Portland, ME

Where to get a great lobster roll in Portland, Maine

Stephen L Dalton

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Everyone knows Maine is a great place to get a lobster or a lobster roll, but where should you go in Portland, ME, to get an excellent lobster roll?

This is not a listicle

This is not a listicle. I will not compare and contrast these great-tasting lobster rolls and tell you one is better than the others. That would be like me telling you to get Rolls-Royce instead of a Bugatti.

However, I will tell you where to get a few, and you can stop by there when you’re in Portland, ME, get it the way you like it, and you can decide for yourself.

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Eventide lobster rolls and oyster bar.By the author.

Eventide Oyster Co.

Everyone thinks you can only make lobster rolls one way, and that’s on a toasted hot dog roll with lots of melted butter. Who says you have to have butter running down your chin and hands to your elbows to have a great lobster roll? Well, OK, that does sound great, but…

The Eventide is a small seafood restaurant with a raw oyster bar and cocktails. Locals know this place stays packed because of the oysters, beer, and lobster rolls. They are famous for their steamed brown butter buns with chives stuffed with sweet lobster meat.

They’re on the small side, so you’ll want two if you’re not getting other food, but a bowl of lobster stew or New England Clam Chowder with a Maine craft beer will make it a meal that will fill even a big appetite.

Open from 11 am to 10 pm every day.

86 Middle Street, Portland, ME (207) 774-8538 2,742 Google users rate Eventide 4.6 out of 5-stars. "Legit best lobster roll I've ever had. I will dream of this for years." — Max Mitchell

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Portland Lobster Co. lobster roll.By the author.

Portland Lobster Co.

The Lobster Company is right on the waterfront in Portland, and they have live music every night.

They serve a standard lobster roll on a toasted bun, with a bed of lettuce, chilled lobster meat, and melted butter on top. It’s served with a side of French Fries and Cole Slaw.

They open each year from 5 May until 27 October. Open from 11 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday and 11 am to 10 pm on Friday & Saturday.

180 Commercial Street, Portland, ME (207) 775-2112 2,855 Google users rate this restaurant 4.3 out of 5-stars.

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Bite into Maine lobster rolls and Allagash Beer.By the author.

Bite into Maine

Actually, it is a stationary food truck in Cape Elizabeth close to Portland Lighthead and two other locations. One is the Allagash Brewing Company, and the other is a brick & mortar location at Scarborough.

Bite into Maine serves three different styles of lobster rolls:

  1. A traditional Maine lobster roll with mayo and chives
  2. Picnic-style with Coleslaw in the bun and lobster meat on top
  3. Connecticut-style with just lobster meat and butter.

“Eating a lobster roll at this food truck located next to a lighthouse might be the single most Maine thing you can do.” — anonymous reviewer.

Open from 11 am to 4 pm Thursday & Friday, and from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday & Sunday.

1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME (207) 289-6142 4,821 Google users rate Bite into Maine 4.5 out of 5-stars.

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The Highroller Lobster Co. lobster roll.By the author.

The Highroller Lobster Co.

What makes the Highroller lobster roll so intriguing is that they have several choices of mayo. I tried the lime mayo, and it was awesome. My friend asked for the Buffalo mayo — who knew that was even a thing. It was great. We got the kids lobster grilled cheese, and they loved those.

Open from 11 am to 11 pm Monday through Saturday and from 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday.

104 Exchange St, Portland, ME (207) 536-1623. 3,831 Google users rate Becky’s 4.6 out of 5-stars.

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Portland, ME Becky's Diner lobster roll and French Fries.By the author.

Becky’s Diner

Becky’s is an authentic Maine diner that serves breakfast all day and is always filled with Maine working-class, especially fishermen.

The service is excellent and the wait staff friendly. You will love it! For a fantastic meal, if you’re a big eater, try a cup/bowl of lobster stew with your lobster roll.

Open from 6 am to 9 pm every day.

390 Commercial St, Portland, ME (207) 773-7070 3,831 Google users rate Becky’s 4.6 out of 5-stars.

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Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in Virtual Reality, Sports, Short Story, Design, and Creativity. I especially like writing about design and home improvements.

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