The Best Restaurants in Boston, According to our Tastemakers

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 our Tastemaker List. 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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Atlantic Fish, Puritan & Company, Out of the Blue
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Seafood, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Back Bay, Cambridge, Somerville
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Atlantic Fish

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
9,936 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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 on its patio delivers ...

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Seafood in Boston / New England

Puritan & Company

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
1,684 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 dining styles at Puritan...

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Contemporary American in Boston

Out of the Blue

$$$$·Seafood·
Somerville
794 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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 exciting atmosphere. O...

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Seafood in Boston

Row 34 - Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Fort Point Channel
1,172 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups

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 this favorite, which o...

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Seafood in Boston / New England
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Glass House

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Kendall Square
250 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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 oysters in the city,...

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The Glenville Stops

$$$$·American·
Allston
351 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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 best seafood in Boston...

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Fit for Foodies in Boston / New England
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B&G Oysters

$$$$·Seafood·
South End
2,670 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 dining. Stop in for som...

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89 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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Grill 23 & Bar

$$$$·Steak·
Back Bay
6,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

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 full of some of the ...

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109 people mentioned the Coconut Cake

Porto

$$$$·Italian·
Back Bay
1,178 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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 This Back Bay favorite b...

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17 people mentioned the Paella

Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Crossing
1,902 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion

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 the chain. It is righ...

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37 people mentioned the Calamari

Summer Shack

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
2,049 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups

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, Copley Square, and ...

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63 people mentioned the Pan Roasted Lobster

Mare

$$$$·Italian·
North End
1,772 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Ocean and the Rose Kenn...

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Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Boston / New England
34 people mentioned the Calamari

CLINK. & The Liberty Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beacon Hill
1,785 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 jailhouse past on the...

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38 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
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Shaking Crab - Boston Common

$$$$·Cajun·
Downtown Crossing
88 reviews
  • Kid-friendly
  • Special Occasion
  • Comfort Food

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 their seafood and some o...

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2 people mentioned the Alaskan King Crab

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

$$$$·Mexican·
South Boston
237 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date

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 residents, students, and w...

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Mexican in Boston / New England
7 people mentioned the Guacamole
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