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The Best Lobster Roll in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 3, 2013

Lobster Roll TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The best oysters in Toronto
The best seafood restaurants in Toronto

Rock Lobster Food Co.

Rock Lobster Food Co.

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 »

Fish Street Market and Open Kitchen

Fish Street Market and Open Kitchen

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 »

Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney's Oyster House

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 »

Diana's Seafood Oyster Bar

Diana's Seafood Oyster Bar

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 »

e11even

e11even

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 »

Buster's Sea Cove

Buster's Sea Cove

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 »

Reds Wine Tavern

Reds Wine Tavern

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 »

John & Sons Oyster House

John & Sons Oyster House

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 »

Catch

Catch

The lobster roll ($22) at Catch is “all killer, no filler”, made from a mixture of claws, tails and knuckles and little else, save for a sprinkle of dill. It’s served au naturel on a warm milk bun and accompanied by a seasonal salad and super thin, golden chips. More »

Discussion

28 Comments

Wish I Was Here / May 3, 2013 at 11:55 am
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What about The One That Got Away??
NC / May 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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Beach Fish House is pretty good too.
Zorbs / May 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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I just had the one from Diana's yesterday and it was excellent!
Jimmy / May 3, 2013 at 01:27 pm
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Problem with the one from Rock Lobster is it's just too small.

I'd also like to see someone do it with a pretzel bun.

Toronto is still behind on Lobster rolls - ones in Boston blow it away, it's not even close.
Crosby, Stills and Nash replying to a comment from Jimmy / May 3, 2013 at 01:40 pm
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If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with.
Laura / May 3, 2013 at 01:57 pm
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What Toronto really misses out on is the $7.00 McLobster available in New Brunswick. Real lobster, large and great roll - not over done and just as affordable as Lobster should be (as it used to be considered the rat of the sea anyway... Also side note most lobster is allocated to the body of water it is found in I.e. south shore, bay of Fundy, mid-Atlantic or Nortumberland Straight, not by province. #foodforthought
TJ / May 3, 2013 at 03:27 pm
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How much imitation crab meat are in these lobster rolls? I've only ever had lobster rolls twice (both times around $10-12), and both times, they contained a ton of imitation crab meat with very little lobster meat.
Cheap A-hole / May 3, 2013 at 05:00 pm
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Wow $20+? A whole lobster even if it's not on sale is only like $7 at Loblaws. You don't even have to cook it, you order it live and they'll steam it for you right there for free. You bring it home fresh cooked, chop it up, add some mayo (make your own if you want) on a nice fresh bun and you're done.

I guess I"m being a cheap asshole, but this is one of those things where you are paying through the nose for no good reason.
Bobby / May 3, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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The only Lobster roll I've had is at the Red Hook Lobster pound in Brooklyn and it was so good i almost cried do any of these places compare?
Brian replying to a comment from Bobby / May 3, 2013 at 06:58 pm
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I've had busters and i've had rock lobster. Busters is bad. and rock lobsters is even worse. they have nothing on red hook. i dont understand what the hype is all about down here.
The Obvious replying to a comment from Bobby / May 3, 2013 at 07:03 pm
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Perhaps you should go and find out.
The Obvious replying to a comment from Brian / May 3, 2013 at 07:05 pm
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If we are speaking relative to Brooklyn, I think you mean "up here". :)
Pam replying to a comment from The Obvious / May 3, 2013 at 08:06 pm
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guess his reply was not ?obvious? enough... I concur with Brian's observations, theres no real clear cut choice here for lobster rolls, we just make do with mediocrete because we do.
west of dundas west / May 9, 2013 at 05:45 pm
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uh.. wheres red lobster?
Tapestry / May 12, 2013 at 09:45 pm
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Sandra replying to a comment from Laura / June 1, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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The McLobster is the most horrendous piece of seafood I have ever had. It is drowning in mayo and the serve it on the cheapest possible hot dog bun they could find. No one is missing out on that monstrosity.
Adrienne / July 20, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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July 2013 - Run, don't walk to Holt Renfrew's cafe at their Bay and Bloor location. They've added a mini lobster roll to their summer menu and it is, while perhaps a bit buttery, excellent! Was raised on the world-beating lobster rolls of Nova Scotia's South Shore, and I still have to commend Holt's for a fine job.
John / August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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Really, these are the comments, I dont think any of you fools know what you're talking about. McDonald's really! Probably loaded with MSG. No wonder you think it tastes good!
Bunch of fools!
Tito / September 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm
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the McLobster from NEW BRUNSWICK you dweebs. not the crap mcdonalds brought to toronto
Penthouse replying to a comment from Tito / September 21, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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BlogTO Hipsters never leave the park.
Edwin / September 24, 2013 at 01:09 am
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Best and most affordable lobster roll I've had is at harbourfront centre from the blue goose shipping container food court. Huge chunks of tender lobster with no filler. Yum
Nothing like a homecooked meal / April 29, 2014 at 09:34 pm
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Hey Tito! If it weren't for markets outside New Brunswick , You guys there would be drowning in your own lobster. All Mac Donald's are franchise, all there products and recipes are the same across the country. So your Mac Lobster rolls down east are the same as the Mac Lobster rolls here.
Nothing like a homecooked meal / April 29, 2014 at 09:52 pm
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Bring lightly salted water to a vigorous boil, drop in a 3 to 4 ounce lobster tail, boil for 6 to 7 mins , once cooked, shock the cooked lobster tail in icy cold water to stop cooking/ cool fast. remove from shell , finely chop, remove to mixing bowl, then finely chop green onions, mix in with lobster, add 2 or 3 dolops of real mayo , black pepper to taste, mix all ingredients well. you can substitute green onions with relish if you prefer. Load onto a split bun of your choice and a slice of your fav cheese.
Kathy / April 29, 2014 at 10:11 pm
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Thank you BlogTO for this great list - Lobster is my favourite food item, and I will be trying the lobster rolls you've listed that I haven't yet tried. Too new to make your rating as this restaurant, owned by the talented Megan Whiten, formerly of and Oyster Boy on Queen West, and CAMP Restaurant, just reopened after renovations as "Fish Camp Restaurant" last week. The lobster roll was amazing! As were the raw oysters, as always, the mussels and the wild Pacific halibut. If you love seafood "Go West, Young Man" and everyone else, and make a reservation at Fish CAMP.
Jess / May 4, 2014 at 07:59 pm
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Definitely agree with e11even!!! :)
Jerry / August 9, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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Used to have Busters delivered all the time from Hurrier but they don't deliver anymore. Have been dining with Market Street Catch regularly these days and their lobster is fantastic!
GeorgeC / August 19, 2014 at 08:53 pm
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Are the ones you make at home , It's not culinary genius, it's as easy as boiling an egg.
Bring lightly salted water to a vigorous boil, drop in a 3 to 4 ounce lobster tail, boil for 6 to 7 mins , once cooked, shock the cooked lobster tail in icy cold water to stop cooking/ cool fast. remove from shell , finely chop, remove to mixing bowl, then finely chop green onions, mix in with lobster, add 2 or 3 dolops of real mayo , black pepper to taste, mix all ingredients well. you can substitute green onions with relish if you prefer. Load onto a split bun of your choice and a slice of your fav cheese.
C / August 20, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Home of the Brave!

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