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11 Spots to find Lobster Rolls in Columbus

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Summer may be looking quite different this year, but a summer staple – lobster rolls – is having its moment in Columbus.

It’s officially lobster roll season! From special events to restaurant menus, here’s where you can track down that buttery, tangy goodness in Central Ohio. Any other hidden lobster roll gems? Add any lobster rolls spots in Columbus in the comments below!

Special Events

Hills Market Downtown

95 N. Grant Ave. – Downtown
Every Saturday in August (1, 8, 15, 22, 29)
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

An annual summer event, the Hills Market Downtown slings lobster rolls every Saturday in August. Lobster roll fiends have five chances to chow down and this year it’s a carryout-only affair. Guests will order online and select a pickup week and time for each item. The Hills is sweetening the deal with cocktails and Der Dutchman hand pies. Orders must be placed the Thursday before the Saturday guests wish to pick up. A limited amount of walk-in orders will be available on Saturdays.

Order online at hillslobsterrolls.square.site.

Service Bar

1230 Courtland Ave. – Short North
Wednesday, July 29 (currently sold out – waitlist available)
Wednesday, August 5

Service Bar hosts Middle West Lobstah Fest! For two dates only, Service Bar is serving up a three-course lobster feast. For $45 diners will nosh on vodka battered tempura vegetables, a Sichuan-style poached lobster on a house-baked, split-top sourdough roll with a sesame fluff whoopie pie for dessert.

The July 29 date is currently sold out, but guests can put their names on the waiting list. At the time of publishing, times are still available for the August 5 feast. Guests will order online (for up to four servings at a time) and select a pickup time throughout the day.

Order online at exploretock.com/servicebarcolumbus.

Food Trucks

Cousins Maine Lobster

Track down Cousins Maine Lobster by visiting the truck’s website for its weekly schedule. The truck travels far and wide across Central Ohio, from Columbus to Delaware to Heath. Choose from two lobster roll styles – Maine or Connecticut – and a host of other lobster-focused dishes like lobster grilled cheese, lobster tots and more. Cousins will also be making it permanent this fall with a location at Budd Dairy Food Hall in Italian Village.

For more information, visit cousinsmainelobster.com.

Reel Smoke

Follow Reel Smoke on social media to track down this lobster-focused truck. Rolling since 2019, Reel Smoke is not only slinging lobster rolls, but the lobster dish you might not have known you needed: lobster waffle fries.

For more information, visit facebook.com/reelsmokefoodtruck.

The Wicked Lobstah

Lobster rolls with a side of potential road trip. The Wicked Lobstah food truck makes its way all around Ohio (and beyond). Find lobster rolls, lobster tacos and more. The truck posts its monthly schedule on Facebook – mark you calendars accordingly!

For more information, visit facebook.com/TheWickedLobstah.

Restaurants

Ice Cream Rollery

8073 E. Broad St. – Reynoldsburg
4691 Morse Rd. – Gahanna

Perhaps not where you would expect to find it, but these two Central Ohio joints are serving up Thai-inspired rolled ice cream and….lobster rolls! Ice Cream Rollery’s lobster rolls feature a quarter pound of meat and can be served chilled or warm. Find hours for each location on their website.

For more information, visit icecreamrollery.com.

The Walrus

143 E. Main St. – Downtown

A menu staple at The Walrus, the Downtown bar’s lobster rolls feature chilled house lobster salad on a buttered New England roll. Lobster roll seekers can place an order online for pickup or delivery. The Walrus is also open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch on the weekends.

For more information, visit thewalruscolumbus.com.

Hen Quarter

6628 Riverside Dr. – Dublin

On a menu of southern-style eats, Hen Quarter’s lunch menu lobster roll features trinity, garlic aioli, red tobiko, cilantro and lemon. Hen Quarter is open Wednesday through Sunday for dine-in and takeout.

For more information, visit henquarterdublin.com.

RH Gallery

4120 Worth Ave. – Easton

Furniture shopping with a side of lobster roll! RH Gallery’s Rooftop Restaurant sports a lobster roll with drawn butter, mayo and Old Bay on its menu. The restaurant is open daily for lobster roll consumption.

For more information, visit restorationhardware.com.

Huli Huli Tiki Lounge

26 W. Olentnagy St. – Powell

Tiki bar Huli Huli is slinging a chef’s special that comes with not one lobster roll, but two – and fries! The Powell eatery is open for lunch and dinner and online ordering is available.

For more information, visit hulihulipowell.com.

Shrimp Lips Seafood and Chicken

1624 Parsons Ave. – South Side

Can you track down the elusive lobster roll special? The South Side’s Shrimp Lips is testing out lobster rolls on its menu – keep an eye on social media to see when they’ll be available. In addition to its brick-and-mortar, Shrimp Lips is soon to unveil its food truck!

For more information, visit shrimplips.com.

Enjoy your hunt for the best lobster rolls in Columbus!

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