Luke’s Lobster in Boston, Massachusetts 

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Luke’s Lobster is a seafood counter serving Maine-style lobster rolls and other classics like clam chowder. Even if you don’t love lobster, Luke’s is a stop you must make should you find yourself in Massachusetts. With a location in Boston as well as the original in Newburyport, you can’t go wrong with either one.

To be honest I am not a huge fan of lobster. I find it difficult for restaurants to get it right. They either leave the lobster raw or overcooked and chewy. It made me a bit hesitant to even want to have lobster while I was in Boston. Despite this, when in New England you have to try some of the classics, so I went ahead and made a stop at Luke’s.


I visited both locations of Luke’s. The Boston location is very metropolitan with its location in the Downtown area of Boston. It has a shop set up similar to that of any other fast-casual restaurant. The food will surprise you though, with extremely fresh food that pays attention to detail. Alternatively, the Newburyport location is super local in feel, and off the side of the highway. If you make it to that side of the coast you will be sure to get a completely different feeling, but equally as good food.

Now, the rolls are probably the best item on the menu. No, I am kidding, but they are buttery, flaky, and perfectly complimenting to the lobster. I chose coleslaw as my side. I also ordered a caesar salad and added fresh crab to the top. Sometimes crab tastes fishy and like it has been sitting a while, but you can taste how fresh the crab is here. Also, do not make a stop at Luke’s without trying the clam chowder. This is a must while you are in New England. Eat it as much as possible, but especially at Luke’s!

Sirved must-try items:

  • Lobster roll: If you are visiting a lobster house then you need to try the lobster roll. You can pick your flavor, and I chose lemon garlic butter.
  • Any salad with crab on top: There are a few different salad options, but adding crab turns it into a meal!
  • Mac and cheese: It is pretty simple, but a great side nonetheless.
  • Other great sides include coleslaw and beer-battered french fries!

One last thing to note, you can order lobster mac n’ cheese to go, and they offer a bunch of options as take and bake. But, if you are visiting and don’t have an oven I have a tip for you. Order a kids mac and cheese and a side of lobster. Order them to go, and then mix these together back at your hotel room for your own lobster mac n’ cheese!

Luke’s is a great stop, and pretty affordable, for fresh seafood. It is a New England staple and will surprise you, even if you don’t tend to love lobster.  Explore Lukes Lobster’s menu in Boston, Massachusetts here.