For years, the Boston Seaport was a sleepy neighborhood, commercial in nature, with not much going on beyond the occasional cruise ship arrival.
How times have changed. This white-hot district is leading Boston's culinary renaissance in a big way–within a few blocks, you can find gastropubs, French bistros, laid-back pizza joints, nightclubs (that happen to have great kitchens), and, of course, eateries serving the freshest catch of the day.
Floating on a barge in Fort Point Channel, The Barking Crab is a no-frills seafood spot that serves up some of the tastiest crab claws and steamed lobster in the city. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but what it lacks in charm it makes up for in authenticity.
Bastille Kitchen focuses on French cuisine and hospitality. Spread out over two floors, the bars on both levels get going each night at 4:30 p.m., while the main restaurant opens daily for dinner at 5 p.m. Menu standouts include lobster-seafood sausage flatbread, prosciutto-wrapped cod, and French onion soup (which slow cooks over eight hours, start to finish, before it's brought to your table).
It's hard to say what's more stellar here—the food or the harbor views. Needless to say, this is the place to impress a date, especially if you can snag a seat on the patio in warmer months. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Del Frisco's menu selections include top-grade surf and turf: Try the prix-fixe "Summer Prime Pair" which serves up an 8-ounce filet with your choice of three types of salads, as well as a crab cake, barbecue shrimp, or scallops, and a side dish.
Roasted duck tacos. Chicken and waffles with sausage gravy. Char-grilled octopus. Hungry yet? If so, head to Gather, which overlooks Boston Harbor, for creative takes on gastropub favorites. And with two types of sangria in addition to an extensive cocktail and beer list, it's also a great place to kick back with a refreshing libation after a day of sightseeing.
Going in a completely different direction than most of its neighbors, Committee has authentic Greek fare, with staples like spanakopita and moussaka and harder-to-find items like keftedakia and stifado. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, Strega, of course, has a few seafood dishes as well (it is the Boston Seaport, after all).
With its lounge/nightclub/restaurant hybrid feel, Empire has something for all its guests. On any given night, the bartenders keep the drinks flowing, the kitchen serves delectable sushi and wok entrees, and the lounge area is a great spot for people-watching.
Stop by on Wednesday nights and feast on unlimited sushi or visit on Fridays and Saturdays to dance to what the DJs are spinning.
Just go once, and you'll know: Flour Bakery is one of the biggest bragging rights that Bostonians have (and we now have nine locations to indulge our collective sugar cravings).
Owner and pastry chef Joanne Chang has built a bakery empire here, and the Fort Point/Seaport location prepares outstanding breakfast, lunch, and a swoon-worthy selection of cookies, pastries, tarts, and cakes. The biggest challenge is deciding what you'll order, falling in love with the first bite—and then trying to branch out with each subsequent visit.
Strega Waterfront combines two of the most popular Boston cuisines—seafood and Italian—on one menu. Their Risotto di Mare is a specialty of the house, but if you're not feeling that fancy, check out their terrific burgers. The bar has unique martinis and mixed drinks, and the atmosphere is good for a large party or an intimate dinner for two.
Legal Seafood is a Boston institution, and even though it's a chain across the New England area, it still has authentic seafood dishes that bring visitors back time and again. The Seaport location is its largest flagship restaurant, with an oyster bar, a market and spectacular views from all three floors.
This Boston staple with several locations claims to have the best Italian food outside the city's famed North End. Their excellent pizza and other traditional fare are offered at more modest prices than some of its neighboring eateries, but with the same high quality.
You may have heard about the Envoy because of the hotel and its Lookout Rooftop, but what you may not have realized is the restaurant on the main floor is where it's at. Outlook Kitchen is a fusion of Korean and Cuban cuisine, French techniques, and New England style and ingredients. When the weather is nice, they'll open up the patio as well to get some fresh air without having to go up to the roofdeck.