Boston is a city in love with lobster! Whether in a crispy roll with minimal topping, stuffed into a succulent lobster BLT sandwich, cracked and dipped into garlic butter, or heaped into a steaming lobster omelet, the sweet, juicy meat of this local, large, lovable, and dashingly handsome marine crustacean is the favorite meat of Bostonians. We’re only surprised than none of the city’s sports teams have been named ‘The Boston Lobsters’ – surely it’s only a matter of time.
The city is as packed full of lobster joints as a good Boston lobster roll is packed with lobster meat. These lobster restaurants range from upmarket, elegant, and pricey seafood eateries, to simple, hole-in-the-wall kitchens, with no mod-cons, airs or graces, that serve nothing but (world dominating) lobster rolls.
As well as lobster, the city’s restaurants and seafood shacks also serve an amazing array of fresh and delicious oysters, clams, crabs, chowders and bisques. Boston has saltwater in its veins for sure!
A visit to Boston to sample the best of the city’s lobster joints is a must-do for any seriously passionate seafood aficionado. So to help you get your bearings when you visit the ‘Lobster Capital of the World’, here is our list of the seven best lobster and seafood joints in Boston. Make note of the places and dishes that most appeal to you in your BUCKiTDREAM planner!
There’s Always A Line Outside Neptune Oyster, But It’s Certainly Worth the Wait Yes the queues are always long, but for good reason – Neptune Oyster is one of Boston’s most popular seafood restaurants, and was the only Boston restaurant ranked in Yelp’s ‘Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2016’.
Its dishes offer a unique take on the excellent and abundant local seafood. As well as all the classics (including a sumptuous brown-butter lobster roll), it also has an extensive raw bar, and original inventions like the Neptune Johnnycake (a cake topped with honey butter, smoked trout tartar, and sturgeon caviar), and deliciously unique Piggyback Oysters (which are covered in pulled Berkshire pork, pistachio aioli, and golden raisin confiture).
The Neptune Burger is a beast of a burger topped with crispy oysters, cheese, garlic mayo and relish – yum! They also have a great wine list. So get down to Neptune Oyster, don your bib, and feast on their original, inventive and delicious take on the classics.
Location: 63 Salem St, Boston, MA
The Lobster Club Sandwich From Yankee Lobster Is a Famous Boston Staple Yankee Lobster Company is a definite contender for best lobster roll in Boston. If you like crunchy bacon with your lobster (and who doesn’t?) go for the Lobster Club, the crunchy, salty bacon alongside the sweet lobster is divine. The much-loved Cod Cakes, creamy Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and insanely fresh crab keep this place busy all day long.
They also do wholesale, takeaway and home deliveries so you can serve their killer Clam Chowder at home. The Seafood Combos are epic, especially the ‘Captain’s Feast’. They have pleasant outdoor seating so you can munch your seafood with the salty and clean smell of the North Atlantic tickling your nostrils.
Location: 300 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
Boston’s Main Lobster Wholesaler James Hook & Company Also Sells Some Of the City’s Best Lobster Rolls Boston seafood lovers, as well as many of the city’s top seafood chefs, buy most of their raw seafood from James Hook & Company.
These guys have been supplying New England restaurants with the majority of their freshly caught lobsters for almost 100 years. They sell raw lobsters, crabs, mussels, clams, and all kinds of crazy aquatic creatures at a very reasonable price.
As well as retailing fresh, raw seafood for preparation at home, they also make their own lobster rolls (yet another ‘Best in Boston’ according to many), New England Clam Chowder, and Rockport Lobster Bisque. They have a dine-in menu and also do home deliveries.
Location: 15-17 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
Ostra is Expensive But Excellent Ostra is the most salubrious establishment on our list. It’s not so much a ‘joint’, as it is an upmarket and fancy ‘restaurant’.
Their Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio, French Escargot, great caviar selection, and (of course) Broiled Maine Lobster with Herbed Butter Sauce, are all to die for.
Ostra is owned by celebrated Boston chef Jamie Mammano. An in-house fishmonger selects the best local and international seafood daily. The venue has a delicious and original menu, with excellent seafood options, and tasty, upmarket lobster and shellfish.
Location: 1 Charles Street South, Boston, MA
There’s Only One Thing In The World Better Than a BLT, and That’s a Lobster BLT, and B&G Oysters Are Famous For Them! B&G Oysters is chef Barbara Lynch’s modern take on a classic oyster bar. Located in Boston’s south end, this small oyster bar stocks six varieties of oysters from each coast, a selection of clams, and whole lobsters.
You can grab a seat at the long marble bar and watch expert oyster-shuckers at work while you slurp down some shellfish or munch on a hearty lobster BLT. The Crab Tagliatelle is rich, velvety and delicious. Their lobster rolls are packed with Maine lobster meat and topped with tangy lemon aioli and chopped celery which gives a lovely crunch.
Location: 550 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Atlantic Fish Company Is an Iconic New England Seafood Restaurant The Atlantic Fish Company has been serving seafood since 1978 and has become a bit of a Boston institution. They get their seafood fresh from the harbor every morning, and their menus are printed daily to reflect the quality of the offerings.
For a truly scrumptious and hearty seafood dinner try the Oysters Rockefeller or Bacon-wrapped Scallops with Maple Mustard Sauce, followed by the New England Lobster Feast – you shouldn’t need to eat again for a few days!
The menu has lots of recognizable and familiar standards, and not many surprises, but who needs surprises when the classics are done so well! The Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Lobster Ravioli, Tuna Tartar, Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, and Lobster Roll are all big favorites with Bostonians.
Atlantic Fish Company is classic, simple New England seafood dining at its best.
Location: 761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
The Lobster Omelet at Island Creek Oyster Bar Is a Perfect Brunch Island Creek Oyster Bar prints their menu daily to reflect which lucky sea creatures have been dragged ashore the previous night.
It features Boston favorites such as chowder and lobster rolls, as well as some interesting, new dishes like Lobster Roe Noodles, crispy Oyster Sliders, Golden Tilefish with Cherry Tomatoes, and Mrs. Bennett’s Seafood Casserole. They also have an extensive raw bar. The Lobster Omelet is the best brunch in Boston, and ideal to warm the belly before a crisp, spring afternoon cheering on the Red Sox at nearby Fenway Park.
Location: 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA
So that was our list of the seven best places to feast on local lobster in Boston. We hope you are feeling hungry and inspired! Whether you are wolfing down a crispy, salty, sweet and delicious lobster BLT at B&G Oysters, or warming your soul with a hearty Lobster Omelet from Island Creek Oyster Bar before a day at the baseball, don’t forget to share your Boston lobster experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!