Eat Out Bay Area Review: Old Port Lobster Shack

Old Port Lobster Shack Sign2 This is the last of our San Francisco Bay Area restaurant reviews…and is another seafood restaurant.  When he noticed we were going to go to two seafood places two days in a row, my dad said, “Oh, we can go somewhere else if you don’t want to have seafood two days in a row.”  I think he forgot who he was talking to ‘cause I don’t think I would refuse good seafood seven days in a row!

I’ve been hearing from my parents about Old Port Lobster Shack for a year or two, so on our recent trip to visit them, there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to eat there!  The original location (and the one we visited) is located in a little strip mall in Redwood City.  Old Port Lobster Shack was opened in 2006 by Russell Deutsch, who grew up in Boston and was in the lobster exporting business. 

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Having lived in Connecticut for a couple years, we were excited at the idea of eating at this casual New England-style lobster shack.  I love a good lobster roll!  And this place even shipped in their tables from New England…oh, and the lobster flies in fresh several times a week!  Mmm-mmm!  They’ve got lobster everything it seems…lobster rolls, lobster melts, lobster dinners, lobster mac & cheese, lobster louie, and more.  My dad loves the lobster cakes, but was sad to see them gone from the menu when we were there.  But if you don’t love lobster, they’ve got plenty of from-the-sea or from-the-land options here for you to choose from.

Old Port Lobster Shack Lobster Roll3
At this place, you get in line, place your order, and find a table.  Your food is delivered to you by a friendly server.  The people at this place treat you like their neighbor.  For a seafood lover, there are a plethora of menu options, so it could be hard to decide, but I knew what I was there for:  the Naked Lobstah Roll served up with lots of drawn butter ($18.75)…it also includes a side of mayonnaise, fries, & coleslaw.  The roll was nicely toasted and packed with as much fresh, sweet lobster meat as it could hold.  Delish!  The coleslaw is unique with occasional dried blueberries sweetening it up.  Never had that before, but loved it!

Old Port Lobster Shack Clam Chowder & Lobster Bisque2
That’s plenty of food, but when I saw that they had a lunch special:  pay $4 to add Clam Chowdah (or $6 for Lobstah Bisque) & a drink to any entree, I knew I wanted  the bisque!  The chowder was really good, too, but that Lobstah Bisque was phenomenal…very sweet with lots of lobster meat!  I think I want another cup now.

Old Port Lobster Shack Fish & Chips
Mr. Diner ordered Fish & Chips ($12.75) once again…yum.  The fries are battered, which you know is a favorite of mine. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

Old Port Lobster Shack Ribs
Amazing Diner ate these Down-East BBQ Ribs (Half Rack – $16.75).  Loved ‘em.

Sweet Diner had the Kids Chicken Nuggets ($3.50), served with fries or applesauce and a drink, no picture.

Fortunately for us, my parents ordered a couple other things that we got to sample, too:  Old Port Lobster Shack Calamari Onion Rings
Fried Calamari ($12.75) …fresh and tender & Onion Rings…large with multiple sliced of onion in each one.  They were battered, but the batter came off easily.

Old Port Lobster Shack Pulled Pork
BBQ Pulled Pork with coleslaw & fries ($9.75)…the non-seafood items are good, too.

…and Blueberry Cobbler with Ice Cream ($6.50)…the blueberries were really sweet…probably my favorite blueberry cobbler ever, sorry no pictures. 

If you’re in the Bay Area and love seafood, you really should stop by one of the Old Port Lobster Shack locations or their LobsterMobile food truck (find out where LobsterMobile is today on Twitter).  It’s not cheap, but it’s fresh, great seafood…and the best lobster roll I’ve had west of the Mississippi, for sure.

Entree Price:  $$$
Average Fork Rating:  4
Mr. Diner:
Mrs. Diner:  4
Amazing Diner:  4
Sweet Diner:  4
Little Diner:  4

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  1. Yum!! Makes me hungry.

  2. The Lobster Cakes are off the menu?! So sad! That’s what I had when we went with Mom & Dad a couple years ago. They were soooo good. And I was pleasantly surprised by the coleslaw, too (I’m not typically a coleslaw person). Everything else looks delicious, too.

  3. Jason Covington says:

    Prices have gone up 75% now. The lunch plates are $27. Lobster is $40+. You’ll spend $50+ per person likely to eat on a picnic table at a strip mall. The foods not that good to overcome this price.

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