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 Rumple Participant-TastingTable.com






Reservations through the Reserve link above or through the Reserve App


28 W. Court Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202


M-Th 11:00am-10:00pm
F-Sa   11:00am-11:00pm
Su  Closed

Dan Swormstedt-Owner

After graduate school, Dan spent time working in the front office for the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Cincinnati Reds.  He then went on to sales and consulting jobs for various market research firms.  For most of that time, he also bartended at Rhinehaus in OTR. He found his true passion was interacting with customers and providing top of the line experiences. In April 2015, Dan made a decision to quit his corporate job and pursue opening Court Street Lobster. This is his passion project. You will be able to see him behind the bar, interacting with customers, and if you're lucky, maybe even in the kitchen.

Clint Walker Jr.-Executive Chef

Clint has been in love with food as long as he can remember.  From waking up his dad to have him teach Clint how to make breakfast to being mentored by some of the finest chefs this city has seen, Clint eats, sleeps, and breathes food.  Working up the ranks from the Waterfront (RIP) through many of Jeff Ruby's restaurants, to Boca, and then the Thunderdome Group, Clint has experienced the rapid growth and maturation of the Cincinnati culinary scene first hand.  His goal is to bring you fine dining quality food in a laid back, New England style atmosphere.


Step outside the box and onto the shore. We cater everything from business lunches and office parties, to galas and weddings. Your guests will truly appreciate something different! For groups larger than 25 we require a 5 day notice. Call Dan at 513.246.0184 dan@courtstreetlobsterbar.com