Where to Get the Best Lobster Rolls in Rhode Island

Soak up a great view, order takeout or bring the whole family to these spots for lobster rolls in the Ocean State.

The lobster roll at Matunuck Oyster Bar. 

Editor’s Note: This article was updated from a previous version posted in 2015.

Best View

Matunuck Oyster Bar

629 Succotash Rd., South Kingstown, 401-783-4202, rhodyoysters.com

The Atmosphere: Nothing beats the outdoor patio. Even indoors, you’ll soak up panoramic views at all angles.
The Meat: All claw and tail meat all the time, lightly dressed in mayo with a tiny bit of chopped celery.
The Bread: Grilled buttery split top roll.
On the side: Served with house cut fries or small house salad.
Price: $23.95.

 

City side

Dune Brothers

239 Dyer St., Providence, 401-480-1269, dunebrothers.com

The Atmosphere: Seafood shack with picnic table service and takeout, with a view near the Providence Pedestrian Bridge.
The Meat: Warm, buttered tail and claw meat with light mayo, served with “Old Bay” fries.
The Bread: Buttered and grilled roll.
On the side: Comes with fries.
Price: $24.

 

Best Takeout

Quito’s

411 Thames St., Bristol, 401-253-4500, quitosrestaurant.com

The Atmosphere: Nothing fancy required. Order at the takeout window and take in the sunset from your car.
The Meat: Bite-size pieces of claw and tail meat dressed with a touch of mayo and dill.
The Bread: A toasted sweet bread brioche bun accents the sweet meat.
On the side: Comes with fries or coleslaw.
Price: Market price.

 

The Shore Thing

Brick Alley Pub

140 Thames St., Newport, 401-849-6334, brickalley.com

The Atmosphere: Consistently good. Especially for groups and families, Brick Alley’s always a safe bet.
The Meat: Overstuffed with lobster salad (lots of mayo!) and crisp lettuce for a little crunch.
The Bread: Simple is best: A grilled hot dog roll is all you need.
On the side: A pickle and coleslaw.
Price: $21.95.

 

Fresh Off the Boat

Rebecca’s Seafood Takeout

435 Water St., Block Island, 466-5411

The Atmosphere: You just arrived on the Block Island Ferry, you’re hungry and all you want is to sit outside and see the harbor.
The Meat: Chopped tail and claw meat with a smattering of mayo, dash of pepper and snap of lettuce.
The Bread: A buttered and toasted hot dog bun.
On the side: Just the sandwich, but you can order a side of fries or clam cakes separately.
Price: Market price.

 

Family Atmosphere

Blount Clam Shack

335 Water St., Warren, 401-245-3210, blountretail.com

The atmosphere: The best waterfront view in Warren. Pull up an Adirondack chair and listen to live acoustic music on weekends.
The Meat: A half-pound of lobster chunks lightly tossed in a housemade dill sauce or served undressed with warm butter on the side.
The Bread: Served on an extra long grilled roll.
On the side: Comes with housemade kale crunch cole slaw and your choice of one side: french fries or two clam cakes, or choose a side salad, sweet potato fries, onion rings or fruit for an upcharge.
Price: $26.99 (a smaller, one-fourth-pound lobster meat version is available for $17.99).

 

Straight from the Lobsterman

The Lobster Bar

31 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-619-2890, aquidnecklobsterbar.com

The Atmosphere: Quintessential seaside restaurant located right on a working dock in downtown Newport. Yep, that’s the harbor under your feet.
The Meat: Do you like it warm and buttered or salad style? Choose naked with side of drawn butter, or salad-style with lemon, celery, dill and a hint of mayo.
The Bread: A warm brioche roll adds a little more texture and crunch (it packs a little more meat too).
On the side: All sandwiches served with a choice of fries or slaw. You can sub a gluten-free bun for an extra $2.
Price: $28 for both.

 

Nostalgic Nosh

Rocky Point Clam Shack

1689 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-738-9830, rockypointclamshack.com

The Atmosphere: Rocky Point memorabilia (that’s the original Rocky the lobster!) and patriotic picnic tables decorate the outdoor eatery next to Ann and Hope.
The Meat: Choose hot or cold. Tender claw meat is dressed in Helman’s mayo or served with warm Cabot butter on the side, and stuffed into an overflowing roll.
The Bread: Toasted soft roll.
On the side: Served with French fries.
Price: Dock price and $2.50 extra for Cabot butter.

 

Sushi Style

Ten Prime Steak and Sushi

55 Pine St., Providence, 401-453-2333, tenprimesteakandsushi.com

The Atmosphere: Ultra sleek, contemporary dining room that’s the place to see and be seen.
The Meat: The Prime roll is sushi in a lobster roll style with Maine lobster and tempura asparagus with beef carpaccio and truffle chili oil.
The Bread: No bread; the whole thing’s rolled up sushi-style.
On the side: Wasabi and horseradish on the side.
Price: $22.