Ultimate Bermuda Spiny Lobster Guide
The Spiny Lobster is sourced directly from our waters by specially licensed fishermen and plated up in a variety of ways, all sure to make your mouth water. This seasonal dish is a local favourite and throughout the months of September - March you can find it on the menu of many restaurants across the island.
Unlike its distant relative, the Maine lobster, spiny lobsters (also known as rock lobsters) have a harder (and spinier!) shell and don't have claws. That means nearly all of the tender, succulent meat is found in the tail. But here’s a tip: you can also find very tasty meat in the legs and antenna.
As we said, most restaurants have Spiny Lobster on their menus during the season – but here are a just a few local favourites you’ve got to try.
36 Water St., St. George’s
“Make mine with Bermuda Lobster!” From September through March, that’s all you have to say at Wahoo’s, and you’ll be treated to chowders, salads, tacos, pasta dishes and more made with fresh Spiny Lobster. Or just ask for the “special” – ½ Bermuda Lobster filled with crabmeat stuffing.
6 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton
With a name like Lobster Pot, you know it’s gotta be good. Serving satisfied customers since 1974, this City of Hamilton knows just the right way to prepare spiny lobster. Ask about their baby spiny lobster appetizer – though these rare delicacies usually disappear fast!
69 South Rd., Southampton Parish
A favourite among locals and tourists for spiny lobster, this restaurant and pub boasts beautiful South Shore views and a charming old world atmosphere. Don’t miss the sushi either.
5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton
One of Bermuda’s finest steak and seafood eateries, the Barracuda Grill in Hamilton is always a good source for fresh Bermuda lobster during the season (or Maine lobster year-round). Try the Lobster & Tomato appetizer with yuzu, cucumber and fresh basil whipped burrata.
56 South Shore Road, Southampton
Expertly prepared Spiny Lobster dishes with a picture-perfect view of the beach and ocean? That's exactly what you'll get at Coconuts (part of The Reefs Resort & Club). Make the evening even better by selecting a bottle or two from the restaurant's extensive wine list.
37 Reid Street, Hamilton
This quaint little restaurant is well-loved by locals and one of Bermuda's best-kept culinary secrets. Known for its seafood, you can order any of the local catches and you will not be disappointed. During the lobster season they often have your choice of Spiny Lobster or local Guinea Chicks, the smaller cousin of the lobster with a sweeter taste.
CATCH & COOK EXPERIENCE
Want your spiny lobster extra fresh? Catch your dinner with local licensed lobster divers and cook it that evening for dinner – a unique and totally memorable, “sea-to-table” experience.
Or purchase just-caught, live whole lobsters at roadside locations in Hamilton Parish. Get there early! These often sell out fast.