We’re going to do everything we can to enjoy these last few weeks of summer… and that means tracking down all of the Lobster Rolls in Pittsburgh that we can!
Fresh lobster meat, soft buns, and melted butter? There’s nothing better. And, although Pittsburgh isn’t exactly a sea-faring town, there are still some fantastic Lobster Rolls out there.
Where to Find Lobster Rolls in Pittsburgh
Cousins Maine Lobster Truck
The super-popular Cousins Maine Lobster Truck is rolling all over Pittsburgh these days, with lots of stops at breweries and wineries, serving up their Maine Lobster Rolls (served chilled with mayo), Connecticut Lobster Rolls (served warm with butter and lemon), and other lobster specialties, like Lobster Grilled Cheese, Lobster Tacos, and Lobster Tots. Check their website for their daily schedule. Cousins Maine Lobster Truck (Roving)
Merchant Oyster Co.
Merchant Oyster Co. has been open sporadically since the beginning of the pandemic (follow their Instagram for the latest updates), serving oysters, crab cake sandwiches, salads – and their famous Lobster Rolls, served warm with Old Bay brown butter and herbs, or cold with dill aioli and celery salt. Merchant Oyster Co. (4129 Butler Street)
The Commoner (now open on the rooftop Biergarten at the Hotel Monaco) is serving up Maine Lobster Rolls this summer, made with their own house-made lobster salad, and served on a buttered potato roll. Their full menu is available for dine-in service and takeout, along with other summer specials like Tomato Tatin on grilled sourdough. The Commoner (620 William Penn Place)
The Lobster Shack
Head out to Jeanette to experience The Lobster Shack, a small shop that’s open on Fridays and Saturdays (check their Facebook page for weekly updates), serving Maine Lobster Rolls, Connecticut Lobster Rolls, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Tacos, and Lobster Ocean Fries (fresh-cut fries served with lobster cheese sauce). The Lobster Shack (1-Dolly Avenue, Jeanette)
Roland’s Seafood Grill
Roland’s has been a part of the Strip District for more than 60 years… and they’ve been serving incredible Lobster Rolls since the beginning. Their ‘famous’ Hot Lobster Roll is made with sauteed lobster in hot garlic butter, and served on (thick, perfect) grilled Mancini bread. Roland’s Seafood Grill (1904 Penn Avenue)
Wholey’s Fish Market
There’s a lot to love about the Lobster Rolls at Wholey’s. Their lobster salad is made with huge chunks of fresh lobster, fresh herbs and mayonnaise, and nestled in a soft roll. Wholey’s also offers insanely-good crab bisque, and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Wholey’s Fish Market (1711 Penn Avenue)
Not only is Redfin Blues a fantastic place to enjoy some outdoor dining with a view, but the waterfront restaurant also has a great Lobster Roll option. Served cold, Redfin Blues’ Lobster Rolls are made with Maine lobster that’s been tossed in roasted garlic aioli, and served in a toasted buttered roll. Redfin Blues (100 Waterfront Drive)
V&V Scratch Kitchen
Currently open for takeout only, V&V Scratch Kitchen in Finleyville is serving up one of the area’s best Lobster Rolls. It’s made with fresh lobster, poached in butter and packed into an artisan roll… and as they say on the menu, “no mayo, no fillers!” V&V Scratch Kitchen (6108 Brownsville Road Ext., Finleyville)
Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille
The Lobster Rolls at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille are legendary in Pittsburgh – and for good reason. They’re made with huge chunks of fresh Maine lobster (some of the best in you can find in town), and served hot on a warm garlic-buttered bun. They also regularly feature a ‘Steel City’ Lobster Roll, which is covered in their own Lobster Bisque. Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille (2106 Penn Avenue)
Muddy Waters Oyster Bar
Muddy Waters Oyster Bar has a Louisiana Lobster Roll on its menu right now, with a mix of Maine lobster and crawfish, swimming in garlic butter and lemon, and served in a toasted split-top roll. They’re currently open for takeout, and dine-in dinner service Tuesdays through Sundays. Muddy Waters Oyster Bar (130 S. Highland Avenue)
Soul & Sea
First a disclaimer: Soul & Sea’s Lobster Roll isn’t on the menu all the time, so follow the on Instagram to see their latest specials. But if you do happen to see that it’s available… trust us, you don’t want to sleep on it. Each jumbo roll is packed with lobster meat, and topped with peppers, herbs, and their own signature sauce. Soul & Sea (multiple locations)
Know of any lobster rolls in Pittsburgh that we missed? Let us know in the comments, or email [email protected]
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