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Here’s the 8 best lobster rolls in Atlanta you have to try [ultimate guide updated for 2020]

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For years, we’ve heard there’s a surplus of Lobster, yet that has not made waves in the south when it comes to lobster prices. But I’m a lobster fanatic and will do just about anything for a delicious lobster roll. Hot or cold lobster roll doesn’t matter to me – I love them both. Here’s where you can find the best lobster rolls in Atlanta!

 

Ocean and Acre in Halcyon Lobster Roll (Located in the new Halcyon complex in Forsyth)

I love how they’ve sliced into a croissant to serve their lobster roll at this North Fulton restaurant. The sandwich has large chunks of butter soaked lobster pieces. So indulgent and decadent, just try not to think about how many calories and carbs you are having and just enjoy this opulent meal. Oh and they’ve got fabulous cocktails too! Thinking about trekking up to Halcyon in Forsyth? Read my guide for Halcyon here.

 

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Any lobster lover should get this lobster roll at Ocean + Acre in Forsyth’s Halcyon

 

The lobster roll at Bocado (Westside, Midtown Atlanta)

Of course it is the lobster meat quality and how it is prepared that makes a superb lobster roll, but don’t discount the bread. After all, it plays a substantial part in the overall taste and texture of the sandwich too. Don’t you agree? That’s why I love the lobster roll so much from Bocado. It’s as if they took a hot dog bun and perfected it for the lobster roll. They sort of hollow out the bun, making it almost a rectangular home for the lobster meat. It’s glorious and perfect and you have to try it.

Atlanta Fish Market’s Lobster Roll

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Not only is the lobster roll incredible, but you won’t believe how fresh the fish is at Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead

If you haven’t been to the Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead, you are missing out, truly! In fact, the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group has been a staple in the Buckhead neighborhood for decades. Their lobster roll is one of the best in Atlanta and it probably has to do with the fact that they formed their own seafood market because they felt they couldn’t get he freshest seafood in Atlanta. Insider tip: regulars go to the back and sit at the bar instead of the dining room. It’s more relaxed and laid back.

The Optimist’s Lobster roll (on the Westside in Atlanta)

The Optimist seems to reign supreme as far as seafood restaurants go in Atlanta. It’s got a beautiful décor with a beachy feel that we land-locked Atlantans can’t get enough of. Although a bit small, the lobster roll at The Optimist makes for a great pick me up at lunch.

Beetlecat ‘s Lobster roll (in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood)

Sister restaurant to the Optimist is Beetlecat. And who says there can’t be some sibling rivalry in the entrees? I mean just look at how gorgeous the lobster meat at Beetlecat’s lobster roll is? If you are a total seafood nut like me, go and enjoy their happy hour oyster special first. Plus, if you have out of town guests to impress, Beetelcat is the place to take them!

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Just look at that lobster claw from the Beetlecat lobster roll in Atlanta

 

Seven Lamps in Buckhead has a tasty lobster roll (Buckhead, Atlanta)

Unlike many Atlanta restaurants that serve lobster rolls on hard rolls or hot dog-like buns, Seven Lamps lobster roll comes on a glorious doughy bun. It is easy to cut and share, though you probably won’t’ want to. Protip: it’s located in the shopping center adjacent to Lenox Mall with plenty of free parking, unheard of in Buckhead.

 

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    The chewy yeast roll that the Seven Lamps lobster roll is served on totally compliments the lobster meat

     

Crab 404 – a reasonably priced lobster roll (Sandy Springs, Atlanta)

 

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Who says you have to go to some stuffy restaurant to have a lobster roll? Not Crab 404. Though they are located in Buckhead, they have a laid back atmosphere and the prices are quite affordable. Their lobster roll is full of chunky meat and is inly $19. Protip: you’ll want to order the crab claws to start. These are not only a generous portion of crab meat but the serving is plentiful. I wash it all down with a glass of sparkling rose!

 

Lobster Roll at the Big Ketch (Buckhead, Atlanta)


The Big Ketch serves a hot and a cold lobster roll. I sampled the hot one with large chunks of claw meat which was quite delicious. There’s a quarter pound of lobster meat in it. I find it to be much more satisfying than the over-hyped Optimist Lobster roll. And the soft roll was perfect, actually hollowed out in the center to hold lots of lobster chunks. The chickpea and cous cous side I chose was quite enjoyable too.

I hope you’ll get out and try one of these fantastic lobster rolls in Atlanta! We are so fortunate that even though we are living in a land locked part of the country, we still have access to such amazing seafood, and these incredibly tasty, and hearty lobster rolls. The hardest part will be deciding which of these best lobster rolls in Atlanta you will try first!

Love oysters? Check out my list of top spots for oysters in Atlanta!

Want to make your own lobster roll? Here’s a terrific recipe for a lobster roll

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Malika Bowling

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