Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

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 off 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

The Pepper’s Landing menu is loaded with delicious-sounding seafood and other choices, all reasonably priced. I really struggled to pick with so many good selections, and so did my mom and son. Here’s why:

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

For instance, you can order a Lobster Roll prepared six different ways to suit your taste; from the more traditional “Martin,” mixed with mayo and iceberg lettuce, to the “Kennebunkport,” mixed with cilantro lime aioli with red pepper pickled cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and cajun seasoning.

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, served with french fries or house-made potato chips and coleslaw.

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And then there are the specialties of the house, such as Lobster Mac and Cheese, the Catch of the Day freshly grilled, and the Pan-seared Steak Tips and Sauteed peppers. (Make it a Surf-and-Turf by adding 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 main dishes, we opted for:

  • Blackened Haddock Tacos (a special)
  • Crabmeat Quesadillas
  • Smoked Bluefish Plate

Our knowledgeable server, Daniel, brought our dinners freshly made and piping hot—except for my smoked bluefish, served chilled.

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

I wasn’t 100% sure about it, but once Daniel described the nuances to me, I was all in. Its flavor is reminiscent 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, also. 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 to open soon.

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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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

18 thoughts on “Best Seafood Restaurant in Brunswick Maine

  • January 17, 2020 at 9:23 am

    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!

    • January 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm

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

  • January 16, 2020 at 3:33 am

    Wow this is great to know! Thanks for this post. Looks so yummy.

  • January 15, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    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.

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:55 am

      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.)

  • January 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

    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.

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:56 am

      Yes, Rochester NH! Wait until you try it…you’ll love it!

  • January 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    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.

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:57 am

      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!

  • January 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

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

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:58 am

      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!

  • January 13, 2020 at 6:06 pm

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

    • January 17, 2020 at 7:59 am

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

  • January 13, 2020 at 8:45 am

    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!

    • January 13, 2020 at 2:01 pm

      Yes! I assure you, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

  • January 13, 2020 at 6:05 am

    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.

    • January 13, 2020 at 2:02 pm

      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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