Where to Find Lobster Inland
There are plenty of great options for lobster throughout inland New Hampshire.
Yes, the coast seems like the obvious place to enjoy all things crustacean, but delicious, fresh lobster meals can be found all around the state. Here are a few places and events where you can enjoy the bounty of the sea in a variety of ways from the traditional boiled preparation and rolls to a lobster dinner lake cruise and creamy mac and cheese.
*Editor's note: This list originally appeared in our August 2015 issue. It's been updated for 2016 and includes some additional places and dishes. Looking for traditional ocean-side lobster shacks? Click here for our favorites.
Lobster on the Lake
Enjoy lobster, live music and sunsets aboard the M/S Mount Washington during a three-hour dinner/dance cruise, leaving from the summer port in Weirs Beach on Saturday, July 2. The Lobsterfest continues into the summer and fall with departures scheduled on Friday July 22, Friday August 5, Saturday September 3 and Saturday October 1. View a more complete schedule with cruise times and ticket prices at cruisenh.com or call (603) 366-5531.
Twin Lobster Deal
Enjoy two 1-pound lobsters for $26.95 at the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson on Tuesdays. Rte. 16A, (603) 383-4245, wildcattavern.com
The Real Deal Lobster Roll
Jake’s Seafood & Grill in West Ossipee offers the 100 Percent Lobster Roll, which is a roughly a quarter pound of lobster with a dollop of mayo, made to order, served on your choice of a traditional hot dog bun or French roll. $13.99. jakesseafoodco.com
Weathervane Seafood Restaurant has a Lobster in the Rough location in Weirs Beach in Laconia at 279 Lakeside Ave., offering single- or twin-lobster dinners and Sea Monsters with larger lobsters, all at market prices.
The Kitchen Sink
Jonathan's Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market has it all, from fried clams to baked haddock. Lobster options are plentiful and include traditional boiled lobsters, lazy man's lobster, baked stuffed lobster, lobster scampi, lobster pie and, for the daring, try The Kitchen Sink – a baked 1-pound lobster stuffed with scallops, seared salmon, newburg sauce, lump crab meat, seafood stuffing, and it's all topped off with yet more newburg sauce. 280 East Side Rd., Conway. (603) 447-3838, jonathansseafood.com
Jesse's Steaks and Seafood is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Check out some of their new menu items, such as the lobster tacos, the lobster roll, which consists of a half pound of lobster meat that's been warmed in drawn butter and the classic Maine lobster served with organic brown rice and seasonal vegetables. 224 Lebanon St., Hanover. (603) 643-4111, jesses.com
The charming Little Red Schoolhouse in Campton is open for the summer and fall. Enjoy a classic lobster roll on a grilled bun for $18. 1994 Rte. 3, Campton. (603) 726-6142, littleredschoolhousenh.com
If it's lobster mac and cheese that you crave, then there's perhaps no better spot than O Steaks and Seafood with locations in Laconia and Concord. The dish here comes in the size of your choice – with a quarter, half or full pound of lobster meat (prices are $22, $32 and $42). 62 Doris Ray Court, Lakeport, (603) 524-9373 and 11 South Main Street, Concord, (603) 856-7925; magicfoodsrestaurantgroup.com/osteaks. You can find the same dish at Chef Scott Oullette's latest location, O Bistro at the Inn on Main in Wolfeboro. 200 North Main St., Wolfeboro. (603) 515-1003, innnewhampshire.com/our-bistro
Lobster Tasting Menu
Get your fill of lobster with this special summer offering from Restaurant Tek-Nique in Bedford. The three-course tasting menu consists of of lobster bisque, lobster salad Napoleon, and "lazy man" lobster risotto. Cost is $30. 170 Rte. 101, Bedford. (603) 488-5629, restaurantteknique.com
If you are looking to prepare lobster at home, here are a few resources for fresh lobsters:
- Northland Lobster Company, 197 W. Main St., Conway. Owners John Landers and Jerry Cluff have been providing Conway with fresh lobster and crabs since 1979. Open daily. (603) 447-6756
- Captain Bart’s Seafood Market in Moultonborough is open seasonally Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., offering fresh seafood and lobsters. (603) 476-8830, 419 Governor Wentworth Hwy., Moultonborough
- Fresh lobsters are available at Sal’s Fresh Seafood at Moulton Farm in Meredith.
- Jonathan's Seafood Restaurant, mentioned above, also has a fish market.