34+ Places for Lobster Rolls in CT: 2018 Edition

Emma Jane-Doody Stetson

Summer is here and nothing embodies summer in New England like the lobster roll!  Whether you prefer yours hot or cold, with or without butter, classic or with a twist, Connecticut restaurants and seafood shacks are featuring them on their menus.  Here is a list of 34+ places where you can get some lobstahhhh!!

  1. Lobstercraft, Fairfield: LobsterCraft opened its retail doors a few months ago in Fairfield. Parked next to the shop is their truck, and a tented, casual seating area, reminiscent of those great roadside eateries along the coast of Maine.
  2. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook: Lenny and Joe's serves buttered lobster in a grilled split top hotdog bun and with one side of your choosing, like onion rings.
  3. Knot Norms, Norwalk: n addition to the classic lobster roll, Knot Norms in Norwalk has rolls of all varieties! Join them for a Fried Chicken Roll, Roasted Oysters and a Crab Salad Roll, and more.
  4. Liv’s Shack, Old Saybrook: Liv’s Shack, located directly on the waterfront at the mouth of the Connecticut River, celebrates Summer in New England with hot buttered lobster rolls, fish tacos, hand-ground hamburgers and more.
  5. Boothbay Lobster Company, Stamford: Located in Stamford's Harbor Point. Dine on a grilled roll with 4 ½ ounces of glistening tail, claw and knuckle meat, lightly dressed in butter and garnished with a chive and parsley mix. If you want to butter it yourself, they can serve it that way too.
  6. Fresh Salt @ Saybrook Point Inn, Old Saybrook: Fresh kettle chips complement he warm buttered lobster on a grilled New England style roll at Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook.
  7. The Lazy Lobster, Milford: The Lazy Lobster in Milford's "The Lazy Lobster Roll" was voted one of the best in CT. Succulent lobster is piled high on a fresh baked and buttered roll.
  8. Fjord Fish Market, Cos Cob, New Canaan, Darien: For less than $20, Fjord Fish Market offers freshly cooked hot lobster rolls on their takeout menu. This fish market doesn’t offer any indoor or outdoor dining space; however, their lobster rolls are worth it to be enjoyed at home, on a curb, or in your car.
  9. Flanders Fish Market, East Lyme: The lobster roll at Flanders in East Lyme is simple, yet delicious. It’s served with a bit of butter and scallions with a toasted hot dog roll.
  10. Beach House, Greenwich, Norwalk: The Beach House Café has been a staple in Greenwich for many years and they just opened another location in Norwalk. You can find tasty lobster roll on the lunch menu.
  11. Lobster Landing, Clinton: The lobster rolls at Lobster Landing in Clinton use potato buns from Vermont to hold 4oz of lobster meat.
  12. L’escale, Greenwich: L'escale has beautiful views of the water and plenty of outdoor seating. Throw in their lobster roll and you have the quintessential New England experience.
  13. Johnny Ad’s Drive In, Old Saybrook: Johnny Ad's Drive In in Old Saybrook serves up a hot lobster roll on a hot dog bun with butter.
  14. Westbrook Lobster, Wallingford, Clinton: At Westbrook Lobster, choose from a Connecticut Lobster Roll with hot buttered lobster meat, house seasoning, and a toasted brioche roll or a New England Lobster Roll with chilled picked lobster, tarragon, mayonnaise, and diced celery.
  15. City Fish Market, Wethersfield: City Fish Market in Wethersfield offers both a hot and cold lobster roll. The hot consists of 5 oz of meat blended with pure butter and served with your choice of rib cut fries, fresh cole slaw, or New England Clam Chowder. The cold has cooked lobster meat, seasoned with quality mayonnaise and also comes with a side
  16. Go Fish, Mystic: At Go Fish in Mystic, choose between a chilled roll with celery and mayonnaise or a warm one with butter, both on a griddled roll.
  17. Knapps Landing, Stratford: Have your lobster roll with views of the Housatonic River at Knapp's Landing in Stratford.
  18. Outriggers, Stratford: Outriggers in Stratford has a beautiful indoor dining room as well as a large patio overlooking the marina. They serve a classic lobster roll.
  19. Match Burger Lobster, Westport: Chef Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk opened Match Burger Lobster in Westport. Order a warm lobster roll or opt for he "Monster Combo," which features a Match mini burger and a 1/1/4 pound lobster
  20. Guilford Lobster Pound, Guilford: Guilford Lobster Pound has a large deck with views of Guilford Harbor,Faulkner Island, Grass Island, and the Salt Marsh. The lobster roll uses 4 oz of fresh lobster meat.
  21. Clam Castle, Madison: Clam Castle has been in Madison, CT for over 60 years. Their jumbo lobster roll has 5 ounces of meat.
  22. Lobster Hut, Milford: Ordered with a side of fries, onion rings, cole slaw, melted butter, and lemon wedge, the hot lobster rolls at The Lobster Hut in Milford have been recommended time and time again.
  23. The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Norwalk: he Rowayton Seafood Market resides in an old fishing shack that was once the oldest operating Lobster Co-Op on the Long Island Sound. It makes sense that their restaurant next door is known for a tasty lobster roll. 
  24. Ford’s Lobsters, Noank: The lobster rolls at Ford’s in Noank are served in a toasted top split roll with a side of melted butter
  25. Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough, Noank: Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough is a casual venue with outdoor and indoor picnic bench seating. At Abbott’s, the lobster rolls are served on a seeded hamburger bun that is piled high with buttered meat.
  26. Red 36, Mystic: At red36 in Mystic, order the hot lobster roll with lemon aioli or melted butter.
  27. SoNo Seaport Seafood, Norwalk: SoNo Seaport Seafood has a giant deck with an outdoor bar so you can eat your seafood al fresco with views of Long Island Sound. The roll consists of fresh picked lobster meat tossed in mayo with crispy celery and served with coleslaw or potato chips.
  28. Captain Scott’s, New London: Captain Scott's in New London offers a hot lobster roll. Located on the docks beside one of New London’s marinas, diners can enjoy their meal on picnic benches.
  29. Max’s Oyster Bar, West Hartford: At Max Oyster Bar, the hot buttered lobster rolls comes on a homemade toasted bun and with sides of cole slaw and French fries.
  30. Crab Shell, Stamford: Located right on the waterfront in Stamford, Crab Shell offers both indoor and outdoor dining serving freshly caught seafood. Their number one menu item is the warm lobster roll served in a butter toasted split top roll.
  31. The Lobster Shack, Branford: The Lobster Shack CT is owned and operated by Nick and Arlene Crismale. Their lobster rolls are made with freshly picked tail and claw meat, real butter, and a sprinkle of lemon juice on a toasted sub roll.
  32. Stowe’s Seafood, West Haven: Stowe’s Seafood shack in West Haven carries a pirate theme throughout the restaurant, down to the paper boats the warm lobster rolls are served in.
  33. Elm Street Oyster House, Greenwich: Elm Street Oyster House in Greenwich has indoor seating as well as a small outdoor space to dine al fresco streetside.
  34. Shell & Bones, New Haven: Grab yourself the epic "Tower of Shells" here (including lobster), while enjoying a spectacular view. 
  35. Elm, New Canaan: This New Canaan standout always pays homage to New England with their own version of the classic lobster roll, lobster roll is served hot on a brioche bun, and topped with a strip of bacon!