What’s summer without a good lobster roll? We couldn’t tell you either. As August and the dog days of summer approach, make sure to try one (or two, or three) of the lobster rolls that made our list.
Neptune Oyster: Boston, MA (*Expert Pick)
"It can be served hot with butter! Yum! The seafood is so fresh!" - D. Grubstein, A Little Bit About a Lot of Things
Bite Into Maine: Cape Elizabeth, Maine (*Expert Pick)
"This food truck in Fort Williams park offers one of the best "dining rooms" of any lobster shack in New England, where you can sit in the sunshine and look out on Portland Head Light while you enjoy the freshest lobster rolls in the area. From their traditional mayonnaise (or drawn butter) based rolls, to more experimental versions spiked with wasabi or curry, Bite Into Maine has options for everyone." - Malcom, From Away
Grace Church: Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard (*Expert Pick)
"When searching for the best lobster roll, you want just that; lobster meat and a soft roll, and not much more. Mayonnaise lightly caresses the sweet lobster meat, a touch of white pepper enhances the flavor. A soft bun acts as the base to so much lobster, you can't even comprehend how it's still standing. If you're on island, Grace Church is a must!" - Marnely, Cooking with Books
The Lawn at Caste Hill Inn: Newport, RI
To enjoy all the finer things in life, head down to “The Lawn” at Castle Hill Inn. The outdoor dining section of Castle Hill Inn is the perfect way to unwind after a day exploring the Newport Mansions on the famous Newport Cliff Walk. Scattered Adirondack chairs along the Inn’s rolling lawn allow guests to enjoy views of the water while enjoying a cocktail and of course, a lobster roll. Boasting fresh Maine lobster and dressed with tarragon-crème fraîche, onion strings, and cole slaw this is one lobster roll that you don’t want to miss.
The Clam Shack: Kennebunkport ME
If you can only try one Maine lobster roll this summer, make a stop at The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport. A favorite of locals and a must stop spot for visitors, The Clam Shack has graced many best of lists for its fresh seafood. In case you need any extra incentive to check out the Clam Shack, the Food Network’s Adam Gertler has described the lobster roll as “the best food I’ve ever put in my mouth.” Using only the freshest local lobster meat and lobster roll buns that are baked fresh daily, it’s easy to see why the Clam Shack has such long lines from May through Labor Day. Can’t get enough of the lobster roll or get away to Maine this summer? The Clam Shack ships lobster roll kits overnight, to anywhere in the U.S. Don’t miss out!
Island Creek Oyster Bar: Boston, MA
Situated in the heart of Boston, Island Creek Oyster Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a lobster roll without trekking out to the beach. Seafood is sourced from local connections, (it’s so local that the chef's own cousin catches the lobster in Maine). To ensure that quality is never compromised, the menu fare changes daily, but favorites such as the lobster roll are always available.
The Lobster Pool: Rockport, MA
For a true local experience, head to The Lobster Pool in Rockport. This no-frills establishment boasts casual outdoor dining with beautiful views of Ipswich Bay and fresh seafood right off the boat. The lobster roll is simple, fresh, and always a “no celery” lobster roll. The Lobster Pool is BYOB and dog friendly, so make sure to bring Fido and a bottle of wine while you enjoy your meal at sunset. Cheers!
Arnold’s Restaurant: Eastham, MA
Arnold’s is a Cape Cod go to for casual family dining and seafood after a day at the National Seashore. Accessible by both car and the Cape Cod bike trail, Arnold’s attracts bikers, beach goers, and lobster roll aficionados alike. The lobster rolls are served cold or warm with a side of Cape Cod chips. While you’re at it, try the lobster roll with Arnold’s famous onion rings.
The Place: Guilford, CT
For a rustic summer feel and a unique spin on the traditional lobster roll, head to The Place in Guilford. Steamed lobsters are then roasted over a wood fire pit before visitors enjoy the roll outside, where tree stumps serve as seating.