What is New England's ultimate lobster dining experience? The finalists for this New England Travel Readers' Choice Award
ranged from the Maine Windjammer Association's famous island lobster bakes to the elegant splurge of a lobster dinner at North America's largest casino.
The winner and runners-up for Best Place to Eat Lobster in New England are...
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Abbott's Lobster in the Rough in Noank, Connecticut, is known for its lobster dinners and hot-buttered lobster rolls, its BYOB policy and its picturesque waterside setting. Long lines at this seasonal seafood shack are testament to its popularity.
Media photo by Dudley Bierau, courtesy of the Maine Windjammer Association
For many travelers who venture aboard one of the 13 sailing vessels that make up the Maine Windjammer Association fleet, a highlight of their voyage is an authentic Maine lobster bake. Captains treat their guests to a memorable dinner on an island featuring all-you-can-eat lobster, steamed in a pit.
Finz Seafood & Grill, located at Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts, has a hip vibe, outdoor dining waterside, live music and, of course, lobster! The menu features diverse preparations including classic steamed lobster, baked stuffed lobster, lobster roll or even a traditional New England clambake featuring lobster, red bliss potatoes, clams, mussels and chorizo.
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Located near Acadia National Park in Bernard, Maine, Thurston's is the quintessential New England lobster pound, where you can watch lobstermen unloading the day's fresh catch, choose your dinner from a tank and enjoy a memorable lobster feast overlooking the harbor.
At Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, there's one table where everyone's a winner. That's a table at fine dining restaurant Paragon, where you can start with lobster bisque and splurge on butter-poached lobster with vanilla and cognac.