Why You Need to Try One of the Lobster Rolls at Shannon’s Unshelled

Outside view of Shannon's Unshelled on a sunny day

A visit to Maine isn’t complete without a lobster roll! Several different seafood spots serve up this iconic sandwich, but one of them consistently stands out among the rest — Shannon’s Unshelled. The list of reasons to check out this local lobster spot is nearly endless! Travel and Leisure ranked it one of the best restaurants in New England, and it’s difficult to deny their claim once you bite into one of their fresh, buttery lobster rolls. Each one is full of flavor, and you can grab them right here in scenic Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

Find out what makes Shannon’s Unshelled so special and explore our free Vacation Guide to discover more local eateries you need to try! We customized it with our personal recommendations for restaurants, shops, boat tours, upcoming events, and more to simplify your planning for the ultimate Midcoast Maine getaway.

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Shannon’s Unshelled: A Destination for Lobster Lovers

A woman holding a lobster

It’s a Locally Owned Business

Shannon was working at a local restaurant in 2013 when her father came in and asked where he could find a quick lobster roll. She realized that on-the-go lobster rolls weren’t available in the area, which inspired her to create Shannon’s Unshelled!

Today, Shannon’s Unshelled provides fresh, locally caught lobster at a charming, little spot by the historic footbridge. It’s the perfect place to grab a roll to-go on your Boothbay Harbor adventures when you’re shopping or strolling through downtown. You’re also welcome to rest your legs and enjoy the pet-friendly, outdoor seating area. The friendly service and ocean views add even more coastal Maine charm to its inviting atmosphere.

Their Lobster Rolls Are Delicious

Of course, the lobster rolls are the main attractions here. Each one features an entire lobster worth of meat on a buttery bun. How could it possibly get better? You also get garlic, sea-salted butter for dipping, potato chips, homemade coleslaw, and a pickle. If you prefer your lobster on a bed of lettuce, the friendly team at Shannon’s Unshelled is happy to accommodate that as well. Plus, the prices are fantastic, so you never have to worry about shelling out a bunch of money for one of Maine’s famous lobster rolls.

The menu at Shannon’s Unshelled is small, but each item is made to perfection. For those who want to try something different, Shannon’s offers lobster salad, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, and homemade clam chowder. Wash it all down with a refreshing, organic root beer or blueberry soda.

The sign for Shannon's Unshelled in Boothbay Harbor, ME

Seasonal Hours and Info:

Although we wish we could get lobster rolls from Shannon’s Unshelled all year, it’s a seasonal restaurant, similar to many businesses in the area. The lobster shack is typically open seven days a week from Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. They usually serve food from 11 a.m. until they sell out, so plan to get there early. (Be sure to follow their Facebook page for daily updates, specials, and changes to their hours of operation.)

Tip: Shannon’s Unshelled doesn’t accept credit cards, so please bring cash to order.

More Top Spots for Lobster

Don’t forget that you can always go straight to the source, yourself, on a fun lobster fishing trip. Or, check out the wide variety of additional Boothbay Harbor restaurants for more tasty seafood.

Grab a Lobster Roll During Your Stay at Topside Inn

If you crave Maine lobster, you go to Shannon’s Unshelled. If you want some well-deserved relaxation in a beautiful setting, we invite you to unwind at the Topside Inn. Our property is in the heart of Boothbay Harbor with coastal-themed accommodations, luxurious amenities, gorgeous gardens, homemade breakfasts, views of the harbor, and friendly service. Your experience is always our No. 1 priority.

We have a wide variety of accommodations for you to choose from, several of which feature original artwork and cozy patios. Room 8 is one of the many excellent examples. Step through the door to discover a paradise with a king-size bed, sitting area, soaking tub, and private, open-air deck for enjoying our famous Maine scenery. In fact, you can also enjoy stunning views of the harbor from the soaking tub through the nearby windows!

We’d love to have you at Topside Inn to enjoy all of this for yourself. Check our availability and take the next step toward the beauty of Boothbay Harbor, Maine!