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12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England

12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England
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As summer approaches, lobster shacks along New England’s coast start popping open, like flowers in bloom, for the short-yet-busy season. Connecticut-based travel writer Mike Urban, author of the book Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints (Countryman Press, 2012), dishes his choices for the 12 best lobster shacks in New England.

Five Island Lobsterhouse
Photo/Art by Courtesy of Mike Urban
Five Island Lobsterhouse

Five Islands Lobster Co.
Located on a pier at the end of Route 127, Five Islands Lobster serves up some of the best cold-water, hard-shell lobster you’ll find anywhere. Throw in its award-winning fried clams and the shack’s magnificent view of Sheepscot Bay, and you’ll find it hard to leave. Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2990;

Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar
Touristy though it may seem, Arnold’s is the place to go for succulently steamed lobster on the Cape. Owner Nate Nickerson III keeps the lines moving while serving more than a thousand customers on most summer days: lobster rolls, of course, but also crab cakes topped with guacamole and summer salsa. Eastham, MA. 508-255-2575;

lobster dinner at Chauncey Creek
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Lobster comes with a great view at Chauncey Creek in Kittery Point, Maine. If you’re looking for an authentic lobster-in-the-rough experience, this is the seafood shack for you.

Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier
This delightful waterside eatery, worlds away from the outlet-mall crowds of nearby Kittery, sits on a 200-foot-wide planked pier astride a broad tidal creek. With its colorfully painted picnic tables and a bird’s-eye view of continuously passing watercraft, Chauncey Creek is a great place to BYOB and tuck into meaty, fresh lobsters imported daily from Canada’s cold waters. Kittery Point, ME. 207-439-1030;

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough
Abbott’s cooks its lobsters via the low-steaming method, in massive cast-iron vaults, to seal in all the crustaceans’ natural flavor. Dine next to the scenic harbor on a dock where striped bass feed on chowder crackers below. Abbott’s is also famous for its hot, buttery lobster roll–the version that’s a Connecticut original. Noank, CT. 860-536-7719;

Lobsters are boiled in a massive outdoor cooker right outside Thurston's Lobster Pound's front door.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
Lobsters are boiled in a massive outdoor cooker right outside Thurston’s Lobster Pound’s front door.

Thurston’s Lobster Pound
Housed on a two-story, screened-in deck overlooking scenic Bass Harbor, Thurston’s is tops for off-the-boat-fresh lobster on Mount Desert Island. There’s a commercial boat dock next door where lobsters are brought in throughout the day, then boiled in a massive outdoor cooker right outside Thurston’s front door. Bernard, ME. 207-244-7600;

The lobster roll at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine, contains the freshly-picked meat from a 1lb lobster.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The lobster roll at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, Maine, contains the freshly-picked meat from a 1lb lobster.

The Clam Shack
Don’t let the name fool you: There’s plenty of good lobster to be had at The Clam Shack. Owner Steve Kingston makes what may be the best lobster roll anywhere in his tiny riverside shack in downtown Kennebunkport. The lobster meat is picked fresh daily and kept ice-chilled until served on a toasted, lightly buttered burger bun. Kennebunkport, ME. 207-967-3321;

Roy Moore Lobster Company
This may be the friendliest lobster shack anywhere. Housed in a diminutive shingled building on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck waterfront, Roy Moore Lobster cooks its crustaceans continuously throughout the day, so there’s rarely a wait for a fresh-cooked meal. Start with owner Ken Porter’s thick, creamy clam chowder, and dine atop wooden lobster crates on the crowded yet friendly back deck. Rockport, MA. 978-546-6696

brown's lobster seabrook nh
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Brown’s Lobster Pound has been serving up fresh boiled lobster for more than 50 years.

Brown’s Lobster Pound
Perched over the tidal Blackwater River near Seabrook’s inviting beach, Brown’s has been serving up fresh boiled lobster for more than 50 years. The timber-frame dining hall is a great place to feast on lobsters, fried clams, lobster rolls, and creamy, spicy lobster bisque. The summer sunsets off the back deck are not to be missed. Seabrook, NH. 603-474-3331;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Mike Urban


Mike Urban


Mike Urban is an award-winning food and travel writer and a regular contributor to Yankee Magazine. He is the author of four books: Lobster Shacks, Clam Shacks, The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook, and The New England Diner Cookbook. He lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with his wife and four children. Connect with Mike Urban on LinkedIn!
Updated Monday, September 14th, 2015

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108 Responses to 12 Best Lobster Shacks in New England

  1. Deborah Pyle May 27, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    You’ve got to be kidding, Abbotts? They are the biggest tourist trap ever! Where it is located is beautiful. Take it from a resident stay away!

    • arubamama May 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      I agree….. got lost finding the place and was disappointed in the overpriced lobster roll. my favorite place is Bailey’s at PinePoint, Scarborough, ME….$10 and loaded with lobster.

      • Andrew May 31, 2014 at 9:19 am #

        I live right down the street. Not to be a jerk, but it’s “Bayley’s” (just in case anyone would want to look it up). Awesome lobster roll box lunches, haddock chowder, and outdoor bar (“The Bait Shed Bar.)” Great service. Steamers, oysters, etc. No, I don’t work there – I just go a lot.

      • Chris July 8, 2014 at 7:21 am #

        Bayley’s Lobster Pound….I agree. Fabulous lobster rolls and chowders. Well known with the locals and those who’ve done their homework.

      • Linda Burnside February 2, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

        I agree Bayleys is the best been vacationing in Maine for over 10 years.

    • Randy May 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Wow… What a great list… I’m from Louisiana and love our crawfish BUT Lobsta is awesome… Been to over half of the mentioned spots ( and many many more not mentioned) and have never met a lobsta I didn’t love… Have fun out there checking out your favorites!!!! Randy

    • John May 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

      Yup!!! Gotta go to Ford’s

    • Liv July 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

      I hate these reviews where they send tourits to places that are not “local”. hahaha
      Thanks for letting us know. It’s not about being “famous”, it’s about being local ANG GOOD!.
      Just like in Maine, don’t go to Red’s Eat, go to places like a local fisheman in Damariscotta (93 Elm Street). He has the best lobster roll you can find, and also the freshest live lobsters. Places like this is where tourists should go…not a “famous” place where the rolls are not even good.

    • Jan Laska June 16, 2015 at 7:25 am #

      I agree – We go to Capt Scott’s in New London, it’s the best. Been going there for years and we’ve never been disappointed!

  2. Jennifer May 27, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    You forgot Lobster Landing in Clinton, CT. Best lobster roll on the CT shore.

    • Patty June 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

      The Lobster Landing in Clinton, CT have the best lobster rolls in the State!!

    • Kristen June 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      Agreed!!!! How does “The Place” make the list, and LL doesn’t?

  3. Kasie May 27, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    The Crabby Lobster on Maine St in Brunswick, ME is the best :) the owner is a lobsterman n it’s his fresh catch!

    • Brunswick resident May 31, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Geez, I live in Brunswick Maine and I am not even sure I have heard of the Crabby Lobster… Is that the food truck that only started service last year? If so, I can’t blame the writer for only include proven establishments that have been around for a while. FWIW, I think this is one of the best lists I’ve seen in a while insofar as Maine is concerned. They resisted to temptation to put the tourist trap Red’s on it. Yay!

  4. Patricia May 27, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    What no Red’s Eat’s in Wiscasset, ME????

    • Leah May 27, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      RED’s is a definite YES! Agreed that we should all forget Abbots….

    • Valerie May 28, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      I agree Reds Eats is great and the best fried clams too.

    • Brunswick resident May 31, 2014 at 9:20 am #

      Because Reds is a tourist trap. Where you might have to stand in line for 30-45 minutes smelling car exhaust. Locals and others in the know bypass Red’s and go to places like Five Islands, where you get a million dollar view.

    • Jude August 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Red’s is way over priced, skimpy rolls, and stale tasting to boot! I should add that the service was a lot less than friendly. I’ll NEVER go back there.

      • Denise June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

        Disagree 100% with you Jude….my first lobster roll entering Maine and my last leaving is always at Reds. NEVER have I had a stale roll…at noon, mid-afternoon, or just before closing, ALWAYS FRESH. Last summer, twice…I waited the usual 90 minutes at mid day to have lunch…not only was I eating but I was bringing 6 lobster rolls home to go…I live 5 HOURS away! They prepared each packet with meat separate from roll and butter/mayo…they filled bead bags full of ice to pack in my cooler…hours later my family was enjoying the same rolls I’d been eating throughout the week. Excellent food and Excellent service….worth every minute you wait in line at Red’s. I can’t believe they weren’t listed on this list.

    • Linda October 7, 2015 at 11:01 am #

      You really missed the boat by not including “Red’s” in Wiscasset Village, Maine!!!! Hands down, the very best lobster roll there is!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Doug May 27, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Are you kidding me? Johnny Ads did not make the list??

  6. gordon smith May 27, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Traditionalist….I do NOT consider hot lobster when it comes to lobster rolls. Just cold lobster, celery, Seidner’s mayo and a dash of thyme. There is a variation I enjoyed recently in Maryland. Same recipe, but with Old Bay seasoning. Not bad.

    • Jim May 27, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Then you must hate lobster. To smother lobster in mayo and serve it cold is just awful. Hot and with butter is the only way.

      • Donna Gray May 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

        Jim (whoever you are)… If you LOVE lobster, there isn’t any way to serve it that you can’t love. I grew up in New England and have gone to all corners of the six (6) New England states and have had the most wonderful lobster cooked and eaten hot or cold. There is just no way to prepare and serve lobster that isn’t FANTASTIC… (except maybe raw). I just turned 78 and I am a lobster lover!

        • arubamama May 31, 2014 at 9:11 am #

          agree…hot or cold… it!

  7. Mary Ellen Smith May 27, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    If you really want to know where to eat Local , Fresh Lobster…ask the Locals! Perkins Cove Lobster Pound in Ogunquit sells Lobster, caught fresh daily by the Owner/Operator Josh Audet. Josh has been Lobstering since he was a young man with his Grandfather Wayne Perkins. The Lobster comes straight off the boat in Perkins Cove and goes right to the Lobster Pound in Perkins Parking Lot. The Lobster Pound offers delivery to your Hotel,Motel or house if you are in Ogunquit. If you would like to eat there…there are a couple of picnic tables and they will cook them for you! If interested…Lobster can be packed to travel with advanced notice and depending on availability. Go to: Perkins Cove Lobster and check them out. Thank You, Mary Ellen Smith

    • nj May 27, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Sounds great!

    • Jean May 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Mouth watering~ 0ver a number years would drive from White Mts. to different places. Fair prices & good service can be expected. Loved hearing the accents also.


    • RonB May 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

      Cold beer, lobster roll w/butter @ Perkins Cove!! Oh how we miss it! Murrells Inlert SC has the weather I wildlife/nature-Maine has the LOBSTAH!!

      • jennym May 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

        I prefer the Lobster Shack in Perkins cove! Amazing lobster roll, amazing steamers. Love the owner, he’s there every day and the nicest ever :-)

    • Martha June 11, 2014 at 12:26 am #

      Our family’s go to spot for three generations.

  8. zack thomas May 27, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Who can forget about lobster landing in clinton CT. I am shocked that it did not make the list. Lobster landing has been in the national geographic time and time again. This small shack is a new england landmark.

  9. nj May 27, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Johnathans in North Conway NH is very good!

    • Leah May 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

      But it is inland!

  10. Swampybob May 27, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    One of the timeless questions, without any specific answer. Who has the best cheese steak in Philly, or who has the best NY pizza. Everyone has their favorites, so you really can’t choose. Besides everyone knows the best lobster rolls are made in Maine; specifically Harraseeket Lobster Pound, or Beckey’s.

    • Dan Watts May 31, 2014 at 10:26 am #

      Have to agree we boat out of royal river boat yard and that’s not bad choices

  11. Michael Doto May 27, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    How bout James hook & company in the heart of Boston?

  12. Cindy Richard May 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    There’s a place serving lobster fresh off the boat – it’s on the pier in Portsmouth, NH.

  13. Victoria Brofman May 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    What about the little restaurant at Two Lights in ME or Jake’s in Ossipee NH or Barbara’s in Conway NH. They are all great. Went to Brown’s once because it was on one of the shows on Travel Channel and showed a huge lobster roll. It was a normal size roll with about 1/2 cup of lobster.

  14. Vicki Harwood May 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    I think the Best place is Young’s Lobster’s Pound in Belfast, Maine. I have been going there 50+ years.

    • Grace June 25, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      I would agree. Young’s is the best lobster pound anywhere! If you don’t agree you haven’t been.
      Was surprised by the list. Seemed tourist heavy. Another good one in New Harbor, Maine – Shaw’s LP.

  15. Craig M Morris May 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    How can anybody say “oh this place is the best” or “nobody compares to this place”! Unless you have tried all of these places listed, it is just sheer opinion! That’s why the dang list is given, 12 best shacks….go try them and THEN form an opinion!!

  16. Leah May 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Well, at least we pretty much all agree, if you want great lobster, go to the source…coastal MAINE!

  17. John Thompson May 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

    Forget my opinion but consider those of the masses; a number of these places get poor reviews on the user authored travel websites

  18. Heather Polke May 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Sorry but you missed the mark…The Skipper in Cape Cod By far the BEST! WickedGood Lobsta Roll…

  19. Lonnie Ataman May 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    The Beachplum in North Hampton MA on rt 1A and The Raw Bar in New Seabury Or Hyannis MA. Both places are fantastic.

    • ed May 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

      beachplum rocks!!

    • Betty Cordoza June 4, 2014 at 3:11 am #

      Don/t you mean The Beachplum in North Hampton, NEW HAMPSHIRE? That is where Rt 1-A , Lafayette Road, is located. Believe me, Northampton MA is really far from the beach!

  20. Nancy May 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Bob Lobster on Plum Island Turnpike in Newbury, MA should be on the list. Also has the best fried clams on the North Shore!

    • Newbury Native August 17, 2014 at 9:00 am #

      Bob Lobster–absolutely! Great lobster, agreed to best clams on the North Shore and to-die-for lobster-corn chowder. Gorgeous sunset views over the marsh. And, less expensive than anywhere else. Great lobster roll for 12 bucks.

  21. Walt May 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    PJ’s Pub in Westboro, MA has had the best Lobster Roll ever.. At least two tails 4-5 fullclaws knuckles and body meat no fillers… in a nisson roll with fries or slaw … best part less than 15 bucks…You need a knife and fork to eat it oh ya also a large half sour pickle to go with it

  22. Ellin Drasser May 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    Port Lobster in Kennebunkport – the best!

  23. Kate Kutash May 27, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

    Muscungous Bay Lobster on the dock in Round Pond Maine! BYO everything but the lobstah!

  24. Amy LaSalle May 28, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    I have lived in Austin, TX for 20 years. Every summer I yearn for a real true lobster roll to no hope without a plane ticket. But now we have Garbo’s….which is the real deal flown in from the family’s pound in NH and served up in an authentic way from a street truck. It’s not NE in the summer, but it helps transport me there. Now if there was only a clam shack….

    • Mer May 31, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Really? Lobster here in Austin? I’m from NE and was thinking no lobster for me this summer! Wow! I’ll check it out! Quality Seafood has lobster on Sat for $30 but the water they cook it in isn’t salt water and maybe new water isn’t even used for each individual lobster. It’s still 1-1/4 though… pretty good size!

  25. D Marois May 28, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    You have to ck out The Raw Bar in Mashpee. Best Lobster rolls!!

  26. Tony May 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Five Islands Lobster. Georgetown, Maine. You got that right! Fresh fish, fried clams and of course, fresh lobster just minutes out of the sea. Dock-side dining at its best.

  27. Sue May 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    I have lived in RI for 53 years. When I was a kid Aunt Carries was the place to go. For the past 10 years, it has gone from bad to disgusting. The chowder is like dish water and the clam cakes might have one clam in it and also is almost always raw inside. I will never eat there again. Too many other great places in RI. Crows Nest, Harborside, Iggys ect.

  28. Lnichols May 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm #


    • Betty Cordoza June 4, 2014 at 3:15 am #

      Woodman’s in Essex, MA, claims to be where the (whole) Fried Clam was invented. However, the locals don’t go there. To damned crowded and touristy.

  29. Bosoxchic2011 May 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    The Lobster Shack in Perkins Cove and The Lobster Shack at Two Lights at Cape Elizabeth are awesome. The ambiance is the icing on the cake. Missing them both.

  30. Ted Musco May 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    don’t forget the Lobster Shack in Branford, Ct

  31. Sam Coulbourn May 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    You missed The Lobster Pool on Folly Cove in Rockport! Wonderful lobster, lobster rolls, and all the rest. Lisa Waring makes all her customers feel welcome.

  32. Todd May 31, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    I like The Little Stone House in Guilford too, great lobster rolls, Thursday night music outside, great beers & wine available, cool peeps, all reasonable priced in the perfect setting.

    • Carol Wilcox McMahon June 4, 2014 at 2:48 am #

      When I was a kid (I’m in my 70’s now) my grandfather and other relatives lived in Guilford. We lived in Milford but would come to the Little Stone House on special occasions. Loved their food We also went to Bernice’s(?) just down the road. I live in California and there are no places to compare with New England lobster. Miss it so much!

  33. Teresa May 31, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Larson’s Lunchbox in Wiscasset, awesome lobster roll. The owners make you feel welcome. Reasonable prices. Sit outside and watch the day pass by.

    • Gayna March 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      Your so right about everything except its in Damariscotta not Wiscasset, very close by though.

  34. Frank May 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    I know that times does change things, and I’m sorry to hear about Abbotts. But back when I went there almost 40 years ago, it might have had a different name, and it was only two small buildings, and the most memorable lobster roll I have ever enjoyed to date. Sad.

  35. KCurtis May 31, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    You seem to be missing Woodman’s in Essex, MA.

  36. kathy May 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Seawitch…peabody, ma
    Not the greatest atmosphere, but the best lobster at a great price!

  37. Melissa May 31, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Harraseeket Lunch & Loster in Freeport, Maine!

  38. Susan May 31, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Thanks for the mention! We have been here 100 years next year and made the very first lobster roll in the State of Maine! – Sue @ Bayleys’s Lobster Pound, Pine Point Maine.

  39. Lacey K May 31, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Quoddy Bay Lobster in Eastport, Maine

  40. Laura G June 1, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    I’ve been to the Beach Plum in North Hampton NH, and they have awesome lobster (LOTS of it) in rolls with NO FILLERS!! THE best!!

  41. Steve June 1, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    What about the Nordic Lodge in RI.

  42. Paul Willey June 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Obviously another list written by flatlanders. The Number 1 Lobster Shack in Maine is where ever you stop, set up and cook your own….

  43. Pat June 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Your Eastham MA choice is my least favorite on Cape Cod. They are only interested in large groups. They are ruder than rude to single women. I would rather go anywhere else.

    • Sheri April 3, 2015 at 12:59 am #

      You are correct. There are many many good quality lobster and clam places on the Cape. Always go where the locals go.

  44. rebecca June 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Thurston’s=Tourist Trap. Plus, they weigh your lobster with water in the container so you pay for water too. Go to Southwest Harbor Lobster Pound instead.

  45. Betty Cordoza June 4, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    I haven’t yet tried the Beach Plum in North Hampton, MA. Will have to do so on my next visit back.

    However, COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE and Yahoo mentioned Al’s Seafood on Rte. 1-A (Lafayette Road) in North Hampton, NH, as one of the best seafood places on any US Coast (Atlantic, Gulf or Pacific). My late aunt said it had great seafood, but it was a bit primitive for my elderly aunt’s tastes.

    The Copper Lantern, “across the street” from Al’s is great too. Great seafood at great prices, including Fried Clam rolls.

    I am reluctant to mention my personal favorite, as I don’t want it crowded when I visit there this summer. It is the Airport Café, just off Rte. 1-A, in North Hampton, NH. The Lobster Rolls are fabulous and the price is as well. The décor is “early aviation” and has to be seen to be enjoyed.

    If you’re in the mood for breakfast (they’re open from 6 or 7 AM until 2 PM) they have wonderful Blueberry Pancakes loaded with fresh blueberries. Can’t wait to get back there from my home in CA.

  46. Dave June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    A new Lobster Roll joint on the waterfront Ch’town , Prince Edward Island called ” Dave’s Lobster—-Reviews are GREAT !

  47. Kim June 14, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Abbots is a rip off. While not technically a lobster shack, Stowes in West Haven has the freshest seafood and amazing lobster rolls.

  48. Livy July 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    BEST ROLLS IN MAINE … Joe Lane Lobsterman on Elm Street -Damariscotta.
    Hidden place where only locals know about it. The tourists go crazy when the find this place. It’s unbelievable. They have different rolls like Tomato basil Mayo; lime Cilantro, grilled cheese, lobster BLT … and the traditional of course.
    Can’t wait to go back there. So lucky I meet a local that showed me this place.

  49. Helene August 17, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    Sh-h-h-h! Don’t tell the author about Downeast Maine…it is a long drive from CT.

  50. Barbera Wyman August 17, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Fox’s lobster house in York Beach Maine is my definite favorite! Then head up the road to Brown’s ice cream for dessert…view of Nubble Light with delish meal!!

  51. stephen grover August 17, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    browns in seabrook nh the best

  52. stephen grover August 17, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    great lobster,great fried seafood,try it out today

  53. Sue August 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    My favorite by far, Two Lights Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, ME.

    • E BARRY October 7, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Absolutely my kids 1st lobster was there in 1992 when they were 11- 10 + 8 and we have not missed a summer going there since! Vacation on Higgins Beach where my parents visited relatives every summer from 1954. I was 4! Now my grandkids go there since they were born oldest now 6 + 3 more after her. They have all gone – gotta teach them early where to get lobstah rool w/ full pound meat on it and crab cakes umm umm ummm

  54. Ruth Ann Barker August 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Wait… What? No Champlin’s in Galilee, RI? Best lobster roll!

  55. Vivian Deliz August 20, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Nunan’s Lobster Hut in Kennebunkport, ME. Great little place. Only takes cash.

  56. Christal Spruill September 22, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    I have read all the above reviews for the past couple of months. I am a seafood foodie from Washington, D.C. planning a trip north in October. I as having a difficult time deciding on a good location to visit to get the most bang for my buck for an excellent variety of seafood but primarily LOBSTER and OYSTERS. My husband and I are open to any and all suggestions but no tourist traps, we want to eat with the locals. I originally planned on Cape Cod, MA but now I’m having second thoughts. HELP!!

    • Brenda Darroch September 23, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      Hi Christal,
      The lobster shacks in New England will be closing soon, so be sure to call ahead before heading to any at this time of year.

  57. Claire December 13, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Nobody has mentioned Libby’s Market in Brunswick, ME. A small mom-and-pop convenience store, with the most unbelievable lobster roll we have ever had, and we have been going to Maine for thirty years! Really fresh lobster, as the owner is a lobsterman. Unexpected and unbeatable.

  58. Ann Shores March 16, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Every year we make a trip Miller’s Coop. in South Thomaston just down the road from Waterman’s. Family run nice and clean. Great Lobster and home made pies Eat at a picnic table outside or undercover. Beautiful scenery and watch them get their lobster boats ready for the next day. We are from central Maine and we enjoy Miller’s!

  59. Paula March 17, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Lobster Landing in Clinton, CT has the best lobster rolls (in my opinion).
    Clam Castle used to be my favorite clam shack, but it was taken over by Donahue’s and I haven’t been there since.

  60. Miriam May 7, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    You forgot the Brickhouse in Hooksett NH! They have a great lobster roll!!

  61. Holly Johnston June 5, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Oh, to go to Maine, if only I could. All year, in Chicago, I pine for lobster and clams in New England. But I still only manage to get as far as Boston and Cape Cod. I see the one Cape Cod lobster shack got panned by single women, which I am. So where do the locals go? And also, where is good in Boston? Some day, I’ll get to Maine again, but not soon enough.

  62. Mollie Lyon June 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

    My husband’s sub was in dry dock at Portsmouth, NH thirty two years ago. I loved a place in Kittery Pointe, Maine, Captain Simeon’s. We drove up in 1991 after moving back to Pennsylvania and unfortunately chose the day it was closed. I can’t seem to find it on line. Does anyone know what happened to it? Being from Pennsylvania, I loved that the meal was five or six dollars. It was clean and charming, too, right on the bay off Rt. 1.

    • Shirley August 15, 2015 at 4:25 am #

      Captain Simeons went out of business years ago….

  63. Jan Laska June 16, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    Captain Scott’s in New London, CT has been our to go to seafood place for the last 7 years, at least. Yes, forget Abbotts. You can get a lobster dinner, 1 1/4 pds, corn on the cob, baby potatoes, cole slaw, and New England clam chowder for around $25! Oysters, shrimp, mussels, and steamers are available. And if you want a hot dog, they have them too! Entertainment on the weekends!

  64. Dana July 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Someone mentioned Bob’s on Plum Island road. I had a lobster roll yesterday there and it was very small and the lobster meat was not fresh. This review didn’t mention the Clam Box in Ipswich which has awesome food and is know around the country. Also J T Farnhams in Essex has the Best fried seafood in Essex. Just ask the locals. Also the Food Network did a challenge between Farnhams and Woodmans and Farnhams won with superior food. The trophy is sitting right on the counter where you order your food. Locals do not go to Woodmans. The food is only so so with rather small portions and is very over priced. Also you have to buy tartar sauce there. It’s the only place in the world that i have been where they sell you a condiment after buying a $31 clam plate which is the current price.

  65. Chris October 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    As a few other folks have mentioned- Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth Me deserves to be here- especially over Browns. In fact I think you are better going across the street from Browns and hitting up Markeys!

    • Jen June 16, 2016 at 7:50 am #

      Agreed! The lobster shack at two lights has the BEST lobster roll I’ve ever eaten.

  66. Louise Lynch October 15, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    I highly recommend Captain Scotts in New London, Ct; their fare is perfection and superior in my opinion to many in this area…

  67. Denise Karlin July 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    I’m shocked that Muscongus Bay Lobster Company in Round Pond, Maine is missing. It is by far the best there is.

  68. J. Peesh July 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    We know where the best is in Maine, but were not crazy enough to tell out-of-staters, who’ll come and spoil everything.

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