Miami is not known for the perfect lobster roll until now.

Luke’s Lobster is a small ‘shack’ in the neighborhood’s newest outdoor mall, Brickell City Center. The self described cozy, Maine-bred seafood spot is committed to serving sustainably sourced and simple dishes that highlight fresh ingredients and flavors. Their lobster, crab, shrimp and clams are all traceable to the very harbor where they were caught.

Sustainability is more than an overused term by the droves of hipster bars and eateries popping up around our city, it’s a credo stemming back from founder Luke Holden’s lobstering days. The former banker was trying to find a solid lobster roll in New York City and was underwhelmed by the options. And thus, Luke’s Lobster in the East Village was born in 2009.

Fast forward to present day, and Luke has 8 additional shacks serving seafood-loving guests the best lobster rolls in the area including our very own Magic City.

Chef’s Choice

Luke’s believes in letting its lobster speak for itself. The restaurant’s most famous dish and inspiration for its inception is prepared the way Holden’s parents taught him, in its simplest form. No fillers taking away from the main attraction: freshly caught lobster.

The lobster, crab and shrimp rolls are prepared the same way. The seafood is prepared and cooked to exacting temperatures based on body part and size grade. The ¼ pound of meat is placed unadulterated into a toasted New England split bun top, dabbed with mayo and then drizzled with lemon butter and its secret seasoning.

Pro tip: Good, Clean, Fair food choices.

All Luke’s seafood is sourced from New England or Canada, caught sustainably and shipped each morning to their shacks. Every day, the harbor in which the seafood was caught is highlighted on the “Taste Source” board so guests know exactly where their food is coming from.

Award winning soups: Luke’s soup partner, Hurricane’s, sources seafood from local fisherman. Its all-natural lobster bisque and clam chowder are cooked in small batches, by hand.

Luke’s Blueberry Lemonade: Made by Green Bee, a family fun beverage company in Maine, this lemonade is comprised of real ingredients. They use only real, local ingredients letting nature’s honey do the sweetening.

Local Artisanal Shoutout

Luke’s partners with Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop to bring delicious key lime pies for dessert, which means no preservatives and all natural local ingredients for an inspiring flavor evoking the Florida Keys.

Luke’s Blueberry lemonade, although not local to Florida, uses our sunshine’s states lemons from

Natalie’s in Fort Pierce to make its famed juice.

Lobster season is a coveted time for all local foodies. To stay up-to-date, follow Luke’s Lobster on instagram or visit


By: Cris Ramos

Cris Ramos is a Miami native & word artist. Find her work @ The Emerald Journal.