The Best Lobster Roll in Toronto
The best lobster roll in Toronto is at the luxe end of the fast food scale and typically comes in at a fraction of the cost of a lobster dinner. The proliferation of this iconic East coast treat can be credited to rich harvests in recent years that have translated into wider availability and lower costs for one of Canada's most prized (and sustainable) seafood stocks.
While purists might argue that the simple sandwich needs nothing more than fresh lobster, a toasted top-loading, buttered bun and only the slightest hint of mayo, I have personally never met a lobster roll I didn't like. Toronto kitchen's are quite respectful to the classic anyway, with only few added flourishes that let the sweet and succulent crustacean steal all the glory.
Here are the best lobster rolls in Toronto.
The lobster roll ($14) at this Ossington Avenue eatery takes advantage of the whole shellfish but is mostly composed of the meaty tail. Mixed with a secret dressing, it comes piled into a top-loading New England style bun and served with house-fried Yukon potato chips and half a dill pickle. A second location will soon make them available at Queen and Bathurst too. More »
This Yonge and Eglinton fishmonger keeps it simple and fresh overstuffing lobster salad into soft chewy buns, served two per order for $11. For a few bucks more, it can be plated up with a choice of two daily sides like rapini, kale salad or polenta fries offering impressive value for a complete meal. More »
At Rodney’s, lunchtime lobster rolls are only $10 (can you believe that?) and served with a side of skinny fries. Here, the soft white rolls are made in-house and generously packed with sweet and succulent premium seafood plucked right from the tanks on site, then poached and lightly tossed with mayonnaise and pinch of tarragon. More »
This Scarborough seafood destination does lobster rolls at lunch for $15 including a fries and coleslaw. Made in the traditional East coast style, chunks of delicately poached Maritime lobster (supplied fresh by the adjacent, co-owned fish market) are mixed with mayonnaise, celery, shallots and herbs then loaded atop traditional white buns. More »
High lobster-rollers take note, this upscale restaurant in the Sports and Entertainment District serves up Nova Scotia lobster rolls ($27) stuffed with a chilled lobster filling delicately dressed in dijon mayo and topped with cornichons and old bay seasoning. For that perfect balance of temperatures, it’s served in a warm, top-cut toasted bun with fries and coleslaw. More »
Both the St. Lawrence Market location and the roaming food truck regularly feature the classic crustacean dressed with creamy mayo and studded with celery and chives. At the market, this ultimate seafood lover’s sammie comes with sides of fries and coleslaw or salad for $15, on the truck it's usually a pickle spear and bag of Vickie's. More »
Atlantic lobster rolls ($20) are available on the shareables menu of this Financial District wine bar. The filling composed of luscious claw and knuckle meat is mixed with hollandaise, lemon and tarragon then stuffed to overflow on a long toasted bun. It’ll serve three as a snack if you care to be so generous. More »
Midtown lobster lovers can find outstanding East coast style lobster rolls ($21) on the lunch menu only at John and Sons Oyster House. Here the succulent, fresh picked meat is dressed with a lemony herb mayo and served with sides of salad or french fries. The Bay Street outpost does them too. More »