Whether you prefer them hot and buttered or cold with mayonnaise, lobster rolls are an East Coast staple. The temperature and condiments will differ depending on your location, but the key ingredient will always be fresh lobster. While the origins have been debated for years, we know where to find the best lobster rolls in New England.
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough (Noank, Connecticut)
Abbott’s has been around since 1947. Located in Noank, Connecticut and offering views of the Mystic River, you can’t go wrong with any of their lobster rolls — they’ve got three different sizes!
Eventide Oyster Co. (Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts)
Offering two locations, Eventide knows how to knock it out of the park in terms of lobster rolls. Reservations are recommended for the Portland location while Boston dining is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Red’s Eats (Wiscasset, Maine)
The most famous restaurant along Route 1 is Red’s Eats. In business for over 87 years, Red’s is the place to stop if you’re searching for the best lobster rolls in New England.
The Nor’easter Pound and Market (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
With a slogan like “whatever floats your boat”, there’s bound to be some delicious seafood. And The Nor’easter Pound and Market certainly upholds their end of the bargain with delicious, fresh lobster rolls.
Matunuck Oyster Bar (South Kingston, Rhode Island)
Known for selling some of the largest lobster rolls in the state, Matunuck Oyster Bar in South Kingston is not to be missed the next time you’re passing through Rhode Island.
Bleu Northeast Kitchen (Burlington, Vermont)
Sure, Vermont might be the only state in New England that doesn’t touch the Atlantic Ocean. But that doesn’t mean they lack in terms of offering mouthwatering seafood. Head to Bleu Northeast Kitchen the next time you’re in Burlington for one of the best lobster rolls in New England.
Bob’s Clam Hut (Kittery, Maine)
Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine has been around since 1956 and maintain a reputation for serving wicked awesome (and sometimes fried) seafood. They’ve even been featured on The Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Stop by the next time you’re in the mood for a warm buttered lobster roll.
The Lobster Trap Restaurant (Bourne, Massachusetts)
Chances are you’ve driven by The Lobster Trap Restaurant on your way to the Cape. In business since 1969, this classic New England seafood ‘shack’ is known for their awesome lobster rolls and chill vibes. Since The Lobster Trap is well-known at this point, expect a wait (but don’t worry — it’s worth it).
Row 34 (Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Burlington and Boston, Massachusetts)
Row 34 has three locations giving diners three chances to eat some of the best lobster rolls in New England. The Portsmouth location is inside the Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel. Why not turn your next trek for lobster into a dinner and overnight stay in New Hampshire?