EasT Coast Flavor, Midwest hospitality

Sustainably Fished | Locally Sourced | Cincy Inspired




Court Street Lobster Bar is the fulfillment of a vision to bring the Northeast to the Queen City


In 2011, Owner Dan Swormstedt was visiting his father in Washington, D.C. when he stumbled upon a lobster shack.  The line was out the door and around the corner for the staple sandwich of Maine. At that moment, a dream was born! 

A little over 6 years later, after research trips to Maine, visiting with lobstermen, stopping into every lobster shack up and down the east coast he possibly could, and a little elbow grease, the dream came to fruition.  That dream is Court Street Lobster Bar.

Our goal is to provide our customers with high quality sustainably fished seafood, top notch locally grown produce, and first-class libations at an accessible price.

Dan Swormstedt, Owner / Clint Walker Jr., Executive Chef

2017|2018 Best of the City-Cincinnati Magazine

2017 Best of Cincinnati- City Beat

  • Best Lobster Rolls

  • 2nd Best New Restaurant

2017 17 Places to Eat-Cincinnati Enquirer

2017 Most Unique Restaurants in Cincinnati-OnlyInYourState

2018 Lobster Rumble Participant-TastingTable.com

2019 Best of Cincinnati-City Beat

  • Best Seafood




Reservations through the OpenTable link above or through the OpenTable App.


28 W. Court Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202


Tue-Sat 11:00am-3:00pm, 4:00pm-9:00pm
Su-Mon  Closed


Please call the restaurant or email dan@courtstreetlobsterbar.com to place any and all catering orders!

Acadia Party Pack- $300 (serves 15-20)

  • 10 half-lobster rolls

  • 10 half-crab rolls

  • 10 half shrimp or chicken rolls

  • Choice of Sea Salt or Salt and Vinegar Chips

Bar Harbor Party Pack- $485 (serves 15-20)

  • 30 half-lobster rolls

  • Choice of Chips

  • Choice of Salad

Kennebunkport Party Pack- $1,000 (serves 25-35)

  • 40 half-lobster rolls

  • 10 half-crab rolls

  • 10 half-shrimp or chicken rolls

  • Choice of Salad

  • Choice of Chips

  • Lobster Mac

Just The Rolls

  • 30 half-lobster rolls - $400

  • 20 half-lobster rolls - $275

  • 30 half crab rolls - $300

Seafood Charcuterie Board $750 (Serves 30-40)

  • Cooked Shrimp, Oysters, Lobster Bruschetta, Crab Cucumber Bites, Two Lobster Tails cooked and split in half on 4 skewers

  • Served with cocktail sauce, lemon remoulade, spicy remoulade, horseradish, lemons

Add Ons

  • Lobster Mac - $125 (serves 10)

  • 50 oysters- $150

  • Hush Puppies - $55 (serves 10)

  • Salads - $75 (serves 10)

 COVID-19 Response

We all know that this is a new world and we want to ensure everyone that Court Street Lobster Bar is doing everything we can in order to keep you and our employees safe. Now that we have reopened, here is a list of things that we have done/are doing in order to keep our patrons safe!

  • Installed Plexiglass Barriers between the booths to protect our diners

  • Had all employees take ServeSafe classes before returning

  • Taking all employees temperatures when they enter the building

  • Closing down between 3pm-5pm to switch out employee teams and sanitize restaurant between lunch and dinner

  • Using all disposable items

  • Eliminating cash for the time being (credit card only)

  • All employees required to wear masks

  • Sanitizing pens before and after use

  • Disposable menus (soon to be QR code for phone menus)

  • Limiting groups to 4

  • Removed front tables to create a larger waiting area for to-go patrons


Weekly Specials!!


Happy Hour



$4 Well Cocktails

$4 Draft Beer

$5 Wine Pours

$1 Oysters

$8 Pimento Crab Dip

$12 Buffalo Fried Shrimp

Saturday Brunch


$20 Lobster Gouda Biscuits

$14 Crab, Egg, and Cheese

$10 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese

$15 Mimosa Pitchers

Weekly Lunch Specials


$10 Cod Sandwich

$10 Tuna Melt

$2 Domestic Bottles