Best Lobster Rolls in Halifax

I’ve eaten a lot of lobster rolls in Halifax over the last two summers. It all started with an article I wrote for The Coast’s Hot Summer Guide of 2014. I sampled 20 lobster rolls around Halifax before submitting my article: How we Roll: Halifax’s Best Lobster Rolls.

Since then, a few things have changed around the city. I’ve eaten even more lobster rolls. I’ve changed my mind about a few things. And I think I’m ready to revisit the topic of best lobster rolls in Halifax.

I will only be dealing with lobster rolls – not sandwiches, clubhouses, burgers, or any other variation. However, I did try to include several styles of lobster roll. A couple of my biases are: 1) toasted buns, 2) Miracle Whip does not belong on lobster.

Fun fact: McDonalds does not serve the worst lobster roll in the city!

In no particular order, here are my picks for best lobster rolls in Halifax:

Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House

“Avery’s Lobster Roll”
$15 (w/ side)

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*Update: The “Avery’s Lobster Roll” is no longer on the menu. They are now offering a lobster club which I do not recommend. 

Taste the grill marks!

Avery’s Lobster Roll might just be my favourite lobster roll in the city. It’s a nice hefty portion of chopped lobster in a tarragon sour cream sauce piled into a grilled sourdough roll. Delicious.

I also like this one because it’s easy to eat and it’s a good value. The $15 includes a proper side – you can get a nice big salad with this.

Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House
Marriott Harbourfront
1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax

The Esquire Restaurant

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The Esquire half-toasts a sideways bun so that it is toasty yet soft and steamy at the same time. A wonderful effect, and perfect for cradling a decent portion of lobster meat. The lobster comes in big chunks, lightly dressed with mayo. Romaine lettuce adds some crunch.

The Esquire Restaurant
772 Bedford Hwy, Halifax

Dave’s Lobster

“Some Fancy”

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Dave’s Lobster, hailing from PEI,  is new to the Halifax waterfront this year. They sell lobster rolls, lobster tacos and grilled cheese sandwiches. All items can be made with gluten-free buns or lettuce wraps.

The lobster rolls use a split-top bun with very flat sides which are buttered, grilled and tap-tap-toasty!

While a mayo-based lobster roll is available (“The Local”), my pick is the “Some Fancy” roll which omits the mayo in favour of warm butter, lemon & garlic. This is a hot lobster roll served Connecticut-style.

Dave’s Lobster
Queens Landing, Halifax Waterfront

Evans Fresh Seafoods

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Lobster rolls on Nova Scotia’s Acadian shore generally favour a warm creamy sauce rather than cold mayo. The d’Entremont family hail from Pubnico, so naturally they do things the down home way. This little gem is one of the best places to eat seafood in Halifax, whether it’s the fish ‘n’ chips or lobster poutine. The fries are also some of the best in the city.

The lobster roll is hot, rich and creamy. The view is fantastic.

Evans Fresh Seafoods
Alderney Landing
2 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth

Goldwater Lobster Shack

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Update 2020: The Goldwater Lobster Shack is closed. 

McKelvie’s Restaurant & Grill

“Famous Nova Scotian Lobster Roll”

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McKelvie’s uses a delicious lemon zest mayo and fresh dill. It is one of the tastiest lobster salad-style rolls I’ve tried. It’s a bit pricey but it includes a mixed green salad or fries. For a few dollars more, you can upgrade to a delicious chowder or lobster poutine!

Cailin O’Neil of Travel Yourself chose this lobster roll as her favourite on her own mini lobster quest. (She was also enamoured with the lobster poutine!)

McKelvie’s Restaurant & Grill
1680 Lower Water St, Halifax

The Canteen

“Crobster Roll”

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The Crobster Roll was originally part of the menu at The Shack, a waterfront oyster bar started up by Renee Lavallee. The Shack is no more, but Chef Lavallee has famously created The Canteen – downtown Dartmouth’s gourmet sandwich shop where the Crobster Roll lives on!

This is a huge portion of crab and lobster meat, dressed with truffle aioli, mustard seed and dill. This is a big roll with some big flavours! You will leave satisfied.

The Canteen also offers “The Big Fish”, which is the same thing only with cold water shrimp instead of crab.

These rolls rotate on and off the menu and are usually available on Fridays. Check the menu to see what’s available that day.

The Canteen
66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth

Stay tuned and I will do a full Facebook report of all the lobster rolls I’ve eaten with all the dirty details!

***Note for 2020***
I have kept this post updated over the years because it is one of my most popular posts every summer. I haven’t been able to get out much this summer due to Covid but I definitely plan on updating this post with better, newer options! 

On my list to try:

U-Pick Lobster Truck (Peggy’s Cove)
Rhubarb Restaurant
Stubborn Goat Beergarden

What other lobster rolls should I try?


  1. lobster rolls at the harbourstone were ruined. they must have wanted to cut food costs and increase margins. they have reduced the amount of lobster by m9re than half and replaced it with shredded cabbage Cole slaw as a filler. it was my favorite in the city but n0w I will never order it again.


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