You have a favorite.  We know that you do.

You may think that the best steak in town is served up there.  Let us rephrase that.  You KNOW that the best steak in town is served up there.  It could be where your family goes for Chinese food or a plate of nachos. It could be where the meatloaf special is being served that night, or it could be where your parents used to go when they'd celebrate special occasions. No, we're sorry, Miller's famous buffet is no longer on our list

It's your absolute favorite restaurant, and you're not afraid to admit it.

When friends and family from away come for a visit, it's where you take them or it's where you suggest that they go on their own.  When your son graduated from high school, it's where went to celebrate.

It's not a place that you go to on a whim.  It's your favorite restaurant, and you want to savor the occasion.

Over the past few months, we've passed along our poll results and discovered where folks go for hamburgerspizzaChinese foodsteakhousesItalian sandwichesbreakfastbarbequeice cream stands, and seafood.  Our poll winners have included the Eagle's Nest in Brewer, the Milbridge House in Milbridge, the Oriental Jade in Bangor, the Texas Roadhouse in Bangor, and Jason's New York Style Pizza in both Brewer and Bangor.

Could one of those be our overall winner?  That's entirely up to you.  So, do everyone that loves to eat a favor and cast a vote for your favorite restaurant in eastern Maine.

We'll save you a table.  We promise.

The Best Restaurants in Downeast Maine for Lobster

So when your hungry out-of-state relatives or friends come to our great state, where do you take them for a mouth-watering lobster dinner?

The answer to that often asked question will be top of mind for a lot of Mainers this season, as thousands of tourists, relatives, and friends drive hundreds if not thousands of miles to take in the sights and eat what our state is most famous for, lobster.

Whether it's a lobster salad, in a hot dog roll, a broiled tail, thrown into a pot of boiling sea water, or god forbid, made into a lobster poutine, people near and far crave it, and as soon as they make it into this neck of the woods it'll be what they have for dinner that night.

While each of us already have a few favorite snack bars, take-outs, and restaurants in mind, it would be wrong of this author to pass along those personal suggestions. So, we're going to rely on the reviews of TripAdvisor to point our visitors in the right directions. We've focused on the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island area, and here is what we found as we count our way up to the #1 most recommended place for lobster Downeast.