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Fisk & Co.’s lobster roll and frites are an impeccable pairing.
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16 Luscious Lobster Rolls in Chicago

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Fisk & Co.’s lobster roll and frites are an impeccable pairing.
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Chicago is a long way away from the east coast but that doesn’t hinder local restaurants from creating luscious lobster rolls. Dripping in mayo, butter, and spices, these indulgent sandwiches are a relatively affordable way to enjoy a premium delicacy. They can be ordered hot or cold, and some places even take liberties with the New England specialty by using nontraditional ingredients. Regardless of preference, here are the spots that do it best.

As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 people — whichever is fewer. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. The FishGuy Market & Wellfleet

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4423 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 283-7400
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Head to this small Albany Park market for some of the freshest seafood around. The shop doubles as a restaurant so customers can grab a seat at the counter to watch staff assemble a Cape Breton lobster roll. The excellent sandwich carries just a bit of mayo along with cucumber, lemon peel, and other herbs.

2. Fish Bar

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2956 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8177
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DMK Restaurants’ nautical-themed eatery reels in diners with fresh catch and a lobster roll that hits all the right notes. A generous amount of meat, sourced from Maine and cooked in drawn butter, is loaded into a bun and finished with Old Bay mayo. Online ordering is available through third party services.

3. Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop

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2070 N Clybourn Ave unit b
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-3475
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Lauded Lincoln Park market Dirk’s Fish is one of the premier places in the city to purchase quality seafood. But there’s a small lunch menu as well for folks who want prepared foods. The lobster roll is a Maine-style version featuring cold meat served on a bed of lettuce inside a buttered bun.

4. Gretel

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2833 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3427
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The team behind beloved Little Bad Wolf opened a new spot in the middle of the pandemic. The menu is full of first-rate sandwiches, including a sublime lobster roll. Customers can have it either Maine style, served cold with mayo, celery salt, and lemon juice, or Connecticut style, served warm with melted butter and chives. Online ordering is available here.

5. 3 Arts Club Café

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1300 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 475-9116
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Arguably the crown jewel of a historic century-old building, 3 Arts Club Café is a sight to behold. The posh restaurant — housed in the atrium of Restoration Hardware — is a popular destination thanks to its beautiful design. Guests who sit down to a meal are surrounded by high-end furnishings, olive trees, a restored fountain, sparkling chandeliers, and other elegant touches. The food is similarly impressive and highlights ingredient-driven items, such as a lobster roll featuring both drawn butter and mayo plus Old Bay Seasoning.

6. Lola’s Coney Island

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2858 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9459
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Though this counter-service stand specializes in Detroit-style hot dogs, there are also a few other regional items offered. Available only on Fridays, the lobster roll boasts fresh lobster meat — tossed in a creamy citrus herb salad —on a toasted garlic butter bun. Order carryout here; delivery is available through third party services.

7. GT Fish & Oyster

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531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 929-3501
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Chef Giuseppe Tentori has proven to be a master of cooking seafood and his lobster roll certainly puts those talents on display. At Boka Restaurant Group’s refined oceanic spot, the sandwich has an ideal meat-to-bun ratio and a satisfying mix of mayo, celery, fried onion strings, and pickled veggies. Carryout orders can be placed here; delivery is available via third party services.

A plated lobster roll.
Boka Restaurant Group’s seafood specialist offers an outstanding lobster roll.
GT Fish & Oyster [Official Photo]

8. Shaw's Crab House

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21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722
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A Chicago staple for more than three decades, Shaw’s treats seafood and its lobster roll with reverence. Big chunks of sweet meat are mixed with Hellmann’s mayo and diced celery and then stuffed into a buttery, housemade brioche roll. Order pickup here. A second Shaw’s outpost is located in Schaumburg.

Two lobster rolls on a table accompanied by two glasses of beer and lemons.
Shaw’s ships its lobster rolls to anywhere in the United States.
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9. The Hampton Social

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353 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 464-0500
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Rosé and lobster roll all day like a New York elite. Guests have two types to choose from as they live their best Hamptons lives. The classic Maine-style roll is chilled and tossed in mayo while “Manhattan style” goes heavy on butter. Additional Hampton Social outposts are located in Streeterville and the suburbs.

A lobster roll and chips served on a board next to a cocktail and salad.
Guests will find breezy vibes and a killer lobster roll at the Hampton Social.
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10. Fisk & Co.

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225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-9300
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Mussels and frites are the main draw at this gastropub in the Loop but for a more luxurious bite, try the lobster roll. The meat is tossed in warm melted butter and pairs perfectly with one of the many craft beers.

A plate of lobster roll and fries.
The lobster roll is Fisk and Co.’s hidden gem.
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11. Brown Bag Seafood Co.

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340 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 496-3999
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Operating multiple locations downtown, this local mini-chain is a popular lunchtime spot for workers. The lobster roll consists of knuckle and claw meat on a toasted New England bun. It’s served with truffle parmesan tots for a truly lavish meal. Order pickup or delivery here.

12. Happy Lobster

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131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

Chicagoans don’t need to be hangry during lunchtime. Not when they can catch this food truck rolling through the streets. Instead of a traditional roll, Happy Lobster loads sizable hunks of Maine crustacean onto a burger bun. For an extra kick, get the “Angry Lobster” with giardineira and spicy mayo. Click here for the truck’s schedule and to preorder. Happy Lobster is also a vendor at the Chicago French Market.

A person holding a lobster roll.
Enjoy lobster rolls on the go courtesy of this food truck.
Happy Lobster [Official Photo]

13. Luke's Lobster

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134 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 982-2977
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A taste of the Atlantic isn’t that far away thanks to this seafood shack. The New England franchise showcases its product’s quality, dressing a quarter-pound of chilled meat with just mayo, lemon butter, and secret spices. The city hall location has been closed due to the pandemic, but a rep tells Eater it’s reopening on May 17.

14. All Star Seafood and Sports

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730 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 225-8822
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Unlike most typical sports bars, the focus at this South Loop spot is on seafood. That means fans can enjoy a New England-style lobster roll, filled with tail meat, as they watch their favorite teams. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

15. Chicago Oyster House

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1933 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-8833
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Hungry diners near McCormick Place would do well to head to this South Loop establishment for fresh oysters and seafood. There’s an admirable New England-style lobster roll packed with succulent tail meat. Online ordering can be done here.

16. Mesler Kitchen

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1401 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 289-1005
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Located within Hyde Park’s Sophy Hotel, Mesler Kitchen dishes out modern American fare. The restaurant’s lobster roll arrives cold on Bibb lettuce that’s tucked in a New England-style bun. What really makes the sandwich here stand out is the use of pickles as a topping, which adds an extra layer of flavor. Carryout orders can be placed here; delivery is available through third party services.

1. The FishGuy Market & Wellfleet

4423 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Head to this small Albany Park market for some of the freshest seafood around. The shop doubles as a restaurant so customers can grab a seat at the counter to watch staff assemble a Cape Breton lobster roll. The excellent sandwich carries just a bit of mayo along with cucumber, lemon peel, and other herbs.

4423 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

2. Fish Bar

2956 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

DMK Restaurants’ nautical-themed eatery reels in diners with fresh catch and a lobster roll that hits all the right notes. A generous amount of meat, sourced from Maine and cooked in drawn butter, is loaded into a bun and finished with Old Bay mayo. Online ordering is available through third party services.

2956 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop

2070 N Clybourn Ave unit b, Chicago, IL 60614

Lauded Lincoln Park market Dirk’s Fish is one of the premier places in the city to purchase quality seafood. But there’s a small lunch menu as well for folks who want prepared foods. The lobster roll is a Maine-style version featuring cold meat served on a bed of lettuce inside a buttered bun.

2070 N Clybourn Ave unit b
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Gretel

2833 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The team behind beloved Little Bad Wolf opened a new spot in the middle of the pandemic. The menu is full of first-rate sandwiches, including a sublime lobster roll. Customers can have it either Maine style, served cold with mayo, celery salt, and lemon juice, or Connecticut style, served warm with melted butter and chives. Online ordering is available here.

2833 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. 3 Arts Club Café

1300 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610

Arguably the crown jewel of a historic century-old building, 3 Arts Club Café is a sight to behold. The posh restaurant — housed in the atrium of Restoration Hardware — is a popular destination thanks to its beautiful design. Guests who sit down to a meal are surrounded by high-end furnishings, olive trees, a restored fountain, sparkling chandeliers, and other elegant touches. The food is similarly impressive and highlights ingredient-driven items, such as a lobster roll featuring both drawn butter and mayo plus Old Bay Seasoning.

1300 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

6. Lola’s Coney Island

2858 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Though this counter-service stand specializes in Detroit-style hot dogs, there are also a few other regional items offered. Available only on Fridays, the lobster roll boasts fresh lobster meat — tossed in a creamy citrus herb salad —on a toasted garlic butter bun. Order carryout here; delivery is available through third party services.

2858 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. GT Fish & Oyster

531 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
A plated lobster roll.
Boka Restaurant Group’s seafood specialist offers an outstanding lobster roll.
GT Fish & Oyster [Official Photo]

Chef Giuseppe Tentori has proven to be a master of cooking seafood and his lobster roll certainly puts those talents on display. At Boka Restaurant Group’s refined oceanic spot, the sandwich has an ideal meat-to-bun ratio and a satisfying mix of mayo, celery, fried onion strings, and pickled veggies. Carryout orders can be placed here; delivery is available via third party services.

531 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611
Two lobster rolls on a table accompanied by two glasses of beer and lemons.
Shaw’s ships its lobster rolls to anywhere in the United States.
Shaw’s Crab House [Official Photo]

A Chicago staple for more than three decades, Shaw’s treats seafood and its lobster roll with reverence. Big chunks of sweet meat are mixed with Hellmann’s mayo and diced celery and then stuffed into a buttery, housemade brioche roll. Order pickup here. A second Shaw’s outpost is located in Schaumburg.

21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

9. The Hampton Social

353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
A lobster roll and chips served on a board next to a cocktail and salad.
Guests will find breezy vibes and a killer lobster roll at the Hampton Social.
The Hampton Social [Official Photo]

Rosé and lobster roll all day like a New York elite. Guests have two types to choose from as they live their best Hamptons lives. The classic Maine-style roll is chilled and tossed in mayo while “Manhattan style” goes heavy on butter. Additional Hampton Social outposts are located in Streeterville and the suburbs.

353 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Fisk & Co.

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
A plate of lobster roll and fries.
The lobster roll is Fisk and Co.’s hidden gem.
Fisk & Co. [Official Photo]

Mussels and frites are the main draw at this gastropub in the Loop but for a more luxurious bite, try the lobster roll. The meat is tossed in warm melted butter and pairs perfectly with one of the many craft beers.

225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

11. Brown Bag Seafood Co.

340 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Operating multiple locations downtown, this local mini-chain is a popular lunchtime spot for workers. The lobster roll consists of knuckle and claw meat on a toasted New England bun. It’s served with truffle parmesan tots for a truly lavish meal. Order pickup or delivery here.

340 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

12. Happy Lobster

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661
A person holding a lobster roll.
Enjoy lobster rolls on the go courtesy of this food truck.
Happy Lobster [Official Photo]

Chicagoans don’t need to be hangry during lunchtime. Not when they can catch this food truck rolling through the streets. Instead of a traditional roll, Happy Lobster loads sizable hunks of Maine crustacean onto a burger bun. For an extra kick, get the “Angry Lobster” with giardineira and spicy mayo. Click here for the truck’s schedule and to preorder. Happy Lobster is also a vendor at the Chicago French Market.

131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

13. Luke's Lobster

134 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602

A taste of the Atlantic isn’t that far away thanks to this seafood shack. The New England franchise showcases its product’s quality, dressing a quarter-pound of chilled meat with just mayo, lemon butter, and secret spices. The city hall location has been closed due to the pandemic, but a rep tells Eater it’s reopening on May 17.

134 N LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60602

14. All Star Seafood and Sports

730 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605

Unlike most typical sports bars, the focus at this South Loop spot is on seafood. That means fans can enjoy a New England-style lobster roll, filled with tail meat, as they watch their favorite teams. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

730 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60605

15. Chicago Oyster House

1933 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Hungry diners near McCormick Place would do well to head to this South Loop establishment for fresh oysters and seafood. There’s an admirable New England-style lobster roll packed with succulent tail meat. Online ordering can be done here.

1933 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

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16. Mesler Kitchen

1401 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615

Located within Hyde Park’s Sophy Hotel, Mesler Kitchen dishes out modern American fare. The restaurant’s lobster roll arrives cold on Bibb lettuce that’s tucked in a New England-style bun. What really makes the sandwich here stand out is the use of pickles as a topping, which adds an extra layer of flavor. Carryout orders can be placed here; delivery is available through third party services.

1401 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

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