The Best Lobster Roll Spots In Boston

A classic New England lobster roll
A "classic" New England lobster roll | ©Neil Conway/Flickr
Casey Campbell

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.

1. Yankee Lobster Company

Restaurant, Seafood

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.

2. Pauli's

Deli, Restaurant, Seafood, American

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.

3. Island Creek Oyster Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Seafood

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.

Culture Trip Summer Sale

Save up to $1,395 on our unique small-group trips! Limited spots.

Edit article