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The Oceanaire Seafood Room fried lobster on a plate
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The best lobster in Boston

Go beyond a boil and bun with these dishes spotlighting New England’s favorite crustacean

Written by
Cheryl Fenton
Contributors
Eric Grossman
&
Gina McCreadie
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While purists may think the best lobster in Boston is boiled and served with drawn butter (or dressed in mayo atop a toasted hot dog bun, as these best lobster rolls in Boston might suggest), others believe that this cherished New England shellfish should sit in the culinary spotlight in more creative ways. We've rounded up the best lobster dishes in Boston that place this prized ingredient on everything from pizza to tacos, mashed potatoes to ravioli. For a sampling of different takes on other regional fishy favorites, check out the best clam chowders in Boston or the best local oyster bars.

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Best lobster dishes in Boston

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West End
  • price 3 of 4

Chef Lydia Shire is the culinary mastermind behind many successful restaurants and dishes, but her most notable contribution to the Boston dining scene might just be her lobster pizza, a version of which she currently serves at Scampo in the Liberty Hotel. The thin-crust pie is coated with cream sauce and piled high with caramelized shallots and garlic, plenty of lobster, fresh ricotta and Parmesan. Pair it with a bottle of French rosé for a seriously decadent splurge.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

A unique spin on the classic, this Asian-influenced lobster salad features cashews, spring peas, radishes, Napa cabbage and Thai-style dressing. It’s the perfect dish to sit sidecar to a chilled plate of raw oysters for which this Back Bay eatery is known.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

Alongside its extensive collection of smoked fish and tinned seafood, Saltie Girl is renowned for its hot take on the chicken and waffles trend. Here, the kitchen perches big chunks of fried lobster tail (in lieu of the customary poultry) atop tastry waffles, before completing its masterpiece with spicy maple syrup and sweet corn butter. Other shellfish highlights include gourmet lobster rolls (hot and cold), ginger scallion lobster and a two-pound, baked stuffed lobster. 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Located at the bustling intersection between the Back Bay Theatre District, Ostra serves sophisticated seafood with a Mediterranean spin. There are plenty of big-ticket items available at this white-tableclothed establishment, making it a great place for special occasions and celebratory business dinners. Amongst those splurge-worthy dishes: Ostra’s three-pound lobster, which is served with seasonal vegetables, fines herbes, drawn butter and lemon. 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

This hip bistro focused on “French without the fuss” puts Parisian-style cuisine front and center. The grilled veal is served with a side of Maine lobster salad (decadent meat mixed with creamy mayo) on a bed of rocket salad (aka peppery arugula) and sprinkled with fennel breadcrumbs and balsamic.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • North End

When a restaurant’s name conjures up images of the ocean waters, its menu should follow suit. The North End staple’s twist on traditional lobster, Mare's lobster spring roll is stuffed with fresh lobster, cremosa chili aioli, kale, asparagus, sweet chard and carrots.



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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

Mastro’s Ocean Club offers a luxurious surf-and-turf dining experience alongside stunning views of Boston Harbor. Sizzling steaks and fresh seafood dishes are decadent enough, but there’s no harm in getting a side of its lobster mashed potatoes. A helping of these chunks of delicious lobster meat, creamy mashed potatoes and rich gravy will take any meal over the top. 

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Downtown

Located within Boston's political epicenter right by State Street, The Oceanaire Seafood Room unites the North and the South with its must-try chicken fried lobster. There is something so homey and satisfying about these tender pieces of lobster, which feature a light and crispy coating, and are served on a bed of cheesy grits with truffled honey and house hot sauce. Other lobster options at this upscale, downtown establishment include a divine surf and turf, lobster fried rice and lobster mac and cheese.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

This friendly seafood spot has a laid-back vibe and colorful decor reminiscent of the coastal shellfish shacks that dot our shorelines. There are plenty of lobster items on the menu—in fact, there's an entire section dedicated to them. Many patrons may opt for the traditional steamed crustacean, but the pan-roasted lobster is a celebration-worthy standout here. Get the latter dish and you'll be served this shellfish after it's been roasted in butter, flambéed with bourbon and seasoned with chives and chervil.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood

Going to a steakhouse for a lobster dish might seem counterintuitive, but you won’t regret it. Served at the casino-resort’s upscale restaurant, the creamy bisque begins with a roasted Maine lobster and is served with a lobster tarragon salad and a drizzle of chili oil.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 2 of 4

For a decadent lobster dish, head to Yankee Lobster in the Seaport for its baked lobster mac and cheese. It’s comfort food at its finest, with chunks of chopped lobster, elbow macaroni and oven-roasted tomatoes that add a little punch to its white cheddar and parmesan sauce—and it’s all finished off with a crunchy panko topping. If you’re not quite in the mood for mac and cheese, there are plenty of other lobster choices on the menu (hence the name of this place).

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Chinatown
  • price 2 of 4

Pick your own seafood from a tank at this Hong Kong-style joint located in Boston's Chinatown. The kitchen will then cook your fishy selections just to your liking—with a top choice being its seasonal, lobster stir-fried with fresh ginger and scallions. The wonderful aromatics pair perfectly with the tender chunks of lobster, making for a delicious bite after bite.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

The clambake is a quintessential New England experience that showcases sea-kissed goodies without the frills. At the Barking Crab, you can get in on the fun with this massive dish, which includes a 1.25-pound, ruby-red lobster—plus a traditional hodgepodge of tender clams, corn on the cob and potato salad. Secure your bib and prepare to get your hands dirty.

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