New England Lobster Market & Eatery

New England Lobster Market & Eatery is a hidden gem if you love a good old fashion lobster roll. If I hadn’t done a quick yelp search of this place a few years ago, I wouldn’t have ever have thought that such a place existed. My dad is a fan of shell-fish so I thought we might head over to check the place out again. 
It is just off of the highway 101 Millbrae Ave exit on a quiet road filled with ordinary office buildings. The restaurant is easy to spot as they have an outdoor seating area filled with picnic tables and umbrellas. Parking can be hard if you go during lunch time as the parking lot at the back was already full. We had to take a few circles around the block to get street parking. 
The menu is straightforward with choices for ordering whole Maine lobster platters, lobster tails, Dungeness crab plates and sandwiches, salads, soups, crab nachos, seafood tacos and even a few non-seafood items like a BLT or a hot dog. They also serve alcohol so you can have a nice tall glass of beer to go with your lobster tail.

My dad ordered a dressed lobster roll which has a bit of mayo and salt and pepper as the dressing. The roll also came with a side of coleslaw and house-made potato chips. I ordered the crab nachos. The restaurant had ample seating indoors with as well as outdoors with large communal tables. We didn’t wait too long before our order came out. Both the lobster roll and crab nachos looked beautiful. Luckily, my dad couldn’t finish his roll so he gave me half. The bread had a nice golden toasted texture to it and the lobster was so fresh with just enough dressing to not overpower the lobster flavor. My nachos consisted of the house-made chips with crab meat, cheese, salsa and lastly it was topped with a tasty greenish jalapeño nacho sauce. It was so good and filling and definitely worth the price tag. 

Exterior of New England Lobster Market & Eatery Interior of New England Lobster Market & Eatery
Lobster Roll at New England Lobster Market & Eatery
Lobster Roll
Crab Nachos at New England Lobster Market & Eatery
Crab Nachos

Seafood Market at New England Lobster Market & Eatery Seafood Market at New England Lobster Market & Eatery

The restaurant also doubles as a seafood market. Upon entering, the left side is the market where you can find freezers full of seafood as well as do to go orders of fresh lobster, crab, shrimp, clams, oyster, scallops, and a few other seafood items. The great thing about this place too is that it doesn’t smell fishy like you would expect of a seafood market. It’s a clean environment so you won’t be smelling of rotten fish when you leave. 

They also have a happy hour menu on weekdays from 3-6pm with $3 shrimp tacos up to $7 lobster tacos. I would frequent this place more often if it was in San Francisco but I guess it’s a good thing or I’d be broke. Prices are as expected for quality seafood, with rolls averaging about $24, so it’s more of a once in a while indulgence. A very worthwhile indulgence!

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Written by Jamie • Photos taken by Jamie

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