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The best lobster in Boston

From whole and classic versions to creative dishes, these are the best ways to enjoy the iconic New England crustacean

Pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack
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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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If your lobster preferences skew conventional, you can always seek out one of the best lobster rolls in Boston or dig into a steamed lobster at a local seafood shack, but Boston chefs have come up with lots of cool, tasty ways to prepare the beloved crustacean. From noodle dishes and delicate sushi creations to baked or fried, here are the best Boston lobster dishes, all of which highlight the sweet, delicious meat. For a sampling of different takes on another local specialty, check out best clam chowders in Boston, and be sure to visit some of the best seafood restaurants in Boston.

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Best lobster dishes in Boston

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Neptune Oyster lobster roll
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Restaurants, Seafood

Lobster roll at Neptune Oyster

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Since 2004, Neptune Oyster has been one of the city’s most in-demand options for fresh local seafood. Neptune’s lobster roll—available hot with butter or cold with mayo, and served on a toasted brioche roll—is one of the city’s most lauded. Given Neptune’s popularity and petite size, be prepared to wait in line for one of the marble-topped tables or a seat at the bar.

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Lobster B.L.T. at B&G Oyster
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Restaurants, Seafood

Lobster B.L.T. B&G Oysters

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Head to this subterranean South End eatery for Barbara Lynch’s signature lobster creation. Fresh, tender lobster meat is sandwiched between slices of ciabatta with bacon, tomato, lettuce, and lemon-mayo. The sandwich comes with bread and butter pickles and hand-cut fries. Try one in the spring or summer when the backyard patio is open.

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Boiled lobster at The Barking Crab
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Restaurants, Seafood

Traditional New England clambake at The Barking Crab

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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 gaggle of tender clams, corn on the cob and potato salad. Secure your bib and prepare to get your hands dirty.

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Lobster B.L.T. roll at Uni
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Restaurants, Japanese

Lobster B.L.T. roll at Uni

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Tony Messina and Ken Oringer have been wowing diners with their innovative izakaya fare for years. Uni’s sushi always impresses, and this surf-and-turf roll is no exception. Chunks of lobster and brown butter mayonnaise are mixed with crisp bacon and pickled celery, then wrapped in rice and seaweed. The only downside is that you’ll wish you’d ordered seconds.

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Lobster roll at Pagu
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Restaurants, Japanese

Lobster roll at Pagu

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Tracy Chang made a name for herself with her inventive Guchi’s Midnight Ramen before opening Pagu in Central Square. Her take on a lobster roll combines fresh lobster with Asian pear, avocado, black sesame seeds, and soy aioli, cradled inside a fluffy squid ink brioche roll that uses sake kasu instead of yeast. It’s just one of many unique dishes on the menu.

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Lobster and waffles at Saltie Girl
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Restaurants, Seafood

Lobster and waffles at Saltie Girl

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The menu at Saltie Girl features reinvigorated seafood classics, like a warm lobster roll topped with beurre blanc and lobster roe, garlic clams with bacon jam, and seared scallops with toasted barley and sugar pumpkin. Their take on the chicken and waffles trend swaps in big chunks of fried lobster tail, which mingles with spicy maple syrup and sweet corn butter atop tasty waffles.

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Scampo
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Restaurants, Italian

Lobster pizza at Scampo

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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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Lobster popover at Loyal Nine
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Lobster popover at Loyal Nine

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Loyal Nine focuses on maintaining New England culinary traditions and highlighting local farmers and artisans. Try dishes like crispy fried soldier beans, brown bread topped with soused bluefish, and crispy steel cut oats tossed with spinach, kohlrabi ribbons, and confit garlic. During brunch service, the lobster popover is a must: the traditional popover is stuffed with lobster and topped with a smoked pork-fat hollandaise and a poached egg.

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Three-pound lobster at Ostra
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Restaurants, Seafood

Three-pound lobster at Ostra

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Located at the bustling intersection where the Back Bay meets the Theatre District, Ostra serves sophisticated seafood with a Mediterranean flare. There are plenty of big-ticket items on offer, making it a great place for special occasions and celebratory business dinners. Go all out with Ostra’s three-pound lobster, served with roasted cauliflower, baby carrots, romanesco, and an herbed butter sauce.

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Legs & Eggs at o ya
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Restaurants, Japanese

Legs & Eggs at o ya

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Dining at Boston’s most expensive Japanese restaurant is a thrilling experience. Expertly assembled nigiri and sashimi wow with exotic flavors and ingredients. Legs & Eggs is a delicious lobster morsel that must be seen and tasted. Delicate Maine lobster legs, tomalley aioli, and osetra caviar are perched atop seasoned rice, forming a work of lobster art. Enjoy with a pairing from the excellent saké list.

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Island Creek Oyster Bar
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Restaurants, Seafood

Lobster roe noodles at Island Creek Oyster Bar

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One of the city’s best seafood-focused eateries, Island Creek Oyster Bar serves ultra-fresh lobster that comes straight from Maine’s York Harbor via Chef Jeremy Sewall’s Cousin Mark. The lobster roe noodles feature grilled lobster, braised short rib, oyster mushrooms, roe, and pecorino. This is one rich lobster dish that could be a meal in itself, though you can’t go to ICOB without getting fresh oysters first.

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Ginger scallion lobster at Peach Farm
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Restaurants, Chinese

Ginger scallion lobster at Peach Farm

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Pick your own seafood from a tank at this Hong Kong-style seafood joint. Your selections are cooked to your liking, but a top choice is the lobster stir-fried with fresh ginger and scallions. The intense flavors match the tender lobster perfectly for a delicious lobster dish.

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Pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack
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Restaurants, Seafood

Pan-roasted lobster at Summer Shack

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This friendly seafood spot has a laid-back vibe and colorful decor reminiscent of coastal seafood shacks. There are plenty of lobster items on the menu—many patrons opt for traditional steamed—but the pan-roasted lobster is a celebration-worthy standout. The lobster is roasted with butter, bourbon-flambéed, and seasoned with chives and chervil.

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Lobster mashed potatoes at Mastro’s Ocean Club
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Restaurants, Steakhouse

Lobster mashed potatoes at Mastro’s Ocean Club

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

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