Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




New Menu Items

Red Lobster New Items:

  • Crabfest Sampler: Jumbo lump crab cake with four seafood-stuffed mushrooms, 
  • Wild Caught Crab Legs Dinner (pictured): Choice of Alaska Bairdi crab legs, North American snow crab legs or king crab legs
  • Crab Lover’s Dream: Steamed North American snow crab legs and split king crab legs served with crab linguini Alfredo
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Dinner: Three crab cakes with Meyer lemon aïoli
  • Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes & Crab-Topped Salmon: Jumbo lump crab cakes and wood grilled Atlantic salmon topped with crab topping. Alaska sockeye or coho salmon available instead of Atlantic salmon for an additional charge
  • Wild Caught Canadian Snow Crab & Salmon Bake: Snow crab legs, shrimp, sea scallops, mussels and tomatoes in garlic and white wine broth
  • Ultimate Surf & Turf: Jumbo lump crab cakes and peppercorn seasoned sirloin with crab topping
  • Wild Caught Alaska Sockeye or Coho Salmon: One of the two species, based on availability (sockeye earlier in the season, followed by coho), served wood fire  grilled, blackened or broiled with choice of pineapple salsa or soy ginger glaze (or neither)
  • High Tide: A cocktail of Malibu Red, Midori, citrus and pineapple juice topped with blue curaçao and served in a commemorative Crab Fest Mason jar.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Red Lobster New Items:

  • Wood-Grilled Lobster Tacos: Three flour tortillas filled with lobster meat, cilantro slaw, jalapeño ranch and pico de gallo, served with a side of wild rice pilaf, price varies by location
  • Lobster Scampi Linguini: 6 ounces of Maine lobster meat, served over a bed of linguine in white wine and garlic scampi sauce, price varies by location
  • Roasted Maine Lobster Bake: Three petite Maine lobster tails, split and roasted, served with corn on the cob and baby cold potatoes in white wine and garlic-butter sauce, price varies by location
  • Crispy Shrimp Lettuce Wraps: Fried shrimp tossed in soy-ginger sauce, topped with jalapeño peppers and served with lettuce cups, price varies by location
  • Wood-Grilled Lobster, Shrimp and Salmon (pictured): A Maine lobster tail, jumbo shrimp skewer and Atlantic salmon, all wood-grilled, finished with brown butter and served over green beans and baby gold potatoes, price varies by location

Availability: Permanent

Red Lobster New Item: 

  • Sriracha Grilled Shrimp, wood grilled shrimp topped with Sriracha glaze, served with Sriracha aioli, part of the current all you can eat Endless Shrimp promotion, price varies by market.

Availability: Through Nov. 2, 2014


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  2. Love the Wood-Grilled Lobster Tacos. Someone please figure out the recipe. My Red Lobster is too far away to go there all the time :)