Where We’re Eating: Luke’s Lobster


Two things you need to know about Luke’s Lobster. One, you should go right now. And two, if you didn’t hear me the first time, GO RIGHT NOW. This is the first Philly location of the small, beloved, Maine-based, Manhattan-centered nine-outlet chain that serves idealized roadside-shack lobster rolls. Yeah, yeah, there are crab rolls ($12) and shrimp rolls ($8) and blah blah blah. But what matters here—really, all that matters here—is the $15 lobster roll, done as the lobster gods intended.

Luke’s gets the buns right (New England-style, buttered and grilled) and stuffs them with lots of big chunks of lobster claw and knuckle and nothing else—no filler, no celery chunks, nothing but a wisp of mayo on the roll. This is not some lobster salad sandwich (as lobster rolls have become at so many other places around Philly); it’s the real deal. And at only $15 a pop, you’re getting the honest article significantly cheaper than anywhere else in Philly, too.

Luke’s Lobster
130 south 17th Street

First appeared in the July, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.


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  • Dan

    Agreed, this roll is every bit as good (and big) as Oyster House’s $26 version. Oyster House does give you a handful of fries with it, but I’m thinking they’re not worth $11.

    Sadly, I fear that Luke’s will fail based on it’s subterranean location and our unwillingness (mine included) to pay that kind of money for lunch on a regular basis. I don’t know how they can bolster their night business. Maybe emphasize BYOB and some sort of clambakey gimmickry?

  • Jay V

    Dan, it’s been insanely busy every time I’ve been there. Perhaps this is just the opening push, we shall see.

  • Reebs

    I’ve been twice in the “evening” (6ish/7ish) and found it quiet, but really pleasant! And having just returned from Cape Cod I can say that the lobster rolls at Luke’s are as good (if not better) and CHEAPER than the ones up north! And none of that celery nonsense either! The other rolls and crab claw additions were good too!

    • Duh

      Is 6pm/7pm not “evening?”

  • Yatesy

    I could not agree more! While not exactly cheap, you get what
    you pay for! I just wrote about it on DidjaEat!

    • Everyone’s a critic

      Your blog is the fucking worst. Please stop. Pretty fucking tacky to promote it on here as well