Lobster rolls, clam chowder, oysters — when it comes to superlative seafood, Boston is hard to beat. Feast royally on the fruits of the sea in one of these premier fish restaurants.
The Barking Crab | 88 Sleeper Street
This colorful Seaport District shack has been on the scene since 1994, feeding Bostonians with shrimp cocktails, baked haddock, and their famous Barking Crab Cakes. Locals love this place not only for the fish, but for the friendly service and waterfront views. From your table beneath the striped canopy, watch yachts glide across the bay, and revel in the fact that The Barking Crab is practically a neighbor of NEMA Boston.
The Daily Catch | Various locations, including two in the North End
A slice of Sicily lives at The Daily Catch — a Boston seafood institution started in the 1980s by Paul Freddura and his wife Maria. They learned their trade from the “old timers” working the city docks, and with help from their seven sons, have created four legendary Boston restaurants. We suggest opting for the succulent lobster linguine paired with an excellent Italian wine.
Ostra | One Charles Street
Numerous Boston publications have raved about Ostra, and it's little wonder when you see the dishes offered by chef/owner Jamie Mammano and executive chef Mitchell Randall. They include red snapper crudo, grilled Spanish octopus, and salt-crusted branzino. Throw in elegant contemporary surroundings and a selection of 275 fine wines, and you have an exceptional evening out — guaranteed.
Saltie Girl | 281 Dartmouth Street
Saltie Girl gives tinned seafood a good name: Their osetra caviar, sardines with piquillo pepper, and octopus in garlic are all served with artisanal bread and house-churned sea salt butter — and each dish is frankly a culinary revelation. Elsewhere on the menu, lobster-loaded pizza ensures this pioneering restaurant a place on Boston's must-eat-at list.
B&G Oysters | 550 Tremont Street
There's no more invigorating seafood experience than a platter of fresh, briny oysters, and B&G Oysters is one of the best spots in Boston for that. Indeed, Conde Nast calls B&G an "impeccable take on the oyster bar." Go with the flow by ordering the oyster catch of the day, served with a prosecco mignonette. Once your taste buds are suitably tickled, dive into the rest of the menu, featuring melt-in-your-mouth lobster rolls, moules frites, and Nantucket Bay scallops crudo. Sublime.