There’s no wrong way to enjoy a New England lobster roll, but it’s hard to top the combination of a premium roll and picture-perfect view. Here are our favorite New England lobster rolls with a coastal view.
Mount Desert Island’s Southwest Harbor is the backdrop for Beal’s delicious rolls.
Photo Credit : Courtesy of Beal's Lobster Pier
Trying to find the best lobster rolls with the most excellent views led us down a rabbit hole of research that was as enjoyable as it was overwhelming. Trust us, there are many great New England lobster rolls served in gorgeous settings. But the following list represents our idea of the crème de la crème. Maine gets the most representation here, unsurprisingly, but every coastal state in New England holds its own with delicious lobster rolls and beautiful views. Get out there and start tasting!
This beloved Connecticut mainstay serves its hot-and-buttered rolls stacked on hamburger-style buns. The views of Long Island Sound and Ram Island Shoal are stunning, especially at sunset. Don’t miss the clear-broth chowder, which is just as rich in flavor as its creamy cousin.
For such a tiny town, Noank has great lobster options. Best known for its Lobster Bomb — a bread bowl filled with buttered lobster and topped with (optional) lobster bisque — Ford’s also serves a very tasty lobster roll, along with lovely views of Mason’s Island.
Owner Bart Mansi is also a lobster boat captain who heads out before dawn each morning, so it’s hard to beat the freshness of the meat. Grab a roll and take in the view of the town harbor and Falkner Island.
This charming little shack perched right over the water serves a paradigm of hot-and-buttered excellence. Owner Enea Bacci sources meat from Long Island Sound and uses a very light hand in the poaching of the meat, guaranteeing perfect sweetness and tenderness.
This sprawling shingled restaurant juts out into Southwest Harbor on Clark Point and serves a reliable menu of seafood classics: steamed lobsters, fried seafood, burgers for landlubbers, and a fun menu of lobster roll variations, including hot-and-buttered, cold-with-mayo, garlic-buttered, and spicy buffalo.
All the locations of this small chain have six styles of lobster roll, from the more classic (mayo and chives) to the spicy wasabi mayo roll. But only the Cape Elizabeth food truck, parked in Fort Williams Park, has the sweeping view of Portland Light and Casco Bay.
It’s hard to beat the sight of islands dotting the mouth of the Sheepscot River, or of this clapboard shack itself. Lobster is lightly tossed in mayo and stuffed into a griddled, buttered bun. And if you’re extra-hungry, order the “Big Boy.”
Watch the sunset cast a rosy glow on the twin towers of Cape Elizabeth Light (aka Two Lights) while the kids scramble over the rocks of Dyer Point. Lobster rolls are generously portioned, with just the right dollop of mayo (or butter).
This little red hut surrounded by spruce trees and perched at the edge of Spruce Head Island is another beauty. And the rolls, which can be served “half-and-half” style (butter on one side, mayo on the other), have stood out as the best in Maine. Don’t miss the homemade pie, either.
Tender meat and spot-on saucing, plus a homemade roll and a fresh breezes off the bay? What’s not to love? This lovely spot halfway down the Pemaquid Peninsula looks out at the Round Pond harbor and Louds Island beyond.
The oft-Instagrammed buoy-lined wall at this Mount Desert Island mainstay is easy on the eyes, but the view of lobster boats bobbing in Bass Harbor is the real star. And the lobster rolls boast wonderfully plump and tender meat.
Given its central location on busy Commercial Street, it’s hard to imagine that this P-town eatery has a secret party garden out back with a frosé machine and gorgeous views of the harbor. Lobster rolls come hot or cold, served on buttery brioche rolls.
This is the only entrant on the list that can promise harbor views and reliable wildlife sightings. Harbor seals line up at the water’s edge to catch fish scraps from the working fleet (not to mention the occasional treat from sneaky tourists). You can have your rolls hot or cold — be sure to add a bowl of excellent clam chowder.
It’s rare to find a New England seafood shack where you can watch the sun sink into the sea, but the Lobster Pool’s unique geography gives you just such a view as the sun sets over Ipswich Bay. Wash all that beauty down with a roll and a side of very good onion rings.
Looking straight out of central casting, this shingled shack serves up overstuffed cold lobster rolls, as well as very good fried seafood and chowder. Grab a shaded table and watch the boats sail in and out of Sesuit Harbor.
With an oceanfront view and ample parking, Brown’s is beloved for its location alone. And the lobster roll comes on a perfectly buttered and grilled top-split New England hot dog bun, lined with a little lettuce for crunch, and topped with chunks of cold lobster and a dash of paprika.
This tiny shack serves great rolls, as well as lobster pizza, lobster gazpacho, lobster mac n’ cheese, and a hot roll bathed in sherry butter (there’s a cold version, too). Rye Harbor, with the 1614 monument in the distance, sets a lovely backdrop.
You can’t beat the proximity to sand and surf at this favorite seaside institution at Easton’s Beach. The twin lobsters are one of the best deals in town, and the restaurant sits at the end of the famous Cliff Walk.
Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown and overlooking the harbor, the Newport Lobster Shack serves not just tasty rolls but also seriously fun lobster treats like lobster bites (fried bite-sized morsels of meat) and lobster cakes.
Where’s your favorite New England lobster roll with a view? Let us know in the comments below!