Mar 6, 2024 - Food and Drink

I ate at Red Lobster's famous "Lobsterfest" and got a glittery "Lobsterita"

red lobster tails and noodles and butter and sour cream

Red Lobster's "Lobster & Shrimp Lover's Dream." Two lobster tails, shrimp linguini, a baked potato and broccoli. Photos: Linh Ta/Axios

Linh here. We're about as landlocked as you can get in Iowa — so if you're dreaming of a nautical, Atlantic getaway, just squint your eyes and step into Red Lobster's "Lobsterfest."

Why it matters: If drinking a "Lobsterita" and eating cheddar biscuits doesn't float your boat, then what do you do for fun?

Driving the news: In February, Red Lobster announced the return of its "Lobsterfest," complete with gimmicky cocktails and every iteration of lobster preparation,from flatbread to dip to macaroni and cheese.

What I ate/drank: The "Deep Sea Lobsterita" with tequila, coconut rum and curaçao ($13.49).

  • And the pièce de résistance — the Lobster & Shrimp Lover's Dream complete with two lobster tails, shrimp linguini alfredo and two sides ($47.99).

What I liked: At first, I was really disappointed that the restaurant didn't reprise its red and "butter" yellow-looking Lobsterita from last year.

  • But this giant blue margarita made up for it with edible, eye-catching shimmer and a cute lobster topper.
  • As for what I ate — the lobster tails were solid and a decent size. The linguini tasted like what you'd get from the Olive Garden next door, but that's not a bad thing.

The bottom line: Listen, I wanted to hate it! But if you're looking for a fun, low-key date, fill up on cheddar biscuits and split a Lobsterita in West Des Moines.

a blue margarita and a cheddar biscuit on the right on a plate
A "Deep Sea Lobsterita" and a Cheddar Bay Biscuit.
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