The Best Lobster Rolls in Maine
The Clam Shack, Kennebunk
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Made with locally caught soft-shell lobsters and custom-baked round yeast rolls, this is the freshest, tastiest lobster roll you’ll find anywhere. Have it with drawn butter or mayo—or both!
Five Islands Lobster, Georgetown
Red’s Eats, Wiscasset
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This world-famous spot serves up a large, chilled lobster roll, resplendent with tail, claw, and knuckle meat on a toasted split-top bun. (Embrace the often-long wait… it’s worth it)
Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Boothbay Harbor
Quoddy Bay Lobster, Eastport
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Located on Passamaquoddy Bay, just across from Canada, Quoddy Bay catches its lobsters from the bay’s frigid waters and serves them up in two to-die-for rolls: a regular four-ounce version and the massive eight-ounce monster. It’s a little out of the way, but well worth the drive.
The Maine Diner, Wells
Lobster Shack Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth
Bayley’s Lobster Pound, Scarborough
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This is the birthplace of the Maine lobster roll, and the Bayley family continues to put out a magnificent cold lobster roll brimming with fresh-picked lobster on a substantial split-top bun.
Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster, South Freeport
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Just a couple of miles from LL Bean’s flagship store, this famous seafood stand serves up a wonderful cold lobster roll from its dock overlooking picturesque South Freeport harbor.
Sprague’s Lobster, Wiscasset
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Located across the street from Red’s Eats, the lobster roll at Sprague’s is every bit as big and tasty as its competitor’s. Bonus: you can forego the long wait and find ample seating on Sprague’s sprawling riverside deck.
McLoon’s Lobster Shack, South Thomaston
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A relative newcomer to the lobster shack scene, McLoon’s is ideally located across from the area’s oldest working lobster wharf. Grab a magnificent roll of fresh-picked tail and claw meat from the barn-red pick-up window and take in the stunning views.
Young’s Lobster Pound, East Belfast
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This warehouse-sized lobster wholesaler on the docks holds more than 30,000 pounds of live lobsters in its tanks, so you know their roll is as fresh as can be. The great views out back only add to its destination-worthy status.
Thurston’s Lobster Pound, Bernard
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Mount Desert Island’s prettiest lobster pound is joined at the hip with a pier that services more than a dozen lobster boats. Their roll is big and meaty, and the views of Bass Harbor are sublime.
Ken’s Place, Scarborough
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One of the few places in Maine to serve both hot and cold lobster rolls, this roadside stand near Old Orchard Beach meticulously hand-picks fresh lobster meat all day long throughout the season.
Bob’s Clam Hut, Kittery
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Just across the border from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bob’s is a great way to kick off any visit to the state of Maine. Their renowned roll, tossed lightly in mayo and tucked into a toasted bun, is a can’t-miss on any lobster crawl.
Eventide Oyster Company, Portland
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This unorthodox roll consists of lobster meat warmed in brown butter and served on a home-baked, Asian-style bao bun. Though it appears diminutive to the eye, this roll stands tall on the palate; 207-774-8538.
Bite into Maine, Cape Elizabeth
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This lobster roll truck sits on one of the best spots in the state: a lofty perch overlooking the famed Portland Head lighthouse in Fort Williams Park. Try their classic Maine roll (chilled with mayo and chives); or go more exotic with Connecticut-style (hot butter); picnic-style (with coleslaw, butter, and celery salt); or the wasabi, curry, or chipotle mayo versions. 207-289-6142