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The 10 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

We held our local lobster expert's feet to the fire and made him choose 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.

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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.

Brenda Darroch

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; fiveislandslobster.com

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The Clam Shack’s deceptively simple lobster roll on a fresh-baked hamburger roll is as good as lobster rolls get.

Brenda Darroch

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; theclamshack.net

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Each roll at the Lobster Pool is hand-mixed for just the right amount of mayo on the meat.

Mike Urban

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; lobsterpoolrestaurant.com

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

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

Aimee Seavey

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; friendlyfishermaneastham.com

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The Lobster Roll Platter at Anthony’s Seafood satisfies the keenest of lobster cravings.

Mike Urban

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; anthonysseafood.net

Quoddy Bay Lobster This small seafood market and lobster shack is about as far northeast as you can go in the United States. Owned by a local lobstering family, Quoddy Bay Lobster is blessed with its location astride the deepest, coldest port and waters on the Eastern seaboard, perfect for propagating big, tasty lobsters. Their cold-only lobster roll comes plain or with mayo, Miracle Whip, or drizzled butter. They recently added a jumbo 8-ounce lobster roll on an 8-inch bun to the menu. Eastport, ME. (207) 853-6640

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With its distinctive mound of lobster on a toasted burger roll, Abbott’s serves one of the best warm, buttered lobster rolls anywhere.

Mike Urban

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough This venerable institution of lobster goodness also recently added an item to their menu: the OMG Lobster Roll—seven ounces of warm, buttered lobster meat stacked like a cone between two toasted, buttered hamburger buns–with a long toothpick through the center to hold the whole thing together. This is an upsize version of Abbott’s famous hot, buttered lobster roll, which looks much the same, only at about half the size. Abbott’s also serves a cold lobster roll, with the meat lightly bathed in Abbott’s house dressing and served in a more traditional toasted, split-top hot dog bun. Noank, CT. (860) 536-7719; abbottslobster.com

What do you think? Are these the best lobster rolls in New England? Share your favorite lobster picks in the comment section below.

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This post was first published in 2014 and has been updated. 

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  • I didn’t read all the comments, so I’m not sure if anyone else shares my opinion about Lobster Roll Sandwiches. The BEST way to enjoy a Lobster Sandwich is on a Croissant – room temperature, warm, or lightly toasted -not cold! Nix butter on the lobster. Add whatever else “floats your boat” to the lobster. You’ll see…it IS the Best!

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  • The best lobster roll that I have ever had is at Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack here inland in Easthampton, MA. It is loaded with lobster and comes with fries or a salad or a great cole slaw. Bigger than any that I saw at the beach. His fish Tacos are also fantastic.

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  • New England is not just about the tourist places like Cape Cod, Maine, Rockport – everyone seems to forget Gloucester, Ipswich, Essex, Magnolia and all the other little ocean or harbor side towns around Cape Ann. Absolutely adore Gloucester and some of the best lobstah rolls I’ve ever had came from all the little roadside stands or the clam shacks near the beaches.

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  • No lobster rolls available in southern NJ. Making my own with Maine lobsters sold at local supermarket. When in NH, I sometimes order a lobster roll at the Puritan in Manchester and I have them put it in pita bread. Not bad for a change.

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  • Since we’ve moved to southern NJ three years ago, I have found no restaurants in the area that serve lobster rolls. This summer our local market has had Maine lobsters for sale a few times, and I have made lobster rolls for family and friends. When we visit NH in the winter, I have liked the lobster roll at the Puritan in Manchester and I have them put the lobster in pita bread…different but still good. PS No top-split hot dog rolls around here, so bought three dozen on recent trip to NH.

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  • I never write a review, but I feel this place should not be on your list. I love lobster rolls and try them everywhere as I live in MA. I must express my disappointment in the lobster roll from the Friendly Fisherman in Eastham last week. The lobster roll is small compared to others, but was still $20. Their drinks are small, full of ice and no refills. They do not have bathrooms to even wash your hands. They had Port O Potties. Tables were outside picnic tables with tablecloths that nobody came to clean. Help didn’t seem happy. Just wasn’t happy here and certainly would not recommend for a top 10 list.

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  • Lobster BLT at Main Street Grill in Niantic CT, everything taste better with bacon.

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  • And the worst lobster roll I ever had was at a Red Lobster, somewhere between Port Charlotte and Orlando, FL ! It had ONION in it !!! All 4 of us couldn’t believe how that ruined it .

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  • scrappy

    rye harbor lobster roll is second best all day long, right behind my sister’s!

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  • My husband and I went to the Lobster Pool in Rockport, MA. It was not worth the ride. The lobster roll was ok. It is a shack on the side of the road. We live in New England and there are many better lobster rolls any place else. Love your magazine but disappointed in the choice .

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  • Not a fancy place, but our favorite place for lobster rolls is The Anchor in Beverly MA. The owner of the Anchor is also the captain of fleet of 5 lobster boats, so tje lobster could not be any fresher. Directly boat to table. Is the crazy cheap as well. Lobster roll comes with fries. Seriously the best!

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  • Apparently, you folks have never been to the “Raw Bar” at New Seabury, which is in Mashpee, MA on the Nantucket Sound. Their lobster roll is scrumptious, fresh, and plentiful! My wife must take 1/2 of it home it is so HUGE! Next time you run a comparison, you need to include the Raw Bar in your list. Thanks.

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  • Maine is great, but you won’t find any better than the original Kimball’s in Westford, MA. It comes with a slice of watermelon and a choice of side. Kimball’s is the most incredible ice cream farm you have ever seen (I’ve been going there since the 1950’s and you must try their banana split), but they added a grill several years ago which also serves clam platters and lobster rolls. Kimball’s is right off Rte. 495. is very scenic and also has lots to do like bumper boats, miniature golf, pony rides, etc.

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  • Best lobster roll ever is to be had at Tony’s Clam Shack, Wollaston Beach, MA. We visit N.E. each summer and do a self guided lobster tour – always Tony’s wins for the best and biggest roll – full of lobster and a hint of mayo.

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  • How did you get to RI and not discover the lobster rolls at the Matunick Oyster Bar? They are a tad expensive but Outstanding!. Of course I love lobster any way I can get it. having lived in Jerusalem for close to 36 years. We have 3 Lobster locations….Selling Lobster in some way from Live to cooked. Please come and discover us. In some places the village is very photogenic. I live in one of the original fisherman shacks. Hate the highrises. Makes us looke like the Hamptons.

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  • Realize it may have been a one-off but I had a lobster roll this summer at Abbott’s that was absolutely inedible and I was to cowardly to take it back to the counter. I was crushed because I had looked forward to a lobster roll there for years!

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  • The lobster rolls at my house are very good. Toasted roll hardly any mayo and the price is always great

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  • try a different take on the lobster roll at Eastwind Seafoods at the Bourne Rotary (Mass). it is a BLT with thick maple flavored bacon, lobster tail and secret sauce (mayo based) on a ciabatta roll. This is so good! the bacon and secret sauce make it special.

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  • Sprague’s Lobsters, across the street from Red’s in Wiscasset, ME. No 2 hours standing in line, great fresh lobster & fried haddock. Eating on the dock. Couldn’t be better!!

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  • Beach Plum in North Hampton, N.H. is by far the very BEST!!! No tough tail meat here, just claws and knuckles…YUM!

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  • Mike you should have a local blind taste test for best lobster roll!!

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  • Liv”s Shack!!! A hidden gem in Old Saybrook, CT! Same owner of Liv”s Oyster Bar but quick serve in a marina.

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  • Nancy

    Totally agree… What about Jakes Place in Wells serve hot with butter or mayo….Your choice

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  • Sherry

    My husband and I traveled from Pensacola, FL to Maine for lobster. I was recommended to Red’s for their large lobster rolls. The experience of the long wait wasn’t anything, but I guess my stomach couldn’t take the “cold” lobster. Originally from CT and raised on warm/buttered lobster rolls,after eating this I feel the cold lobster went right through me within 10 min. My poor husband had to stop several times once we left Red’s. I wished I had better memories, but for those that can eat cold lobster it was a great deal. I wished I had stopped at the little restaurant in Freeport that I had a hot lobster roll during a previous visit to Maine. I would of had better memories

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  • I live in South Carolina and you made my mouth water with those wonderful pictures of lobster rolls. Don’t get to New England anymore (too old) but here in Fort Mill I have found them at “The Toastery”…not like Maine but they try.

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  • Tony’s Clam Shack on Wollaston Beach in Quincy MA has the biggest lobster roll I’ve personally ever eaten. It’s just a ton of meat with a light dose of mayo and smoked paprika on a toasted hot dog bun. Delicious!

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  • Michele

    The best lobster rolls I have ever had are at Marchettis restaurant in Cranston, Rhode Island. They are huge and basically all clawmeat, which I love! The sell cold and hot (baked stuffed). I love the cold.

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  • Could not read all so may have been mentioned but, with the caveat that I’ve not been there in many years, The Commons Lunch in Little Compton, RI always had a yummy lobster roll. Last summer had a delicious one at Iggy’s in Warwick. All I know is that here in south FL, I am missing them big time!!

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  • Kristen

    I live in Newport and travel all the way to Emma’s in Bridgewater for my favorite lobster roll.. you’re missing a few on here!

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  • Lillian

    Beach Plum….who does the survey???? Have you tried the Plum???? get your butt down to one of the restaurants and then add them to the list.

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  • Alyssa

    Abbotts in Noank CT by Mystic is unbelievable!! Nothing fancy, sit on the grass or at a picnic table facing the water, bring a bottle of wine and eat the best lobster rolls ever!!

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  • Lobster

    He’s missing a local classic. Joe’s On A Roll in Beverly, MA should absolutely be on the list. It’s a family run lobster truck and the lobster comes right off their own boats. As fresh as it gets and at an awesome price too! Definitely recommend it!

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  • No Lobster Roll in New England list is complete without the inclusion of Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop. Tail, knuckle and claw meat mixed with light mayo. Served over crispy lettuce and allegedly a fresh hot dog bun underneath, at least that’s the rumor because when you pick up your order at the counter you can see no roll. Added bonus is location. Watch the boats come and go from the Winthrop Yacht Club or the jumbo jets come in for a landing at Boston’s Logan Airport

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  • How could you forget the fabulous lobster rolls at The Black Dog in Martha’s Vineyard? My friend Pierette and I sampled many, many places over the years in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts and that’s our winner.

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  • Darlene

    Quito’s, Bristol, RI (served one of two ways — drawn butter or special sauce)

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  • Kerri

    Hands down it has to be Joe’s on a Roll, an awesome food truck out of Beverly, MA. Catch their own lobsters, so fresh, big, and delicious!

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  • teresa

    The Wooden Shoe in South Dennis, MA …Lots of lobster on the roll with minimum dressing ; best kept secret on the Cape…

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  • Jessica

    Seven Seas in Milford is hands down the best. The lobster roll is just overloaded with claw meat. So good.

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  • Michael

    Best lobster roll we’ve had was at the Union Oyster House in Boston. Heaping portion of lobster with mayo, stuffed in a crusty roll. Just delicious.

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  • Doris

    Agree, they are mighty fine along with Lobster Hut ( truck Post Rd, Milford, CT).

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  • Tuckaway’s Tavern in Raymond, NH is truly the best and a great bargain on Monday and Tuesdays. They are huge! Check it out❕

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  • Jessica

    Though it isn’t traditional, the lobster roll at Alive and Kicking Lobsters in Cambridge, Mass., is pretty remarkable.

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  • I am furiously scribbling down names of places to try on my trip this fall. I hope some of these places don’t close at summer’s end! Being from Boothbay Harbor, ME and Mystic, CT, I have tried a couple of the places mentioned here. But the challenge of finding the BEST lobster roll…. I’m up for it!

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  • Cheryl

    I have been to Beach Plum many times but I have to say that Tuckaway’s is far better,,In Raymond NH soon to open on Rt 1 in Saugas where the old HILLTOP was…. They can’t even close the roll it’s so full of claws…

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  • Monika

    You neglected to mention Maine Fish Market and Restaurant in East Windsor CT, where the lobster rolls are not only the freshest you can find, but their enormous size puts hot dog rolls, buns, rolls, etc. to shame, as they are packed with delicious lobster in a hoagie/grinder roll – and it’s not a 6 inch roll! People flock to East Windsor, Connecticut’s Maine Fish Market and Restaurant to sink their teeth into one of these true heavenly Lobster Rolls……..

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  • Bayview Takeout in Beals, Maine was recently rated best lobster roll in Maine. It’s a takeout shack on the shore overlooking the lobster boats in Jonesport and Beals. Probably the freshest and firmest lobster available anywhere south of Nova Scotia. Excellent traditional lobster roll on a hotdog bun.

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  • Barbara

    ABSOLUTELY the Glenwood. Have been going there since it opened and was a drive-in. Lobster in warm butter in long hot dog roll. Nothing like it….

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  • Darlene

    Absolutely agree with Matunuck Oyster Bar. Great place! Love it!

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  • I think the judges need to revisit New Hampshire and visit the Beach Plum. I worked PT at the Local Harley dealer and we had Canadian visitors couldn’t (or wouldn’t)speak English but would say direction Beach Plum.

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  • Blue Lobster in Berlin CT. The generous fresh claw and tail meat,buttered on a Martins potato roll. Best I’ve ever tasted.

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  • A friend introduced me to JP’s, and I’m happy to keep it a secret! Amazing gigantic lobster roll — as long as you’re not too concerned about ambiance :)

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  • The Raw Bar in New Seabury and Hyannis. Amazing. So is Neptune in Boston

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  • Long-time

    Second that on Captain Scott’s- big tasty lobster rolls and a fun spot to eat- next to the marina and train tracks- fun for the kids to watch both boats and trains come and go. Much better than Abbots over in Noank- theirs are small, and over-priced

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  • I have never, ever, had a better lobster roll, both quality and quantity wise, than at Kelly’s Roast Beef on Revere, Beach. And, I have had them from Maine to the Cape.

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  • Angelo

    The best lobster roll in New England is in Westport, Ct.. called
    Joey’s By The Sea….203 227 5356

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  • Have you tried the 99’s in Lynnfield & Stoneham, MA. There may be others. The used b to be great but I haven’t had one for a couple of years because of surgerys. Maybe this summer I will get over there to try them out again.

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  • Arthur

    Now after all the hype, may I recommend Knuckleheads On the New Bedford waterfront home of the one pound lobster roll!

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  • Annie

    How can you make a list without including Northside Cafe in E. Dennis. There’s none better…..anywhere!

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  • Love the Lobster Shack!! Went there a number of times while on vacation in Maine.

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  • Susan

    We love Abbott’s in Noank Ct but will admit that it’s also the generous size and the great
    views outside of the the Mystic River and boats going by that helps.
    I’ve eaten many a lobster rolls there and elsewhere….and the best places so far are
    the ones that deal mostly in lobster choices. Ford’s of Noank is also great.

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  • Totally agree on Petey’s! We live in Central MA and will take a drive up on the weekend just to eat at Petey’s.

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  • Red’s was by far the most decadent that I had the pleasure of eating. Bite into Maine food truck at the Portland Head Light was amazing. But the brown butter lobster roll at Eventide in Portland, Maine, is to die for.

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

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  • 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 .

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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. :)

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

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

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  • 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 :)

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • anonymous

    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

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  • Marcia

    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!

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

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

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  • dwstick

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

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  • Mackenzie

    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.

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

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  • Allie

    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.

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  • pamela

    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

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  • pamela

    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.

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  • Chris

    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.

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

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  • Deborah

    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 :)

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  • Deborah

    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.

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  • Philip

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

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

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  • Wendy

    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.

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  • Annette

    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!

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

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

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  • Laura

    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!

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  • Jessica

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

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

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  • Deborah

    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!

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

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  • 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!

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

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  • Amber

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

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    • I agree Sesuit Harbor is fabulous. Also,WEQUASSETT RESORT in Harwich although you think you are in Chatham serves up a hefty roll. Delish

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  • Sarah

    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
    (207)657-3474

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  • jennie

    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.

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  • Marilyn

    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!

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  • Stacey

    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!

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

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  • 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

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  • Melissa

    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.

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  • 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!

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  • Nuala

    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

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  • Monica

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Christine

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Joyce

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

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    • Stew’s is also great for their live lobster sales! For 5.99/lb, I have been able to buy 4 lobsters, cook ’em up and make 3 – 4 of the best lobster rolls…I say “best” because I am making them fresh, from scratch. If I want them cold, dressed with mayo, fine. Hot with butter? Also fine! Stew’s will also steam your lobsters for you, so you can’t go wrong here!
      And when vacationing in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a trip to Robinson’s Wharf is a must. Their lobster rolls are wonderful and reasonably priced.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • stephen

    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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Christine

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

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  • Stowes West Haven, CT has a mean lobster roll.

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

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  • anncummings

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

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  • 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!

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  • 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?!

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  • 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.

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  • Michael

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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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  • Kristan

    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!

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  • 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!

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  • Caroline

    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.

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  • 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.

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    • Christine

      I totally agree about Captain Scott’s. Some locals told us about it when we first visited New London in 2004. We go back anytime we can. I travel to New York (from Cleveland) for work about once a year. If possible, I extend my trip by a day or two and grab the train up to New London, CT, mostly for my fix of Captain Scott’s!!!

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  • 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.

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  • Suzanne

    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.

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  • Barbara

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Cynthia

    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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • jen/joe

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • Shirley

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

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  • 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.

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  • Brunswick

    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.

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