The lobster roll is the quintessential seaside snack. But which crustacean creation reigns supreme in the Hamptons? From Southampton to Montauk, here are the best damn lobster rolls, ranked.
The Best Lobster Rolls in the Hamptons, Ranked
The definitive list
9. The Dock House
This no-frills seafood shack doesn’t look like anything special, but one bite of the mind-blowing lobster roll and you’ll be a convert. Oh, and get the waffle fries.
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor; 631-725-7555 or dockhouseny.com
8. Red Hook Lobster Pound
The Brooklyn lobster joint's Montauk outpost was originally a pop-up, but the tasty rolls quickly became a permanent Hamptons fixture. Don’t forget the North Fork potato chips.
34 S. Etna Ave., Montauk; 631-668-5683 or redhooklobster.com
7. Gosman's Clam Bar
You’ll never have to guess where this seafood came from--you can actually see the lobster boats coming in and out from the ocean as you eat on the dock. (Just try not to accidentally feed your lunch to a seagull.)
484 W. Lake Dr., Montauk; 631-668-2549 or gosmans.com
6. Clam Bar
These guys are all about simplicity. Case in point, the three-ingredient lobster salad: claw and knuckle meat, diced celery and Hellmann’s mayo. Try it on a Martin’s potato roll or stuffed into a vine-ripened tomato. Mmmm…
2025 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-6348 or clambarhamptons.com
5. Duryea's Lobster Deck
After 80 years in business, it’s clear that Duryea’s has learned a thing or two about lobster. Served with coleslaw and house chips, this lobster roll doesn’t skimp on seafood or overdo it with the mayo. And at $28, it’s a bargain--an order of fries alone is $18.
65 Tuthill Rd., Montauk; 631-668-2410 or duryealobsters.com
4. Bostwick's Chowder House
You’ve probably hit up Bostwick’s for their chowder and soft-serve, but if you haven’t tried this lobster roll, you’re seriously missing out. It might be the least diet-friendly of the bunch, but how can you think about a diet at a time like this?
277 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1111 or bostwickschowderhouse.com
3. Little Red
OK, if you’re looking to go healthy, Little Red gives us the Bandier version of this quintessential summer dish. When you’re not feeling the classic buttered roll, swap it for mixed greens and basil vinaigrette.
76-C Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-3309 or littleredsouthampton.com
2. Bay Kitchen Bar
Waterfront views and a nautical theme make Bay Kitchen the perfect backdrop for enjoying an old-school lobster roll on potato brioche. Now, should we have it topped with celery-lemon mayo or drizzled with warm sweet butter? Decisions, decisions…
39 Gann Rd., East Hampton; 631-329-3663 or baykitchenbar.com
1. The Lobster Roll Restaurant
If you’re going to name a whole restaurant after them, these lobster rolls better be incredible. And lucky for us, they totally are. And best of all, you can get a gluten-free bun. We’ve officially died and gone to lobster-roll heaven.
1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett; 631-267-3740 or lobsterroll.com