The Ten: Best Lobster Rolls

Photo courtesy of BLT Steak

Photo courtesy of BLT Steak

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

This week, we’re fishing around for the best lobster rolls in town. Here are ten that we can’t wait to get our claws on. 

Luke’s Lobster
A Georgetown grad founded this crustacean loving chainlet, which has locations in DC, New York and Philly. Their prep is simple: Chilled lobster chunks are piled atop a buttery bun with mayo, lemon butter and a few “secret spices.”

Hank’s Oyster Bar
Generously portioned lobster pieces star in this cut-above roll. As an added bonus, it comes with a heap of Old Bay fries. It goes down well with a cocktail – or three – from Mixtress Gina Chersevani.

Tackle Box
You’ll have to choose between Maine or Connecticut lobster when you order a roll at this Georgetown eatery, but either way, you’re in for a treat.

BLT Steak
A few fresh tarragon leaves add a flash of brightness to big bits of fresh Maine lobster that populate this rocking roll. Plus, there’s a big pile of sweet potato fries on the side.

Freddy’s Lobster & Clams
Get your roll cold with mayo or warm with butter. Or get the skinny version, which is served in a lettuce wrap with a wheatberry walnut salad on the side.

Coastal Flats
A 1¼-pound lobster provides the meat for these well-stuffed rolls. Plates are rounded out with crispy French fries and roasted corn on the cob.

The Angry Lobster BLT packs heat, as well as crispy prosciutto, full moons of tomato and a verdant pile of watercress. A golden sheaf of herbed hickory French fries on the side is a must.

The name Dionis means you’re a follower of Dionysius, the Greek god of wine. We’re not quite sure why this lobster roll bears that name, but we’ll drink to this topnotch take on the seaside staple nonetheless.

Photo courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound

Photo courtesy of Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red Hook Lobster Pound
According to the slogan painted on the side of this food truck, these guys are out to spread the “lobstah love”. Their lobstah is simply prepared with homemade lemon mayo, finely diced celery, sea salt and white pepper, then piled into a griddled potato roll from J.J. Nissen in Massachusetts.

Skip the burgers – this one time – and opt for the lobster rolls instead. Slider buns are packed with jumbo lump claw and knuckle meat, a draping of lettuce and a little bit of sweet mayo.


Is your favorite missing? Disagree with one (or more) of my choices? Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter @nevinmartell.


  • givememaine

    Which one has a wooden dock over the water with power boats tied to it and sailboats moored in the bay?

    • DininginDCarea

      Maybe you’re referring to Cantina Marina on SW Waterfront.

  • DininginDCarea

    I got an awesome lobster roll from a food truck that was run by a few dudebros. Their truck had the word “Maine” in the name and it was a great value for $17.

  • Andrew

    Went to BGR for a lobster roll after reading this… OK but not great… Pretty boring. No mayo just straight lobster and lettuce on potato style burger buns. Jacksons in Reston Town Center is the way to go…

  • Tobin Coziahr

    For future reference, plugging all of the locations into a google map for an article like this would be really awesome for us to see what’s near us at a glance. Thanks!