Boats on the water near the pier

Our Story

Days begin early in Downeast Maine. Fishermen rise before dawn, stifling sleepy yawns and pulling on layers before heading to the sea to do what generations before us have always done — catch fresh Maine lobster.

Since our first year of operation in 1932, Beal’s Lobster Pier has maintained operation as a year-round, working fish and lobster pier. If you swing by Clark Point Road in Southwest Harbor today, you’ll experience many of the same authentic Maine fishing practices you would’ve seen more than 80 years ago – fishermen splicing lines, tying off boats, and hauling in nets and traps full of the freshest seafood around.

Restaurant Open for Business

After years of success as a wholesale operation, the Beal family opened the restaurant at Beal’s Lobster Pier in 1969 and the restaurant’s vision remains the same today as it was then – serve up the freshest seafood and give our guests the most authentic Maine experience at the doorstep of the waterfront that makes it all possible. Five decades later, Beal’s continues to dish out the finest seafood and fresh eats that have come to personify summer for so many in Southwest Harbor.

Our Story - Couple enjoying a lobster dinner at Beal's

Nine decades later, Beal’s Lobster Pier continues its traditions under the ownership of the Snyder and Bernard families.

Our Story - Beal's lobster with corn on the cob

Both families have spent happy summers in Southwest Harbor over the course of 50 years and came together to preserve the Beal’s experience that old friends love, while enhancing it for today and future generations.