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Gargantuan Lobster Rolls Storm Into Back Bay

A South End sandwich spot now has a counterpart on Newbury Street — and it’s also serving Hawaiian-inspired shave ice

A man stands behind a giant five-foot-long lobster roll, arms outstretched to show off the length of the sandwich. It is sitting on a giant piece of cardboard spread across two small round tables.
Five-foot lobster roll at Lobstah on a Roll in the South End
Lobstah on a Roll [Official Photo]

A seafood and sandwich restaurant with locations in Boston’s South End and in Salem just debuted a third edition, and just like its older siblings, this version serves massive lobster rolls. Lobstah on a Roll took over the former Wabora Asian Fusion space at 254 Newbury St. in Back Bay, where it’s now open and slinging lobster rolls, chowder, and a few new dessert items, according to chef Ken Dupree.

Lobstah on a Roll first opened in the South End in 2017, quickly making a name for itself serving ginormous lobster rolls meant to feed dozens, in addition to the more common single-serve lobster rolls, which are still piled high with lobster meat. The team previously planned to open at 478 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington but ultimately shifted gears, instead adding a Salem location of Lobstah on a Roll (135 Lafayette St.).

The Newbury Street location carries on the enormous lobster roll tradition, also serving clam chowder, lobster bisque, salads, and some non-lobster-laden sandwiches like roasted turkey, seared tuna, and pastrami. There are also lobster tacos, fried clam sandwiches, and beer-battered fish and chips.

A new addition to Lobstah on a Roll (at Newbury Street only) appears on the dessert menu, in the form of Hawaiian-style shave ice in cantaloupe, honeydew, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and red bean flavors — a holdover from the space’s past life as Wabora.

The new restaurant operates on Newbury Street seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New South End Restaurant Serves Five-Foot-Long Lobster Rolls [EBOS]
Lobstah on a Roll May Be Replacing Wabora Asian Fusion in Boston’s Back Bay [BRT]

Lobstah on a Roll (South End)

537 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118