Florida Lobster Season Starts Today: Six Restaurants Serving Lobster Rolls in South Florida

A Florida lobster roll from Slow Food Truck.
Today marks the start of the eight-month South Florida spiny lobster season, which runs today through March 31. This time of year -- late summer through early fall -- local fishermen have their pick during the crustaceans' annual "walk" in which hundreds of lobsters move steadily in formation along the Florida sea floor in search of new breeding grounds.

Luckily, we landlubbers can get in on the action too, as local restaurants begin putting the creepy sea crawlers on their menus once again. To celebrate the start of Florida lobster season, here are a few spots to snag a lobster roll, a list that includes both traditional Maine-style rolls and Florida lobster rolls, which are used more frequently during season.

6. Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster in Delray Beach
In case you couldn't tell by the name, this place knows how to make the "perfect" lobster roll. Linda Bean is known for using a quarter-pound of fresh Maine lobster meat drizzled with only high-quality butter -- hers comes all the way from Maine.

5. Spoto's Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens
For just under $20, you can snag a lobster roll off the lunch menu at this venerable seafood spot in Palm Beach Gardens. Its version is made with celery, pepper, and tomato and served alongside a bed of balsamic greens.

4. Longboards in West Palm Beach
Longboards, known for its New England-style seafood menu, offers poached Maine lobster sliders served with
 yellow pepper butter on a fresh brioche bun. Of course, it also has the t
raditional rolls made with a half Maine lobster that's seasoned with tarragon, lemon, and celery leaves and served with its own Florida bay potato chips.

3. Slow Food Truck in Dania Beach
This South Florida food truck is gearing up to serve its seasonal special: the Florida Lobster Roll. Drenched in butter and scented with scallion, it's served on a doughy potato roll.

2. Cod & Capers in Palm Beach Gardens
The lobster rolls served from the kitchen at this Palm Beach Gardens seafood market are made with Florida lobster when available, large chunks of meat tossed in a lemon-mayo dressing. Order it with a side of the "Blue Bird" potato salad, a Bahamian version that adds banana peppers for a bit of heat. It's a favorite of Cod & Capers owner Steve Gyland, who borrowed the dish from the Blue Bird restaurant on Cat Island.

1. Kelly's Landing in Fort Lauderdale
Kelly's, which was given a spot on our 2010 100 Favorite Dishes for its lobster rolls, is still the best place for an honest Florida take on this New England classic. The 20-plus-year-old restaurant serves its rolls two ways: the traditional way, with melted butter; or with chilled lobster mixed with chopped celery and parsley and topped with Old Bay seasoning.

With lobster rolls this good available all winter long in South Florida, we'll certainly give the New Englanders another reason to be a little bit jealous of us.

Location Info

Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Lobster - CLOSED

200 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Spoto's Oyster Bar

4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Category: Restaurant

Slow Food Truck

12401 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL

Category: Restaurant

Kelly's Landing

1305 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Absolutely love love Spiny Lobster , have you ever had a Slipper Lobster? Wonder if they are endangered? What is the best way to prepare them?


Ok, I give up. Why include 3 places that serve Maine Lobster Roll? And why does the teaser say "5 best lobster rolls in South Florida" when that isn't the premise of the story? Surely you don't think these are the 5 best lobster rolls in south florida?

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 @Kenny Some of these places serve Maine lobster, others Florida lobster. The list addresses both -- they are five spots, no one said BEST spots.

The point is that many places start to serve Florida lobster once the season starts -- not all, but some, replace Maine with local lobster. Please, add some spots in the comments where you like the lobster rolls.

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 @Food The teaser in Top Blog Stories said "Best Lobster Rolls in South Florida" and now it's been changed. It seems to me that if you're going to write a story about spiny lobsters you'd either know or bother to find out some places where you can actually get what you're writing about. Spiny lobster isn't very good for making lobster rolls, since good lobster rolls are made with claw meat. Maybe next you can write a story about cubic zirconia and then list places where you can buy blue diamonds?


 @Kenny Now that lobster season has started it got us thinking about lobster rolls in general. Good or bad, rolls with spiny or Maine lobster, it was a different approach to a topic that has been written about dozens of times. I'd be happy to follow up with specific places that have spiny lobster on the menu -- most will be specials, and will change daily or weekly, and given that season hadn't started when I wrote this, that was pretty much impossible to do. This was meant to be more evergreen. I'm sorry you disagree with the premise for the blog. 

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