Lobster Haven (Tampa)

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Day of the Week: Saturday, 1/17
Total Bill: $120 (estimate, before tip)
Breakdown: 2 chowders, 4 lobster rolls, 2 soft drinks, 1 loaf of bread
Pros: LOBSTER ROLLS! And homemade bread.
Cons: Cluttered, mediocre service.
Verdict: Pretty darn good.

She says:
The last time we went to New York, we tried this amazing floating seafood shack called North River Lobster Company and ever since we’ve been craving lobster rolls. Hubby found a place somewhat near our house called Lobster Haven that looked promising. We went for a late lunch (3ish) on a Saturday. It’s in an old strip mall, so there isn’t a lot of curb appeal. We walked into the seafood market area and a guy quickly seated us and told us he would be our server and took us into a side room that serves as their main dining room and bar.

I started with a cup of clam chowder ($4.99) and Hubby had the lobster chowder ($8.99). Both are creamy, although the lobster chowder also has a little bit of a red base to it. My clam chowder was amazing, probably the best I’d ever had. The lobster chowder was really good, too. The soup was accompanied by a basket of their homemade bread, which totally stole the show. You can buy a loaf to go for $3. Now I have to go buy bread there once a week. Fortunately, it’s close to my work.

We each got a lobster roll ($21.99, comes with chips and potato salad or cole slaw). We got one with potato salad (very good) and one with cole slaw (too wet for me). It was no North River lobster roll but it was darn good. The lobster meat was very tender. Hubby ordered a second one and we took one home for my mom (who also really enjoyed it). Hubby also had a dozen steamed clams to start (not sure of the price), which he said were very good. We tried to order a pound of stone crab as well but they only sell them as a dinner and we didn’t want the sides. The owner was the one who said it only comes as a dinner and, frankly, that struck us as foolish and petty. Knock a few bucks off the dinner price and sell the crabs. Win-win, no?

One thing that would tremendously improve my overall impression of the place is if they threw away some of their knickknacks and dusted a little. It reminded me of a grandma’s house (cluttered, outdated, a little dusty).

If you’re in the area, check it out. The chowder and bread are worth the trip alone. Just keep your expectations for service low.


About twofoodiesinlove

About the couple: We are thirtysomethings. We’ve known each other since 2001 when we were in college together and we got married in 2009. About the wife: She’s been an accountant since 2004 and loves numbers maybe a little too much. She eats and cooks and bakes and drinks and constantly has to watch her weight because of it. About the husband: He’s a government employee… for 9 years… he likes nice people who don’t talk too much and FOOD!!! He’s a fatty who loves beer, wine and clear spirits. He likes to cook, usually stuff that is too hard for him but usually turns out well. he tries to watch his weight as it goes by at the speed of light but can’t seem to see it… oh and he loves the Wifey. she rocks.
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1 Response to Lobster Haven (Tampa)

  1. Thank you for dining with us, we truly appreciate your business & your review. I am sorry about the confusion with the Stone Crab. We don’t have them on the menu or in the store, as we can’t get them. We do, however, have Snow Crab on the menu & you can order the meal anytime you want it. Again, I am sorry about the confusion. Thank you again for dining with us & your review. Be blessed.

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