Just because we aren’t nestled in New England doesn’t mean you can’t cure your crustacean cravings right here in America’s Finest City. We’ve got lobster lovers covered with these hot spots:
Pacific Beach AleHouse offers an array of lobster options to fulfill your shellfish cravings. Their Lobster Bisqueis made with Maine lobster, sherry cream and tarragon, coupled with a grilled baguette, while their Crab and Lobster Roll is carefully crafted with fresh crab, Maine lobster, aioli, Old Bay Seasoning, and green onions–served on a Brioche roll. Pair any and all of it with one of their signature craft beers, for the perfect SoCal day.
Rusticucina, a farm-to-neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Hillcrest, offers a striking and Insta-worthyLobster Lasagna. Made with fresh lobster meat, besciamella, mozzarella cheese and topped with a lobster bisque sauce, it’s sure to pair beautifully with a glass of wine from their robust wine list.
Offering a panoramic view of the Pacific that can’t be beat, Waterbar’s Chilled Seafood Platter is a seafood enthusiast’s paradise. Three oysters, three clams on the half shell, three peel ‘n’ eat shrimp, Catarina scallop ceviche, and sashimi-grade ahi tuna poke is served alongside an impressive poached ½ Maine lobster. Their West Coast Lobster Roll, a hallmark of the restaurant, features roasted corn and shallots, esquites dressing and drawn Old Bay butter, while those opting for something light and refreshing, can dive into their Maine Lobster Seafood Toastada, served with black bean puree, salsa cruda, lime crema and fresh cilantro.
A Mission Hills gem, at Farmer’s Bottega, guests relish in carefully crafted fare where the food is as organic as the vintage, reclaimed décor. It’s the perfect landing spot to get your lobster fix with their Spiny Lobster Ravioli—a truly decadent pasta dish made with fresh Maine lobster, generously topped with a saffron cream sauce and poached broccolini.
Located on the corner of 5th and Market, barleymash is not only known for their elevated bar food, but they also boast two of the best lobster dishes San Diego has to offer. Their Surf ‘N Turf showcases a grilled beef patty, cream cheese, Anejo tequila ‘n butter-poached Maine lobster meat, baby arugula, whiskey-caramelized onions and white truffle oil. You can also enjoy your lobster with a twist of nostalgia with their The Maine Event Mac ‘n Cheese—it’s a as simple and as delicious as it sounds; gourmet comfort food at its finest.