10 Great Restaurants for Seafood in Boston

Where to Go for the City's Best Lobster, Chowder, and more

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There is, of course, no shortage of dynamic seafood restaurants in Boston. From Boston staples like Legal Sea Foods and The Barking Crab, to newer restaurants like Eventide Fenway, seafood lovers have a variety of options where they can enjoy fresh fish, lobsters, and whatever fried goodness may be on the menu. Here are 10 great spots to check out.

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Legal Sea Foods

Photo courtesy Legal Sea Foods
255 State St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Phone +1 617-742-5300

You won’t have a hard time finding a Legal within city limits. Legal boasts 10 Boston locations, two in Cambridge, and one at Chestnut Hill, and they include the fabulous Legal Harborside on the Boston waterfront, the rotating menu of Legal Test Kitchens, and four sites at Logan Airport. Legal’s clam chowder is the signature item, for sure, but don’t sleep on the double stuffed baked shrimp and the wood-grilled Mahi Mahi. It may be a chain, but Legal remains a Boston institution.

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No Name

17 Fish Pier St E, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Phone +1 617-423-2705

A Boston classic, the No Name serves up a variety of broiled and fried seafood at rock-bottom prices. The relaxed interior isn’t anything special, but the bare bones atmosphere perfectly reflects what you should expect at No Name. It’s all old school here, where they serve up classic New England seafood dishes without even a hint of pretention.

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The Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
Phone +1 617-426-2722

There are few better summer scenes than an evening at The Barking Crab. The casual atmosphere encourages donning a lobster bib and getting sloppy while enjoying a super meal as the sun sets over the Boston waterfront. Fresh lobster, boil pot combos, sandwiches, and a variety of seafood dishes are on the menu, but really it’s all about the location. Not to be missed on a warm, sunny day.

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Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House
Photo by Eric Wilbur
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Phone +1 617-227-2750

Yes, it can be a tourist trap, but much like all popular attractions in Boston, there’s a reason for that. America ’s oldest restaurant is a great destination for fresh oysters (obviously), shucked right at the bar. It’s an American institution that is a must for any Boston tourist – or local – to be sure to check out.

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Atlantic Fish Company

761 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
Phone +1 617-267-4000

This Back Bay establishment has been serving up favorite dishes since 1978. In the summer, it’s a popular destination for people-watching along Boylston Street, with fantastic outdoor dining. Menus are printed daily, featuring the freshest options of any particular day.

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Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St # 1, Boston, MA 02113-2289, USA
Phone +1 617-742-3474

A tiny raw bar in the North End, it’s no surprise that the Neptune Oyster is a big hit with locals for…well, oysters. The menu also features a healthy selection of entrees, sandwiches, and cocktails (including octopus and blue crab) and also includes daily specials for each day of the week.

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The Daily Catch

323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113-1820, USA
Phone +1 617-523-8567

The Daily Catch has served up Sicilian-style pasta and seafood since 1973. There are a few locations – Brookline and the North End, featuring a menu with delectable items such as fried calamari, squid ink pasta, and monkfish marsala.

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McCormick and Schmick's

North Market Building 1 Faneuil Hall Market PL, 1 Faneuil Hall Market PL N Market St, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Phone +1 617-720-5522

A large chain, for sure, but a popular one in Boston, particularly with its two locations – one at busy Faneuil Hall, another Theater District. The restaurant is particularly popular for its Social Hour menu (happy hours, of course, are forbidden in Massachusetts), which boasts a good selection of cheap items including burgers, Buffalo wings, and stuffed quahogs.

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226 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035-5100, USA
Phone +1 508-543-2200

For a unique twist on local seafood fare, head to Skipjack’s at Patriot Place in Foxborough. Menu items include classic seafood fare, as well as original dishes like Baja fish tacos, BBQ scallops and bacon, and wasabi-crusted salmon. Be sure to go “Skipjack’s Style,” which is a bold blend of seasonings that is among one of the restaurant’s most-noted specialties.

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Eventide Fenway

Eventide Fenway is a counter-style version of Portland, Maine's Eventide Oyster Co. Here you can get many of the original spot's popular dishes, with the Boston restaurant focusing on freshly shucked oysters and brown butter lobster rolls. Be sure to top that off with a carafe of rose and then head to Fenway for a Boston Red Sox game or concert.

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Row 34

Row 34, located on Congress Street in Fort Point, isn't your everyday seafood restaurant. This brick-and-wood restaurant has a lengthy oyster menu and fish entrees that pair with their selection of craft beers.

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