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9 Lobster Rolls and Other Seafood Sandwiches to Order Before Summer Ends

Where to get lobster rolls in Philly

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The lobster roll kit at Oyster House
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This has been the summer of the lobster roll in Philadelphia, with chefs opening limited-time seafood pop-ups to bring a taste of the ocean to the city. Here are nine lobster rolls and other seafood sandwiches to order for takeout or delivery.

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Elegant Rittenhouse restaurant Friday Saturday Sunday is back open with a summery takeout menu and a lineup of creative to-go cocktails. The lobster sandwich here includes grilled yuzu lobster, slaw, and plantain butter on a coco bread bun. Order online, Thursday to Sunday.

Anchor Light

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Summertime seafood pop-up Anchor Light, operating out of Stock in Rittenhouse, has three different versions of a lobster roll on its menu, plus a shrimp roll, a jumbo lump crab roll, and crinkle-cut fries. Order online for pickup or delivery.

lobster roll with lemon wedge and pickle slices Anchor Light

Luke's Lobster

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The lobster rolls (and shrimp rolls and crab rolls) at Luke’s Lobster in Rittenhouse come regular or jumbo-sized, with a side of sea salt or salt and vinegar chips. Round out the meal with a container of lobster mac and cheese and a blueberry soda. Order online.

three rolls filled with seafood Luke’s Lobster [official photo]

Oyster House

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Long-running Center City seafood destination Oyster House has both ready-to-eat lobster rolls, served with hand-cut fries, and a family-sized lobster roll kit ($138) made for assembling sandwiches at home. Order everything but the kit online for pickup or delivery. For the kit, call the restaurant. Outdoor dining is also available.

Salty's Seafood and Ice Cream Shack

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Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned one of their five Midtown Village restaurants into Salty’s Seafood and Ice Cream Shack, a summer pop-up with two types of lobster rolls (butter or mayo and celery) and a shrimp roll, plus steamers, smash burgers, hoagies stuffed with fried oysters and shrimp, and root beer floats. Order pickup or delivery online or make a reservation for outdoor seating.

red and white checked paper beneath lobster roll, pickle, chips, and slaw Salty’s

The beer garden at La Peg in the FringeArts building on the Delaware River is open daily with blood orange margaritas, cheeseburgers, crab cakes, and a lobster roll with herbed aioli on a split-top bun. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating is available.

Royal Boucherie

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In Old City, Nick Elmi’s Royal Boucherie is serving a lobster roll with shaved celery, Kewpie mayo, and lobster bottarga (salted, dried roe) on a house-made buttered roll. Call for takeout or use DoorDash for delivery. There’s also outdoor seating, Thursday to Sunday, in front of the restaurant and on a second-floor deck.

Little Fish

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Little Fish, the little Bella Vista BYOB known for its seafood, is serving a short menu of dishes available for takeout, including a shrimp roll made with a buttered Martin’s potato roll and pepperoncinis on the side. Call or stop by to order, Friday and Saturday. The restaurant set up a few high-top sidewalk tables where diners can stand and eat.

Anastasi Seafood

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Anastasi’s has been selling seafood in the Italian Market for more than 85 years, and it’s not just cases of fresh fish and crabs by the pound here: The Philly-favorite seafood shop doubles as a restaurant with prepared dishes like clams casino, grilled octopus, fried jumbo shrimp, and lobster rolls. Call to order for pickup or order online for delivery.

Friday Saturday Sunday

Elegant Rittenhouse restaurant Friday Saturday Sunday is back open with a summery takeout menu and a lineup of creative to-go cocktails. The lobster sandwich here includes grilled yuzu lobster, slaw, and plantain butter on a coco bread bun. Order online, Thursday to Sunday.

Anchor Light

lobster roll with lemon wedge and pickle slices Anchor Light

Summertime seafood pop-up Anchor Light, operating out of Stock in Rittenhouse, has three different versions of a lobster roll on its menu, plus a shrimp roll, a jumbo lump crab roll, and crinkle-cut fries. Order online for pickup or delivery.

lobster roll with lemon wedge and pickle slices Anchor Light

Luke's Lobster

three rolls filled with seafood Luke’s Lobster [official photo]

The lobster rolls (and shrimp rolls and crab rolls) at Luke’s Lobster in Rittenhouse come regular or jumbo-sized, with a side of sea salt or salt and vinegar chips. Round out the meal with a container of lobster mac and cheese and a blueberry soda. Order online.

three rolls filled with seafood Luke’s Lobster [official photo]

Oyster House

Long-running Center City seafood destination Oyster House has both ready-to-eat lobster rolls, served with hand-cut fries, and a family-sized lobster roll kit ($138) made for assembling sandwiches at home. Order everything but the kit online for pickup or delivery. For the kit, call the restaurant. Outdoor dining is also available.

Salty's Seafood and Ice Cream Shack

red and white checked paper beneath lobster roll, pickle, chips, and slaw Salty’s

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned one of their five Midtown Village restaurants into Salty’s Seafood and Ice Cream Shack, a summer pop-up with two types of lobster rolls (butter or mayo and celery) and a shrimp roll, plus steamers, smash burgers, hoagies stuffed with fried oysters and shrimp, and root beer floats. Order pickup or delivery online or make a reservation for outdoor seating.

red and white checked paper beneath lobster roll, pickle, chips, and slaw Salty’s

La Peg

The beer garden at La Peg in the FringeArts building on the Delaware River is open daily with blood orange margaritas, cheeseburgers, crab cakes, and a lobster roll with herbed aioli on a split-top bun. Order online for takeout. Outdoor seating is available.

Royal Boucherie

In Old City, Nick Elmi’s Royal Boucherie is serving a lobster roll with shaved celery, Kewpie mayo, and lobster bottarga (salted, dried roe) on a house-made buttered roll. Call for takeout or use DoorDash for delivery. There’s also outdoor seating, Thursday to Sunday, in front of the restaurant and on a second-floor deck.

Little Fish

Little Fish, the little Bella Vista BYOB known for its seafood, is serving a short menu of dishes available for takeout, including a shrimp roll made with a buttered Martin’s potato roll and pepperoncinis on the side. Call or stop by to order, Friday and Saturday. The restaurant set up a few high-top sidewalk tables where diners can stand and eat.

Anastasi Seafood

Anastasi’s has been selling seafood in the Italian Market for more than 85 years, and it’s not just cases of fresh fish and crabs by the pound here: The Philly-favorite seafood shop doubles as a restaurant with prepared dishes like clams casino, grilled octopus, fried jumbo shrimp, and lobster rolls. Call to order for pickup or order online for delivery.

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