The Best Lobster Roll in New England

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    Enjoy New England's Ultimate Lobster Roll at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough

    Best New England Lobster Roll
    ••• For the best lobster roll in New England, head to Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, a seasonal, waterfront seafood shack in southeastern Connecticut. © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    In most of New England, a lobster roll is actually a lobster salad roll--a cold sandwich featuring lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise, seasonings, ​and bits of celery--but in my home state of Connecticut, you're likely to find an entirely different and far more decadent lobster roll: the hot buttered lobster roll. And the best place to try this version of New England's signature sandwich (take my word, lobster doesn't need mayo!) is at Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Connecticut.

    Abbott's was named the Best Place to Eat Lobster in New England in the 2012 New England Travel Readers' Choice Awards, too!

    The lobster rolls at this seasonal, waterfront seafood shack are simply sensational. As you can see from my photo, they feature a tall mound of sweet, buttery lobster meat on a toasted, buttered, sesame seed bun. Just how much lobster is piled high on this lobster roll? A quarter-pound: That's more meat than you'll find on a chicken lobster. And one...MORE of the things I love about lobster rolls is that unlike a whole lobster, which Abbott's of course serves, too, they require no work to get at all of that succulent meat.

    When you dine on lobster rolls at Abbott's, there's no additional charge for the spectacular views of boats heading in and out of the neighboring marina. Although these lobster rolls would delight diners at any restaurant, there's something about consuming seafood at the shore that adds to the experience and makes everything taste even more delectable. Pack beer or a bottle of white wine in a cooler (Abbott's Lobster in the Rough is BYOB), and enjoy an affordable, memorable lobster-eating outing: no bib required!

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    Getting to Abbott's Lobster in the Rough

    Abbott's Lobster in the Rough Noank Connecticut Photo
    ••• Abbott's Lobster in the Rough is a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth the drive. © 2003 Kim Knox Beckius

    Abbott's Lobster in the Rough is located in Noank, Connecticut. This seasonal, waterfront seafood shack on the Connecticut shoreline is a bit off the beaten path, but it's worth the drive. In addition to New England's best lobster rolls, Abbott's Lobster in the Rough also offers plenty of other seafood temptations: Be sure to try the steamed clams.

    Driving Directions

    Take exit 89 off I-95. If you are traveling northbound on I-95, turn right at the end of the exit ramp. From southbound I-95, you'll want to turn left.

    Proceed on Allyn Street straight through the light at Route 1 onto West Mystic Avenue. At the second stop sign, turn right onto Route 215. In 1.5 miles at the first stop sign, turn left and follow Mosher Avenue into the village of Noank.

    As Mosher Avenue curves, it becomes Ward Avenue. At the stop sign just after the firehouse, turn left onto Main Street, then watch for an immediate right onto Pearl Street. Continue on Pearl Street (there are speed bumps, so...MORE drive slowly) to Abbott's Lobster in the Rough on the left.

    A Few More Things You Should Know About Abbott's Lobster in the Rough

    • Abbott's operates seasonally. It is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on Friday through Sunday only in early May and September through mid-October.
    • Visiting Monday through Thursday? Print this online coupon and receive a free order of clam chowder for each person in your party with the purchase of each lobster dinner. The coupon is valid Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    • Seating is available both indoors and outdoors. Some of the outdoor picnic tables are under a tent.
    • Abbott's is a BYOB establishment. If you'd like to pick up beer, wine or spirits, stop on your way at Universal Package Store on Pearl Street. Abbott's sells non-alcoholic beverages.
    • The lines to place an order at Abbott's can be long, especially on summer weekends. Dress comfortably and wear sunscreen.
    • Reservations at Abbott's are only accepted for parties of 25 or more.
    • Abbott's is very kid-friendly. Grilled cheese, peanut butter & jelly, macaroni & cheese and hot dogs are all on the menu.