Sure, you could head down the shore to get your fresh seafood fix, or you could pocket the gas money and put it toward an extra helping of oysters, lobster and shrimp at these Philly seafood spots. We think the choice is pretty clear.
Occupying a corner spot in Philly's charming Queen Village neighborhood, this tiny closet of a BYOB hand-writes its daily-changing menu on a blackboard. Arriving on a weekday? Don't miss the scallops. Settling in for Sunday dinner? Order the Sunday tasting menu.
A posh, stylish eatery with a dress code to match, Ocean Prime is equally suited to special-occasion dinners as it is business lunches. Surf-and-turf is the draw here, with the lobster bisque and the Chilean sea bass earning high marks from regulars. Leave room for a slice of the five-layer carrot cake for dessert.
The lineage of Ippolito's stretches all the way back to 1929, so it's safe to say this informal eatery-meets-seafood market is a Philly tradition. Tucked into a brioche bun, the grilled salmon burger is a can't-miss, and you can't go wrong with the jumbo lump crab cake dinner.
You can probably guess the signature ingredient in Luke's must-have sandwich. Yep, fresh lobster, and it's tucked into a split-top bun in the eatery's lobster roll. Also on the menu at this fast casual, Maine-style restaurant chain? Clam chowder, crab claws and grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Anastasi family has owned and operated Anastasi Seafood for four generations. History lesson aside, regular visitors of this fish market and restaurant in the Italian Market direct praise toward one dish in particular: the lobster bisque, which teems with chunks of fresh lobster.
Daily buck-a-shuck deals attract a crowd to Oyster House, a Sansom Street institution since the '70s. Belly up to the raw bar for oysters sourced from up and down the East Coast, or save your appetite for a grilled whole Maine lobster.