Details for Eastport Chowder House

Eastport Chowder House

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 11 reviews

Address 167 Water Street
Eastport, ME 04631


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Restaurant with fuel dock, showers and heads.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

Bob DelPapa



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Located just north of the Eastport Municipal docks and moorings. There is a large sign on the end of the wharf and two large moorings out front, one yellow, one red (July 2011). Plenty of water to the moorings at all tides, but the current runs hard. Moorings are a stones throw from the dinghy dock.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - YES

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2016-10-20)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: There were 3 free moorings in 2010. Only 2 of the moorings were suitable for 30' or larger boats.

Reportd July 2011: There are two large and extremely sturdy-looking moorings.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: There's a regular 15A outlet on the dock you may be able to use.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy dock is less than 150' from the moorings.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes taxes, prices subject to change according to market.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Includes taxes.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out










Yes - Moose Island Hardware in town (5 minute walk) has everything you need for just about any boat.




Yes - Three on premises. Upstairs pub, downstairs bar, and in good weather, outdoor bar.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - As of summer of 2012, free WiFi is available. Inquire in the restaurant.

It was reported July 2011 that ATT phones picked up intermittent and somewhat weak signals from small cell companies on the Canadian side. The dock worker said you can call your company and get the roaming charges reversed. Phones switched to Atlantic time which was confusing. Also found a few weak unsecured WiFi signals, but nothing reliable.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Eastport Chowder House
Best place in a hardscrabble town, 2016-08-28
Captain: , Annapolis MD (370)

Eastport is one of those places that make you want to cry about the state of small towns in America. What a shame it can't seem to catch a break, between the wharf collapse, tough weather, etc. In spite of that, we felt lucky to get a spot at the Chowder House and were made to feel very welcome. We did not get to meet the mythical "Bob" as he is apparently ex Coast Guard and was in Lubec attending the dedication of a fishing memorial when we arrived. His staff was great, however, and they ended up just letting us stay at the fuel dock overnight. Wakes from tourist boats are a problem (even the USCG small boat getting fuel at the dock was complaining about them) and there's no power but the price is right and you are just a few steps from the very, very good and reasonably priced restaurant. It's a short walk into town, where there's a remarkably productive bakery and some interesting shops, plus (as noted below) a great story to read on the plaque at the base of the fisherman statue. We're pulling for the survival and increased prosperity of Eastport and were happy at the Chowder House but won't make a point of returning.

Good Place to stop for Check-In Update 23.X7.2016, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

If one of the three big yellow moorings is open. grab it. Fee is reasonable. This is about the only easy place to get fuel in 'Quoddy Bay. Say hello to Bob DelPoppa, the owner, and treat yourself to good food for lunch and dinner.

Clean restrooms, showers, and laundry.
To check in, pull in to the fish pier (floating docks), hike up to the customs office under the post office, but moving to the Port Athority building at the end of July- everyone must go - and have your passports, boat papers, customs decal number, pet papers, etc. ready. They require you to come into a dock so they can inspect, though they rarely do go to the boat.

Eastport Chowder House, run by Bob, is the place to go for most any problem; Bob will take care of you.

Great treatment but a bouncy evening, 2015-10-25
Captain: , Mashpee River (507)

Cannot say enough about how well we were treated here. Tied to the dock and custom officer met us here and drove us back to town to clear customs. Bob went out of his way to make sure we had what we needed.
Unfortunately, last winter had done some damage to his the bar and other facilities, but he was working on repairs.
Night was quite bouncy as we had winds coming up the bay and there is no protection.
Even still, I would stop here again in a heartbeat.

Great Seafood Pasta, 2015-09-23
Captain: , Saint John (53)

We had to moor just of Bob's dock before clearing customs because the town dock was under construction. What luck ... had dinner here and it was fantasic .... I highly recommend the Seafood Pasta

Best deal ever for a lobster dinner!, 2015-08-22
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

I stayed here for a night in July 2015. All the moorings were taken, but Bob found space for me near the fuel dock.

I had an early-bird special for dinner at the Chowder House--$9.99 for an excellent hardshell lobster!

Eastport itself is a nice town that tries to appeal to tourists but shows its working harbor roots and a sense of humor. Sort of anti Saint Andrews from a parallel universe. Check out the plaque under the fisherman's statue.

Friendly stop, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Fredericton (275)

Since there are no slips at the municipal wharf at this point, the Chowderhouse makes for a good alternative. We stayed on a mooring ($25) that was secure but a bit rolly. The huge yellow mooring balls made for a loud clunking stay when the tide and wind were opposite. A fenderboard helped.

Eastport is a great little town with nice restaurants and craft stores. There is a grocery store a 20 minute walk up the road.

Free Dock and great Host, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1160)

Stayed there 2 days on the dock...which Bob insisted I use free of charge. Gave me use of his (new) truck, bought me a drink and introduced me to his retired Coast Guard friends. I wanted to stay a while longer if schedule had permitted. Eastport is starting to come back. The bakery and artist shops are to be visited.

First rate treatment, 2013-08-25
Captain: , Kelso, Wa. (864)

We stopped for lunch and stayed over. Bob insited we stay at the dock even offered us the use of his car to do some shopping. Town is just a few blocks away and has a good marine store, a cabinet shop if you have a wood project or just a minor reair. Grocery, IGA just up the hill.

Eastport Chowdwer House, 2012-12-30
Captain: , Kingman Yacht Center Cataumet, MA (223)

Bob Delpoppa is a great host and will help boaters out in any way he can. There are two moorings and, if the docks are not busy with other boats Bob will allow you to stay there. He has built nice bath/showers rooms and a laundry for his boaters.
Here you will get the real Downeast feeling.
Food at the Chowder House is excellent and affordable. The crowd is always lively.
Easy walk to dwntown which has most everything you may need.
Moose Island Marine has everything your boat needs and you can walk uphill to visit the Boat School, a comprehensive school designed to meet the needs of the boating industry, and the oldest boat school in Maine.
Eastport is a New England Gem that will grow on you.

Eastport Chowder House., 2011-08-26
Captain: , St. Andrews, New Brunswick (435)

Like the previous review, we were offered a mooring free of charge, and everything he offered I concur with. We did use the showers, and they were very clean, and coin operated. For $.50 you can have a nice hot shower in a clean environment. I threw in an extra quarter for a "Hollywood shower" and thought it was well worth the price. Bob, the owner, now operates the lobster pound and has fuel, and ice available dockside. The food and drink were delicious and attractively priced, if you choose to eat here. You're about a 5 minute walk to town, where there are many shops including cofffe houses, bakeries, and a hardware store that stocks some boating supplies. Moose Island Marine, is minutes away as well.

Fuel and overnight tie-up, worked out well, 2011-07-14
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

We came in for fuel and asked for advice on overnight dockage. Dock hand said the owner would allow us to tie up here, and even found us a 15A outlet we could use. The dock is only partially protected and we rolled a little, but not too bad. It's only a short walk to town and would be a good option if the municipal transient docks are full. The two moorings are large metal balls that look sturdy enough for any size yacht, and just a stone's throw from the floating dinghy dock behind the fuel float. The food at the restaurant was typical seafood restaurant fare, but everything seemed home-made and very good. Staff was friendly and helpful. We didn't use the head and shower facilities so I can't offer an opinion there. It's not a 4 or 5 star facility, but it has everything you need and we would come back.

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