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The Lobster Shanty

The Lobster Shanty

Dive Bar, Seafood Restaurant, and BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Salem, Salem
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  • Laura V.
    "Lobster Mac n Cheese is great, good portion too!"(8 Tips)
    Hugh M.
    "Lobster Rangoon & traditional Lobster Roll"(12 Tips)
    Harlen W.
    "THE CLYDE BURGER is awesome."(2 Tips)
    Kathleen M.
    "Uncle Sully Burger is my favorite burger in Salem."(2 Tips)
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  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaNovember 1, 2016
    I came here because I knew it was on the show Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives and because I love lobster. I was disappointed. My favorite Lobster is from The Lobster Place in NY. It's hard to top.
  • David D.
    David DeutschOctober 28, 2016
    I love the Lobster Shanty. It's always amazing. Fried pickles and Poutine. Great original drinks. Always a stop on my Salem bar crawl.
  • James C.
    James COctober 15, 2016
    Good food and good service. Long wait but it was Salem in October as expected. The Lobster Martini was not a let down it was awesome and the atmosphere was a great feel. Check it out.
  • Tara S.
    Tara St LaurentAugust 8, 2016
    The scallop bake was great! If it's hot sit outside, inside is even hotter!
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley Gianni-BradfordOctober 19, 2015
    The Crab Rangoon was amazing. But the bathroom was so bad, I didn't use it.
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas StevensOctober 17, 2015
    Lobster roll is tasty
  • Abby L.
    Abby LJuly 8, 2015
    Excellent fried haddock! Great place to eat! Try the onion rings!
  • Paul H.
    Paul HaydenJuly 1, 2015
    The boiled lobster was good! Fried Shrimp basket was very good and the fried fish basket was good too. Prices are reasonable! Service was good!
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 24, 2015
    The Connecticut Style Lobster Roll (butter, no mayo) is to die for.
  • Hayley
    HayleyMay 19, 2015
    Try the poutine! Also the Onion rings are the perfect mix of fried and salty. Strong drinks!
  • Jing N.
    Jing NDecember 2, 2014
    The Fries ( waffle and sweet potato ) and what's on tap.
  • Hugh M.
    Hugh McKinneyOctober 28, 2014
    Lobster Rangoon & traditional Lobster Roll
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 28, 2014
    Two words: Lobster Rangoon. You won't be disappointed!
  • Kelly
    KellyOctober 28, 2014
    Lobster roll was amazing! And SO MUCH MEAT! And don't forget to try the lobster Rangoon: To. Die. For.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Lobster Shanty as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DudleyAugust 8, 2014
    The Lobster Roll is to die for! This place opens right at noon, no earlier.
  • Jess C.
    Jess CongerAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Best patio in Salem.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RobinsonJune 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Corn dog is fantastic!
  • Tom C.
    Tom ClarkMay 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lobster here is a given-lobster-Tini is unreal---go for the steak tips or fish sammich -clam chow dah is one of the best
  • Alexandra M.
    Lobster Mac & Cheese is to die for! So delicious! Place is perfect amount of divey for this local!
  • Pierrick T.
    Pierrick ThébaultApril 14, 2014
    The Connecticut style lobster roll is the best I ever had so far in the Boston area. Served with amazing french fries...
  • Dianne O.
    Dianne O'ConnellDecember 11, 2013
    great place! I love it, love it, love it!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RivetteOctober 12, 2013
    Don't believe the hype, the Lobster Mac & Cheese was OK but leaning towards bland. The Cioppino was much better and cost less.
  • Bailey S.
    Bailey SlatteryOctober 5, 2013
    Connecticut Lobster Roll is perfect!
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SSeptember 15, 2013
    Tip for The Lobster Shanty management...you need to get lobster bisque!!! One doesn't go to a restaurant named The Lobster Shanty for chowder. :P
  • Brad
    BradSeptember 7, 2013
    This place is great! Get the poutine for starter. Iobster mac n cheese is delicious. The lobster roll is loaded with lobster meat. Wife got the sully burger and she loved it. Highly recommended.
  • Jim A.
    Jim ArmstrongAugust 8, 2013
    Who knew the Lobster Shanty has one of the best Caesar salads around? Try it with blackened chicken.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 17, 2013
    If the weather permits, sit outside on the patio with a "warm beer" and enjoy the sights and sounds of Salem.
  • joe b.
    joe brinsonMay 19, 2013
    Catch a live band, sit outside and eat some good grub. This place a hidden gem that epitomizes the seafood themed dive bar.
  • Haunted Happenings M.
    Featured on Diner's Drive In's and Dives !
  • Harlen W.
    Harlen WelshNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    THE CLYDE BURGER is awesome. Eat it onsite or take the leftovers home. Travels well as takeout. It is yummy yummy yummiest.
  • Harlen W.
    Harlen WelshAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place. Some bartenders might hold a grudge if you act like an asshole. Not that I would know anything about such affairs.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CrutchfieldJuly 7, 2012
    Over priced for just average quality food. I'd skip it the next time I'm in town.
  • Harlen W.
    Harlen WelshJune 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great people, lots of great conversation, great food.
  • john a.
    john andrewsJune 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The millionaire burger is a must try, perfect burger with deep fried brie on top.. OMG and the hand cut fries this year really make a difference
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LedfordJanuary 3, 2012
    Lobster mac n cheese!!!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SalmonNovember 12, 2011
    Lobster Roll was excellent. So was Lobster Mac and Cheese
  • Laura V.
    Laura VanVleetNovember 12, 2011
    Lobster Mac n Cheese is great, good portion too!
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DugganNovember 2, 2011
    Def try the lobster mac n cheese and the lobster roll, no such thing as too much lobster!
  • John W.
    John WhiteOctober 15, 2011
    Lousy service it was perfectly fine outside and they refused to seat us because of weather radar. I'll never come back.
  • Eileen S.
    Eileen SefchickOctober 14, 2011
    Clam chowder is excellent, even though mot loaded with clams. The calamari portion size is quite small. Friendly and fast service.
  • Forrest F.
    Forrest FrazierOctober 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great new menu. Try the Clyde burger (my fave) or the Sully, and don't miss the onion rings!
  • Rhiannon H.
    Rhiannon H.October 1, 2011
    vegetarians: Seville Burger is the best!
  • Janet S.
    Janet SchwarzSeptember 2, 2011
    If drumming makes you crazy DO NOT sit outside!
  • Aa B.
    Aa BakerAugust 5, 2011
    Had a terrible experience here. Bad service. Wrong food delivered. Very expensive. Skip it.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CAugust 2, 2011
    Over rated. Onion rings were bland. Chowder had 0 clams and tasted like potato milk. Lobster roll was overly oily. The burger was tasty.
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine CJuly 31, 2011
    Came here before 6 pm, they RAN OUT of one pound lobsters. How is this possible?
  • Stacy S.
    Stacy SmithJuly 23, 2011
    Food is phenomenal and the drinks are strong and delicious! Tip your servers and bartenders well, they are all amazing!
  • Rich T.
    Rich ThorneJuly 17, 2011
    If you like lobster and vodka, the Lobstertini is a must-have.
  • trebz d.
    trebz desolatestates.comJune 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Two many things make me laugh
  • Christina C.
    Christina CMay 28, 2011
    Fried clams were awesome!!
  • Bryan O.
    Bryan O'KeefeMay 17, 2011
    Sweet potato chips.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PerezMay 1, 2011
    Lobster mac and cheese was amazing!
  • alison m.
    alison mooreNovember 13, 2010
    try the lobster Mac n cheese!
  • MATT A.
    MATT AOctober 10, 2010
    Great Lobster Rolls however, not worth the 2.75 hr wait to get in and get food.
  • Kathleen M.
    Kathleen MOctober 4, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Uncle Sully Burger is my favorite burger in Salem. Even better with the black and tan onion rings! Love the Pulled Pork Sammie here too.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MegerApril 30, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Every week, it seems there is a new microbrew on tap. Gotta drink'em all!
  • Diane W.
    Diane WolfFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to the Lobster Shanty for opening night - April 1st, and mingle with a bunch of people who are really glad that winter is officially over.
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