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US$4 - US$12
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed 28 November 2020

Our first time, meeting friends at one of their area faves. Dine in, or take out. Everyone had a mask on, social distancing in place, tables spread far apart, staff constantly wiping down surfaces. My wife got the lobster roll and chowder x 2! Ate...one there, brought one home. Our friends had the same. I opted for the haddock dinner, which included fries, slaw, and tartar sauce. I also got a one scoop coffee frappe, which was surprisingly large. Two, and three scoop versions are available. Everything was really good, and we'll be back. Everything was hot, fresh, the haddock and fries were crispy. You can also buy hand packed ice cream to take home, whoopie pies, and other desserts. Many flavors of ice cream. Plenty of parking. Cash or credit. Large open dining area. Friendly staff. Your food is brought out to you.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 19 October 2020

Best ice cream..! I tried different flavors over time. There all soooo good. Whoopie pie’s yummy. Hidden gem.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 24 July 2020 via mobile

Love this place! A great Maine experience from the day they opened! Delicious lobster rolls that don't break the bank. Traditional Maine steamed hotdods, too. The ice cream is superb!

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 9 July 2020

Dined outside here a few days ago. Regular stop when I am in the area. Lobster roll and soup special cannot be beat. Lobster rolls are smallish but a bargain price. Lots of great ice cream options, good portions.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 5 July 2020

We took a family of 6 (4 teenagers!) to Sanford for vacation. We were delighted to discover Shain's! Affordable, plentiful, and delicious. Ate here 3 times in a week. It's often difficult to eat out on a budget with a large family, much less enjoy...lobster and clam chowder. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed 29 June 2020 via mobile

Shain’s is one of my favorite places to get great ice cream and inexpensive lobster rolls. But not during this pandemic. When I visited recently, I found that there was no outdoor ordering or pickup. There was also no requirement for customers to wear masks....I had to go inside and wait in line as more and more people came into the limited space, many without masks. In line, I saw one server with a mask over her mouth but not her nose and watched another pull down her mask, scratch her nose, and then reach for a waffle cone for a customer. I did not feel safe and had to leave before getting to order. I would like to return to Shain’s but only if they improve adherence to covid safety guidelines.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 20 June 2020

Shains is an icon in this city and I hope the local community continues to support it in these trying times.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 20 June 2020

We have been going to Shain's for years. Feed is consistently good. Ice Cream excellent. The owner and staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 7 June 2020

One of the worst places. The Ice cream is not so sweet in hindsight. Best bet is to avoid and find something a little more pure!

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 5 May 2020

The chowder is delicious, the lobster rolls are huge and delicious. You have 2 check them out!!! Don't forget the ice cream for dessert :)

Date of visit: May 2020
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Response from Bealeave | Reviewed this property |
No fried shrimp or clams. The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday night, and Saturday and Sunday morning. The ice cream shop sells lobster rolls, clam chowder, and hotdogs daily. Wednesday night they have cheap eats... More
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