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“Not what it used to be” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Basket

Sea Basket
Ranked #7 of 30 Restaurants in Wiscasset
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Yarmouth, Maine
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not what it used to be”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

The 'Basket' in the name Sea Basket used to refer to the amount of food you'd get for a reasonable price - But in a recent visit for lunch the portion size and the cost were both a dissapointment.

The value is not there. I felt like I paid 'Tourist' Prices.

I had a combo Haddock & Scallop dinner with a cup of Haddock Chowder. I had asked if the Chowder was 'thick' and told that it was - what came instead was not thick at all - a spoon would NOT stand upright in it without falling over - that is my thickness test.

The fish and scallops were well done and tasty but I only got 4 scallops and 3 very small finger sized pieces of fish in the 'dinner' - hardly the 'basket' portion (for which the restaurant name used to refer) that I am used to. The amount of food looked big when I got the order but it was because of a cleverly placed [filler] big biscuit in the middle of the dish under the fish and french fries that made the amount look big.

My GF had the combo dinner and the vegie chowder / soup and while it was all tasty and fresh her portions, once the biscuit was extracted from her plate, was also very small.

The food was very hot and fresh - a plus. I liked the serve yourself ketchup and tarter sauce.

In the end we both agreed the value was simply not there, we felt if the check had been exactly half that we would still of felt the price would have been more on par with what you would expect. Instead at the higher [tourist] price we paid we decided this would be our last visit as there are a bounty of other seafood restaurants in Maine that serve the same thing but for a lot less.

It's unfortunate that these folks have clearly not done their homework with respect to pricing or buying smart and agressively looking for ways to keep costs down so as not to penalize their customers with high prices.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Maine
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219 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“The fried clams were excellent!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

The fried clams were excellent. The fish and chips may have been a tad underdone but were good. The crab cakes were awful -- extremely overcooked. After chopping through the overcooked crust, the filling had a bit too much mustard for me. The haddock chowder was not good. Onion rings were good and the fries so so. I thought the price was pretty steep for what it was.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sbj04769
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Wiscasset, Maine
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent fried food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a good experience for quick well fried seafood. Maybe the best in the area. Limited menu. Good service by young staff.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Richard T
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Wiscasset, Maine
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The all around best seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Lightly battered or broiled fish and sea items , not heavy or greasy. Well run and great for takeout! Peter is wonderful !

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cphd1
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North Brooksville, Maine, United States
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72 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best seafood stop in mid coast Me.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We have eaten there almost weekly since june this year and up to last week. Really great seafood and willing to cook it the way you ask. We always get single serve mixed seafood and it feeds us both. Shrimp single serve are my second choice. Always hot and we get take out. Really enjoy the service and food being ready when promised. Call ahead and less than 5 minutes and we are gone.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Robert B
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