Enjoy fresh lobster in the dining room or on the deck while taking in the beautiful sights of Casco Bay from every seat in the house!
Come enjoy our newly expanded & renovated pub & bar featuring a large selection of Maine craft beer & signature drinks, great food & spectacular views. Enjoy live weekend entertainment on the deck! Call 207.833.2818 for large groups or special events.
TASTE the delicious food off our new menu, much of it being caught in the surrounding waters or enjoy one of our 20 craft beers on draft! SEE all the beauty that surrounds you when you spend an afternoon with us! FEEL the sand on your feet when picking seashells on our shores! HEAR the crash of the surf or the lobster boats hauling their traps while sipping a signature drink on the deck! SMELL the sea air and the comfort it brings as you sit on the deck or in the new open air expanded pub!
Maurice Cook established Cook’s in 1955 as a small, one room take-out stand that sold lobsters too small to ship out of state. Cook’s has grown continuously over the years into the landmark it is today. Curt Parent, Mr. Cook’s stepson, purchased both the restaurant and the wharf from Mr. Cook in 1987. On July 1, 2015, Cook's Lobster House was purchased by Nick & Jennifer Charboneau. Upon taking ownership, the Charboneau's changed the name to Cook's Lobster & Ale House. The name change represents the rich history that the Cook's name had while also rebranding themselves for a new era of greatness and success here on Bailey Island!
In the late 1990’s Cook’s was approached by VISA to be featured in their “Everywhere you want to be” campaign. As part of the campaign, VISA filmed a television commercial at Cook’s that won us worldwide notoriety. The world map in the entrance illustrates where people have traveled from to dine with us. Shortly after the VISA commercial, the Maine edition of Monopoly was created featuring Cook’s as one of the properties.
The Charboneau family is proud and privileged to own such a wonderful and special piece of Maine history. Thank you for visiting Cook's Lobster & Ale House, we hope to see you again soon!
The Cribstone Bridge
68 Garrison Cove Road
Bailey Island, Maine 04003
Open Everyday 11:30am-8pm
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Cook’s is located on Bailey Island, home of the world’s only Cribstone Bridge. The bridge, which can be seen from our restaurant, gets its name from the large granite slabs laid in a “crib” fashion. This style of bridge contains no mortar and is engineered to allow the tide to pass through with no damaging effects to the structure. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1984. Prior to its construction in 1927, a flag was placed on either shore to signal a boatman to row over to pick up travelers
*Denotes an item served raw, rare or cooked to order.
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
please check back as we finalize our summer entertainment lineup
Saturday, July 6
MOTOR BOOTY AFFAIR - CONCERT ON THE POINT
7pm - 10pm
Saturday, August 31
MOON DAWGS - CONCERT ON THE POINT
4pm - 7pm
please check back as we finalize our summer entertainment lineup
Where better to “tie the knot”, have your rehearsal dinner, host a corporate summer party, or a family reunion, than at Cook’s Lobster & Ale House, on picturesque Garrison Cove on Bailey Island. Whether you are hosting an intimate reception in our Cribstone Room for 20 people or hosting a large reception under the tent on The Point for 200 people, the sights, sounds, smell and tastes of Casco Bay will delight you and your guests. This is Maine at its best—let us share that with you and help make your special day just as perfect as it should be! For more information on weddings and events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Motor coach/tour groups
Thank you for considering Cook’s Lobster & Ale House for your tour group. Whether you are a repeat tour company
visiting us or this is your first time here, we are grateful to spend this day with you.
All bus tours of 30 guests or more will receive 2 complimentary meals and free coach parking. Our menus offer a wide
range of selections that will please all whether you are a seafood lover or not.
Cook’s Lobster & Ale House has been a landmark restaurant on the beautiful shores of Casco Bay for 63 years….it is
considered one of Maines most “Iconic Restaurants”.
Under new ownership as of July 1, 2015, a significant investment into renovations into the property took place and was
completed in the spring of 2016. Cook’s Lobster & Ale House has been given a new look while still maintaining its charm
and authentic “Maine lobster house” feel. In addition to the physical changes, a significant focus has been placed on food
with the addition of a new chef. Chef JP has brought his vast experience and knowledge and culinary talents to our
kitchen while again still keeping true to our lobster house and seafood favorites that people love.
At Cook’s Lobster & Ale House, your group will find that this is the perfect location to take in all the beauty that Maine
has to offer and it’s sure to satisfy all their senses. Taste the delicious food, much of it caught in the surrounding waters.
Smell the sea air and the comfort it brings. Hear the crash of the surf against the shoreline. Feel the sand at your feet
when picking sea shells off our shores. See all the beauty that surrounds you as you dine ocean side with views of the
world’s only “Cribstone Bridge”.
Cook’s Lobster & Ale House….where all great things come together for one amazing experience!
Lobsters change with the seasons and depending on the time of year, may have a soft or hard shell. Soft-shelled lobsters are lobsters that have lots of room to grow in their shells. When you crack open a soft-shelled lobster, you will see the meat does not fill the shell. As they grow, lobsters’ shells become thicker and the meat grows into the available space. This continues until the shell is hard and full of meat. When hard-shelled lobsters have no more room to grow, they shed and a new shell forms. When this happens, they are called “shedders”. Shedders become soft-shelled lobsters whose meat is sweeter and tenderer than hard-shelled lobsters. Usually in this area of Maine, the shedding process begins mid-June and continues throughout October.
When you're out cruising the bay, keep an eye out for these markers of our local lobstermen! We are proud to say that every lobster served at Cook's Lobster & Ale House is caught by our local lobstermen in the waters surrounding our restaurant.
Mark Davis, John Dennen, Warren Graybill, Don Brown, Ken Graybill, Danny Coffin, Carl Anderson
Chuck Richter, Scott O'Brien, Bob Perry, Josh Morse, Craig Ramsey, Mark Wilson, Dave Johnson
We THANK YOU ALL for your hard work and dedication and providing us with the most delicious of Maine Lobsters!
A deliciously perfect present for any occasion.
Please check back as we build our retail shop with all branded Cook's Lobster & Ale House items.