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The 10 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


The 10 Best Lobster Rolls in New England
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The lobster roll has become the New England summertime sandwich of choice. Tasty chunks of lobster meat drizzled with butter or tossed with mayo and served up on a crisp, buttery bun are all the rage these days. Food and travel writer Mike Urban, author of Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints (Countryman Press, 2012) has shared his picks for the 10 best lobster rolls in New England.

With tail, claw, and knuckle meat from a 1+/-pound lobster, the lobster roll at Red's Eats is bigger than most and may be had with mayo, warm butter, neither, or both.
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
With tail, claw, and knuckle meat from a 1+/-pound lobster, the lobster roll at Red’s Eats is bigger than most and may be had with mayo, warm butter, neither, or both.

Red’s Eats If you can handle the hour-plus wait in line on the sidewalk along busy U.S. Route 1, your sweet reward will be a magnificent lobster roll that’s known far and wide as one of the best in Maine. With tail, claw, and knuckle meat from a 1+/-pound lobster, this roll is bigger than most and may be had with mayo, warm butter, neither, or both. Wiscasset, ME. 207-882-6128

Five Islands Lobster Company This shack is perfectly positioned on the town dock to receive a steady flow of super-fresh lobster from the cold, deep waters of nearby Sheepscot Bay. The lobster is fresh-picked throughout the day, tossed with a bit of mayo, and served in a toasted, buttered, split-top bun lined with a leafy piece of lettuce. Cold rolls only are served here; no butter.  Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2990;

clam shack
Photo/Art by Brenda Darroch
The Clam Shack’s deceptively simple lobster roll on a fresh-baked hamburger-style bun is as good as lobster rolls get.

The Clam Shack This is the best lobster roll in the six-state region. Owner Steve Kingston’s meticulous use of fresh-daily, soft shell lobsters and chilling each handpicked order on ice creates a freshness of flavor unmatched anywhere. Served on toasted, buttered hamburger-style buns from a local bakery, the Clam Shack’s cold-meat rolls may be had with mayonnaise or warm butter. This is the lobster roll by which all others should be measured. Kennebunk, ME. 207-967-3321;

Each roll at the Lobster Pool is hand-mixed for just the right amount of mayo on the meat.
Photo/Art by Mike Urban
Each roll at the Lobster Pool is hand-mixed for just the right amount of mayo on the meat.

The Lobster Pool Nestled in a quiet corner of Cape Ann, this pretty little spot serves up the best lobster roll between Boston and the New Hampshire border. Each roll at the Pool is made to order with generous chunks of lobster mixed in a small bowl with mayo, then placed atop a crunchy leaf of lettuce and wedged into a toasted, buttered split-top bun. Butter may be substituted for mayo, on request. The Pool’s lobsters are procured fresh daily from a supplier in neighboring Gloucester, then cooked up and hand-picked at the Pool throughout the day. Rockport, MA. 978-546-7808;

Lobster Landing Owners Enea and Cathie Bacci have put a unique Italian spin on their hot, buttered lobster roll at this quaint, dilapidated shack next to the Clinton town harbor. Instead of making their lobster rolls with split-top hot dog buns, they load their warm, buttered lobster meat into hefty Italian grinder rolls that have been toasted on a standard-issue, propane-fired backyard barbecue grill. The result is a warm, buttery, crispy-crunchy lobster roll that pleases in both quantity and quality. Clinton, CT. (860) 669-2005

Take a walk on the wild side with Rye Harbor Lobster Pound’s hot lobster roll in a butter-and-sherry sauce.
Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Take a walk on the wild side with Rye Harbor Lobster Pound’s hot lobster roll in a butter-and-sherry sauce.

Rye Harbor Lobster Pound Down by the town dock in Rye Harbor is a tiny, sunny shack that serves some of the most innovative lobster dishes anywhere in New England. From Lobster Gazpacho to Lobster Pizza, there’s plenty to try here. Don’t miss the hot lobster roll with the meat bathed in a warm butter-and-sherry sauce and served on a buttered split-top bun that’s toasted on a plug-in griddle.  There’s also a cold roll with mayo, a touch of celery, and a hint of lemon. Rye Harbor, NH. 603-964-7845 

The Friendly Fisherman On a relatively tame stretch of U.S. Route 6 about 20 miles south of Provincetown sits the Friendly Fisherman, a quaint seafood market with a tree-shaded seafood shack attached to it. This place serves up an honest, genuine cold lobster roll with five ounces of meat, a touch of mayo, a crispy leaf of lettuce, and a mightily burdened split-top, buttered, toasted hot dog bun.  Big chunks of claw meat always appear on top of the roll for presentation’s sake—and what a presentation it is. Cold rolls only are served here; butter may be mixed in, upon request. North Eastham, MA. 508-255-6770;

The Lobster Roll Platter at Anthony’s Seafood satisfies the keenest of lobster cravings.
Photo/Art by Mike Urban
The Lobster Roll Platter at Anthony’s Seafood satisfies the keenest of lobster cravings.

Anthony’s Seafood This warehouse-like seafood market on a commercial strip north of Newport masks a wonderful eatery that serves up a heaping, six-ounce lobster roll that comes with fries, coleslaw, and a pickle for a belt-busting plate of lobster-roll goodness. The picked-fresh-daily lobster meat is tossed with a bit of mayo and lightly sprinkled with white pepper. The price tag is higher than most, but the extra cost is well worth it. Middletown, RI. (401) 846-9620;

Mike Urban


Mike Urban


Mike Urban is an award-winning food and travel writer, book editor and packager, and former vice president and associate publisher of the Globe Pequot Press. He has written three books on New England: Clam Shacks: The Ultimate Guide to New England’s Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries; Lobster Shacks: A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints; and The New England Diner Cookbook: Classic and Creative Recipes from the Finest Roadside Eateries. Mike lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with his wife, Ellen, and their four children. Connect with Mike Urban on LinkedIn!

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122 Responses to The 10 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

  1. Brunswick resident August 20, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    The butter might be hot at Red’s, but when you pour it over chilled lobster meat, it coagulates. And, that’s just a downright icky taste and texture. No waiting in line on the side of the highway for me. I’ll take my lobster with the killer view at Five Islands.

    • PeterM August 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      My wife and I totally agree and don’t understand the hype about Red’s. Huge portions but we were disappointed by the chilled lobster meat and the person at the table next to us had the same reaction.

    • Marilyn Grant May 23, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Totally agree with Brunswick……very difficult to eat, not worth the wait! Try the lobster roll at the Lincolnville Beach lobster pound restaurant. It’s just right!

    • Annette May 31, 2015 at 7:44 am #

      Totally agree! I don’t know what the hype is about Red’s. I was so disappointed to get this beautiful, over stuffed lobster roll, with a dish of nice hot drawn butter, only to pour it over and watch it solidify as it hit the totally icy cold lobster meat :-( When I asked them, they said there was no way to heat it…. really? How do other places manage to serve it hot! A pot of hot water and a quick dunk is all it would take. Definitely not worth waiting in line for.
      If you’re ever in Guilford, CT – The Lobster Pound at the Guilford Docks is awesome! Hot and butter. One of my favorites!

      • pamela June 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

        Agreed. I also lived in CT and love the Lobster Pound. We live in Bridgton ME now and like the lobster rolls at the Galley and at the Lobster Pound in Naples.

  2. Guy Benoit August 20, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    The Beach Plum in North Hampton,N.H. Is by far the best lobster roll around. Winner of the Hampton Seafood festival year in year out.

    • Kristan August 22, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      I have to agree! I can’t take this post seriously without the Beach Plum on it. I have been to six of the places on here and beach plum wins out!

    • anncummings September 17, 2014 at 8:12 am #

      I agree about The Beach Plum – absolutely not a complete list without them being included!

      • Monica May 22, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

        Beach Plum I agree is the best lobster roll what are they thinking not including them in the list they are # 1

    • Kate May 23, 2015 at 8:23 am #

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed The Beach Plum was missing. This list is not legit without them!

    • Chris Baldwin June 2, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

      I agree 100%! Just had The beach plum for the first time Memorial Day weekend. By far the best lobster roll I’ve ever had. Also try the clams then and tarter sauce are iut of this world. There other food is phenominal as well. Can’t believe Abbots even made the list. There are much better rolls in CT. than there.

    • Linda Driscoll September 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

      Beach Plumb in N. Hampton is my favorite

  3. Shirley August 20, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Glenwood. Hamden, CT. So buttery + huge chunks of generous LOBSTER meat

  4. Lenny August 20, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    I have to mention City Fish in Wethersfield Connecticut. They are a sea food distributor with a small restaurant that serves a variety of sea food meals “to go” or sit in. They have a lobster roll that should be sampled for consideration to the top 10 list. You can choose from hot with butter or cold with lettuce. The roll is almost 6 inches long and is more like a sub with fresh lobster piled on. Definitely worth the visit in my humble opinion.

  5. jen/joe August 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Clearly, you have not been to Cape Cod, MA! The Kettle Ho restaurant, Cotuit MA. They beat every one of these in size alone! It is not even meant to be shared, but some can get a second lovely treat for later! Check it out!

    • jasonericmed May 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

      Wow memorys there in th 80s

  6. Marie Waechter August 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Best lobster roll is here inland in a roadside Williamsburg Snack Bar food shack here in Williamsburg, Ma, lots of great lobster, minimum mayo and nothing else! Oh price $8.00.

  7. Kathie Floyd August 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    The Galley Hatch has a year-round lobster roll that is the best – almost no mayo with great lobstah!

    • Kathie Floyd August 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

      Almost forgot, it’s located in Hampton, NH Rte. 1.

  8. Cathy Richardson August 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    QUODDY BAY all the way! They do it right, makes all Mainers proud!

  9. Cynthia Boland August 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

    Quito’s Restaurant in Bristol, RI right on the Harbor has a great lobster roll offered either dry (no mayo) with butter side, or with dill and light mayo. Nothing measures up to NH or Maine coastal lobster, though.

  10. Peg Leg August 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    You really have to try the lobster roll at the Fisherman’s Coop in Boothbay Harbor. The other good option is the Trevett Store on the Barter’s Island Road. Super fresh and very good the Trevett’s is also reasonably priced. The lobster roll at Robinson’s on Southport is pretty decent too.

  11. Andrea August 21, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Growing up in New England I’ve tasted a lot of lobster rolls, a whole lot. Both the CT-style hot with butter (my preference hands down) and also lobster-salad-with-mayo. Two of the best spots are 1) Lenny & Joe’s fish tale in Madison, CT for a CT-style hot butter lobster roll (which is consistently less dry than Clinton’s Lobster Landing although Lobster Landing wins for charming locale, hands down!!). And although I don’t particularly care for cold lobster rolls with mayo, the one sold at 2) Grace Church in Martha’s Vineyard is by far one of the best ever to be had. Stellar lobster flavor through and through.

    • Amber Price May 23, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

      Lenny and Joe’s wins hands down.

  12. Shauna August 21, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Almost anywhere on Mt. Desert Island!

  13. Barbara Colantuoni August 21, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Cannot beat the lobster roll at Red’s! Family owned for generations resulting in a pride in their product….you get more than a whole lobster in each toasted roll and it’s served with love!

    • Joan Lally August 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Where is Red’s Family Restaurant, it sounds great.. Thanks.

      • Cee May 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

        Red’s is not a restaurant. It’s a tiny roadside shack.

    • donna September 26, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      I agree completely with you.My first stop on the way to Boothbay is Red’s. The lobster roll is so worth the wait.I woukdn’t miss it.

  14. Suzanne Pfizenmaier France August 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    I think they missed the boat when they didn’t include my favorite. JPs in Westboro, MA. Can’t beat $14.95 for the one they serve up.

  15. Buzz Adams August 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    The Barnacle in Marblehead, great cold lobster roll. Neptune Oysters in Boston’s North end has by far and away the best hot lobster roll. For CT fans Abbots is very good, but in the tiny town of Noank people also line up for Fords. It’s right on the water and has very good food.

  16. Paul Holden August 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    As a self proclaimed expert on New England Lobster rolls I like many of your choices. Others I don’t know. However your missing one. Captain Scotts in New London consistantly has the best Lobster rolls anywhere. They do such a large volume that the lobsters are always, always fresh. It is a hard place to find if your not a local, but make the effort you won’t be disappointed.

  17. Tara August 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Come on! what about Marky’s or Browns?!

    • Donna Venette April 23, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

      I’ve been going to Browns for 65 years. Moved to SC and miss it every day. Lobsters,fried food steamers,and onion rings to die for.

  18. Caroline August 22, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Was recently lucky enough to find The Clam Shack in Kennebunkport-that lobster roll was incredible. Fresh baked round bun which is toasted and lots of fresh, buttery lobster. I thought I wouldn’t like cold lobster, but it was so full of flavor and refreshing on a summer day.

    • sylvia clough September 27, 2015 at 12:56 am #

      I agree with Caroline. My husband and I would go to The Clam Shack every time we went to Kennebunkport. Our favorite place and restaurant to go. If no parking spot we would wait and go back. The food, no matter what you ordered is to die for and the scenery is worth every picture you can take. Miss going there we have moved and my husband is no longer with us.

  19. Steven August 22, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    I come home to New England every August and one of my must do items is have a Lobster Roll at Aquidneck Lobster Company in Newport, RI. It is HUGE! It has a touch of mayo with some dill. Definitely one of my favorites!

  20. Mary Jane August 22, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    You must try the lobster roll at The Skipper Restaurant in south Yarmouth ,cape cod. 1/2 lb lobster. Yum!

  21. Susan August 23, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    Cap’t Cass on Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA on Cape Cod offers the single greatest lobster roll out there.

    • John May 24, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      Whole Heartily agree. Been going to Capt Cass since 1976.

  22. carol garrison August 26, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    seaswirl in mystic on route l has awesome lobster rolls, – have eatern in all of the above places in my travels – excellent

  23. Mark August 26, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Vals, in Holden, Ma. served with very thin fried onion rings on top

    Flip Flops, in Holden,Ma. served in a foot long toasted hd roll,

    Sundancers, Dennis Ma. Jumbo Lobster Roll ($24) seemed like the meat of 2 lobsters.

    ps when ordering say no lettuce. always seems like you get more lobster.

  24. Marti August 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    The Lobster Shack At Two Lights!
    225 Two Lights Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
    (207) 799-1677
    A lobster roll with a view that will make you cry like a baby…..LOL

    • Gary May 22, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Both The Lobster Shack and Beach Plum should top this list!

    • Melissa May 23, 2015 at 8:09 am #

      I absolutely agree. It’s not summer in New England without a trip to The Lobster Shack. Awesome lobster roll on a traditional hot dog roll, lightly toasted with choice of butter or mayo. Gorgeous view….can’t be beat.

    • pamela June 3, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      Certainly agree on the Lobster Shack

  25. Michael August 29, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Spinney’s at Popham Beach has been a family favorite for over 50 years.

  26. Jenny Tripp September 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    The Red Barn in Augusta, ME has a lobster roll so massive, so stuffed with ultra-fresh, tender and magnificent meat, that three healthy eaters can split it. And their seafood chowder redefines the genre. Can you tell I’m hungry right now?!

  27. Robert M. September 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    What’s your favorite type of BUN?

    • Donna Venette April 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Flat sides grilled hotdog roll. Best lobster s from Maine Hands down.

  28. Donna Goldner September 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    I think you forgot to check out Connecticut! The Seven Sails in downtown Milford (don’t blink) can hold it’s own with any more northern state! It’s worth the trip!

  29. Brett September 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Stowes West Haven, CT has a mean lobster roll.

    7 Seas in Milford, CT has the BEST in CT.

    • Tony June 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Stowes in West Haven best I’ve ever had

  30. Christine September 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    The Port in Harwichport, MA. BEST I’ve EVER had, and I’ve had alot of them!

  31. Joni September 24, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Don’t know how “Lobster in the Rough” in Noank, CT got such a good rep. Been there several times and very disappointed. Lobster was soggy, tasteless. Both the sandwich and the whole lobster.

  32. Andrea November 12, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Matunuck Oyster Farm in East Matunuck, RI…BEST lobster roll in New England!

  33. Melissa December 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    List is not complete without The Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Best lobster roll with the best view!

  34. stephen spinetto March 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Alive and Kicking, Cambridge Ma. has a lobster sandwich, not a lobster roll but it contains more lobster than the roll does and the bread is reallly good toasted Itailian bread, Has been voted best in Boston many times and it is.

    • Susan Zernik September 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Alive and Kicking – definitely the BEST!!!! I certainky second that emotion!!!

  35. CP April 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    7 Sea, Milford Ct.
    The lobster roll was invented in Milford
    1927 at Perry’s Restaurant

    • CP September 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm #


  36. Katina May 22, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    You forgot the BEST – Stew Leonard’s!
    Norwalk, CT
    Danbury, CT
    Newington, CT
    Yonkers, NY and soon in Farmingdale, Long Island

  37. Joyce May 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond, NH has great lobster rolls, and 2 for the price on Monday’s and Tuesday’s!

    • Patty September 25, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Thumbs up Joyce! Just commented the same.

  38. Mark Cohagen May 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    My house, of course…no doubt about the freshness of all the ingredients. Reasonable rates and the locale can’t be better…limited seating though.

    • Kathy June 16, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Amen, brother! Make ’em at home-so simple, so good!!!!!!!!!

  39. Christine May 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    If you want a delicious lobster roll, JP’s on route 9 in Westboro, Ma has a 1 lb lobster roll. The rest of the seafood meals are reasonably priced and you WON’T believe the portions.

  40. Neil May 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Maine Diner in Wells, have one of the best hot lobster rolls I have tried. Comes with drawn butter, Chips or cole slaw and a great deli pickle.

  41. gail May 22, 2015 at 6:28 pm #

    What about the Beach Plum in Rye, NH? They are HUGE and very delicious. Was surprised to see it was not on the list as they have won awards year after year for best lobster roll – maybe it’s just NH.

  42. megb May 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    the best lobster roll I ever had was at Kay’s in Woonsockey, RI. Tons of fresh lobster, very little mayo and perfect cold slaw on the side.

    • MB May 28, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

      Kays in Woonsoket is absolutely the best…and I’m from maine!

  43. Anna R May 22, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Moby Dicks in Wellfleet, MA. Their lobster roll is #1.

  44. Nuala Shields May 22, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

    Having lived on the NH seacoast, I too enjoyed the lobster roll from “The Beach Plum” in North Hampton, NH.

    Here in north central MA. I need travel no farther than S.S. Lobster for an excellent jumbo lobster roll.

    S.S. Lobster, Ltd
    691 River St
    Fitchburg, Massachusetts

  45. Mary Bateman May 23, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    I cannot believe this editor left out a place which is MUCH better than Red’s Eats. It is called the Red Barn Restaurant in Augusta, ME. Sounds like this place was given a placement on hype, not on quality of lobster roll. Broaden your horizons in ME to find the real deal in Lobster Rolls!

  46. lisa willett May 23, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    Hallowell seafood in hallowell maine is the best I’ve had fresh everyday so big you can make two meals out of it and under twenty bucks with fast prompt service. Very courteous family run business if you don’t get called sir or ma’am a half a dozen times before you leave you went to the wrong place

  47. Paul May 23, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    There’s a place in Scarborough, ME that’s awesome.

  48. Stacey May 23, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    The Lazy Lobster in Milford, CT. Total dive, but lobster rolls on French baguette is awesome! Also. Haven Bros. in Providence makes a great lobster salad roll!

  49. jennie g May 23, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    You obviously have not experienced the lobster roll at Neptune Oyster in Boston. Been eating rolls all my life, and this $27 piece of heaven is worth every buttery penny. A must try at least once when you are in town. But, be prepared to wait at least an hour or two for a table at lunchtime on the weekend.

  50. Sarah Easton May 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    While I agree with some on this list.. Reds does not deserve the hype. Too long of a line, for a so so roll. My favorite is close to home and I realize how lucky I am. Fishermen’s Net in Gray. They are open year round and the roll is market price, I have paid as high as $14 and as low as $9!! Amazing!! You won’t be dissapointed.
    Route 100 in Gray

    • pamela June 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

      WOW never heard of it and I live in Bridgton. I will have to try that one. Thanks for the tip. I also like the Galley in Naples/ Their lemon butter roll is great

  51. Diana May 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm #

    Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, Cape Cod, MA

  52. Amber Price May 23, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Lenny and Joe’s restaurant in Westbrook, Ct. has the best lobster rolls, They are to die for.

  53. Paul Branch May 24, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Mike’s in Mattapoiset on Rt 6 near Fairhaven. Try the lazy mans Lobster in a special dish.

  54. Jan Flynn May 26, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Abbott’s in Noank, CT is hands down, the best place to get a hot lobster roll! We take visiting guests there all summer long and no one is ever disappointed (even our relatives from Maine)! It is so relaxing watching the boaters, kayakers, and paddle boarders go by. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of wine or get one at the Universal Package Store on your way there. Also they are dog friendly. Enjoy!

  55. Jean & Bernie May 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Agree with Steve – best is at the Aquidneck Lobster House in Newport, RIin Hampton Beach NH

  56. Deborah Gadwah-Lambert May 28, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    I don’t know about you but I am always disappointed in great seafood being served in a little hotdog bun…just had a lobster filled with not too much mayo on a long baquette style roll at McQuirks in Hampton Beach NH…Excellent!

  57. Jessica May 29, 2015 at 3:30 am #

    The Raw Bar in Mashpee has the largest, most delicious lobster roll I have ever had. Hands down.

  58. Laura Baran May 29, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Frills in Ogunquit, ME has by far the best lobster “roll” anywhere! They serve it on a buttery croissant with lettuce and it is AMAZING! Sad they weren’t included on this. They are a hidden gem on Shore Road in Ogunquit!

  59. Barb May 29, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    What about Ken’s Place in Scarborough, ME?! Whenever we visited Maine we’d be sure to stop there.

  60. Cee May 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Larson’s Lunch Box in Damariscotta has a great roll, without the wait at Red’s.

  61. Wendy May 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Petey’s Summertime Restaurant in Rye, NH, has my favorite lobster roll. The right amount of lobster and mayo on a round bun with just a little shredded lettuce. To my taste, it is far superior to the Beach Plum’s roll, although the Beach Plum may have the best ice cream on the coast.

  62. P. Sawyer May 31, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Almost any place on Nantucket.

  63. Jane Doe June 1, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    You haven’t LIVED until you’ve experienced the GIGANTIC lobster roll from the kitchen of THE COUNTRY INN Restaurant in Warren, RI …

  64. Philip June 2, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Captain Carlos-Gloucester,ma. lobster land Gloucester as well

  65. Deborah June 2, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    This might sound crazy but our favorite lobster rolls come from D’Angelos sandwich shop… It might be a chain restaurant but everytime we visit MA or CT we have to make a stop and get our lobster roll from D’Angelos.

  66. Deborah June 2, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    Oh and the other best place for any seafood would be Lenny & Joes in CT… We also have to stop here every trip back to CT… They also sell really nice quality shirts for $6… We stock up on every trip… Our wardrobe consists of Lenny & Joes Shirts :)

  67. Bill June 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I cannot take any article seriously that talks about the best lobster rolls without mentioning Sam the Clams in Southington, CT!

  68. Allie June 5, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Okay okay. Now, my absolute favorite places to get lobster rolls are as follows and are a MUST TRY!!!
    Sturbridge seafood-it is the perfect combination with mayo-not too powerful and just enough meat.

    Maine fish market and restaurant in east Windsor-biggest lobster roll I’ve ever had!!!! Enough to feed two people.

    Lobster craft food truck or their restaurant in New York!! They serve CALIFORNIA lobster rolls-meaning it comes with avocado as well!!! Good chunk of lobster meat.

  69. Bill June 6, 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Best lobster roll was last weekend at Landfall Restaurant Woods Hole MA

  70. Mackenzie June 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    This article seems to be missing some really fabulous places that I’ve found to be miles better than the rolls listed here. Bite Into Maine in Cape Elizabeth, ME is the best lobster roll I’ve ever had. Anyone who googles it will find many others feel the same! Definitely should have made the list.

  71. dwstick June 7, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I realize that it’s a seasonal offering from a fast food restaurant, but the lobster roll at Papa Ginos is pretty good!

  72. Dan Breault June 8, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Eventide Brown Butter in Portland!!

  73. Donna June 16, 2015 at 8:23 am #

    you apparently have not been to MARCHETTIS in Cranston! the BIGGEST and BEST in the state!

  74. Linda June 18, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    All of you have me so homesick and wishing I was able to get any one of these fabulous places.
    Missing New England loads.

  75. Marcia June 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I want to know why anyone would serve something so elegant and delicious in a grilled hot dog roll? Someone must be able to find some kind of home made bread or roll that is better than that!

  76. anonymous July 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Apparently Maine stops at the Portland city line for most people lol … and a true lobster lover knows there is a noticable difference between Maine lobster and ‘New England’ lobster…Eagle’s Nest located on Rte 9 Brewer/Eddington line has by far one of the best lobster rolls in the state

  77. John Robertson August 5, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    I have been eating lobster rolls in New England and Maine for over 30 years and I can tell you that the The hot dog buns that you get in Maine and other parts of New England when grilled on the sides can’t be beat and also keep the cost down (lobster was $29/ lb. You can’t get such buns anywhere in Texas or Arkansas, and according to Krogers they don’t sell them anywhere in that state.) I like the lobster rolls at the Clam Shack in Kennebunkport, but not worth fighting the crowds during soft shell season, especially since they use a slightly overgrown Hamburger type bun. Alison’s restaurant uses the dog bun and if I am really hungry I get two. I once ate nine hot dogs on such buns before I learned to like lobster. Guess it’s just me, but that is something I really like.

  78. Donnie Breault August 20, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    How the heck can anyone say the best lobster rolls are south of Maine? The lobsters there are in warmer waters and grow some kind of weird bacteria on them. I’ll stay in Maine where the lobster population and the lobsters themselves are healthy. The Lobster Shack is awesome!

  79. Jan September 25, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    definitely consider Captain Al’s in Buzzards Bay. Hot lobster roll. Huge portion.
    Next fav is The Raw Bar in poppenesett! Mashpee

  80. Patty September 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Come on! How is Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond NH not on the list? Monday and Tuesdays, BOGO of the biggest lobstah roll EVER, of your choice cold with mayo or warm buttered. My first lobster roll was had there and now I’m ruined for anywhere else.

  81. Gerald Savitkas September 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

    By FAR, Tuckaway Tavern in Raymond, NH has the best lobster deal anywhere. Monday and Tuesday all year, two for price of one. Two 9oz rolls (hot or cold)…that’s 18oz of lobster meat…over a pound, for between $19 and $24 depending on time of year. Best ever! Be prepared for long wait.

    As for Lobster Shack at Two Lights, ME…overpriced, about 3oz of lobster…GREAT views.

    Beach Plum…tourist trap. Way too much mayo overpowers taste of lobster. Save your time and money on both.

  82. Nancy September 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm #

    Head down Pemaquid peninsula and you’ll find numerous spots with the best lobster rolls. New Castle, Damariscotta, Pemaquid Beach, Pemaquid Point, New Harbor, Bristol, Round Pond :)

  83. Joe September 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    The hot buttered Lobster roll was first made
    In Milford,CT — Perry’s Restaurant in 1927.

  84. Brandon September 26, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Libby’s Market in Brunswick should be on this list.

  85. Ellen September 26, 2015 at 7:09 am #

    these are probably all very good but you need to try Kimball Farm in Lancaster, MA and Chrisanthies in Brookline N H

  86. pwmchas September 27, 2015 at 12:11 am #

    Respectfully, Bite into Maine lobster roll truck at the Portland Headlight in Cape Liz beats these all by a mile. Order the “Picnic Style” and you will not hanker for any other lobster roll from that day forward! You’re welcome. :)

  87. Bo September 27, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    The Barn Grill and Pub in Amesbury has a great lobster roll. 14.95 with fries and coleslaw.

  88. Jack Whealan September 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Any discussion of a lobster roll on the Cape that doesn’t include The Raw Bar in Mashpee is incomplete. Piles of wonderfullness. Go get one and you will agree

  89. jody September 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

    Found this great little place thanks to my aunt & uncle. Just called The Co-op in New Harbor ME. It was great. Lobster boat come right in there and a take out window with picnic tables inside or out. Two sizes of lobster rolls. Reg. and Lg. Of course we all got large. Tons of meat. Hot butter. Can’t wait to go back.

  90. Joseph. A Murphy September 29, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I have friends who come down from Maine to get without a doubt the Bestl Lobster Roll in NE at The Raw Bar. At Popponesset Market Place ,Popponesset. Beach , New Seabury , Mashpee. Ma . Try one and you won’t buy another anyplace else ever again .

  91. Rick September 29, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    Well you all may make fun of them but McDonalds in the summer has a very good lobster roll on the menu

  92. Ariel September 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    Must try Bay Harbor in Maine!!! They have amazing lobster rolls!

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