There’s been a reverse migration of late, of the tastiest kind, from the seafood-rich shores of New England back to the landlocked heart of London. The exodus is evident in highly-specific seafood restaurants like Lobster Kitchen, this particular fisherman’s friend offering a menu dominated by New England’s most famous clawed resident, the Atlantic lobster. Found along Great Russell Street in St Giles, minutes from Tottenham Court Road tube and at the intersection of the Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Holborn and Soho districts, this is one lobster shack whose synonymity with fine and very focused seafood is guaranteed to create block-long queues. Get your pincers busy and book early!
Lobster Kitchen is the initiative of friends Abigail and Valeria, whose visits to the New England coast found them falling claw over tail for Maine’s rustic lobster shacks, where the sought-after seafood delicacy gets served up simply and fresh from the trap. At Lobster Kitchen’s Great Russell Street premises, this commitment to unadorned maritime cuisine is maintained even as London’s inquisitive palates are catered to, with a menu that covers the basics – steamed lobster tail or grilled whole lobster with a side, salad, and a choice of sauces – to bolder (but just as down to earth) dishes like lobster gazpacho soup, and the perennially popular lobster rolls. And they’ve struck the look right, too, with the restaurant decked out in New England fishery chic, offering a little seaside relief in the very urban midst of St Giles and Bloomsbury.
The friendly faces at Lobster Kitchen are always open to suggestion, giving fans of this London lobster restaurant the chance to request their dream dish. Lobster ceviche, anyone? Given the current craze for the Peruvian delicacy in the capital, plus the adventurous tastes of foodies that flock to the vicinity of Lobster Kitchen’s St Giles premises in search of the taste du jour (close to Tottenham Court Road tube, Lobster Kitchen serves and delivers to locals in the Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, Holborn and Soho neighbourhoods), it would come as no surprise if such a request were added to the admirably restricted menu here. But it’s an offering that will always be predominantly half lobster, so to speak (there are also BBQ pork ribs for the seafood averse), and half liquid refreshment. Lobster Kitchen’s Great Russell Street restaurant boasts a very well-stocked bar, too, with soft drinks, fine wine and bubbles, craft beer and house cocktails to wash all that sweet, sweet crustacean down.
Always love this place and tonight was no exception. Staff are always lovely and food great. I feel for them as passing traffic is low, but they're worth hunting out.
Staff were really nice and chilled. Good atmosphere. The menu has a decent variety and they offer student discount. I'd visit again and it was fun to play connect four while waiting for food.
Service was excellent, the staff genuinely made us feel so welcome and warm in a very sincere way. They also had time to help us with our ordering as we needed recommendation to choose the menu because the place wasn't busy as usual due to the rainy and windy weather! Food was lovely, not the top top but very nice still, we enjoyed the food, the atmosphere & of course the interaction with the staff! I like the open kitchen as we felt homey!
The food was exquisite & very good sized portions. Everything we had was delicious. I was very surprised that they didn't have a queue all round the corner! Loved it
Very good experience! The food was good, I had the king roll and sweet potato fries. My partner had the lobster mac and cheese and lobster, he enjoyed the lobster but thought the mac and cheese was ok. The connect four minis on the table were a nice touch. Also the fact service charge isn't forced on you and you have a choice.
The food was great as usual but I think the non lobster choices are a bit limited, there are 2 options and 1 wasn't available. Although I would still definitely go back for the lobster, the restaurant is cosy, friendly and you don't have to wait in a queue for your food which is usually the case in central London on a weekend.
Nice place and good food. The lobster roll was slightly dry. The place was quiet so that we could talk to each other which was great!
Lovely decor. Great service and great food. A little more choice of starter and dessert would be good. We would definitely recommend and be visiting again.
Atmosphere was good and nice staff Food was below average. The lobster shell in the Mac and cheese was not acceptable. The shrimp roll looked and tasted disappointing.
Even though I booked 2 weeks in advance, I was informed by phone call one hour before my reservation that the restaurant had run out of food and therefore could not accommodate my family of five who were on vacation. :(