7 Hudson Valley Lobster Rolls to Make Your Summer Scrumptious

Head to these Hudson Valley restaurants to eat a split-top roll piled high with mayo-dressed or butter-bathed lobster.

When it comes to summer dining in the Hudson Valley, nothing sings the song of the season quite like the lobster roll. After all, who can resist the allure of sweet lobster meat sandwiched between a plush roll? Fortunately, local restaurants understand the allure and do a top-notch job of leaning into the seasonal dish. Here’s where to get your lobster roll fix in the region.

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie

 
 
 
 
 
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Perched 40 feet above the Hudson River with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and Mid-Hudson Bridge, this top waterfront restaurant is a must for outdoor dining. Served with fries and a pickle spear, the lobster roll boasts generous pieces of fresh lobster meat tossed in Old Bay aioli and nestled within a lettuce-lined, butter-toasted brioche bun.

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Seafood lovers have plenty of other fine-dining choices, including jumbo lump crab cakes; an extensive raw bar with Blue Point oysters and Kaluga caviar; and the refreshing surf and turf, a ten-ounce ribeye served with colossal shrimp and Mexican street corn for a southwestern twist.

The Burger Loft

New City

 
 
 
 
 
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From the same owner as District.96 Beer Factory next door, this burger-and-beer haven specializes in house-ground burgers, smashed on the grill for maximum caramelization and beefy flavor. Sharing menu space with the mushroom-topped, classic American, and barbecue-sauce-slathered creations is The Burger Loft’s sleeper hit: the lobster roll. Brimming with generous chunks of chilled claw and knuckle meat, it’s a riff on New England tradition, featuring a mayo sauce seasoned with lemon, lime, scallions, and celery salt—all heaped into a warm, butter-toasted bun.

Frank Guido’s Port of Call

Catskill

 
 
 
 
 
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The only non-Kingston eatery in Frank Guido’s Hudson Valley restaurant empire (Front Street Tavern, Mariner’s Harbor, Frank Guido’s Little Italy), this Catskill restaurant opens each spring for picturesque waterfront dining. As befits its setting, the menu is heavy on seafood, boasting “What we do best… Lobsters fresh from the tank!”

The lobster roll is straightforward—chilled with mayo and seasonings on a New England butter roll—and fans of the succulent crustacean can also indulge in chilled lobster salad; broiled or steamed whole lobsters; and the lobster bake with shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, and a potato for $39.95 (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday only).

Kingston Standard

Kingston

 
 
 
 
 
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This Kingston nano-brewery is shaking up the Hudson Valley taproom formula. The beer list is light on IPAs, favoring styles like helles lagers and pale ales, and—in lieu of pub-grub favorites—the menu features elevated sourdough pizzas, fresh North Atlantic oysters, and lobster rolls. The latter is piled high with shredded lobster meat and dressed with lemon, butter, and a sprinkling of paprika, perfect for kicking back in the outdoor dining area.

Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Eatery

New Paltz

 
 
 
 
 
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This combination seafood shack and fish market is a one-stop shop for all things surf (and a little turf). Gadaleto’s specializes in classic fried fish dishes, chowders, and tacos, using their fresh-caught fish which can also be bought by the pound for those looking to chef something up at home. Their lobster roll is served cold with tartar, celery, and lettuce with coleslaw on the side.

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish

North Salem

 
 
 
 
 
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Farm-to-table goes literal at this jewel of a restaurant, housed in an 18th-century home (dine on the front porch if weather and availability allow), surrounded by a terraced, four-acre farm that provides fresh produce, honey, and other products for the menu and bar program. Beyond the fare that’s grown onsite, the focus is ultra-fresh seafood, including a Maine lobster cocktail and a classic boil with steamers, seasonal vegetables, and bliss potatoes. The rolls are served warm with butter or cool with cucumbers and lemon aioli.

Bread and Brine

Hastings-on-Hudson

 
 
 
 
 
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Home to the 2023 Best of Westchester winner for best lobster roll, Bread and Brine uses local and seasonal ingredients in its sea-inspired bites, baskets, and handhelds. Boasting sandwiches like the lobster grilled cheese, seared yellowfin tuna burger, and crispy crab cake sandwich, the star of the show is the lobster roll, complete with warm butter and fresh green onions. For upscale cuisine served in a casual way, look no further than this Hastings-on-Hudson joint. 

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