The 7 Best Lobster Rolls In Connecticut

Whether you’re a local looking for new spots or a traveller interested in planning a foodie-focused trip all over the East Coast, we have got one hell of a tasty list for you. The simplicity of lobster rolls seems to be what makes them so popular. Lobster meat served atop a grilled hot dog-style bun? It’s a must-eat in New England. When it comes to lobster rolls in Connecticut, you’re spoiled for choice.

We previously rounded up the best lobster rolls in all of New England, but these spots in Connecticut deserve a special shoutout. Here’s where to check out this summer…

Best Lobster Rolls In Connecticut

1. Lobster Landing – Clinton

Sitting perched atop the edge of Long Island Sound, Lobster Landing is a great place to stop off on any coastal road trip through Connecticut. And, hot lobster rolls seem to be their specialty. The lobster meat is always perfectly buttery with just the right amount of lemon to cut the sweetness just enough to make your mouth water. Get stuck into a roll or two and enjoy the tranquillity of the water views.

Best Lobster Rolls in New England

2. Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock – New London

There’s a lot to love about Captain’s Scott’s Lobster Dock. First and foremost, you’ll find that it’s a spot that’s bursting with charm and stunning water views. It makes diving into one of their authentic lobster rolls feel and taste all the more authentic. Here, they’ll serve large chunks of lobster just how you like it. Love it creamy or without the mayo? They’ll do both, and even top it off with a lemon if you want.

3. The Lobster Shack – East Haven

Nick and Arlene Crismale own The Lobster Shack in East Haven Connecticut, delivering full, fabulous flavours and authentic lobster rolls to local for years now. They’ve only recently relocated to East Haven, but their delicious chowders and everything else on their menu has remained the same and is just as tasty. Each lobster roll comes with a whopping quarter pound of meat and is served with lemon and butter.

4. The Clam Castle – Madison

Set against the scenic backdrop that is Route 1, you’ll find The Clam Castle usually busting with locals and lots of travellers during the summertime. Known for their fried clams and clam chowder, you’ll find locals raving about their lobster roll with just as much enthusiasm. In fact, they’ll likely even tell you that it’s the best in Connecticut. You’ll have to be the judge of that, but it is oh-so warm and oh-so buttery.

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5. Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough – Groton

Steamers, mussels and clam chowder are all worth a try here, but you simply can’t visit and pass up the chance to also sample one of the best lobster rolls in Connecticut. Watch boaters and kayaks pass by on the water as you devour their incredibly well-balanced lobster roll. They seem to have truly mastered the art of mixing their quarter-pound of pure lobster meat with melted creamery butter.

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6. Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale

This popular spot has three restaurants in Connecticut (locations are in Madison, Westbrook and New Haven), all serving up their legendary, buttery lobster rolls. It started off as a “roadside clam stand” in 1979 and has since grown to a CT mainstay.  Order the melt-in-your-mouth lobster roll (get extra lemon on the side!) and take a seat in the cute outdoor picnic area for a wholesome feast.

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7. Ford’s Lobster – Noank

Ford’s Lobster has just reopened for outdoor dining, which means it’s officially summer. You might have to wait a little while, as Ford’s is super popular, but the food is always worth it. Their waterfront location makes the dining experience here extra special, but the real secret to their success is the lobster roll, with fresh picked lobster served hot with butter or cold with mayo and celery.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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