Best Boston Seafood Recommendations

Locally-caught lobster, sweet scallops and flaky, white cod are just three of the fishy dishes Boston is well-known for. Surrounded by water the ports of Boston have long been a destination for seafood lovers.

Of course the famous Union Oyster House is in Boston, but there's plenty more to the Boston seafood scene: make sure you're visiting the cream of the crop during your stay with these top 5 seafood restaurants in Boston.

Union Oyster House

It's the oldest operating restaurant in the USA and serves some tasty seafood recipes. The New England specialities actually make my mouth water to think about. Established in 1826 the Union Oyster House is now a listed National Historic Landmark. Even the toothpick was said to have been made popular in America by the Oyster House. Specialities are hard to choose as everything is so good, but oysters, clams and lobsters are a definite must.

41 Union Street, Boston

Legal Sea Foods Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Just a few steps from the New England Aquarium you’ll find the Boston Long Wharf Legal Sea Foods. The port is home to many cruise ships and whale watches, and also the freshest fish you can get. At the food bar you’ll get a prime seat to see what’s cooking in the kitchen or you and the kids can check out the in-restaurant aquarium and lobster tank too. This award-winning restaurant serves every fish-related dish you could imagine.

255 State Street, Boston

Summer Shack Restaurant

The Back Bay Summer Shack in Boston is well known for being a friendly and unbiased food outlet where Red Sox fans and Boston Symphony patrons dine together in harmony. Just a short walk from Fenway Park and Symphony Hall, it’s also only a three-block walk from the famous Boston Marathon finishing line. It’s worth going just to see the bar which holds 4,000 pieces of fresh shellfish. Oysters, clams and calamari come as standard.

50 Dalton Street, Back Bay, Boston

B&G Oysters

Fresh oysters are the speciality here. Every morning 12 different varieties of bivalves are delivered fresh, as well as just-caught clams and around 100 lobsters. All come together to create the B&G Oysters’ signature dish; the mayo-dressed lobster roll, golden fried clams, and lobster BLT. The staff here are great and really know what they’re talking about; just ask them for a recommendation if you’re overwhelmed by the choice.

550 Tremont St, Boston

Neptune Oyster

Made famous by its appearance in Ben Affleck’s movie ‘The Town’ Neptune Oyster is a beautifully decorated Parisian-style oyster bar with an antiquated black and white tile floor and hand crafted dark wood. The specials menu is scribbled on the mirror by the bar while the regulars menu features such classics as New England chowder made to order and lobster bisque seasoned with hunks of Hudson Valley foie gras.

63 Salem St, Boston


If you class yourself as a fishy friend (or enemy!), has plenty of fun and cool hostels in Boston near the port for you to stay over and make the most of your time here. 

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