Lobster Roll Special

On Wednesday, June 15th the Oyster House will be celebrating its 2nd birthday with $15 lobster rolls. They’ll be available wrapped to go in front of the restaurant as well as for dining in.

The Oyster House lobster roll has received much praise for its authenticity and the special pricing certainly makes it an attractive lunch choice.

Oyster House [Official Site]
How to Make a Lobster Roll [Flickr]

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    I got one of their $15 lobster rolls at rittenhouse row fest, and honestly I thought it was kind of a rip off. It was almost identical to a 3.99 made to order lobster roll that every stop & shop has in the summer. Granted you have to find a stop & shop but still..

  • Chrissy

    Lobster rolls every wednesday at Mcnally’s as well (home of the Schmitter). And they are very good

  • cleevus

    what are they celebrating? ripping everyone off, methinks.

  • Tex

    The amount of lobster meat they use would have justified the price two or three years ago, but not since the price of lobster has fallen dramatically. I guess they think people haven’t notice. It’s a damn good sandwich, though.

  • Snake

    Lobster rolls are 10-15 even in coastal Maine. Maybe a little fresher, but the Oyster House version is a very good sandwich, stacks up against Rockland and Camden, ME any day.

  • Willie

    @Snake, if it was $15 everyday I don’t think anyone would complain. What is it normally, $26? You can buy lobster for a lot less than when the Oyster House reopened, and they should adjust their price accordingly.

  • Snake

    @Willie I didn’t realize that. I got the $15 Rittenhouse Row special as well. Wow $26 is pretty offensive, honestly it almost angers me.

    I went on a lobster tour of Maine a few years ago, my brother lives up there. This one was my favorite lobster roll for anyone ever visiting up there.



    I’ve had both the in house I believe $27 roll and the festival version. They were completely different sandwiches, different roll, less lobster meat. Both a rip-off.

  • Snake

    @NEMESIS But you went back for another? Odd.

  • Willie

    Yeah, I haven’t had the $15 version but the one in the pic def has less lobster than the one they serve normally.

  • Goober

    Lobster is overrated and overpriced just about everywhere.



    The $27 inhouse one I didn’t pay for. The $15 one, well I was very hungry and there was no line for the oyster house stand at the festival. Also I’m stupid and love lobster.

  • Dwight

    I can’t believe the carping about the Oyster Houses’ lobster roll. For God’s sake if you’re turned off by the $26 price don’t buy it, but in my opinion this is one of the best lobster rolls, in or out of Maine, that I’ve ever tasted. I was not at the Rittenhouse Row festival so I don’t know what they served on the street, but in the Oyster House, the lobster roll is so overflowing with lobster meat you can hardly get it in your mouth. The roll is just right (trucked in from Maine, I believe) and the lobster meat is succulent and there is not too much mayonnaise. I used to like the lobster roll at Phila. Fish and Co, before they 1) ruined it by slopping it in so much mayo they should have called it a lobster salad, and 2) blessedly going out of business. Long Live the Oyster House and its lobster roll.

  • Willie

    It’s a great lobster roll. I tried it when they first opened. On someone else’s dime. I would never buy it now.

    Given the price of lobster these days, NO lobster roll should be $26.

    Are you aware that lobster has been for a couple of years now cheaper to buy than shrimp, scallops, many kinds of fish? Even when you factor in that you’re paying for shell, it’s cheaper.

    They’re ripping people off because they can still play on people’s perception of lobster as some luxury commodity. It is that no longer.

  • Abby

    Willie, like any commodity lobster fluctuates in price from season to season greatly. It depends a lot on the winter weather they receive in coastal Maine as well as sound fishery management. Maine has done a great job of managing its lobster fisheries but it is still subject to the wiles of nature. Just because lobster has gotten much cheaper over the last season or two doesn’t mean that it will remain that way, and to be honest I hope it doesn’t. Keeping the price up helps reduce the demand for a very limited resource (those delicious lobsters with the giant claws ONLY come from northern New England and the Maritime Provinces). If a restaurant is constantly changing the prices of their dishes it seems inconsistent to the diners and may turn people off as they won’t know what to expect when they come in each time.

    All that being said, I agree that $26 is hefty for a lobster roll, but as a native Mainer I would gladly pay the extra for a heaping portion of lobster and true authenticity. The roll is KEY people! Now if only they’d start serving red hot dog dinners with baked beans and brown bread I’d be a happy transplant here in Philly.

  • Willie

    Sorry, but the price of lobster has been down as far back as 2005-2006. Yes, the price fluctuates, but it now fluctuates in a much lower price range than in the past and restaurants (not just Oyster House but they are a good example) for the most part have yet to pass that lower cost on to diners.

  • Abby

    Well I went to try one of these rolls for myself today to judge their authenticity and they sold out in less than an hour! FAIL.

    • Horace Steenblatter

      Yeah I got there at 115 and they were already sold out. Big waste of my time, won’t be back.

  • Christopher

    I do not know a source for wholesale prices for lobster, but lobster prices according the Maine Department of Marine Research peaked in 2007 at an average of 4.39 a pound and declined to 3.31 a pound in 2010.

    That said, lots of other factors effect the final retail price of lobster, not least of which is the cost to transport the crustacean from Maine/PEI/Nova Scotia etc.

    So I do not think that the Oyster House is necessarily ripping people off…

    The other key thing is that the demand for lobster has dropped due to the economic downturn.. I think that someone was quoted as saying “Let them eat clam rolls… “

  • Horace Steenblatter

    They most certainly are “ripping people off” if they advertise a special and don’t even have enough of the product to last an hour.

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