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The Best Lobster Roll Spots In Boston

A "classic" New England lobster roll| ©Neil Conway/Flickr
A "classic" New England lobster roll| ©Neil Conway/Flickr
Lobster rolls and New England are a classic summer pair, and August is the perfect time of year to enjoy them as they’ve just gone through a molting cycle, resulting in a softer shell. At this time of year, “soft-shelled” lobsters give a sweeter, more tender meat. Whether you like your roll hot and buttered or cold with mayo, there’s no shortage of options throughout Boston.

Neptune Oyster

Fans of Neptune Oyster’s lobster roll rave about this roll’s enormous chunks of buttery, rich lobster meat. Served with fries and a grilled roll, you can choose between hot and buttered or cold with mayo. Part of the appeal of Neptune Oyster is the small, intimate atmosphere, which means it gets crowded easily.

Neptune Oyster, 63 Salem St, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 742 3474

Cold Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster|© Arnold Gatilao/Flickr

Cold Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster|© Arnold Gatilao/Flickr

Yankee Lobster Company

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
Lobster Roll at Yankee Lobster Company
Lobster Roll at Yankee Lobster Company | © Nate Burgos/Flickr
If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, traditional roll be sure to stop by Yankee Lobster. Tucked into the Seaport District, this 66-year-old seafood shack serves their roll overflowing with fresh meat and just enough mayo for the lobster to shine.
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Relaxed, Family Friendly, Traditional, Casual

James Hook & Co

With over 90 years to perfect their recipe, it’s no wonder that James Hook & Co is a local favorite. To get a hold of their classic roll get there early – they close around 5PM most days.

James Hook & Co, 15 Northern Ave, Boston, MA, USA, +1 617 423 5501

James Hook & Co| ©Brett Levin/Flickr

James Hook & Co| © Brett Levin/Flickr

Pauli's

Deli, Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
Steamed Lobsters
Steamed Lobsters | © Jennifer Copley/Flickr
While the North End doesn’t seem like it would be home to a great lobster roll, locals swear by Pauli’s. This deli shop serves their roll cold and buttered, and you can find other decadent favorites here, like lobster mac and cheese and lobster grilled cheese.
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, American, $$$
Lobsters at Island Creek Oyster Farm
Lobsters at Island Creek Oyster Farm | © Erin B Murray/Flickr
The brainchild of local oysterman Skip Bennett, Island Creek Oyster Bar instantly became a hit. While they regularly have about a dozen different oysters to choose from, they also serve a locally sourced classic lobster roll. Check out their sister restaurant, Row 34, where you can order it creamy and classic or hot and buttered.
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10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm