Old Port Lobster Shack
3130 Alpine Rd #300, Portola Valley, CA 94028, USA
| +1 650-561-9500
Photo by John Newton
Sun - Sat 11am - 9pm
A Bit of New England off of 280A small strip mall (namely the Ladera Shopping Center) off of Highway 280 might not be the first place you would look if you were in search of a New England lobster roll, but the Old Port Lobster Shack does an impressive job. The restaurant is decorated with nautical kitsch—a small lighthouse, an abundance of buoys, and a few statues of seagulls—and it also has a dozen or so tables outside, if you arrive on a typically mild California day (or evening). It's the food, however, more than the décor that has made the restaurant a local favorite.
While fried fish and clams, lobster bisque, and mussels cooked in white wine and garlic herb butter are all on the menu, the lobster rolls are the main draw. You can choose from Maine and Naked options. Maine comes dressed in mayonnaise with green onions and salt and pepper. In case Naked isn't self-explanatory, your lobster roll will be served without any dressing except for some melted butter on the side.
There are two others locations of the Old Port Lobster Shack, in Redwood City and San Jose. Check the website for their addresses.