The Six Most Highly Rated Places to Eat Lobster in the United States

March 26, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016

Do you love lobster? That mouth-watering, melt-in-your-mouth delicacy that—when dipped in butter—feels like a little piece of heaven? If so, you’ll want to check out these six highly rated restaurants known for serving amazing lobster. Some feature traditional tails, whereas others have a signature twist.

Five Islands Lobster Co. (Maine)

Not only is the lobster fantastic at this little shack in Maine, the scenery is second to none. The restaurant has zero indoor seating (so bring your jacket), showcasing a 360-degree view of the surrounding five pine-shrouded islands. Diners arrive, select a lobster from the tank, and then add side dishes such as corn on the cob and onion rings.

Cull & Pistol (New York City)

This restaurant is named after lobsters that have lost one claw (cull) and those that have lost two claws (pistol). It is the first full-service restaurant of the Lobster Place Seafood Market, which has been in business for more than 40 years. Not only can diners enjoy seasonal fare—whole lobster, lobster rolls, and lobster pho—but anyone in the continental United States can have this fresh seafood delivered to their door!

Cascades Seafood Restaurant (Nashville, Tenn.)

Who says a good seafood restaurant has to be on the coast? Cascades Seafood Restaurant in Nashville, Tenn., is located inside the Opryland Resort and features Australian lobster tails as its premier item. Although you won’t find the atmosphere of a seafood shack in Maine, if you’re looking for quality seafood in Music City, this is the place to try.

Harbor House (Detroit, Mich.)

How about lobster macaroni and cheese? It’s the signature dish of Harbor House, a casual restaurant in the historic district of Detroit, Mich. The menu ranges from catfish to rib eye, offering something for everyone, including live music. Monday through Saturday, jazz musicians provide ambiance in an already-unique environment.

Joe’s (Chicago, Ill.)

With restaurants in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., Joe’s provides surf and turf in lavish fashion. In addition to the lobster tail, Joe’s incorporates lobster into dishes such as seared sea scallops, which features lobster beurre blanc, and a seafood chopped salad, which includes Alaskan king crab, lobster, and shrimp with a creamy vinaigrette.

Kitchen 305 (Miami, Fla.)

Another restaurant that is a far cry from a coastal shack is Kitchen 305 in Miami, Fla. In a trendy atmosphere with neon lights and late-night parties, Kitchen 305 offers an all-you-can-eat night every Wednesday, alternating between stone crab and Maine lobster, depending on which is in season. The restaurant fields between 400 and 800 reservations on these nights, opening extra dining rooms to accommodate all the diners!

Whether you’re looking for traditional, whole lobster or a unique dish such as lobster mac and cheese, you can find quality seafood anywhere in the continental United States. Try out one of these highly rated restaurants, or simply order fresh fare from a company that will deliver right to your door!