Best of Boston

Best Lobster Roll

2022 Best Lobster Roll

Eventide Fenway

When it comes to New England lobster rolls, there are two major types: “hot and buttered” and “cold and mayo’d.” And then there’s Eventide’s, a [...] read more»
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»