13 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

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Bad lobster rolls are easy to come by.  We’ve done the research and have found the best lobster rolls in New England for you!

  • In Connecticut they have the best hot lobster rolls made with plenty of butter.
  • Massachusetts is known for their seaside clam shacks.
  • Maine specializes in the cool lobster roll, fresh and refreshing.

Story of the Lobster Roll

Whereas a whole lobster requires some work to get the meat, a lobster roll is trouble-free. The cool version – meat bound with mayonnaise and bits of celery loaded into a bun that may or may not be toasted – is a staple northeast of Boston. In 1929 Harry Perry, proprietor of a seafood shack in Milford, Connecticut, came up with a twist: the hot lobster roll. He eliminated the mayonnaise and simply piled warm picked meat bathed in butter into a toasted bun.

Both styles of roll are found all along New England shores, the hot one still more popular in southern New England, cool ones predominating downeast. No matter the style, these 13 restaurants serve the best lobster rolls we have found in New England.

Lobster Rolls not your thing?  Check out our guide to New England Shore Dinners. 

 

1

Lobster Landing

Hot lobster rolls are grand at this colorful Connecticut seafood shack perched at the edge of Long Island Sound. Dining is extremely informal, all outdoors.

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2

Westfair Fish & Chips

Westfair Fish & Chips is a kitchen with an order window and a few tables. Fried clams, sole, scallops, shrimp & oysters all are Connecticut bests.

3

Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale

Lenny & Joe's sets high standards for casual shoreline seafood in Connecticut, especially for whole-belly clams, hot lobster rolls & fried scallops & shrimp.

4

Clam Castle

Clam Castle has been a significant shoreline source of fried clams and clam chowder for decades. Its warm, buttery lobster roll is one of Connecticut's finest.

5

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Abbott’s is a Connecticut shoreline lobster picnic featuring bracing clam chowder, steamers and mussels, and gorgeous steamed lobsters whatever size you like.

6

Oxford Creamery

New England summer seafood at its best. Oxford Creamery lobster rolls are legendary; fried clams are superb, too. A Mattapoisett, Massachusetts restaurant gem!

7

Clam Box

The Clam Box is the place to eat the best fried clams on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Get them piled high on a platter with French fries & onion rings.

8

Red’s Eats

Pilgrims come to Red's Eats, a Wiscasset, Maine, Roadfood landmark drive-in restaurant, and wait in line to savor what may be the best lobster roll anywhere.

9

Kettle Cove Creamery & Cafe

Kettle Cove Creamery is a charming little Cape Elizabeth purveyor of strong coffee, colorful ice cream & good sandwiches including a fantastic lobster roll.

10

Clam Shack

Clam Shack fried clams are great; lobster rolls are even more impressive, so huge and fresh. Al fresco dining only at this Kennebunk landmark..

11

Maine Diner

The Maine Diner is one of America's best, featuring exemplary Downeast dishes such as lobster pie and seafood chowder, also classic blue-plate specials.

12

Bob’s Clam Hut

Maine shoreline summertime seafood, eat-in-the-rough style. Bob's clam plates and clam rolls, scallops, shrimp, and lobster rolls are Yankee bests.

13

Harraseeket Lobster

Enjoy superb Maine seafood at a picnic table overlooking Freeport's harbor with a glorious view. Specialties: boiled-to-order lobster; Whoopie Pie dessert.