 at July 3, 2009 10:14 PM
this is NOT like eating at a maine lobster pound...
hard to eat a lobster with a plastic fork and at these prices...
Always a great place to take hoards of children visiting with parents.Personally I like the Lobester Pool, no frill's like the old screened in shacks boiling Lobester roadside up in Maine heading out to places like Baileys Island.No pretense here and even the Burgers are good for those of us careful of shellfish.GREAT PLACE TO BRING THE BROOD.And if going near sundown bring the bug spray if you plan to sit outdoors.Posted by: Marillion at July 29, 2008 08:47 AM
Went in for Father's Day. Clams were no better than soggy rubberbands. Onions rings had no batter on them, they too, were like rubberbands. Teens obviously pressured to get people in and out/away from the counter fast as they can. WAY overpriced. Too bad. It used to be great!Posted by: WickedEarlyRiser at June 16, 2008 02:03 PM
Same old place, same high prices, same cooked up dead lobsters, same old pay and get out quick attitude. Great for tourist sheep who clap in sync with the moron's who are the clap leaders. Amazing what location does for the less fortunate than those of us who live here.
Posted by: vinnie at May 30, 2008 01:45 PM
Best counter help ever they were so holpful and sweet great place to eat as wellPosted by: Betty at December 16, 2007 03:43 PM
I'm glad local Kathy loves the place, but as a visitor I want to know the real deal, so "complainers," keep posting your truth! (AL, I beg you, next time try having real fried clams. Strips are for those who grew up on HoJo's.)Posted by: Chris at September 24, 2007 07:08 AM
It should be called the Oil Pool, make that the Rancid Oil Pool. The clams and onions rings were slimey,and while the onion rings were good, if you liek grease, the clams tasted spoiled. A disappointment but somehow a fitting end to an excursion to Halibut State Park where the state employees managing the parking lot did not see fit to warn visitors they'd be wading knee deep in poison ivy as soon as they hit the trails to the waterfront.Posted by: Louis at July 29, 2007 09:23 PM
Unbelievably bad. :(
We were there for breakfast today. We were seated right away and had coffee right away. It went downhill from there when we didn't get cream. We waited so long and watched a couple tables seated after us having their order taken before us- we almost walked out at that point.
We had been there for lunch and that was bad but since this is the closest restaurant to where we live- we thought we'd give it a try for breakfast.
Just everything went wrong:
I don't know how so much could go wrong. The waitress said it was her first time doing breakfast, but I just get so mad when we have to pay for a negative experience.
For those of you that think their lobster is worth the price of gold, you are an inlander. You probably clap when the sun sets too. And waiting in lines must also be fun to you.Posted by: bill at September 10, 2006 05:37 PM
Posted by: sahel at March 7, 2006 07:24 AM
Been a local for 40 years and had never been to the Lobster Pool, until recently....now I know why....stopped in to try the fried clams which were overpriced, rubbery and bitter, they left an awful aftertaste. Not good. Go elsewhere...anywhere.Posted by: frank at October 13, 2005 01:23 PM
Location, Location, Location beats out quality and service here.Posted by: vinnie at September 13, 2005 10:45 PM
the food is unforgetable those cooks really no what they are doing the atmosphere was great all of the employes were nice and helpful and all of the lobsters are cooked fresh and i found out the lobsters are bought from local lobstermen to help keep the community ailve if u havent been there u have to try it i highly reccomend it you wont regret itPosted by: steve at March 28, 2005 08:11 PM
Great boiled lobster and views. A roll and butter would be nice though, and the bathroom outside needs to be updated.
I have visited the Lobster Pool regularily over the past seven years and find that most every aspect of the dining experience has and continues to exceed my expectations. Having grown up on Cape Ann eating fresh lobsters ever since I can remember, the Lobster Pool is the only restaurant that I will order a lobster in when dining out. The chowda is always consistently excellent and unlike that over-hyped eatery in Essex, the lobsters are cooked to order and come out steaming hot. The portions are generous and the lightly breaded fried seafood is delicate and among the best I have had. Also, under the current owner, the menu has been expanded greatly with desert and other items made fresh daily and the facility is very well maintained and clean. Last, but certainly not least, the setting and picturesque ocean and sunset views are unsurpassed on Cape Ann and beyond.Posted by: Tristan's Dad at June 6, 2004 02:56 PM
We are friends with two other families that make a yearly trip to the Gloucester/ Rockport area. For the past 5 or six years we have tried several restaurants. This year we visited the Lobster Pool and have agreed that from now on it will be part of our yearly trip. It’s a great place for families. The atmosphere is casual, the sunsets are beautiful and the food is delicious. Because we were a large group we had the chance to try several dishes. I had the lobster roll which came with more lobster meat than the roll could hold. It was fresh lobster meat, sautéed with some butter and served on a roll, it was perfect and just the type of thing you go to Rockport to get. Our friends had the boiled lobster which came out piping hot. Our table split a basket of fried clam strips and fried scallops. Fried food is great when it’s done right like they do it at the Lobster pool. The kitchen staff apparently knows what they are doing because it was a busy Saturday night when we went and everything was fast and hot. Of course the kids had to have dessert. We found out that all the desserts at the Lobster pool are made fresh daily. You gotta have the blueberry pie ! We are going back every year, we loved it.
Posted by: AL at June 3, 2004 10:20 PM
Note from Admin: We will leave this comment up for now, but have removed it from the front page. Please - restaurant reviews should relate a personal dining experience.
Soggy food. Boss screaming at kids working there (what's her problem?). Filthy bathrooms. Over priced mediocre food. Kids at the register who can't count change. What's the matter with this place? With the volume of people going in there because of the sunsets, you'd think they'd have enough of a profit margin to get adults to work there.
Edited by Admin - just a little too much detail! :)Posted by: Debbie at June 1, 2004 05:02 PM
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