Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

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Where to go in Brunswick ME for Seafood

I love discovering great places to eat amidst a sea of overpriced dining and chain restaurants when I’m on the coast. There’s a good selection of dining options in Brunswick, Maine’s downtown. But we were looking for a hidden gem. And that’s exactly what we found at Pepper’s Landing. In fact, we may have found the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick Maine.

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Named in honor of the owners’ grandfather, Pepper Martin, Pepper’s Landing offers a variety of fresh, locally harvested seafood. You may not expect much from outside appearances, as Pepper’s Landing is tucked in a strip mall in Cook’s Corner. 

But don’t let that fool you.

I started with a perfectly chilled, crisp Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc while I browsed the extensive menu. I am particularly fond of New Zealand wines, and this was refreshing, light, and just what I had in mind.

Peppers Landing Brunswick ME Interior
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Variety of Locally Sourced Seafood Dishes

You’ll find the Pepper’s Landing menu loaded with delicious-sounding seafood and other choices, all reasonably priced. I struggled to pick with so many good selections. So did my mom and son.

Here’s why:

You’ll find tons of creative lobster dishes, varied seafood options, burgers, and sandwiches at Pepper’s Landing. They even offer a tasty cocktail menu.

For instance, you can order a Lobster Roll prepared in six different ways to suit your taste. You might choose the more traditional “Martin,” mixed with mayo and iceberg lettuce, Or, pick the “Kennebunkport.” It’s mixed with cilantro lime aioli with red pepper pickled cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and cajun seasoning.

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Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

You’ll also find Crab, Shrimp, Clam, and Scallop Rolls on the menu.

Steamed Lobsters range from 1-1/4 pounds to Twin. Fried Dinner Baskets include lightly battered seafood or chicken. Either dish arrives with french fries or house-made potato chips and coleslaw.

And then there are the specialties of the house.

They include favorites such as Lobster Mac and Cheese, the Catch of the Day freshly grilled, and the Pan-seared Steak Tips and Sauteed peppers. You can make the steak dish a Surf-and-Turf by adding a Char-grilled Lobster Tail.

The list continues.

Do you now see the dilemma this seafood lover faced at Pepper’s Landing?

What We Decided to Order at Pepper’s Landing

We each began with cups of Lobster & Shrimp Chowder, which had a sweet, delicate flavor with plenty of hearty potatoes.

For the main dishes, we opted for:

  • Blackened Haddock Tacos (a special)
  • Crabmeat Quesadillas
  • Smoked Bluefish Plate
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Our knowledgeable server, Daniel, brought our dinners freshly made and piping hot—except for my smoked bluefish. That’s served chilled.

If you are as adventurous as I am, I suggest you try the Smoked Blue Fish Plate. According to the restaurant’s story on its website, Pepper Martin was an expert at “the art of creating fantastic smoked fish.”

I wasn’t 100% sure about ordering it.

But once Daniel described the nuances to me, I was all in. Its flavor reminds me of a flaky ham and it’s paired with toasted crostini, fresh capers, cornichon pickles, and horseradish.

Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine
Smoked Bluefish Plate

Clearly, Pepper Martin passed his preparation secrets down to the chef. I highly recommend trying the Smoked Blue Fish Plate.

My dining mates shared a few bites of their delicious Blackened Haddock Tacos and Crabmeat Quesadillas with me. To be honest, it was a bit of a feeding frenzy!

Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine - Fish Tacos
Blackened Haddock Tacos

The Verdict

Each dish at Pepper’s Landing was well-crafted, delicious, and generous.

The restaurant itself is spotless, with a cool bar and industrial feel.

There’s nice patio seating, as well.

And it was priced right.

My assessment? Pepper’s Landing may just be the best seafood restaurant in Brunswick, Maine.

It’s open daily from 11 AM – 10 PM, with a location in Rochester, New Hampshire. too.

All I can say is, get yourself down there before everyone else finds out about it.

Pepper’s Landing
147 Bath Road
Brunswick Maine

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18 thoughts on “Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine”

  1. This looks amazing! Sometimes unassuming restaurants are the absolute best. I haven’t been to Maine since I was a kid, and I have always wanted to go back for the beautiful scenery and the world-class seafood. I will keep Pepper’s Landing in mind for if and when I make it back!

    • I completely agree about unassuming restaurants–I’m always looking for hidden gems like this one. Hope you get back to Maine, soon!

  2. I might not be a fan of seafood, but your description makes me want to check out the restaurant if I ever end up in Brunswick. It’s really cute that the restaurant is named after the owners’ grandfather.

    • LOL Thanks, Steph. I was so obsessed with the seafood I didn’t mention that there are non-seafood items on the menu! Definitely check it out when you’re in the area. (I loved the family namesake, too.)

  3. Omg, my mouth is watering reading all this one. I can’t wait to try it hopefully soon. I check the website; it is not Rochester, New York, it is Rochester, NH. Thanks for sharing this hidden gem. I will want to go and try this place.

  4. Well, I am glad you like it. Since I don’t eat seafood, this really isn’t for me. My wife, however, will love it.

    • I’m glad your wife will love it. For you, there are also delicious non-seafood items on the menu I did not mention. Enjoy!

  5. Om nom nom, the food at Pepper’s Landing sounds perfect! I love good seafood, so the Smoked Blue Fish Plate sounds divine. 🙂

    • Yes! I was so glad to have ventured outside my comfort zone with the Smoked Blue Fish Plate. I knew it would be awesome by the way our server talked about it!

  6. It sounds like a seafood lovers dining experience! Being vegetarian, do they offer any non fish options?

    • They do have vegetarian options. I imagine they are just as delicious as the seafood dishes we tried. 😉

  7. Yum! Maine is high on my list of my places to visit in 2020, so pinning this so I can do my best to stop in when I finally make it there!

  8. Love seafood restaurants and this one sounds like a good find. I would definitely be keen to try one of the creative lobster dishes, oh and cocktails of course.

    • I have several other lobster dishes I’d like to try next time I visit. You can be certain I’ll be pairing them with a tasty cocktail… LOL

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