Head to Shannon’s Unshelled for One of the Best Lobster Rolls


No trip to Maine is complete without a lobster roll. This popular New England delicacy has been around since the 1920’s and features butter-soaked lobster meat on a steamed hot dog bun. And while you’ll find this seafood sandwich all over the state of Maine, we think the best lobster roll resides at Shannon’s Unshelled. Located in scenic Boothbay Harbor, Shannon’s serves up dishes that are fresh and overflowing with flavor. Here’s what makes this eatery so special.

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Experience Shannon’s Unshelled


In the summer of 2013, Shannon Schmelzer was working at a local restaurant when her father came in and asked her where he could find a quick lobster roll. She realized that on-the-go lobster rolls didn’t exist, and Shannon’s Unshelled was born.

Today, Shannon’s Unshelled provides fresh, locally-caught lobster to Boothbay locals and visitors alike. All you have to do is make the easy trip downtown and you’ll have an affordable, high-quality lobster roll no time. With friendly service and stunning ocean views, Shannon’s is the perfect place to go for lunch.


The menu at Shannon’s Unshelled is small but mighty. Of course, we recommend ordering the famous lobster roll. It includes a whole lobster’s worth of meat, served on a buttered bun with garlic sea-salted butter for dipping. You can even ask for your buttery lobster to be served on a bed of lettuce. Each roll comes with a side of salted potato chips, fresh homemade coleslaw, and a pickle. Yum!

For those who want to try something different, Shannon’s offers lobster salad, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, and three different types of Maine whoopie pies. Wash it all down with an organic blueberry or root beer soda and you’ll be fueled up and ready take on the day! The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or until they’ve sold out of lobster.

Other Great Places to Dine

Can’t make it Shannon’s Unshelled? No need to worry. There are plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants in Boothbay Harbor, and almost all of them have their own version of a lobster roll. Some of our favorites include:

Book Your Stay at Topside Inn

If you’re craving tasty Maine lobster, you go to Shannon’s. If you’re craving a great night’s sleep, you come to the Topside Inn! We offer a wide variety of accommodations for every type of traveler. Plus, each room is decorated in a classic Maine style and offers spectacular views of the harbor. Our convenient location provides access to a wide variety of Boothbay Harbor attractions, including great restaurants, bars, shops, art, galleries, and more. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and start planning your trip to Midcoast Maine. We look forward to having you!

For more information on delicious local lobster,
read our blog about the annual Claw Down in Boothbay Harbor!