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Lobster Roll at Sawyer
Lobster Roll at Sawyer
Crystal Coser

21 Fancy Lobster Rolls to Try in Los Angeles, 2017 Edition

The fanciest of sandwiches, just in time for warm weather

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Lobster Roll at Sawyer
| Crystal Coser

With a buttered bun, fresh lobster meat, and boatload of drawn butter or mayonnaise, the lobster roll has all the makings of a decadent meal. While the luxurious sandwich has been popular on the East Coast for nearly a hundred years, its rise in popularity in Los Angeles has been a relatively recent phenomenon. L.A. eateries have embraced a variety of takes on the classic dish: warm meat drenched in butter, cold with mayonnaise, and unique approaches that are entirely the restaurant's own. Here now, 21 of the best in the City of Angels.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blue Plate Oysterette

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1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
CA, 90401
(310) 576-3474
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This Santa Monica seafood haven serves its lobster rolls on an ultra buttery brioche bun stuffed with a heaping portion of lobster. Each order comes with Old Bay fries and a side of butter for ultra-indulgent dunking.

2. Connie and Ted's

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8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-2722
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It is no surprise that Providence’s Michael Cimarusti puts out a perfectly executed lobster roll. Connie & Teds embraces the two classic variations of the dish and offers it hot with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise.

3. Cousins Maine Lobster

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8593 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 204-9923
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Shark Tank darlings and, as the name would have it, cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac have enjoyed a good deal of success with a fleet of lobster roll trucks roving throughout the country. Those looking for a sit down meal can enjoy their rolls in their new brick and mortar in West Hollywood.

4. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

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3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 351-9988
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Want a mini roll to accompany your seafood feast? EMC offers both regular and mini-sized lobster rolls that are made with tarragon butter and a healthy sprinkle of sea salt.

5. Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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Perhaps the most unique in the city, Hinoki & The Bird’s lobster roll is a visual stunner: sweet lobster meet is accented with a touch of green curry and Thai basil and enveloped in a black charcoal bun for a sandwich that exhibits extraordinary contrast in color and flavor.

6. Lobsta Truck

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14209 Ventura Bl
Los Angeles, CA
One of the most affordable options priced at $13, the Lobsta Truck’s lobster roll comes dressed with butter or seasoned mayo. Check Twitter for locations.

7. Santa Monica Seafood

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1000 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-5244
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There’s something that just feels right about enjoying a lobster roll in a fish market. Here the straightforward roll is flavored with lemon aioli and chives and is served with fries.

8. Son of a Gun

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8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9033
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The Animal duo can seemingly do no wrong, and their itsy bitsy lobster roll is no exception. Buttery buns are piled high with lobster meat and accented with potato chips for a nice crunch. Just be prepared to inhale the sandwich in about two bites, and don’t attempt to share.

9. Hungry Cat

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1555 Vine St, Los Angeles
CA, 90028
(323) 462-2155
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While The Hungry Cat’s lobster roll deviates from the purist drawn butter varieties, the lobster salad filing composed of lemon aioli, herbs, and celery is undeniably delicious, especially when encased in its buttery challah roll.

10. The Water Grill

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544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 891-0900
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The Water Grill offers a purist’s version of the sandwich. Simply dressed in butter and topped with a little chive, this roll is all about savoring the lobster meat.

11. Cape Seafood and Provisions

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801 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 556-2525
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Not only can you get chef Michael Cimarusti’s iconic lobster roll at Connie & Ted’s, but you can also get it at his seafood marketplace, Cape Seafood Provisions. Unlike the Connie & Ted’s roll that is simply served with drawn butter or mayonnaise, this one mixes it up with celery and chives blended into the mayo. Buns for both lobster rolls are made in house at Connie & Ted’s.

12. Nelson's

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100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2800
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Drive down to Terranea for stunning Cliffside views and citrus aioli-dressed lobster roll that can be had with exceptional sweet potato fries.

13. The Albright

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258 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-9683
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Located right on the Santa Monica Pier, The Albright is quite the picturesque spot to enjoy its straightforward lobster roll with light mayo, chives and celery.

14. Playa Provisions

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119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 683-5019
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Brooke Williamson’s family of Playa Del Rey restaurants offers its take on the lobster roll with pickled mustard seed, celery, and crushed potato chips at the restaurant’s grab-and-go market counter King Beach and seafood spot Dockside.

15. The Anchor

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235 Main St
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 664-9696
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Is the standard issue lobster roll not fancy enough for you? Venice’s The Anchor serves theirs topped with black truffle for a real study in decadence.

16. The Lobster

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1602 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-9294
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Santa Monica’s iconic restaurant The Lobster underwent a fresh facelift, making it a sleek new spot to enjoy its namesake roll with little gem and Japanese mayo on a toasted butter roll.

17. Sawyer

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3705 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 90026, États-Unis
(818) 458-8320
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With warm lobster rolls dressed with beurre monte, tarragon, and parsley served in Sawyer’s pleasant patio, it’s no wonder happy vibes abound in the hip Silver Lake eatery.

18. Laurel Point Restaurant

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12050 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 91604, États-Unis
(818) 769-6336
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Studio City seafood haven Laurel Point serves warm, butter-poached lobster with a side of grilled lemon housemade dill waffle chips for textural contrast.

19. Bottlefish

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11677 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 90049, États-Unis
Brentwood’s Bottlefish adds an extra kick to its lobster by tossing it with lemon-chili mayonnaise before sandwiching the delicate meat in a brioche bun.

20. Captain Kidd's

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209 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach
CA 90277, États-Unis
(310) 372-7703
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Redondo Beach landmark Captain Kidd’s has been a South Bay seafood staple for 40 years, and with its massive housemade roll comprised of North Atlantic lobster mixed with mayonnaise and topped with crispy lettuce, it’s no surprise why.
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21. Joan's on Third

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8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
CA 90048, États-Unis
(323) 655-2285
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While technically only a special, it isn’t hard to find Joan’s on Third’s lobster roll available on most days of the week. This extra-long roll is more of a lobster salad, doused in mayo with nice bits of crunchy vegetables.

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1. Blue Plate Oysterette

1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
This Santa Monica seafood haven serves its lobster rolls on an ultra buttery brioche bun stuffed with a heaping portion of lobster. Each order comes with Old Bay fries and a side of butter for ultra-indulgent dunking.
1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
CA, 90401

2. Connie and Ted's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
It is no surprise that Providence’s Michael Cimarusti puts out a perfectly executed lobster roll. Connie & Teds embraces the two classic variations of the dish and offers it hot with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

3. Cousins Maine Lobster

8593 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Shark Tank darlings and, as the name would have it, cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac have enjoyed a good deal of success with a fleet of lobster roll trucks roving throughout the country. Those looking for a sit down meal can enjoy their rolls in their new brick and mortar in West Hollywood.
8593 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. EMC Seafood And Raw Bar

3500 W 6th St Ste 101, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Want a mini roll to accompany your seafood feast? EMC offers both regular and mini-sized lobster rolls that are made with tarragon butter and a healthy sprinkle of sea salt.
3500 W 6th St Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020

5. Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Perhaps the most unique in the city, Hinoki & The Bird’s lobster roll is a visual stunner: sweet lobster meet is accented with a touch of green curry and Thai basil and enveloped in a black charcoal bun for a sandwich that exhibits extraordinary contrast in color and flavor.
10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

6. Lobsta Truck

14209 Ventura Bl, Los Angeles, CA
One of the most affordable options priced at $13, the Lobsta Truck’s lobster roll comes dressed with butter or seasoned mayo. Check Twitter for locations.
14209 Ventura Bl
Los Angeles, CA

7. Santa Monica Seafood

1000 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
There’s something that just feels right about enjoying a lobster roll in a fish market. Here the straightforward roll is flavored with lemon aioli and chives and is served with fries.
1000 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. Son of a Gun

8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Animal duo can seemingly do no wrong, and their itsy bitsy lobster roll is no exception. Buttery buns are piled high with lobster meat and accented with potato chips for a nice crunch. Just be prepared to inhale the sandwich in about two bites, and don’t attempt to share.
8370 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Hungry Cat

1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
While The Hungry Cat’s lobster roll deviates from the purist drawn butter varieties, the lobster salad filing composed of lemon aioli, herbs, and celery is undeniably delicious, especially when encased in its buttery challah roll.
1555 Vine St, Los Angeles
CA, 90028

10. The Water Grill

544 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Water Grill offers a purist’s version of the sandwich. Simply dressed in butter and topped with a little chive, this roll is all about savoring the lobster meat.
544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

11. Cape Seafood and Provisions

801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Not only can you get chef Michael Cimarusti’s iconic lobster roll at Connie & Ted’s, but you can also get it at his seafood marketplace, Cape Seafood Provisions. Unlike the Connie & Ted’s roll that is simply served with drawn butter or mayonnaise, this one mixes it up with celery and chives blended into the mayo. Buns for both lobster rolls are made in house at Connie & Ted’s.
801 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

12. Nelson's

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Drive down to Terranea for stunning Cliffside views and citrus aioli-dressed lobster roll that can be had with exceptional sweet potato fries.
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

13. The Albright

258 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Located right on the Santa Monica Pier, The Albright is quite the picturesque spot to enjoy its straightforward lobster roll with light mayo, chives and celery.
258 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

14. Playa Provisions

119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Brooke Williamson’s family of Playa Del Rey restaurants offers its take on the lobster roll with pickled mustard seed, celery, and crushed potato chips at the restaurant’s grab-and-go market counter King Beach and seafood spot Dockside.
119 Culver Blvd
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

15. The Anchor

235 Main St, Venice, CA 90291
Is the standard issue lobster roll not fancy enough for you? Venice’s The Anchor serves theirs topped with black truffle for a real study in decadence.
235 Main St
Venice, CA 90291

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16. The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica’s iconic restaurant The Lobster underwent a fresh facelift, making it a sleek new spot to enjoy its namesake roll with little gem and Japanese mayo on a toasted butter roll.
1602 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

17. Sawyer

3705 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, États-Unis
With warm lobster rolls dressed with beurre monte, tarragon, and parsley served in Sawyer’s pleasant patio, it’s no wonder happy vibes abound in the hip Silver Lake eatery.
3705 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 90026, États-Unis

18. Laurel Point Restaurant

12050 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604, États-Unis
Studio City seafood haven Laurel Point serves warm, butter-poached lobster with a side of grilled lemon housemade dill waffle chips for textural contrast.
12050 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 91604, États-Unis

19. Bottlefish

11677 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, États-Unis
Brentwood’s Bottlefish adds an extra kick to its lobster by tossing it with lemon-chili mayonnaise before sandwiching the delicate meat in a brioche bun.
11677 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
CA 90049, États-Unis

20. Captain Kidd's

209 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, États-Unis
Captain Kidd's
Redondo Beach landmark Captain Kidd’s has been a South Bay seafood staple for 40 years, and with its massive housemade roll comprised of North Atlantic lobster mixed with mayonnaise and topped with crispy lettuce, it’s no surprise why.
209 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach
CA 90277, États-Unis

21. Joan's on Third

8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, États-Unis
While technically only a special, it isn’t hard to find Joan’s on Third’s lobster roll available on most days of the week. This extra-long roll is more of a lobster salad, doused in mayo with nice bits of crunchy vegetables.
8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
CA 90048, États-Unis

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