Finding cheap lobster in Boston can be a challenging endeavor, but if you are willing to drive about 45 minutes out of the city, you can enjoy New England's beloved sea catch for a price that will seem like a bargain by comparison.
Fresh Catch Serves Affordable Seafood Every Which Way
Imagine this: Your server at Fresh Catch in Mansfield, Massachusetts, delivers an enormous grilled croissant overflowing with hot buttered lobster to your table, and it looks like a meal for two. You will be so stuffed, you might have to go for a walk after lunch before settling into your car for the drive back to Boston. You might even be back at Fresh Catch only a week later, because no one can resist the allure of delicious, affordable lobster, available for lunch, dinner or takeout. Late sleepers can even make lobster their brunch meal, since the restaurant opens at 11 a.m.
Fresh Catch is many travelers' idea of heaven for two reasons. Lobster prices are surprisingly cheap considering the restaurant is located in Greater Boston, where dining tends to be pricey. As of June 2019, you could order a 1-1/4-pound steamed lobster for a market price of $26.60. Compare that to the price for a single steamed lobster at Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf in the heart of Boston during the same month: a market price of $45 and up.
But what really makes travelers giddy is the sheer variety of lobster dishes Fresh Catch serves. First-time visitors are tickled to find such an extensive and inventive seafood menu when the GPS directs them into the parking lot at 30 Chauncy Street in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
Fish Market Meets Sports Bar
Fresh Catch's nondescript strip mall location is definitely deceiving. Don't expect water views, picnic tables, or anything even slightly reminiscent of a coastal lobster shack. Inside, the feel is: Fish market meets sports bar. Watch the latest excitement in sports on the restaurant's multiple flat screens. Fresh Catch is a great place to eat seafood chowder, clam cakes and fried lobster while watching a Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics or Bruins game. Not only is it a perfect game-day destination, Fresh Catch is only 15 minutes from the Patriots' home at Gillette Stadium and the Hall at Patriot Place: a year-round attraction every football fan should visit.
In addition to the decadent warm lobster croissant, it's hard to resist ordering a pound of Maine steamers with broth and drawn butter, served with French fries and cole slaw, or a whole chilled lobster, served with a tangy-sweet cocktail sauce. Servers bring out fresh cornbread, too. With giant platter sizes, you'll be lamenting that your stomach isn't big enough to try amazing appetizers such as lobster guacamole and lobster deviled eggs: two specials you might find on summer menus.
The everyday menu at Fresh Catch in Mansfield also features raw bar items, like oysters and littlenecks harvested from Cape Cod waters; salads including a Shrimp Cobb Salad and lobster salad; sandwiches including a fried whole clam roll and Fried Haddock Reuben; fried seafood platters; baked lobster macaroni and cheese; fish dishes and seafood entrees prepared every imaginable way; and burgers, steaks, and chicken for those who aren't fans of sea fare. The Mansfield restaurant also has a full sushi menu.
Cheap Lobsters and Seafood To Go, Too!
In addition to the Mansfield restaurant at 30 Chauncy Street (508-339-5187), Fresh Catch has a second Massachusetts restaurant location at 463 East Washington Street in North Attleboro. Both restaurants have sushi bars.
If you're going to the Fresh Catch in Mansfield, here's an important tip: Bring a cooler. You'll love the cheap prices and fresh selection at the adjacent fish market, too. And somehow... you'll find room to consume more seafood when you get home! Weekly retail and restaurant specials are posted on the restaurant's Facebook page. You don't want to miss great deals like "Buck a Shuck" oysters or "Twin Lobsters" for only $24. The specials are some of the best deals you'll find anywhere in Greater Boston.