Best of Boston

Best Lobster Roll

2021 Best Lobster Roll

Row 34

The recent shuttering of seafood landmark Island Creek Oyster Bar has made us even more protective of chef Jeremy Sewall’s legendary lobster roll, which lives [...] read more»
2020 Best Lobster Roll


During COVID, expanded hours and new sidewalk seating helped us rediscover the revelatory lobster rolls at Cusser’s, the street-level takeout window chef Carolyn Johnson built [...] read more»
2019 Best Lobster Roll

Island Creek Oyster Bar

For Ethel’s Lobster Roll, named for his beloved grandmother, chef Jeremy Sewall sources delicate, ultra-fresh meat from his Maine fisherman cousin, then classes it up [...] read more»
2018 Best Lobster Roll

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Forget the hot butter for a minute. Named for chef Jeremy Sewall’s grandmother, Ethel’s Lobster Roll at ICOB updates the cold Maine style for a [...] read more»
2017 Best Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster

It takes a special kind of hot lobster roll to best its chilled brethren, but Neptune's much-beloved version manages to pull it off. Seven ounces [...] read more»
2016 Best Lobster Roll

Yankee Lobster Company

When it comes to a lobster roll, sometimes a straightforward, no-frills version is just what you crave—bonus points for shanty charm. Yankee Lobster’s traditional counter-service [...] read more»
2015 Best Lobster Roll

James Hook + Co.

There's only one decision you need to make at this waterfront institution: regular roll ($16) or large ($19)? After that, pull up a chair and [...] read more»
2014 Best Lobster Roll

Alive & Kicking

Call us iconoclasts, but this year, the lobster roll that impressed us most technically isn’t a lobster roll at all. Let us introduce you to [...] read more»
2013 Best Lobster Roll, High-Brow

Island Creek Oyster Bar

The homemade rosemary roll and a touch of crème fraîche dress up this classic, while the lobster is as fresh as it gets. read more»
2013 Best Lobster Roll, Low-Brow

James Hook and Co.

The rolls at this waterfront spot don't come with frills (or fries). But at a mere $14 for a hot-dog bun overflowing with lobster mixed [...] read more»
2012 Best Lobster Roll, North

Lobsta Land

Forget ambiance and views—here, it's all about the lobster roll. And it's a behemoth, with five ounces of fresh, sweet tail and claw meat tossed [...] read more»
2012 Best Lobster Roll

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Chef Jeremy Sewall has a family connection to the best crustaceans around: His cousin Mark is a Maine lobsterman. And the best vehicle for his [...] read more»
2011 Best Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster

Order it hot with butter, or cold with mayo. Either way, sizable chunks of lobster will overflow the warm brioche roll, leaving you to dig [...] read more»
2010 Best Lobster Roll

Belle Isle Seafood

Twelve rolls into our research, it seemed there was no escaping the Bun Situation: perfectly sweet meat marred by stale, soggy, cold, dinky, or too-hearty [...] read more»
2009 Best Lobster Roll

Neptune Oyster

Cold with mayo, or hot with butter? Neptune ends the great lobster roll debate by excelling at both. The constant is perfectly firm, sweet lobster [...] read more»