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Looking for south shore lobster shack

Hi all,

I will be visiting the Boston area this weekend and wanted to have a nice outdoor lobster lunch on Friday afternoon with the girlfriend (we arrive at Logan tomorrow morning, will be renting a car and heading down to the Norwood area where we're staying). I figured there might be some places close to Quincy, which is kinda on the way, where I could stop for lunch. So far most of the recs I've seen on here have been for places with fried clams and fried seafood, but no mention of lobster. Any recs for places where I could get some fresh lobster by the coast?

I'm not on a tight schedule so I would be willing to drive a bit farther, like maybe to Nantasket...


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  1. It seems as though the Hingham Lobster Pound, on 3A in Hingham, would suit your needs.

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    1. re: Allstonian

      I agree. The Hingham Lobster Pound should work out for you. No seating there, though...

      1. re: hiddenboston

        The town beach is right nearby although I don't know if you need a sticker to park in the lot. Also World's End reservation is nearby. In Nantasket there is Jakes but it has no outdoor seating although the dining room is bright and airy. You could always get your food to go from Jakes and take it to Nantasket Beach were you do not need a sticker to park, just $3. I really do NOT recommend the Olde Salt Box in Cohasset Harbor, which like so many places with outdoor seating and a nice view has food which does not live up to it.

        1. re: hiddenboston

          I'll 3rd this and suggest taking it to go and heading down the street a 1/4 mile and enjoy your food while sitting on the grass by the boat launch overlooking hingham harbor.

        2. re: Allstonian

          Hingham Lobster Pound was one of the places I was considering, but due the lack of seating I wanted to see if there were any other options. I guess I could always take it to go and find somewhere to eat as it sounds like there are quite a few options nearby.

          Anybody had lobster from there?

        3. Not a lobster shack per se but very good fried seafood, chowda, etc at Jake's in Hull.

          1. Just so you know it exists, Finz on Rt 1A in Dedham is just north of Norwood. They have three preparations of lobster at lunch or dinner. Not on the coast and no outdoor seating, but the indoor seating is clean, casual, comfortable and fun. I haven't had their lobster, but would give it a try as their fresh shucked oysters are delicious.

            It is in an unlikely location next to a hotel, but on my few visits the seafood has been very good.

            1. The Hingham Lobster Pound is excellent. However, if the lack of seating is an issue, and you aren't looking for boiled lobster, necessarily, Tony's Clam Shack on Wollaston Beach has an excellent lobster roll. I had it last weekend, and it probably had over half a pound of lobster meat in it. It was piled so high on the roll that it was falling onto the plate.

              1. How about the Fairview Inn in Marshfield (Brant Rock)? They have a gorgeous deck with open ocean views and decent food. When I want OCEAN this place is the first place I think of.

                1. Just wanted to thank everybody for their help with the recommendations. Friday afternoon we ended up going to Tony's Clam Shop at Wollaston Beach and shared a seafood platter and a lobster roll. Both were really, really good. The lobster roll was huge and the fried seafood (clams, scallops, shrimp, fish) was great too. the outdoor seating was perfect and we went for a little stroll along the sidewalk by the beach afterwards which was really nice.

                  Saturday afternoon we made it down to the Hingham Lobster Pound and had pretty much the same lunch again ; ) Lobster roll and this time the fried clams & scallop platter. While these guys were less expensive, I preferred the food at Tony's. Much larger lobster roll for only like 5 bucks extra, and the batter at Tony's was lighter which allowed us to taste the seafood, but still have just the right amount of crunch... (Did not understand why none of these places serve lemon wedges with the fried seafood though. Is that a New England thing? We were both thinking it would have tasted better with a little squeeze of lemon, but it was still good).

                  We did head down to Nantasket beach afterwards, it was a beautiful day and we had another nice stroll.

                  Saturday night we went to Finz in Dedham (worked out very good for us since our hotel was right on Rt. 1 and there really wasn't much else around there). We had another very good meal with highlights being the lobster ravioli and prosciutto wrapped shrimp. We didn't really like the "FINZ Wasabi - Stoli Oysters" (thought it sounded interesting at the time...) Would have been nice if they hadn't run out of their special of the day, a 4.5 lb lobster with trimmings for $74. We did get there kinda late though.

                  Lastly, we had a late lunch/early dinner before heading to the airport at Neptune Oyster. We shared a variety of oysters (around 30) with our favorites being the Island Creek and Wellfleets. And like the true food-tourists we are we had to try the lobster roll here too... Except we tried the hot-buttered version that we've heard so much about and I have to say it did NOT disappoint. And we of course ended the trip with a stop at Mike's Pastry and got a box to go (which we were warned we'd have to pack into our check-on luggage by a very helpful lady at the airport, saving us the disappointment of having to surrender them to the overzealous airport security officers). The half lobster-tail I had with my tea this morning was well worth unpacking and re-packing our bags at the counter... So delicious.

                  All in all it was a great food weekend. I'd have to say the Neptune Lobster roll came out on top, just beating Tony's. (The last time we were in town we the lobster rolls from James Hook were the best we'd tried, but I'd have to say that Tony's was just as good and Neptune even better. Although James Hook's were a lot less expensive). I think we'll definitely be back there next time we're in the area.

                  Thanks again everyone!

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                  1. re: gee_boi

                    Thanks for the report, sounds like a delicious weekend!