Frequently Asked Questions

When do I place my order?

Anytime, our online store is always opened.   When ordering you can choose your delivery date on the Checkout Page. We recommend placing orders at least a few days in advance of your requested delivery date.

Everything will be shipped overnight by UPS.

Please note:

  • The cutoff time for orders being shipped the same day is 12:30 p.m. ET.


Is my online order secure?

YES. All online orders are encrypted and your credit card information is not stored. You will notice “https” when you’re checking out; this ensures the checkout is secure.


Receiving Frozen Products:

When you receive a food item marked “Perishable,” open it immediately and check its temperature. The food should arrive frozen, partially frozen or at least refrigerator cold.


One or more lobsters I've received isn't moving at all. Is it still alive?

The short answer is maybe but not to worry. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a dead lobster and simply a sluggish lobster after being shipped.  If the lobster's shell is cool to the touch, chances are its still alive but very sluggish. We recommend cooking the lobster as soon as possible. When the lobsters are done cooking, their tails will be curved, not straight. Once cooked the tail meat should be just as firm as the rest. If the meat is spoiled, it will be watery, loose and mushy. If the lobster's tail is both straight and the meat is loose, then the lobster shouldn't be eaten and it should be discarded.

If you do receive a lobster that does not cook up properly, please take photographs of the product and email us the pictures.



What is the cost of shipping?

All of our are seafood is shipped overnight delivery. Every seafood order from the Maine Lobster Shop is shipped overnight no matter what the weight, size or destination. Besides the best Lobster you will ever eat, you also get a sturdy cooler and gel packs to reuse afterwards.


Why do you only ship seafood overnight?

With anything that is shipped live or perishable, overnight shipment is the only way to guarantee that your lobsters will arrive alive, fresh and ready to cook.


Will someone need to sign for the packages?

We strongly recommend that someone be available to personally receive the shipment, the package will be left at the front door without a signature. If you would like your delivery places somewhere else like your back porch please leave a note on your front door. Remember that we are not responsible for lobsters or seafood that has been left in the box by itself for an excessive period of time.


Do you ship to my country?

Unfortunately we only ship to addresses in the contenantal US.


Why don’t you deliver on Sunday or Monday?

All of our lobsters and seafood is shipped for next-day delivery for freshness, UPS will neither pick up or deliver packages on Sunday


When will my order ship? 

Since all orders are shipped next day, your order will ship on the day before scheduled delivery. You will receive a shipment confirmation and tracking information when your order has shipped.


I received the wrong product.

If you received the wrong product, please contact customer service within 24 hours of receiving the product. We will gladly send you a replacement.


When should I cook my lobsters?

We advise you to cook your lobsters the same day you receive them. However, if you keep them in the refrigerator, they should keep an extra day. Please understand that if you wish to keep your lobsters alive until the following day, you are doing so at your own risk.  We cannot guarantee survival of lobsters past their delivery date.


What’s safe to eat on my Lobster?

  1. Are the eggs inside the tail edible?

Yes. But make sure the eggs are RED, if the eggs are black, it means your lobster is not cooked enough. Cook the lobster until the eggs turn RED!  “lobster caviar,” are delicious and fine to eat.

  1. What about the green stuff  (tomalley)?

Yes it is safe to eat. Tomalley is the liver of the lobster, it is located between the tail and the body. Many people love it and consider it a delicacy.

  1. What is the white stuff on the lobster meat?

That is the fat from the lobster, which can stick to the meat. It is normal and can be eaten or discarded. If you’re preparing cooked lobster meat for later, a great way to remove the fat is by placing the cooked meat in a bath of salty water and gently rubbing it off.

  1. What about the shell?

Well I guess you could eat the shell but it is not recommended.  You can use the shell to make a nice lobster broth.


Aren't lobsters supposed to be red?

Yes, but only after cooking them do they turn a gorgeous red. A live lobster's natural color is dark orange, dark green and brown. Like our Logo, Blue lobsters are very rare.


How long will a lobster live out of water?

Our lobsters are selected for their hardiness, but they should ideally be prepared the same day you receive them. If the lobsters are active, you can save them in the refrigerator for the next day by wrapping them in damp newspaper. DO NOT submerge them in tap water – it will kill them since they live in salt water.



Our Fresh & Live Lobster Guarantee

We will deliver to you only live MSC certified hard-shell Maine lobsters and/or any other seafood you order, on the date and to the Ship-To address you specify, via UPS overnight shipping. All of our frozen products are guaranteed to be the freshest and best quality on the market. Like all Linda L Bean’s products we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


What you are responsible:

  • That the Ship-To Address is correct and that someone will be present upon delivery. If no one is available, you authorize UPS to release your package at your doorstep/ or recipient's doorstep. If you or the recipients are unable to be at to the Ship-To Address to receive the package, consider having the package sent to your place of work or to a friend's address. Or, you may want to arrange to pick up your package at your local UPS. (You must call UPS in advance to make arrangements to do so: 800-238-5355).
  • For packages that are unattended or stolen after being released from the driver's care.
  • For situations ('acts of God') which prevent overnight delivery, i.e., storms, floods or other unforeseeable hazards which may make the delivery address inaccessible to UPS.
  • If you make arrangements to pick up your shipment at a UPS we guarantee that your lobsters will be alive, providing the pickup occurs prior to the depot's closing time on the scheduled date of delivery.

If you have a claim, please contact us within 24 hours of your scheduled delivery so we may resolve it quickly and fairly.


When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged within 24 hours prior to shipment of your item(s).


How do I use a coupon?


After adding items to your cart, click the "Cart" link at the top of any page to view your cart. At the bottom of the shopping cart you'll see a box where you may enter your coupon code.


Handling Live Lobsters 

When you get your delivery do not take the lobsters out of the carton to play with them, remember they are delicate. Open the carton to inspect them, but do not remove them from the carton.

Depending on the conditions you may want to add some wet newspaper and additional ice packs to the carton. This will help to keep the lobsters moist and cool. But do not immerse them in fresh water they will die. The lobsters CANNOT live in fresh water. And if you have room, refrigerate the entire carton right away. The lobsters must be kept cool, remember they come from the cold waters of Maine.


I can’t eat my Lobsters right away what should I do

If for some reason you find that you are not ready to eat your lobsters for several days, you may partially cook them and then keep them in the refrigerator. Simply place the lobsters in boiling water for six minutes, and then remove them. Refrigerate the lobsters right away.


How do I cook my lobsters?

Boiling Lobster

Fill stockpot half full of water and add the packet(s) of sea salt. Bring water to a rolling boil. Carefully place lobster head first into boiling water. Lobsters will make a high pitched noise when they enter the pot. Don't worry, this is just gas escaping from the lobsters shell. Boil lobsters according to table below.


Lobster Weight

Cooking Time

1 lb

12 - 15 minutes

1-1/2 lbs

15 - 20 minutes

2 - 3 lbs

20 - 25 minutes

3 - 5 lbs

25 - 30 minutes


How do I eat my lobster?

Claws: Twist the claws off at the joints and then use nut crackers to crack open the claw.

Tail: Bend the body back from the tail until it cracks and can be removed. Push the tail meat out, it should come out in one piece, remove the black vein.

Body: Crack lobster body open around area where the legs attach to the body.

Legs: Break off the legs and use a lobster pick to push the meat out.


Holiday Lobster Delivery Schedule

Christmas time is the busiest shipping time of the year, we strongly suggest placing your order early – two weeks before Christmas would be ideal. Better yet, if you are sending a gift—send a gift certificate—and don’t worry about the last minute delivery rush!

If you want to ship the last ten days before Christmas, make sure the recipient will be home/work when you plan to ship them our luscious lobsters. Remember the last week before Christmas people travel and businesses may be closed. This is important because you are sending a perishable food product.

If you are ordering frozen seafood like our lobster tails, lobster bisque, or chowder, order them early and keep them in your freezer.