Food + Drink

Where to Find the Best Lobster Rolls in Newburyport


Many visitors to the North Shore of Boston have one thing in mind when it comes to eating: enjoying as much local lobster as possible. Perched on the Gulf of Maine, vacations on Plum Island and lobster go hand in hand, so naturally many of the guests at our boutique Plum Island hotel want to know where to get the region's most iconic seafood treat, a lobster roll. We've got you covered with three recommendations from upscale to seaside shack for the best lobster rolls in Newburyport.

Bob's Lobster | 49 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury | (978) 465-7100

With a name like Bob's Lobster, you know the lobster rolls have to be good. This seafood shack on Plum Island serves up a variety of fresh seafood, from chowder to fried seafood baskets. This lobster roll has all the hallmarks of the best ones: a buttered, griddled, split top bun overflowing with lobster meat. While the little bits of lettuce lining the bun may be superfluous to some, the fresh and lightly-dressed lobster meat remains the star of the show.

Michael's Harborside | 1 Tournament Wharf, Newburyport | (978) 462-7785

This waterfront restaurant is known for its great seafood and views of the Merrimack River. Michael's serves up lobster several different ways on the menu—from a lazy man's lobster pie to baked and stuffed. The heaping lobster roll comes with onion rings and is best enjoyed on one of the prime seats on the deck, overlooking the water. Serving up some of the best lobster rolls in Newburyport, Michael's Harborside has become an institution in Newburyport.

Brine | 25 State Street, Newburyport | (978) 358-8479

The most upscale lobster roll in Newburyport can be found at Brine, one of our favorite raw bar and chop houses in town. Served at lunchtime, this roll is stuffed with fresh lobster meat and lightened up with lemon zest and a tarragon aioli. Not for the purists, but delicious all the same. Should you end up at Brine for dinner, enjoy local lobster in the deconstructed take on a New England lobster bake. With steamed lobster meat, smoked clams, and a corn spoonbread, this iconic dish is another way to enjoy the best lobster in Newburyport.