There are few states that do anything better than Maine does a lobster roll. That’s not especially surprising given that lobster is a $300 million per year industry for the state. Our restaurants, from upscale brick-and-mortar businesses to small seaside shacks, have perfected its preparation. While this article rounds up some incredible places to get a good lobster rolls, it would be impossible to list every single delicious option. So, for the sake of keeping this list digestible (see what I did there?) here are just a few of the options (in no particular order) you’ll find when looking for the best lobster roll in Maine.
1. Becky's Seafood, Lubec
Becky's food truck is tucked away so if you're not paying attention, you may miss the chance for one of the best lobster rolls in the area. If you're looking to branch out, try the unique smoked salmon sticks. Check them out at 145 Main Street in Lubec / 207-733-2228.
2. Quoddy Bay Lobster, Eastport
Family run Quoddy Bay Lobster just opened for their tenth season in business. Their longevity comes as no surprise to anyone who has tasted their lobster roll. It's fresh without filler and eating one outside offers view of the Bay of Fundy across to Canada. Visit them at 7 Sea Street in Eastport / 207-853-6640.
3. Harrasseeket Lunch and Lobster, South Freeport
This stalwart in Freeport has been helping the good people of Southern Maine eat well since 1970. Stroll up to the window, order your fare and watch the boats come in and out of the working waterfront. VIsit them at 36 Main Street in South Freeport / 207-865-3535.
4. Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack, Rockport
Graffam Bros have been offering up fresh seafood at the market since 1946. The shack was opened across the street to meet the demand of folks who wanted something tasty immediately. Try their lobster roll, but make your way through the entire menu beginning on May 18th. Visit them at 211 Union Street in Rockport / 207-236-8391.
5. Bagaduce Lunch, Penobscot
Bagaduce Lunch has been on other lists here, but that's because we absolutely love it. When it came time to rave specifically about their lobster rolls, we could not resist. The rolls here are priced right and with a location right at the mouth of the Bagaduce River, you'll enjoy a priceless view as well. Visit them at 145 Franks Flat in Penobscot / 207-326-4197.
6. McLoons Lobster Shack, South Thomaston
Recently named "Best Hidden Lobster Shack" by Yankee Magazine, McLoons serves up a lobster roll that is truly the Rolls Royce of rolls. In fact, it even comes with that name. Order one at the window, wait at a picnic table and watch the sun set. Feel free to BYOB to this place and plan on leaving stuffed after a delicious strawberry shortcake. Visit them at 315 Island Road in South Thomaston / 207-593-1382.
7. Red's Eats, Wiscasset
While the hype always has us nervous for the output, Red's won't disappoint. There's oftentimes a long wait for a good reason. The lobster rolls here aren't covered in mayo and pieces are large enough to dip directly into the melted butter provided on the side. Visit them at 41 Water Street in Wiscasset / 207-882-6128.
8. Bite Into Maine, Cape Elizabeth
This perfectly located food truck offers up six different types of lobster rolls. Grab one just before heading off to explore Fort Williams Park and Portland Head. They've already become a Portland legend, but they were also recently included on USA Today's list of Maine/Massachusetts Best Lobster Rolls. Congrats to them, but it means you may be dealing with some heftier lines this summer. Get there ASAP at 1000 Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth / 207-420-0294.
9. Shannon's Unshelled, Boothbay Harbor
If you want a lobster roll that worth the money, this is it. In one roll you'll get delicious chunks of fish along with both claw AND tail. The atmosphere is casual and the folk who run it get rave reviews for being lovely and nice. Check them out at 11 Granary Way in Boothbay Harbor.
10. The Red Barn, Augusta
The Red Barn made its way onto this list for its otherworldly creation, The Crustacean Elation. If one regular-sized lobster roll bores you, this foot-long creation may satiate you. With 28 ounces of lobster meat, it is certainly something to behold. Visit them to check it out at 455 Riverside Drive in Augusta / 207-623-9485.
11. Greet's Eats, Vinalhaven
Greta McCarthy has been running her lobster truck near the ferry terminal since 2009. This just might be the freshest lobster shack in Maine as well as the most authentic. Greta's family has lived on the island for seven generations. Need more convincing? Down East Magazine recently featured Greet's Eats as the best lobster roll in Maine. Visit the truck at West Main Street in Vinalhaven / 207-863-2057.
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