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Woodman’s Massachusetts Lobster Roll

New England Lobster Roll Guide

Most New England states have their own take on the lobster roll – here’s our guide to the best ones on the East Coast.

If there’s a greater feeling than taking your first bite of a fresh lobster roll while sitting in the sunshine near a coast (any coast), we’d like to hear it. We’ll take any excuse to eat the humble lobster roll and with every state in New England offering different varieties (cold or hot? Butter or mayo? Toasted or cold bun?) it would be unfair to only try one.

Instead, break out your shorts, summer sandals and T-shirts and jump on I-95 for our lobster roll crawl along the coast. We suggest starting in Maine – famous for its cold lobster mayo variety – and travel down sampling each state’s regional twists along the way.

Here’s our guide to a lobster roll crawl – May to October is shack season, so what are you waiting for?


Maine

Bite Into Maine Lobster Roll

The chefs at Bite Into Maine in Cape Elizabeth have taken some creative license with the traditional lobster roll and luckily manage to pull it off. Their picnic roll incorporates coleslaw, celery salt, curry and chipotle. Lobster rolls also come served accompanied by some equally as unique sides.

Alternatively, for a reasonably priced, no-nonsense representation of the traditional Maine Lobster roll, head to Scarborough Lobster just south of Portland.

Bite Into Maine

1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Scarborough Lobster

697 Route 1, Scarborough Lobster, ME 04074


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Beach Plum Lobster Roll

Claiming to serve the best lobster rolls in New Hampshire, The Beach Plum is an easy stop on I-95. The mode here is go big or go home - their rolls are huge (weighing in at 10.9oz) and available to order in a foot-long size.

You’ve probably noticed by now that lobster shacks accompanied by tranquil water views seem to be a running theme on any trip down the East Coast. Located next to a salt marsh, Markey’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook is no exception. Bonus? They also serve beer.

The Beach Plum

17 Ocean Blvd, North Hampton, NH 03862
+1 603-433-3339

Markey’s Lobster Pound

420 New Hampshire 286, Seabrook, NH 03874
+1 603-474-2851


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Woodman's Lobster Roll

Rabia’s is an Italian restaurant in Boston that serves seafood with an Italian American influence – resulting in a lobster roll smothered in mozzarella (controversial, but worth a try!). Travel down route 128 from I-95 and you’ll reach the acclaimed Woodman’s Seafood Restaurant in the small town of Essex where they serve fresh lobster ‘in the rough’ with peaceful water views. Each lobster roll contains 1/3 of a pound of fresh lobster meat, no fillers, and is mixed with a family recipe.

Word on the street also has it that Neptune Oyster in Boston is the best of the best. Choose between hot butter or cold mayo with a toasted roll while drinking a cold glass of white from their extensive wine list. 

Rabia’s

73 Salem Road, Boston, MA 02113
+1 617-227-6637

Woodman’s

121 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929
948-768-6057

Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Coast Guard House Lobster Roll

When it comes to regionalized New England seafood, no state stands out as much as Rhode Island. Best known for its clam chowder and stuffed clams or “stuffy” in Rhode Island speak, it’s also worth stopping here for a lobster lunch. Known for it’s incredible ocean views as well as its fresh seafood, Coast Guard House in Narragansett is more upmarket than your average lobster shack. Alternatively, Matunuck Oyster Bar, on the Southeastern-most tip of the state near Connecticut serves its lobster rolls alongside fresh, locally grown produce from their local farm.

Coast Guard House

40 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882

Matunuck Oyster Bar

629 Succotash Road, South Kingstown, RI, 02879


Connecticut

Lenny and Joe's Fish Tail Lobster Rolls

Forget cold mayo varieties. Connecticut locals are as fiercely loyal to their hot butter version as they are to their favorite shacks. Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London is an outdoor shack with views over the water, so roll up your sleeves and enjoy your lobster al fresco in an environment lacking in pretension and full of charm.

If you don’t want to stray too far off I-95, Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale is located in New Haven and offers a relaxed vibe and fresh seafood.

Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock

80 Hamilton St, New London, CT 06320, United States
+1 860-439-1741

Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tail

Various – New Haven, Madison, Westbrook


New York

Red Hook Lobster Pound Lobster Roll

New York City may not have its own fishing dock but there are still some great spots to get your lobster fix. Lobster Pound in Red Hook, Brooklyn serves up lobster fresh from the Maine coast. The rolls come in three varieties – cold with mayo (Maine-style), warm with butter (Connecticut-style) or if you’re feeling adventurous and prefer your lobster dairy-free you can get the Tuscan roll (lobster-pound style) – tossed in basil vinaigrette.

Luke's Lobster Roll

A New York institution, Luke’s Lobster is a favorite among locals. Luke is a Maine-native, investment banker turned lobsterman, who uses only the tender claw and knuckle meat with a secret spice seasoning.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

284 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States
+1 718-858-7650

Luke’s Lobster

Various locations across NYC