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The Best Restaurants in Boston, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, many of the best restaurants in Boston plate up some of the top seafood dishes to be found anywhere on Earth. In fact, Boston has been a hot spot for some of America's greatest seafood since before the days of Paul Revere and Ben Franklin. With fresh fish coming to plates in "Beantown" right off the boats from New England and elsewhere in the Northeast, Boston's seafood scene features restaurants serving up traditional dishes and exciting experimental meals. But where are the smartest, savviest seafood diners in Boston eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Here, we've sought out the best seafood restaurants in Boston, with data straight from the mouths (and the keyboards) of New England's seafood lovers. On this list, you'll find great Boston seafood everywhere from upscale restaurants to friendly neighborhood joints - all approved by the type of locals who know the best restaurants in Boston. Grab a table and enjoy a great dinner in "The Hub" of seafood.

Restaurants:Atlantic Fish, Puritan & Company, Top of the Hub
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Back Bay, Cambridge
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Atlantic Fish

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
8,769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This premiere seafood restaurant has the ocean right there in its name. Atlantic Fish is right in the middle of the bustling Back Bay neighborhood on Boylston Street. Summertime onRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Boston / New England
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Puritan & Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
1,433 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The Somerville neighborhood of Inman Square has some of the best restaurants in Boston. Trek across the Charles River into this hip neighborhood to try the classic New England diniRead more
97% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Boston / New England

Top of the Hub

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
11,293 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
The fabled Top of the Hub restaurant has some of the best views in the entirety of Boston. From the 52nd floor on the Prudential Center (referred to as “The Pru” in Boston), dinersRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in Boston / New England
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Out of the Blue

$$$$·Seafood·
Somerville
578 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Davis Square in Somerville boasts a few of the best restaurants in Boston. Hop on the Red Line for a trip a little past Harvard Square to visit this hip seafood restaurant in an exRead more
90% recommended
Seafood in Boston

Island Creek Oyster Bar - Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
4,161 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
The Commonwealth Avenue neighborhood around Fenway Park is one of the most vibrant in the city. It's an eclectic mix of some of the best restaurants in Boston and college-atmospherRead more
91% recommended
Seafood in Boston / New England
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Row 34 - Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Fort Point Channel
734 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great Beer
Row 34 is a seafood standout in the hip dining haven neighborhood of Fort Point. This fun area on the Atlantic draws a lively crowd of young professionals. Many of them flock to thRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in Boston
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Glass House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kendall Square
227 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Across the river from Boston in Cambridge is the ornate Glass House restaurant. This seafood spot is in the busy business section called Kendall Square. It offers some of the best Read more

The Glenville Stops

$$$$·American·
Allston
301 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Allston-Brighton is a neighborhood known for its rowdy, college-aged crowd filling up its pubs and bars. In the midst of all the craziness lies a restaurant serving some of the besRead more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Boston

Loyal Nine

$$$$·American·
Cambridge
568 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
The traditional, working-class area of East Cambridge also features some of the best restaurants in Boston. The Local Nine restaurant off of Cambridge Street is a local favorite wiRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Boston

B&G Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
South End
2,348 reviews
  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
  • Neighborhood Gem
This upscale and modern oyster bar is a prime destination in Boston's South End neighborhood. In summertime or in warmer weather, the patio at B&G Oysters is ideal of al fresco dinRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in Boston / New England
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Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$·Steak·
Back Bay
6,050 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Grill 23 is one of Boston's most fabled dining institutions. It's a go-to dinner spot for the city's movers and shakers in the busy Back Bay neighborhood. Grill 23 features a menu Read more
93% recommended
Steak in Boston / New England

Porto

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Back Bay
742 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Porto is an acclaimed seafood venture from the group behind the celebrated Mediterranean spot TRADE. The group has created some of the best restaurants in Boston, and Porto is ThisRead more
84% recommended

Legal Crossing

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Crossing
1,574 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Boston's Legal Sea Foods restaurants are known for their excellent service and fresh seafood dishes. Their Legal Crossing establishment is a flashier, more stylish installment of tRead more
89% recommended

Summer Shack

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
1,851 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
The Summer Shack restaurant from famed Boston restauranteur Jasper White is a fun, family-friendly spot in the Back Bay neighborhood. It's within walking distance from Fenway Park,Read more
83% recommended

Mare

$$$$·Italian·
North End
1,155 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Mare is a seafood standout in the Italian section of Boston called the North End. Visitors can find Mare in one of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods, between the Atlantic OceRead more

Clink - The Liberty Hotel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beacon Hill
1,582 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
A spot for the best seafood in Boston is in a refurbished jail by the Charles River. Clink provides a fabulous atmosphere for eaters, with an open kitchen and the remnants of its jRead more
96% recommended

Les Zygomates Wine Bar Bistro

$$$$·French·
Leather District
865 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
One of Boston's finest French bistros is also a place for some of the best seafood in Boston. It's an easy place for travelers to get to. Les Zygotmates is a quick walk from the trRead more
90% recommended

Shaking Crab - Boston Common

$$$$·Cajun·
Downtown Crossing
76 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
The unique seafood restaurant called the Shaking Crab advertises “messy eating.” They advise wearing a bib while eating, and for good reason. Diners at the Shaking Crab select theiRead more
81% recommended
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Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
South Boston
120 reviews
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar serves up a blend of classic Mexican and New England seafood flavors. This lively spot is in the middle of South Boston, with a crowd of hip young resideRead more
100% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Boston / New England
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