Angelenos absolutely love the lobster roll, and what’s not to love? It’s divine decadence luxuriating in a toasted bun!
A New England staple since its introduction back in 1929, this crustacean creation keeps popping up on the menus of some of LA’s best restaurants. Enjoy it warm with butter, or chilled with mayo — either way, it’s truly delicious.
So, where can you find the best lobster rolls in Los Angeles?
Our list, in no particular order, starts after the jump. Enjoy!
1. The Albright (Santa Monica)
This saefood spot located right on the Santa Monica Pier serves their lobster rolls New England style, with mayo, chives and celery.
2. The Anchor (Venice Beach)
The Anchor Lobster Roll is comprised of live Maine lobster meat a pinch of sea salt and topped with shaved black turffle.
3. Herringbone (Santa Monica)
Brian Malarkey’s version of the lobster roll features Maine lobster, lemon mayo, tomato, and pickles on an open-faced brioche roll. Keep in mind that they’re only available at lunch and brunch.
4. The Lobster (Santa Monica)
Available only on the lunch menu, juicy lobster joins little gem lettuce and Japanese mayo in a toasted, buttered roll. This lobster roll is accompanied by fries and a side of pickled cucumber.
5. King Beach & Dockside at Playa Provisions (Playa Del Rey)
Top Chef alumni Brooke Williamson’s Playa Del Rey culinary space houses a casual market counter and a high-end dining spot, both serving a lobster roll enhanced with pickled mustard seed, crunchy celery, and crushed potato chips.
6. Hinoki & The Bird (Century City)
Hinoki & The Bird’s lobster roll is paired with green curry and Thai basil stuffed inside a black charcoal bun, making for a lobster roll that’s unique, delicious and totally Instagrammable.
7. Connie & Ted’s (West Hollywood)
Simply prepared fresh seafood is the name of the game over at Michael Cimarusti’s West Hollywood spot. Whether you order your lobster roll hot with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise, each is served on a house-baked roll and comes with a side of fries or slaw.
8. The Hungry Cat (Hollywood)
Lobster mixed with lemon aioli, herbs, and celery is stuffed in a buttered challah roll joined by a side of french fries.
9. Cape Seafood & Provisions (Fairfax District)
At Michael Cimarusti’s seafood marketplace, get your lobster roll adorned with their signature blend of mayo, chives, and celery, or simply dressed with butter. The fresh rolls are baked at nearby Connie & Ted’s in West Hollywood.
10. Santa Monica Seafood (Santa Monica)
This Santa Monica fish market gets their seafood fresh everyday, while their cafe’s zesty lobster roll is accented with lemon aioli and chives and is served with a side of fries.
11. Cousins Maine Lobster (Food Truck in Various Locations, West Hollywood)
Shark Tank alums Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac exploded onto the scene with their wildly successful lobster roll truck. Now, they’ve added a brick and mortar in West Hollywood to the mix! Diners have two choices: the Maine features chilled lobster served with mayo, while the Connecticut is served with warm butter and lemon.
12. Blue Plate Oysterette (Beverly Grove, Santa Monica)
BPO likes to give you options. Choose to have your lobster roll dressed or undressed, with the tasty Maine lobster stuffed into a brioche bun, or nestled within a lettuce wrap if you’re watching your carbs. Each order comes with Old Bay fries and a side of melted butter.