Harbor Fish Market has been a local landmark on the Custom House Wharf since the 1800s, offering some of the best lobster in Maine and the freshest seafood in the country. Known as the place to get lobster in Maine, the crustaceans come right off the boat, through the restaurant’s back door, and onto the plate. Lobsters are stored in fresh, aerated, circulating ocean water, meaning they are never sitting in chemicals. Those visiting the store can request lobster packed to travel for both short and long distances, and boxes can be checked as luggage. Harbor Fish Market also ships live lobsters overnight, allowing diners all over the country to enjoy the freshest Maine seafood available.
Harbor Fish Market Lobster Prices
Company Name: Harbor Fish Market
Founded: The Market was founded in the late 1800s, but it became Harbor Fish Market when purchased in 1966 by the Alfiero family
Address: 9 Custom House Wharf, Portland, Maine 04101
Contact Email: Contact Form
Harbor Fish Market ships fresh seafood from their online store with most deliveries taking place between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Lobsters sell for $18-$31 each, depending on the size and weight. Shipping costs vary by location, but all packages are shipped FedEx Priority Overnight. The best way to estimate shipping cost is to put a test order into the shopping cart. Harbor Fish Market notes that lobsters who die in transit may still be cooked and eaten as long as they have been kept cold.
Live hard-shell lobsters are moved immediately from ocean water to sturdy, insulated boxes stuffed with seaweed and reusable ice packs to ensure maximum freshness during shipping. The lobsters tend to live an average of 24 to 36 hours out of water, meaning Harbor Fish Market takes care to quickly get their seafood packaged and shipped. Their website notes that during certain periods in the spring, seaweed may not be suitable for use. Building relationships with local fisherman and sourcing lobster themselves ensures the freshest product possible.
Recipes and Resources
Harbor Fish Market has a robust Knowledge Base section of their website. The FAQ includes information about their fish sourcing, cooking, serving suggestions, and shipment. There is also a Recipe Index with around three dozen recipes for different types of seafood – from Arctic Char with Spinach Butter to Ahi Poke Bowls and Crab Cakes.
In addition to selling fresh fish, Harbor Fish Market markets a variety of seafood-related gifts and paraphernalia, including dining kits, cook books, hats, sweaters, and gift cards.
Type of Lobster
Live, fresh lobster meat
Other Seafood Products
Haddock, steamers, cooked crabmeat, scallops, live oysters, mussels, halibut, cod, salmon, swordfish, flounder, clams, shrimp, tuna, grey sole, shucked oysters, pollock, arctic char, hake, mackerel, trout