There’s something about a lobster roll that’s transporting — eating one just feels a little bit like being on vacation. That’s why they’re a natural fit for a meal or snack when temperatures start to rise. Several restaurants around D.C. offer them to-go, the traditional way, or a unique iteration of their own. Here are 18 highlights.Read More
18 Luscious Lobster Rolls to Sample Around D.C.
Where to find the seafood-stuffed sandwich this spring
Willie T’s Seafood Shack
Choose from a regular or large lobster roll, available for $27 and $36, respectively. Both come topped with a seafood dressing and a side of slaw.
Millie's Spring Valley
The Muskeget at this restaurant is their version of a lobster roll, with Maine lobster on a toasted, buttered roll accompanied by bibb lettuce, lemon and chive (it comes with coleslaw).
The Great American Restaurants (GAR) flagship in Tysons Corner comes with roasted corn on the cob and a side of fries.
Hank's Oyster Bar
Three Hank’s locations offer the classic roll ($31 with Old Bay french fries), with plenty of meat and a sturdy bun, making it one of the city’s most iconic.
Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls (Multiple Locations)
Both classic and Connecticut-style (with drenched butter) are available for the reasonable price of $19 at this Annapolis-born chain that’s about to debut at the Wharf. There’s also a lobster BLT roll on the menu because, well, bacon. Area locations include Foggy Bottom, Dupont, Georgetown, Arlington, and Reston.
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King Street Oyster Bar
Lobster rolls come hot or cold (and therefore with either butter or aioli) at this D.C. destination. There are also outposts in further flung Leesburg, Middleburg, and Potomac.
Served chilled or warm ($21), choose from either the Connecticut or Maine iteration. Add on a side of fries, chips, coleslaw, salad or hush puppies for $3 more.
Downtown’s chic new seafood spot in the Moxy hotel sends out Maine lobster rolls for lunch and dinner made with drawn butter, chives, celery leaf, toasted split-top bun, and choice of spring salad or fries ($39).
Truluck's Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab
For $29, lobster rolls at the upscale surf and turf mainstay come tossed in a creamy dressing on a buttered roll. Surprisingly, it’s only available during brunch.
Brine (Multiple locations)
Brine prepares their lobster rolls New England style ($35), tossed in mayonnaise and topped with scallions inside of a sweet brioche roll. Shoestring fries come on the side. Available at both the H St NE and Dupont posts.
Atop Hotel Washington, the new and improved Vue rooftop restaurant is dishing out their version of the seafood dish drenched in house mayo for $36.
Luke's Lobster (Multiple Locations)
This mini-chain’s lobster rolls start at $17, and come dressed with a secret seasoning. They also feature crab and shrimp rolls, along with the option to try all three in a mini trio for $27.
Clarendon’s sustainability-centric seafood newcomer by way of New York makes a Maine lobster roll with mayo, celery, Old Bay, coleslaw, and fries or salad ($34). Lobster also works its way into a decadent mac and cheese with rigatoni, three cheeses, breadcrumbs, and chives.
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Down near the Wharf, The Grill offers the beloved handheld buttered and toasted on a brioche roll, with a tarragon lobster salad and herbed fries (market price).
The Salt Line (Multiple locations)
Chef Kyle Bailey’s seafood-focused restaurant near Nationals Park and in Ballston deliver a variety of seafood favorites, including lobster rolls. Rolls can be done either with butter or mayo, and come with a side of crispy fries or greens.
Ned's New England Deck
Co-owners and longtime friends Steve Forbes and Anthony Gallotto just brought a taste of their native New England to Fairfax City with the March opening of Ned’s. Live Maine lobsters are cooked and cleaned in-house daily, and each large roll arrives on a buttered Connecticut bun with celery, bibb lettuce, and Ned’s house dressing ($29); add double claws for $9 more.
Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge
This Alexandria waterfront spot spike their lobster roll, which features large chunks of meat, with lemon-tarragon mayo and serve it with a side of Old Bay fries ($29).
The Walrus Oyster & Ale House (Multiple locations)
Connecticut-style is the preparation of choice for restaurant, with a lobster roll that’s drenched in butter, with lemon and chives (they use more than a quarter pound of meat per roll). Fries come with the $37.50 sandwich, and gluten-free buns are an option.