The Best Lobster Rolls in New England

Reds Eats in Maine
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New England is known for its coastal shores, unpredictable weather and, of course, its incredible seafood. Along with clam chowder, the lobster roll is an iconic New England staple that can satisfy throughout the year. Do you prefer the classic summer version served cold with mayo or celery, or a hot buttery grilled bun instead? Here are the top places to sit down for an afternoon or evening eat.

1. Falmouth Raw Bar

Bar, Seafood

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The Falmouth Raw Bar is a legendary spot and great for visitors and locals on the Cape. Voted as the best raw bar in Cape Cod by many, this place is sure to fill your tummy with delicious seafood and comes with a beautiful view overlooking the harbor. Don’t leave without trying the Monsta Lobsta Roll, which is huge and filled to the brim with 100% lobster meat.

2. Red's Eats

Restaurant, Seafood

Reds Eats in Maine
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There’s often a line outside this red shack in Maine. Red’s Eats has the best warm, buttered lobster meat roll in New England. It’s a true family business and well-worth the pit-stop in Wiscasset, Maine. The seasonal shack is open from mid-April through mid-October. Gluten-free eaters can also join in on the fun, as the no-frills shack surprisingly serves up local gluten-free breads.

3. T.K.O. Malley's Sports Cafe

Restaurant, Seafood

A sports bar isn’t usually synonymous with lobster rolls, but this Scituate hotspot has a jumbo lobster roll that is mouth-watering. Enjoy the views from the bar’s back deck, which overlooks the harbor and lighthouse and is absolutely gorgeous around sunset. Grab a pint and enjoy a lobster roll with a side of fried oysters at T.K.O Malley’s for a real summer treat, and then walk off the calories by strolling around the nearby lighthouse.

4. Green Harbor Lobster Pound

Restaurant, Seafood

Green Harbor
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This waterside shack in Marshfield is the ideal stop after a beach day at nearby Green Harbor. Order up the fried clams or scallops as an appetizer and follow it up with a fresh lobster roll. Enjoy the meal outdoors on checkered picnic tables overlooking the water. This seasonal eatery is only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so be sure to stop by this summer.

5. Gilbert's Chowder House

Restaurant, Seafood

Gilbert’s Chowder House in the Old Port area of Portland, Maine has seafood at great prices. Order up a cup of chowder and a lobster roll to enjoy on their outdoor deck with butter or mayo. (Just beware the hungry seagulls.) This eatery is just steps away from the unique shops in Portland and is the perfect way to satisfy your appetite after window shopping.

6. Captain Scott's Lobster Dock

Restaurant, Seafood

Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock overlooks the Shaw Cove in New London, Connecticut. This no-frills eatery serves up lobster rolls with lettuce and lemon—if served cold—and with warm butter if served hot. Visitors are encouraged to try the top-selling clam fritters, a unique New England treat of fried chopped clam. As of recently, you can now catch the seafood on-the-go with the Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock food truck.

7. Providence Oyster Bar

Restaurant, Seafood

Providence Oyster Bar serves up all the seafood you could ever dream of: lobster rolls, oysters, sushi, clam chowder. It’s all there and it’s all delicious. Catch a happy hour drink around the vibrant bar scene before moving onto an upscale dinner. Served with light mayo and lemon zest, the restaurant’s lobster roll is best enjoyed with an appetizer of mussels or clams casino.

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