Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Mid-Atlantic >
Mar 20, 2008 05:20 AM

Where can i find a GREAT lobster roll in Monmouth/Ocean Counties..or close by?

I know where to go in Manhattan for them, but here by place seems to make them! :( or if they do, they are awful! Any thoughts...since tomorrow is Good Friday..I would love to find a place!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I too would love to hear about lobster rolls; can we extend the post to Middlesex County as well?
    I grew up eating a lot of N.J lobsters in the 60's, through a friend of my dad's. Do NJ lobsters even still exist commercially?

    1 Reply
    1. re: Passadumkeg

      There is still a small lobster fleet in Point Pleasant.

      Finding a great lobster roll in the area, however, may prove impossible.

    2. The only place i've heard of is Red's Lobster Pot in Point Pleasant.It has a decent review on some other boards / newspapers and has had mixed ones here?
      I've yet to try it.Supposedly it is very busy during the season ,so now is probably a good time to try it.

      10 Replies
      1. re: xny556cip

        I don't think they serve a lobster roll and, all in all I don't think anything else they do is particularly special. Regardless, here's the website:

        1. re: xny556cip

          What about the popular touristy spot in Atlantic Highland, just before (Almost under?) the bridge to Sandy Hook, heading south. It's been there for ever.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Do you mean Bahr's? Thanks, but no thanks. :)

            I went there last year to meet up with some friends...I thought I was at a Hell's Angels Convention, and the food was mediocre.

            1. re: Angelina

              Yes, that's it. Haven't been there since the 60's! In the 80's the Inlet Cafe was a shack w/ all the NJ steamers you could eat for 6 bucks!

              1. re: Angelina

                I just checked their web site,, and they do have a critter called a lobster salad sandwich (w/ mayo). A little too far to ride my '71 BSA motorcycle!
                Wow! Bayrs Landing has been there since 1917! No wonder I remember it!

                1. re: Angelina

                  Forget Bahr's. Go next door to Moby's (when it opens) and eat out on the deck.

                  1. re: cantkick

                    I must advise you against this absurd idea Angelina.The food in Bahrs restaurant is nothing special,and I would only recommend a sandwich / burger at the actual bar.Well prepared and the more recently a covivial host at the bar.( Jim RIP )The food at Moby's is a deep fried disaster.

                    1. re: xny556cip

                      TRUST ME..... I am NOT going to Bahr's...unless I consider Red Lobster to be the # 1 seafood restaurant, in that case, just put me out of my misery!!

                      Moby's looks kind of scary to me. I have never been inside and I know that is a bad was to judge a place, but sometimes I follow my instincts.

                      Thank you all!!

                      1. re: xny556cip

                        I wouldn't go quite that far, but basically you are right, you go not for the food but for the dining "experience."

                2. re: xny556cip

                  I'm not certain as to this, but I think Red's only serves its lobster roll at its dockside restaurant. While I believe the main restaurant has opened for the season, I don't know whether the dockside restaurant has opened yet. Better to call beforehand

                3. yesterday's APPress article noted that the Circus Drive-in in Wall is adding lobster rolls to this summer's menu. They opened for the season this week.

                  8 Replies
                  1. re: SusieQQ

                    Thanks, SusieQQ!!! You got me excited!

                    1. re: Angelina

                      We had lobster rolls at the Inlet Cafe last year in the Highlands. It was a beautiful sunny day in May and we sat outside. I don't know if it was the fresh air or that we were starving, but the lobster roll was delicious and it came with wonderful, fresh fries.

                      1. re: shesallthat

                        I like the lobster roll at Red's. Here's a link to a review from tommy:eats


                        1. re: DKNJ1999

                          Red's look like the real deal; and BYOB too! How much?

                          1. re: DKNJ1999

                            oohh yumm!! are they open now for the season? Lazy again on my part...

                            1. re: Angelina

                              It opened this Wednesday (two days ago). There was an article in the APP about it. They were planning to sell it but decided to keep it open another season.

                            2. re: DKNJ1999

                              I respect Tommyeats opinion, ( and recall that it one of the reviews I cited earlier ) so I will follow his lead.

                          2. re: Angelina

                            Yes believe it or not - Circus Drive-in had lobster roll on daily specials over the weekends last summer. I had several and admit they were not bad at all. Also the Clam Hut in the Highlands makes a decent one. But, they may not be open for the season yet. Don't expect to get a great one in Jerzey, you'll have to go to Main.

                            I'm thinking a fried fish sandwich for myself tonight - any suggestions for a good one?

                        2. Based on the very limited number of places identified, perhaps this thread title should be changed to "Where can I find a lobster roll, great, average, or lousy?"

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: jsfein

                            good one!!! you are so right!!! or.."Where can I find lobster" :)

                          2. I couldn’t resist. Check out the $24.00 lobster roll that my wife had in a place on Cape Cod last year. She said it was worth every penny.