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Best Lobster in Boston


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Boston is home to the Freedom Trail, the Boston Red Sox, and some of the freshest seafood in the U.S. On a chilly weekend in October, I got to experience this wickedly awesome city for the first time. I toured the oldest ball park in America, strolled through Dunkin Donuts-lined streets, and discovered where the Boston cream pie originated. Above all else, the best sensual experience I had came from plates filled with one of the most cherished of all crustaceans—lobster.

I began in the North End, Boston’s Little Italy, where I had my first lobster roll. Every Bostonian I know directed me to Neptune Oyster, a tiny eatery jam packed with hungry patrons. At the bar, I enjoyed a crisp bellini as I waited for my lobster rolls. Neptune Oyster serves their lobster rolls two ways: hot with butter or cold with mayo. I didn’t come all the way to Boston to settle so I tried both. It is amazing how they can pack so much lobster meat into one roll. Calling them generous would be an understatement. Whether you like your lobster roll cold or hot, you just cannot go wrong with Neptune Oyster. They were both exquisite.

That night, I returned to the North End for a second helping of lobster, but this time, I headed to Giacomo’s. From what I hear, there’s always a line at Giacomo’s. There’s no getting around it. It was no different that night so I waited nearly 45 minutes for a table. And guess what? Although there is no sense of personal space in this restaurant, it was all well worth it. The calamari appetizer literally melts in your mouth; it’s incredible. For the main course, the lobster and shrimp fra diavolo is a must try—fresh seafood in a spicy tomato sauce over homemade fusilli pasta. For amazing Italian food in Boston, you can’t go wrong with Giacomo’s.

I can only imagine what my cholesterol level was at by the time I was packing up to leave Boston. Still, I couldn’t head back to California before having my last fill of lobster. So I took a short walk to Island Creek Oyster Bar, a trendy restaurant also known for their lobster rolls. This time, I opted for the lobster roe noodles. I’d be lying if I said it was a tough decision. Lobster noodles with braised short rib, grilled lobster, mushrooms, and pecorino cheese? I was sold. This dish turned out to be the highlight of my trip and one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The quality ingredients came together to create a very rich and extraordinary plate. Take my word for it. The lobster roe noodles at Island Creek Oyster Bar is not to be missed.

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  1. Nancy says

    Isn’t lobster amazing? I haven’t had it in ages, but it’s so mouth watering (especially dipped in butter).

  2. R U S S says

    I refuse to think about cholesterol levels when it’s about lobsters & oysters, lol. Lobsters aren’t for everyone and not all restaurants can perfect a lobster dish – so this looks like a must-try at Boston. I do think that I’ll love this place.

  3. Courtney says

    Omg yummm!!!! That does look like some pretty yummy lobster!!! Wish I was in Boston 😉

  4. Jeanine says

    I’ve never had lobster before! This looks really delicious though!

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    I’m glad you enjoyed this. Unfortunately I don’t like lobster or seafood.

  6. Heather says

    I love lobster, but have only eaten it from a chain restaurant. I have though had the best clam chowder from a pier side restaurant before in San Jose and I’d love to go back one day. Great review!

  7. Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza says

    I tried lobster a few times and liked it but without becoming too crazy about it. This one looks delicious though! It’s probably the great pics that help also 🙂 Thanks for sharing your review, Julee!

  8. Dawn McAlexander says

    I love lobster. If I am ever in Boston, I will be sure to enjoy some there. 🙂

  9. Andi says

    Ugh Boston has the best food! Boston cream pie is my favorite. I love lobster rolls! We have a food truck here in San Francisco with a really great lobster roll, but there is nothing like being in Bean Town for the real thing!

  10. Hannah Staveley says

    Sorry this one is not for me I am a veggie.

  11. kendall says

    Yumm! Looks delicious!

  12. michele d says

    I haven’t been to a Red Lobster in such a long time. I really need to check them out again.

  13. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This looks delicious. I will have to try this restaurant the next time i visit the area.

  14. Yona Williams says

    I don’t eat lobster too often…only when I am really in the mood. I like when lobster is a topping on flatbread pizza, and added to creamy dips. I would like to try a lobster roll one of these days.

  15. Brianna K says

    My husband would love this! If I can ever talk him into taking a trip to Boston with me, we will definitely have to stop by these locations!

  16. Stephanie Pass says

    My husband is dying to visit Boston. He’d go crazy for all that seafood.

  17. Erica says

    I have never been to Boston but I have heard that up north the lobster is to dye for.

  18. Mama to 5 BLessings says

    Oh my goodness one of my favorite foods! I am drooling right now and I bet Boston has some of the best lobster too!

  19. Elizabeth O. says

    Lobster rolls are so delish! Miss having those…

  20. Juliana RW says

    I don’t eat any seafood but seeing that photos looks really delicious.

  21. Melissa Smith says

    I’ve only ever had lobster one other time in my life, but it was nothing like that! I would totally make a trip to Boston just for this!

  22. Brandy says

    I Love lobster so much, Boston is two hours from me, but certainly would take the drive on a kid free weekend to be spoiled by the best lobster! Thanks for sharing a destination for me!

  23. Rebecca Swenor says

    I like the taste of lobster but not the texture so I don’t eat it much at all. It would be nice to try some of these places if I am ever in Boston. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    I’m not much into lobster or seafood but this actually looks pretty good. Maybe I’ll have to try it someday.

  25. Jamie | North of Something says

    I would love to visit Boston some day! And I really enjoy eating virtually whatever I want when I’m on vacation 😉

  26. Mrs. Mashed Up says

    I really want to visit Boston with Mr. Mashed Up. I mean, as a foodie trip. And this article is super helpful. Thank you! I love Lobster Rolls!!

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