Go where the locals go! Situated just outside the Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, The PW serves a delicious menu featuring the freshest seafood all year. We serve farm fresh local organic veggies and grilled ribeye steaks in summer months and prime rib and a variety of home cooked specials in winter. Complete with a full bar, The PW features numerous Maine craft brews, delightful cocktails, and always a fabulous cast of characters. Open 7 days a week at 11am and serving food until 9pm year ‘round, The Pickled Wrinkle will never leave you hanging. With live music every Thursday and Friday night (Mondays in summer), Saturday Trivia in the winter and backyard horseshoe pits and dog-friendly outdoor seating, the PW is always where it’s at!
Pickled Wrinkles are an old Downeast Maine Delicacy. They are large carnivorous sea snails, or whelks, which are pickled and marketed locally as Pickled Wrinkles. Unlike herbivorous periwinkles, which inhabit tidal zones, wrinkles are larger and inhabit areas below the tide line. Lobster fishermen find wrinkles in traps they haul from the ocean floor. In tough times, wrinkles were relied on to help feed Maine families, and pickling was a great way to preserve the protein packed morsels. At the Pickled Wrinkle, we strive to provide guests with local seafood and produce whenever possible. We have a diverse menu that includes local Pickled Wrinkles when available. Try one if you are brave enough!
Sarah and Jesse Christensen purchased The Nautica Pub in Birch Harbor, Maine in 2013. They ran the business for a year before evolving into The Pickled Wrinkle. Sarah Alley, a lobster fisherman's daughter from nearby Winter Harbor met Jesse in Honolulu in 2003 while working together at a busy Irish Pub. They have both worked in the restaurant/bar business since their teens, with the goal of someday having their own place. The Pickled Wrinkle is for everyone. Year-round locals, summer residents and tourists all flock to the PW for friendly and attentive service, great food and a laid back vibe. Set just outside the boundaries of the beautiful Schoodic section of Acadia National Park, The Pickled Wrinkle is a great stop after a bike ride in the park, or for a relaxed meal with family or friends.
Finally stopped at The Pickled Wrinkle after a drive through the Schoodic section of Acadia. The place is very popular but is larger inside than it looks so don't let the parking lot full of cars scare you off. I sat at the bar, had a very generous cocktail and an order of their wings. The wings were nicely done and tasty, just not really Buffalo style. Being from western NY state, it is hard to find true Buffalo wings, but these made a tasty meal. Friendly service at the bar. Everything coming out of the kitchen looked really good and I look forward to another visit or two next summer.
Loved everything about the Pickled Wrinkle - including the uniquely Down East pickled wrinkle (pickled welk). Great music, the staff was attentive, friendly, and genuinely seemed to enjoy what they were doing. There was a very positive vibe. Very close if you are camping at Schoodic Woods. The seafood stew is not to be missed.
The food here is amazing. We're land-lovers so it was nice to find a place near Schoodic that offered more than just seafood.
The burgers are amazing, pizza is delish and the persto chicken sandwich was tasty. Onion rings are shoe-string style and perfectly cooked. The cheese curds are really good, too!
Atmosphere is laid back and fun but the kitchen is on the smaller side and they tell you right upfront you'll wait longer for some items, like pizzas.
Still, totally worth the wait. We had spent the morning exploring Schoodic and strategized our plan for the afternoon while we waited.
Server was friendly, too. :)
You MUST stop into the Pickled Wrinkle! You'll not find a friendlier place! Owners to employees!
And the food is Fresh, well made, and tasty! Music a few nights. Friday's they do "All You Can Eat" fish fry! No frozen crap here! Some of the best Fish and Chips I've had in Maine! And usually there is live music too!
We've tried to get them to open one in Or around Lincolnville. So we don't have to drive nearly 2 hours to get there! But we still do! That's testament enough!