Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Clam Shack | Lobster Pound | Seafood
One of the best

Abbott’s is a long-running shoreline picnic. Hugely crowded on nice summer evenings, it specializes in shore dinners built around lobsters.

Start with bracing, steel-gray chowder, then littlenecks on the half shell and/or steamers or mussels by the bucket with broth and butter for dipping. If you arrive with a big appetite, you will need to eat many hors d’oeuvre because the lobsters, cooked to order, can take a while. They are beauties, available whatever size you need.

Those lacking the energy to crack, pick, suck, and pluck their way through a whole lobster can get a hot lobster roll. It’s nothing but hunks of pink sweet meat bathed in butter, sandwiched inside a warm bun. (Cold lobster salad rolls are also available, as are hot and cold crab rolls.)

Abbott’s is one of the prettiest places in Connecticut to dine al fresco. Seating is at bare wooden tables, either in the open or under tents. Some civilized sorts actually bring their own tablecloths as well as their own wine. The air is filled with the salty smack of shore breezes, and background music is provided by gulls screeching in the sky (but kept away from the tables by invisible netting).

Abbott’s generally opens early in May, but at first only on weekends. It is open every day through Labor day, then weekends-only again into October.

What to Eat
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Hot Lobster Roll
Hot Lobster Roll
The hot lobster roll is mixed only with butter
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Clam Chowder
Clam Chowder
Abbott's clam chowder is clear : no tomatoes, no milk or cream, just essence of clam.
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Steamed Clams
Steamed Clams
There's no better appetizer than a bunch of sweet steamers.
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Lobster Dinner
Lobster Dinner
4-pound lobster, split in half for two
Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Shrimp & Roasted Corn Chowder
Shrimp & Roasted Corn Chowder
The shrimp and corn chowder is sweet and corny.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 378 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

For a mouthwatering summer road trip to sleeves-up joints surrounded by magnificent scenery, you can’t beat a seafood-eating expedition along New England's coast. At waterside picnic tables and roadside drive-ins, in diner booths and vintage shore dinner halls, the good eats include whole lobsters, lobster rolls, and lobster pie, chowders both briny-thin and cream-sweet, and clams either crisp-fried or…

9 stops | 438 MILES | 8 hr 29 min

The northeast has four main kinds of clam chowder. Manhattan is tomato-red and full of vegetables, rarely served northeast of New York City. South Coast, a specialty of Connecticut and Rhode Island, has neither tomatoes nor cream, but is clear and brothy with salt-pork savor and potatoes. Rhode Island (a rarity these days) is light…

Summer, Spring
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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