The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – A Local Landmark!

A Place Like No Other Since 1920. 

For an authentic Maine experience just about 30 minutes south of Portland, enjoy your lobster oceanside on the picnic tables, perched just above the crashing surf, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn! Or, you can stay in the dining room, watching the ships enter Portland Harbor and the local fishermen haul up their daily catch.

The lobster rolls are totally generous with at least 4 ounces of lobster chunks on a buttered and toasted hot dog bun.  It comes with just a small spoonful of mayo on the top or you can request hot butter to drizzle all over it.  Yum!

Why we love it:  You can climb on the rocks while you wait for your lobster!

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Longboards Restaurant & Bar – Award Winning Lobster Rolls

Multiple 70″ TV Screens Where You Can Catch A Game!

Located on Pickering Wharf in historic Salem, Massachusetts, this is a great local place to be and be seen. With award winning sandwiches & lobster rolls and new signature flatbreads, you won’t leave hungry!

As for the lobster, they recently won several awards for their lobster rolls! WCVB Channel 5 in Boston has named them “One of The Areas Best Lobster Rolls” and North Shore Magazine has awarded Longboards BONS (Best of North Shore) award for their lobster rolls.  Salem Evening News has even named them the “Best Casual Dining Experience”.

Why we love it: Lobster, beer and sports combination?  What’s better than that!

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Five Islands Lobster Company – On a Fishing Village Wharf

Serving the Best Lobsters from Maine

Located right on a working wharf at the edge Sheepscot Bay in Georgetown, Maine – Five Islands Lobster Company is one of the best places to go for fresh, meaty Maine lobsters!    With lobsters hauled from the Atlantic Ocean daily,  you won’t find a place that serves any fresher. What’s more, Five Islands Lobster Company doesn’t store their lobsters in tanks – so that means you’ll indulge in the tastiest lobsters around.

Worked up an appetite after exploring this charming fishing village?   Sit on the deck overlooking the scenic harbor and enjoy your seafood feast.   How about freshly dug steamers and a 4.5 pound lobster?   Or try the Big Boy Lobster Roll loaded with twice the amount of meat that you’d find in the already packed lobster roll.    Five Islands Lobster Company doesn’t serve booze – so feel free to bring your own cooler with beer or wine.   Once you’re done with every crumb and morsel, be sure to head on over to the Ice Cream building for a couple of scoops of Annabelle’s Ice Cream .   Five Islands Lobster Company is pure yum!

Why we love it: Quintessential Maine experience.  Authentic, picturesque and offers on -the -wharf seating!

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Ipswich Clambake – Catering Stellar Events Since 1976

Clambakes All Year Round!  

From the sweet Ipswich steamed clams, the award winning-extra creamy clam chowder, the freshly harvested lobsters, the juicy butter and sugar corn, and the array of innovative sides containing fresh fruits and vegetables from farms around the corner, Ipswich Clambake brings you authentic New England flavors and stellar quality New England fare.

Ipswich Clambake will work with you to plan your clambake, picnic, or BBQ in your backyard, at the beach, your favorite location, or at any one of their event sites.  You may be interested in a casual clambake which is perfect for family gatherings, reunions, corporate events, or special celebrations. Tell Ipswich Clambake what you want and they promise to do everything to accommodate you.      With advance notice, Ipswich Clambake will prepare Clambakes to Go!

Stop by their seasonal restaurant and enjoy a delicious lobster roll or steamed lobster served with butter and a bib!

Why we love it: Whether you’re hosting an informal beach event for formal gathering, they take care of everything!

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Lobster Pot Restaurant – Overlooking Narragansett Bay

Winner of Many “Best of Rhode Island” Awards!

Ideally located alongside Bristol Harbor, The Lobster Pot  has been serving the finest traditional New England classics since 1929.  With lobster salad rolls, baked stuffed lobsters -fisherman style, lobster mac and cheese, and lobsters boiled, broiled and grilled – the Lobster Pot is a proud participant of the “Farm & Sea To Table” program and buys products from local, hard-working farmers and fishermen.  With its longstanding reputation and commitment to using the freshest ingredients, it’s no wonder why the Lobster Pot is a favorite dining destination of many southern New Englanders.  For the “meat and potatoes” person in your party  – the Lobster Pot also offers steaks and burgers.

Why we love it:   The sunset views of Narragansett Bay, charming bar and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights.

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Halls Harbour Lobster Pound – Doesn’t Come Fresher

Halls Harbour Lobster Pound and Restaurant

Does lobster taste better if enjoyed outdoors? Halls Harbour Lobster Pound & Restaurant offers a great chance to do so! Nestled on the Bay of Fundy, in a small Nova Scotian fishing village, the smell of lobster mingles with the scents of pine and sea wrack at low tide. It’s authentic “LOBSTER IN THE ROUGH”. Halls Harbour dates back to 1779 and is named after Captain Hall who used the natural harbour with his privateers as home base. Today the restaurant has lobster pounds on site, so ask for an informative tour and learn more about lobster! In fact, the Halls Harbour Lobster Pound now serves as one of the largest lobster holding facilities in Canada with a capacity of up to 65,000 pounds. With waterfront dining room and tables on the outside deck, Hall’s specializes in cooked and live lobster, this is also the perfect place to buy and take home.

Why we love it:  Lobster everywhere!  Authentic lobster eating experience.

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Sprague’s Lobster – A Popular Roadside Gem

Enjoy Fresh Lobster Outdoors!

Family owned and operated, this lobster shack is located on U.S. Route 1 – directly across from the famous Red’s Eats. This roadside gem offers what some say is, “the best lobster roll in the world!” With ample parking, an expansive deck dining area and nice views, Sprague’s Lobster offers generous portions of lobster meat on a buttered roll. Yum!

Why we love it:  The lines move quickly and they have a deck!

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  • Seasonal
  • Cash Only
  • 22 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
  • (207) 882-1236


Red’s Eats – A Summertime Legend Located on U.S. Route 1

A Long Standing Tradition 

Don’t let the long lines keep you away from Red’s Eats. Featured in publications too numerous to mention, Red’s Eats is a popular roadside take-out establishment located on U.S. Route 1 in Wiscasset. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Red’s Eats offers lobster rolls loaded with heaping with chunks of lobster meat served with butter and mayo on the side.

Why we love it:  The wicked huge Lobstah Roll   

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  • Seasonal: May- October
  • Cash Only
  • 41 Water Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578
  • (207) 882-6128


Ogunquit Lobster Pound – Pick Your Lobster

Plan on a Fun and Fresh Lobster Dinner Here

Ogunquit is a lovely seaside community in Southern Maine, and maybe one of the most beautiful coastal villages in the state. Since 1931, the Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant has been a Maine staple. Reasons to visit? In the heart of lobster country, this restaurant offers big steamers that ensure you a freshly cooked crustacean! The large dining room is the perfect place for a comfortable dinner. In addition to other yummy lobster items, Ogunquit Lobster Pound serves lobster stew with fresh chunks of lobster meat.

Why we love it:  You pick your own lobster from the pound!

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DiMillo’s on the Water – A Floating Restaurant

Fresh Seafood from Local Waters

Portland is a charming small “city” on the coast and scenic in its own right, but pair it with a “floating” restaurant and waterviews and it gets even better! Every one of DiMillo’s tables offers spectacular views of Portland Harbor and it offers two outside decks in you prefer to take in the salty air while you dine. With a full menu to choose from, you can enjoy DiMillo’s on the Water to wine and dine on a lobster dinner or kick back and be casual with a lobster roll. The lunch and dinner menu offers something for seafood and land lovers alike.

Why we love it:  It floats!

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Boothbay Lobster Wharf – Enjoy Lobster by the Pound

Pick Your Own Lobster

Boothbay Lobster Wharf is a restaurant and working Maine lobster pound where you can watch all the steps involved in the handling of lobsters. Pick your own Maine lobster from the salt water tank and enjoy your meal on the wharf on in the enclosed dining area. Rain or shine! Love Lobster Rolls? A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Boothbay Lobster Wharf offers the freshest and finest seafood around.  Enjoy live entertainment every Saturday night.  Don’t forget to pick up a t-shirt or other souvenir at the Wharf Wear Shop!

Why we love it:  Working lobster pound where you can learn about handling lobster!

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Union Oyster House – America’s Oldest Restaurant

A Must Do, Casual Seafood Restaurant

Famous for oysters and location, The Union Oyster House is a favorite for locals and visitors to Boston.  Located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, the Union Oyster House enjoys the unique distinction of being America’s oldest restaurant. This Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to Pre-Revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a regular customer, in their original positions.

With a full menu for sea and land lovers, enjoy a lobster roll, traditional boiled lobster or a long list of other delicious lunch and dinner options. The Union Oyster House is walk-able from most spots in the city, so make it the start or end to a great day in this world famous harbor town.

Why we love it:  It’s historic –  so nice backdrop for a selfie!

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Roy Moore Lobster – A Lobster Gem in Rockport

Enjoy Lobsters in the Rough on Bearskin Neck!

In what is arguably one of the most scenic towns in New England, you will find this lobster shack! Calling Rockport home, this delicious lobster eatery offers a deck (with picnic tables) overlooking Sandy Bay. With super authentic and super fresh lobster right off the boat, you have to love a place that sells tee shirts with the message “Eat Moore Lobsta!”  What makes this place even more special is the setting. Rockport is lobster central with a harbor full of bright bobbing lobster boats.  So, stroll, shop and the enjoy Roy’s lobster rolls or boiled lobster with drawn butter.  Grab your lobster bib and get crackin’ over at Roy Moore Lobster Company.

Why we love it:   You can watch them cook your lobster – so bring a giant appetite to this tiny shack.   While you wait, check out the live lobsters in the tank!

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The Lobster Pool – A Rustic Lobster Shack

At the Ocean’s Edge

A casual Cape Ann dining destination (read lobster shack) in Rockport, MA is the Lobster Pool, serving up outstanding seafood with plenty of picnic tables and picturesque views. From crab, clams and lobster to house-made chowder, this spot has it all. Lobster Pool appeals to guests of all ages because it has hot dogs and burgers for the kids, seafood plates for the hungry college students and lobster rolls and fresh salads for the adults. For dessert, there’s pie and ice cream! Insider Tip: Go for the sunset view at dinner.

Why we love it:   Views of lobster boats!

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Summer Shack – It’s About The Seafood!

Owned By Celebrity Chef Jasper White

You’ll fall in love with this seafood restaurant over and over again! It’s where a fancy lobster shack in the city meets table-service dining.  With a location in Cambridge, Dedham and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Jasper White’s Summer Shack offers a fun, family-friendly, energetic seafood restaurant serving the freshest, sustainable fish and shellfish available.

With an extensive lobster menu including pan baked lobster and. of course, the lobster roll – this restaurant offers lots of palate pleasing variations to traditional dishes.  Lobsters, oysters and clams dominate the menu for sure.   Not an inexpensive eat but worth it!

Why we love it:  Fine food in a casual setting!

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James Hook & Co. – A Local Landmark

Serving Fresh Lobster Since 1925

A third generation family owed business, James Hook & Co. began when James Hook decided to truck the daily lobster catches from Maine and Canada to Boston’s fish piers and finest restaurants would travel to Boston’s waterfront to buy the fresh lobsters around.

As the demand grew, James Hook opened a location at the corner Northern Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and began direct distribution to restaurants and other wholesaler distributors around the country.   Along the way, James Hook & Co. started a retail market with indoor cafe style seating and picnic tables available in the warmer months. A low-brow experience, some say that James Hook & Co offers the best tasting lobster rolls and has earned that distinction year after year.

Why we love it: Giant lobster roll with just the right amount of mayo.  Toasted buns are now available!

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Lobster Trail

Chatham Pier Fish Market – A Lobster Roll with a View

A Must Do in Chatham 

Located in a quintessential Cape Cod town, this seafood market is a destination and one where you could spend hours. Situated at a dock where fishing boats come in to unload their catch, you will find non stop action and plenty of lobster boats. Visitors can be seen at all hours of the day – watching the fishermen (and lobstermen), catching a glimpse of the numerous seals or eating take out while sitting directly on the wharf.

Casual, salty and filled with seagulls,  this part of the world is a true seafood lover’s dream. Certainly family friendly, purchase seafood to take home or a lobster roll and cooked seafood to go. We recommend eating your fresh meal right outside the door!

Why we love it:  Fresh seafood on the Chatham Fish Pier overlooking Aunt Lydia’s Cove!

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Mattakeese Wharf – Waterfront Dining with Incredible Views

Serving Fresh Cape Cod Seafood Since 1967

Mattakeese Wharf Restaurant is the place to go to enjoy classic New England seafood dishes and amazing sunset views.   Located on Barnstable Harbor just north of Route 6A,  Mattakeese Wharf offers extensive menu selections featuring 2 pound boiled lobsters, baked stuffed lobsters with sea scallops, lazy man’s lobster casseroles and delicious lobster rolls with light mayo and celery!   Open for Sunday brunch, daily lunch and dinner – Mattakeese Wharf has someone for everyone’s taste including chicken and burgers for the landlubbers in your party.  Dine on the weekends in the summer and enjoy cocktails and live music just as the magnificent sun sets over the harbor!   Reservations suggested.  Ask for a table by the window.

Why we love it:   Magnificent sunset views! 

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  • Seasonal from May – October
  • Sunday brunch, lunch, dinner
  • 273 Millway Road, Barnstable, MA 02630
  • (508) 362-4511