Best Seafood Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster

Boston

When chef Michael Serpa left Neptune Oyster to open his own restaurant, we wondered: What would happen to the overflowing lobster roll? Or the crisp “Piggyback” oysters, piled high on…Read More

2015 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster

Boston

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Seafood Restaurant

Ostra

Boston

This isn’t seafood for a day by the water—this is seafood for a celebration. Three-pound lobsters, Osetra caviar, and bottles of bubbly float around the dining room of chef-owner Jamie…Read More

2013 Best Seafood Restaurant

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

A few of the dishes that have already become legends in the few years since this sophisticated Kenmore Square spot opened: the fried-oyster sliders, which come smeared with chili-lime aioli…Read More

2012 Best Seafood Restaurant, Casual

Yankee Lobster Company

Boston

The waterfront boasts flashy seafood emporiums mad with pricey cocktails and massive TVs, but we still head down the wharf to this retail arm of a decades-old lobster wholesaler. Sure,…Read More

2012 Best Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

There are a few ways to enjoy this new Kenmore Square institution: tucked away in the corner of the dining room by the oyster-shell-lined walls; perched at a high-top in…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, Casual

The Back Eddy

Westport

There’s simply no better place to take in a sunset than the deck of the Eddy—preferably with a PBR or a ‘gansett in hand, and a bowl of smoky clam…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, Casual

The Daily Catch

Boston

It’s true that the menu here rings more Sicilian than New England. But this is equally true: The seafood you’ll find tossed with pasta and served in the skillet, or…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

Duxbury’s Island Creek Oysters are a fixture on menus at some of the nation’s top restaurants and a household name among area foodies. So it’s no surprise that when oyster…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, South

Oro

Scituate

Its name means gold, and owners Jill and Robin King have struck it with this newcomer. The Kings source much of their fish and shellfish from local boats, and while…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

Some places are just right for producing certain kinds of edibles—the right soil, the right temperature, the right weather. It turns out Massachusetts’ Duxbury Bay has the perfect tides for…Read More

2011 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Turner’s Seafood

Melrose

Don’t let the corporate, almost chainlike interior keep you away: This spot’s the real deal. Slurp fresh, cold oysters at the rowdy raw bar, or sit down at a table…Read More

2009 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster

Boston

Though we Bostonians are awash in seafood, there’s shockingly little variety among those serving it to us. There are the clam shacks (Morse Fish Company, No Name), the executive favorites…Read More

2008 Best Seafood Restaurant

B&G Oysters

Boston

Maybe it’s the two dozen varieties of oysters talking, but we’ve fallen hard for B&G. Barbara Lynch’s imaginative takes on the standards—a lobster roll lined with bacon, Portuguese clam stew…Read More

2008 Best Seafood Restaurant

B&G Oysters

Boston

Maybe it’s the two dozen varieties of oysters talking, but we’ve fallen hard for B&G. Barbara Lynch’s imaginative takes on the standards—a lobster roll lined with bacon, Portuguese clam stew…Read More

2008 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

Pescatore

Somerville

For a town that prides itself on being a seafood lover’s Valhalla, Boston has surprisingly few exemplary restaurants in the category. And after subtracting the ones that’ll set you back…Read More

2008 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Catch

Winchester

There’s not a whole lot to Catch, a handful of tables in an unremarkable corner of Winchester. Not that we care: Chef Chris Parsons’s palpable passion for seafood makes ambiance…Read More

2008 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

Pescatore

Somerville

For a town that prides itself on being a seafood lover’s Valhalla, Boston has surprisingly few exemplary restaurants in the category. And after subtracting the ones that’ll set you back…Read More

2007 Best Seafood Restaurant, South

Jake’s Seafoods Restaurant & Market

Hull

Where local seafood is concerned, we’re of the keep-it-real ilk. And Jake’s does just that, with heaps of just-netted steamers, light-as-a-feather fried filets, and lobsters (we’ll take ours boiled plain,…Read More

2007 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

The Summer Shack

Boston

Whether you order up one of the beautifully done basics—steamed lobster, Boston scrod—or a special like grilled wild striped bass, you’ll have ample cash left over for a sinful dessert…Read More

2007 Best Seafood Restaurant

B&G Oysters

Boston

If hyperfresh seafood is the sole requirement, Legal and McCormick can deliver the same still-quivering quality for a few clams less. It takes a hypertalented chef like B&G’s Barbara Lynch,…Read More

2006 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Catch

Winchester

In our fish-fanatic city, it seems unlikely that many diners would chose to trek to a landlocked town for seafood. That a lot of people do make the trip to…Read More

2006 Best Seafood Restaurant, Cape Cod

902 Main

South Yarmouth

With fish, there’s nothing better than fresh-from-the-ocean, as chef Gilbert Pepin well knows. In season, locally caught seafood arrives daily at his South Yarmouth restaurant and gets turned into servings…Read More

2006 Best Seafood Restaurant

Mare

Boston

Less is more at Mare. Whether it’s the unusually stark décor (more SoHo than North End) or the delicate hand chefs use on the restaurant’s high-quality seafood. No heavy sauces…Read More

2006 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

Jumbo Seafood

Boston

If lobster was exclusively meant to be served boiled and dunked in butter, God would not have created ginger and scallions. One mouthful of the crustacean at this Chinatown gem,…Read More

2005 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

Barking Crab

Boston

With its red-and-yellow-striped tent and picnic tables, the Barking Crab looks like a German beer garden, but instead of sausage and pretzels, this year-round clam shack serves up buckets of…Read More

2005 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Catch

Winchester

It’s not at the end of a pier, and there’s no water view in sight. But all matters of geography aside, the landlocked Catch in Winchester does serve some of…Read More

2005 Best Seafood Restaurant, Cape Cod

The Red Inn

Provincetown

With its wide windows and incredible vistas, this circa-1915 inn offers a clam’s-eye view of Provincetown Harbor and the lighthouse at Long Point. Hardwood floors and beamed ceilings set the…Read More

2005 Best Seafood Restaurant

Uni Sashimi Bar

Boston

You won’t find a single fried clam on the menu at Uni, Ken Oringer’s tiny sashimi bar. Instead, head chef Youji Iwakura serves delicacies like octopus (with yellow pepper juice,…Read More

2005 Best Seafood Restaurant, South

Jake’s Seafoods Restaurant & Market

Hull

Minimalism is to fresh New England seafood what media attention is to Tom Cruise—which is to say, essential to its very being. Jake’s serves up our region’s underwater treasures the…Read More

2004 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

No Name Restaurant

Boston

The décor is worn; the waiters, crusty. The low-priced seafood, on the other hand, couldn’t be fresher, and the kitchen knows what to do with it, displaying considerable finesse with…Read More

2004 Best Seafood Restaurant, West

Skipjack’s Seafood Emporium

Newton

Skipjack’s is obsessed with providing the freshest seafood in the neighborhood in a setting of nautical charm and modern comfort. Its oyster list boasts aphrodisiacs from up and down the…Read More

2004 Best Seafood Restaurant

Great Bay

Boston

A Maine native, chef Jeremy Sewall has spent more than enough time on the New England coast to develop a healthy respect for fish and shellfish—and just enough time in…Read More

2004 Best Seafood Restaurant, South

Jake’s Seafoods

Hull

When you’ve had it with ersatz seafood joints that underfeed and overcharge you, set your sights on a place that doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is: a…Read More

2003 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

Grillfish

Boston

There are no ocean breezes or views of passing sailboats at Grillfish’s location in the Back Bay. But the fried calamari melts in your mouth without leaving a coating of…Read More

2003 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Woodman’s of Essex

Essex

This is what you might call seafood in the rough: You stand at the counter, shout your order, eat it, and leave. But paper plates and plastic cutlery aside, there’s…Read More

2003 Best Seafood Restaurant, West

Skipjack’s

Newton

For the healthy: blackened tuna sashimi. For the daring: wasabi-crusted salmon. And for the hungry: a lobster roll that’s meaty, chunky, and sweet. No matter what your palate craves from…Read More

2003 Best Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Aura

Boston

First, the bad news: There’s no clear view of the water. Now, the good news: With seafood this fresh, you know you must be close. Unusual pairings such as scallop…Read More

2002 Best Seafood Restaurant, North

Periwinkles

Essex

Glowing candles and a well-scrubbed interior may keep it more refined than your average fish shack, but Periwinkles’ sea fare is straight-off-the-boat fresh. The crabmeat pie is a sweet and…Read More

2002 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

The Barking Crab

Boston

We’re suckers for any patch of down-home coastal life dropped smack in the heart of downtown Boston. But, even if we weren’t, the Barking Crab would still be the best…Read More

2002 Best Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

KingFish Hall

Boston

For a town that prides itself on its seafood, it can be tough to find a seafood restaurant that goes beyond the standard boiled lobsters or watery clam chowder. Enter…Read More

2001 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

The Barking Crab

Boston

Down East meets downtown at this beloved inner-city fish shack, where cheap buckets of buttery steamers and crispy calamari are perfectly paired with cold beer, cool breezes, and an unobstructed…Read More

2001 Best Seafood Restaurant, South

Jake’s Seafood

Hull

This is the kind of casual seafood place where you’re as comfortable bringing a date as you would be having the kids in tow. The extensive menu offers fresh seafood…Read More

2001 Best Seafood Restaurant

KingFish Hall

Boston

We know it’s in, yikes, Faneuil Hall Marketplace. And we know it’s owned by, yawn, Todd English. Still, KingFish Hall blows all the other seafood joints in town right out…Read More

2000 Best Seafood Restaurant, Gourmet

East Coast Grill

Cambridge

The turquoise-and-orange Caribbean fantasyland that is the East Coast Grill plays home to an eclectic, winning formula of Nuevo Latino, barbecue, and fresh seafood dishes. Chef Chris Schlesinger has scoured…Read More

2000 Best Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

The Barking Crab

Boston

A perennial after-work hangout for Financial District types, the Barking Crab is a funky, inexpensive joint with great seafood. The decor is confined to kitsch: crab pots full of Christmas…Read More

1995 Best Seafood Restaurant, Buffalo Shrimp

Redbones

Somerville

Substitute shellfish for chicken, and wings take flight. As messy and nutritionally hazardous as they are delicious and addictive, these shrimp are perfect with a cold microbrew while you wait…Read More

1993 Best Seafood Restaurant

Jasper’s

Boston

You may not think it’s a seafood restaurant, but about 75 percent of the menu items come from the sea. Furthermore, the quality is unbeatable and no one prepares it…Read More

1987 Best Seafood Restaurant

Dover Sea Grille

Brookline

Great food in one of the very few Boston fish houses that take reservations…Read More

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