“Give a man an oyster and you feed him for a day; teach a man to shuck and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Maine is known for its mouthwatering selection of fresh seafood. Oysters are a crowd favorite (yes, lobster too!). If you’re planning a visit, or you’re looking to expand your tasting horizons, check out a few of these restaurants and oyster farms that are at the top of our list:

Nice Oyster Company (Midcoast, ME)- Producer of fresh and delicious Iron Island Oysters in the New Meadows River, off Woodward Point. Featured on our Kraken Oyster Shucker page, these are some of Lisa-Marie and Andy’s favorites when enjoying them at home.

Photographed by: Jess Borislow

Harbor Fish Market (Portland, ME) – A local landmark since the 1800s, this photogenic market on Custom House Wharf is the number one destination for locals and people-from-away alike in search of lobster in Maine, and the freshest seafood anywhere.

Maine Oyster Company (Portland, ME) – “Shuck, slurp, and share Maine oysters!” With a commitment to traceability and transparency, The Maine Oyster Company sources their fresh Maine oysters and lobster meat directly from the local farmers and lobstermen. They strive to promote, support and help sustain this entire industry.

Eventide Oyster Co. (Portland, ME) – “For ‘the sharpest seafood money can buy,’ look no further than Old Port’s Eventide Oyster Co. It’s easy to see why chefs Mike Wiley and Andrew Taylor have been nominated multiple times for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Chef: Northeast award.” (Edible Manhattan)

J’s Oyster (Portland, ME) – Located on the Portland pier, J’s Oyster is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. They prepare dishes featuring fresh catches from local fisherman, and allow you to enjoy your meal with a beautiful view of the waterfront!

Nonesuch Oysters (Scarborough, ME) – Already among Maine’s favorites, Nonesuch free range oysters are gaining recognition nationwide for their beautiful color, hard shell and bright, fresh, salty-sweet taste with hints of sea grass. Check out their website to learn more, or book and oyster farm tour!