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Earning 5 stars on our list of online lobster retailers is Lobster Gram. Lobster Gram offers one of the largest selections of lobster, seafood and other gourmet entrees and menu items for purchase and delivery to your door or to send as a gift.
As with similar companies, Lobster Gram delivers both live and pre-cooked lobsters. They have live lobsters which range in size from 1 pound to 2 pounds. Lobster Gram offers about a dozen different live lobster packages. With their live lobster packages, they include many other menu items including clams, chowders, crab cakes, cheesecakes, filet mignon and more, depending on the package ordered.
We were also happy to see the affordable overnight shipping prices. Lobster Gram offers two overnight shipping options and, using a sample zip code, found the price at $30.95 or $35.95 which was much cheaper than many other companies we compared.
Customers can also complete their meal with the numerous appetizers, side items and desserts Lobster Gram sells. All of these items can be ordered to compliment the entrees or be ordered and eaten on their own. For instance, customers can order New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Maine Lobster Stew and more. Desserts include chocolate cakes, cheesecakes and Key Lime pie.
While Lobster Gram includes directions on how to cook lobster in each order, they also have helpful instructional videos on the website. Several videos are available, each one shows how to prepare a different menu time and feature Dan "the Lobster Man" Zawacki, the owner and founder of Lobster Gram.
In business for 25 years, Lobster Gram has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, Fortune and was named the "Best Clambake in the Country" by the Wall Street Journal. It has also been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Another factor that makes Lobster Gram unique is it offers many menu items not seen on other online sites. They're constantly adding new menu items as they are developed.
Lobster Gram updates its website to promote deals using calendar events and holidays such as Mother's Day, 4th of July and others. On a regular basis, you can find web deals, clearance items, and "add-on and save" items listed on the website. Also, Lobster Gram offers a "catch of the day" item which is guaranteed to be caught on Wednesday, shipped on Thursday and delivered to you by Friday.
Lobster Gram earns high marks for offering a wide selection of delicious lobster at great prices, a wonderful and informative website, and a diverse selection of lobster at affordable prices. They earn our highest rating.
Legal Seafoods earns 4 1/2 stars on our list for lobster and seafood retailers. Legal Seafoods is an online distributor of lobster, a variety of fresh sea foods, deserts appetizers and more menu items that are sold at its restaurants of the same name that populate the east coast.
Using its website, customers can order from 10 different categories including: lobster packages; shrimp packages; fish packages; beef, steak and pork packages; appetizers; desserts; chowders; and surf and turf packages. In addition to entree items, Legal Sea Foods offers a wide selection of full dinner and party packages that include everything you need to make your meal special. For instance, the New England Feast arrives with New England Clam Chowder, lobster and Boston Cream pie for 2 people. The feast also comes with a few niceties include oyster crackers and claw crackers. To top it off, customers can also order dips and sauces to go with their menu items.
Legal Seafoods offers its products either cooked or raw. Whether it's cooked or raw can depend on the product itself, but in many cases it's the choice of the customer whether they want the food item prepared when it arrives or whether they want to prepare it themselves. Lobster, for example, can be ordered raw or cooked. If ordered raw, the lobster is packed in dry-ice, shipped overnight and arrives alive, complete with instructions on how best prepare it. Note that Legal Seafoods does not offer any discounts on shipping. Since you're shipping perishable items overnight, the shipping prices can be quite pricey but in our sample were less than some of the other companies we reviewed.
Customers can sign up with Legal Seafoods newsletter in order to get promotions and sign up for "catch of the month" announcements.
Legal Seafoods also offers corporate gifts and gift certificates. Gift certificates are convenient since you're shipping highly perishable meals. Gift certificates allow the recipients to order delivery of the meals when they know they can enjoy them.
We give Legal Seafoods high marks of its wide selection of quality products, menu items and full meal packages. You can visit Legal Seafoods today to find the perfect menu item for your next special event.
Lobster Anywhere earns 4 stars on our list of online lobster and seafood distributors. Lobster Anywhere is an online company that ships live lobster as well as a variety of other seafood, meats and meal items.
Lobster Anywhere specializes in lobster. They ship live Maine lobsters overnight. When ordering live lobster from Lobster Anywhere, customers have a variety of lobsters to choose from including 1 1/4 pound lobster to 6 pound lobsters. Prices are based on market prices and fluctuate accordingly. Prices are not per pound but per lobster within a specified weight range. With each live lobster order, Lobster Anywhere includes a how-to cooking guide so you can have the fun of cooking it yourself.
Lobster Anywhere also offers a variety of other lobster dishes including frozen lobster tail prepared different ways, including barbecued; lobster mac and cheese; lobster ravioli and lobster cakes to name a few.
In addition to lobster, Lobster Anywhere also offers many other dinner menu items. They offer surf-and-turf meals; sea scallops; steamer clams; fresh mussels; New England desserts and chowders and desserts.
Lobster Anywhere notes that shipping is calculated when the order is completed. Though most orders, they note, have free shipping. We found that overnight shipping for live lobsters ran about $29 in our sample - more affordable than many other companies sending live lobsters.
Customers can also order gift packages to send to friends, family or business associates. One such gift package includes a 19 quart black-speckled lobster pot that can hold up to six lobsters. The package also includes steel crackers, bibs, wet-naps and red and white-checkered napkins. Lobster Anywhere also offers gift certificates for specific packages that can be redeemed when the recipient wishes.
With Lobster Anywhere, customers have the option of signing up for a member account. Members can set up an address book to make ordering easier. Also, members receive exclusive special offers and earn "sand dollar" points with every order. The sand dollars are reward points that customers can use toward the next purchase. For every dollar a customer spends on Lobster Anywhere, he earns 100 sand dollars. Members can redeem 5,000 sand dollars for a dollar in savings. Customers receive 10,000 sand dollars for merely establishing a membership.
Lobster Anywhere guarantees its products and offers to replace or refund any item the customer is not satisfied with. However, they note, they recommend their live lobster and fresh seafood products be cooked the day they are received to guarantee food safety, freshness and overall satisfaction.
It's easy-to-use website, membership option and variety of products and gift packages earns makes Lobster Anywhere a great place to shop for lobster.
Simply Lobsters earns 3 stars an online seller of lobsters, seafood, shellfish and steaks. In addition to live lobsters, Simply Lobsters offers a variety of lobster options including culled lobsters, lobster meat, lobster tails, lobster rolls, steamer clams, gulf shrimp, snow crab claw and more.
Customers will be pleased with the variety offered on Simply Lobsters. They will also be pleased with the prices. Simply Lobsters offers live lobster for less than half the price of their competitors. Furthermore, to make their prices even more appealing, Simply Lobsters offers monthly specials on several of their menu items. Offering more than 20 packages on its monthly specials, ranging from dinner for one to party packages. At Simply Lobsters, you also have the option of ordering lobster in bulk. This is a great option for a special event, party or corporate event.
Though Simply Lobsters offers a variety of lobster, seafood and steak packages, none of their packages are complete dinners. You can order a few different items such as seafood pies, but you cannot order a lobster dinner complete with side dishes, appetizers and desserts. In fact, Simply Lobster has no side dishes, appetizer or desserts offered a la carte either. These are not necessary to make your dinner complete, but they are nice extras.
While Simply Lobster offers competitive discount prices, they offer no discount or free shipping options on any orders. When ordering 1 lobster, your shipping price is double the cost of the lobster. Shipping and packaging costs for Next Day Air start at $34.99. They ship their products via Federal Express to all fifty states.
Simply Lobster also offers larger packages for special events, parties and corporate events. Orders over $2,000 are handled by a sales representative who works with you personally. This is a great benefit if you're planning a large event or are planning a large corporate giving program.
Simply Lobsters provides a wonderful selection of lobster choices but misses the mark on shipping costs and side dishes. While lobster prices are reasonable at this company, the shipping charges eliminate any savings potential.
Fine Lobster offers a selection of lobster and other seafood options which may be ordered online and delivered to your door. Live lobsters are available in 1 - 5 pound size in packages of 2, 4 or 6.
Fine Lobster sends the lobster overnight in a styrofoam cooler so it's fresh upon arrival. They advise that the live lobster be cooked the day it is received. All of their live lobster orders come with lobster crackers, bibs, clarified butter and wet naps.
Fine Lobster also offers a variety of other entree items for order and delivery. Among the seafood items Fine Lobster offers there are Canadian Lobster Tails, Caribbean Spiney Lobster Tails, West Australian Tails, Gulf Shrimp, Louisiana Crawfish and Alaskan King Crab.
The prices are slightly lower than some of the other companies reviewed. You can also sign up for Find Lobster's newsletter and receive notification of sales, promotions and coupons. They also offer free shipping on all orders over $100 and a money back guarantee if you're not satisfied with your order. However, live lobsters must be sent next day and prices range around $50 per delivery. For orders over $100, the overnight cost was still $55.00. Note that to receive a refund you have to return the contents of the package you ordered.
While Fine Lobster has lower prices than similar companies, they have a few areas in which they fall short of their competitors. First, in comparison to others, they have a limited menu selection. Fine Lobster has a fair number of lobster and seafood entree items, but they do not offer a menu selection that includes entire meals nor does their menu include many a la carte items such as appetizers, desserts and chowders.
Their menu is primarily limited to entree items. Second, Fine Lobster sometimes requires a 48 hour notice before they can fill an order for shipment. When you're ordering food items that are shipped overnight live, so you can enjoy them the next day, it seems wrong to have to wait 48 hours before they are even shipped. Lastly, Live Lobster offers gift certificates for sale but does not offer gift packages or corporate gift packages as other similar companies do.
We give Fine Lobster a below average rating due to menu constraints, overnight shipping costs and potential shipping delays.
Wonderful, fresh, and delicious lobster can be a challenge to find - especially for people who live in land-locked locations. And for most of us, the days of finding live lobster at the grocery store are a thing of the past.
For those in search of the freshest lobster available, or that wish to send a wonderful lobster gift, the internet is a great place to shop. There are several online companies that sell a variety of lobster products. Some can even ship live lobsters overnight - providing the freshest lobster flavors possible.
How do you choose the right company to buy lobster from? Before making your next lobster purchase, you should consider a few factors. Some of these include:
TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Lobster stores available today. We hope these reviews help you find the perfect lobster for your next seafood purchase!
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