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.
Yankee Lobster Company
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.
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.
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.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
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.