No Name Restaurant

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730 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Local Ingredients
No Boston family has been serving seafood longer than the Contos family at No Name restaurant on Boston's Fish Pier. For over a century we've delivered the freshest catches to folks like you who who have come from all over the world to enjoy a memorable meal. The No Name restaurant has become as synonymous with Beantown as Paul Revere and Fenway Park- with good reason. We serve great food in a friendly atmosphere. And there's free parking!!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 338-7539
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Northern Ave
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Parking details
Enjoy your dinner without the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. Our spacious private lot is free.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 730 People Are Saying
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3.5
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3.9
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72% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We were visiting Boston for vacation and this place was great! They were vary friendly and helpful and made a special plate for our 5 year old to make it easier for him to eat!

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Be prepared for crowded and warm environment at peak BUT great local fish, cooked just right and great value. No need to get dressed up, casual, and go someplace else to talk. It is what it is - a great value and night out on the Boston Seaport wharf!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Went to the mo name years ago and many times and always loved it. Went back after a few years and was extremely disappointed in the quality of the food. Fried oysters were not good and everything else was very mediocre. I think it’s past reputation is keeping it going. Sad loss for me!

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Heard good things but was extremely disappointed. Food was underwhelming and service was terrible

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

I love nikolaus, our waiter very sweet and gentle

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1.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The waiter was extremely rude. He yelled at us for getting water and not knowing the difference between clam chowder and seafood chowder. The food was terrible.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

To be honest, the service was the only 'wow' factor for the meal. The lobster (which we were recommended to go for) was tough and chewy. The shrimp was decent and their beverage selection was lacking. We had lobster mac & cheese as an appetizer, the mac & cheese was decent but the lobster was tough. I had the shrimp saute and it was mediocre at best, coworkers all had broiled plates and they were extremely underwhelmed. The coleslaw was good as were the french fries, but apart from that, it was a disappointment. The server was an older man who was SO friendly as kind, but that only goes so far when you're paying 29.99 for a lobster dish.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I thought it was ok when I was a student a long time ago. It wasn’t worth it then and hasn’t changed! Theee are way better restaurants in the area. Stick w Italian. Leave the seafood for when u got to the Cape

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

It had been 28 years since my last visit to No Name’s and my family had heard me brag about it over the years. Of course, this was on my list of “must see” places in Boston to visit with my family. While the ambiance remains unchanged, the food hasn’t. They accepted my apology.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Love No Name, will always visit there when in Boston.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food for price paid. Reservation was good but was not necessary. Restaurant seated us immediately upon arriving at the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Iconic restaurant everyone should visit at some point to really feel the Boston seafood culture

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We had a family lunch here, 36 years after my husband first visited, and saw why he found it so memorable! Great seafood, very friendly service, excellent value

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Definitely a piece of history located right on Fish Pier, and authentic, very fresh seafood. However, the decor and the menu are badly in-needof an update. ...seems nothing has changed since the mid 1970s.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Classic still has game. It’s no frills, very hectic and crowded but the food is the food so it’s all good. Wait staff is actually very friendly and accommodating, it’s just very hectic and hot with so many people. All worth it, a must for fish lovers

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great service, food, and fun...timeless! We had been recommended and were not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Shrimp saute was great.

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2.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Our food was either under cooked or over cooked. Not much flavor. I had lobster. It was tough. My kids had sautéed seafood. Scallops were undercooked.

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1.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Food was bland, and veggies were frozen and steamed. There was no AC and the wouldn’t/ couldn’t open the windows. There are far better seafood restaurants in Boston!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great local fare. Good food, quick service, good price. It’s all about the fish!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

I have loved this restaurant for over 35 years. It is a must stop every time I travel to Boston. If you love clam chowda with a real seafood broth and full chunks of fish, you need to eat at No Name.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

The service was very good. The food was tasty. But the room got extremely hot and loud. Had difficulty with many plates on the table. I would go back when it was not a celebration meal. Can’t talk.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Was able to sit next to the window, Maria was the best! She helped us decided on what to order and was spot on! This is not a fancy restaurant(we didn’t want white table cloths we wanted the real deal), but if tasty seafood and a relaxed dinner is what you want, walk down the pier and eat here.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Folks were in town for a family reunion looking for good sea food.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Three childhood lady friends in their 60's & 70's having dinner after not seeing each other in about 5 years!!! Great spot!!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

My sister and I have a lunch every Thursday at a new restaurant ... this was next on our list!

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This place is very authentic, but very casual; borderline too casual. It was very busy, and even with reservations, we had a bit of a wait before being seated. The location is very cool, but man, the lack of outdoor seating was a bummer. The service was slow, and sparse. The food was authentic, and the portions were generous; quality-wise, middle of the road. I recommend the seafood; I do not recommend the salad (large heap of cheap lettuce).

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Sit upstairs with one hell of a view. You can sit downstairs however, upstairs is the hoot. Food was very taste and the service..outstanding

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

The lobster is good! The lobster is fresh and juicy! I would recommend others to go to No Name Restaurant for their steamed lobster.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Service was great but food was just ok. I realize I should have gotten the steamed Lobster. Sautéed lobster was just ok but with minimal lobster and lots of shrimp and scallops

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Best fried clams in New England!

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend. Both my nusband and I were disappointed due to lack of flavor for food, very loud, most hurry up, eat and leave to get ready got me to dimers!

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Broiled fish platter was over cooked and bland. Lobster roll was generous but lobster was undercooked and all end claw meat. Seafood chowder was chock full of fish but bland.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Super casual, so don’t dress up. Food and service are amazing!

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Spending the night before departing on a cruise. I ate here in the 80’s and wanted to see if it had changed and it’s not as good as I remembered.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Took visitors to dinner to enjoy a real Boston institution which they did. The seafood chowder was full of fish in a light cream broth. I would have liked is a bit hotter but it was still very tasty. For dinner we had broiled swordfish, fried fisherman's platter, fish and chips, broiled sole, and crab cakes on salad. All (except the salad of course) were served pipping hot. All served with fries (also arrived very hot) and cole slaw. Local beer selection was nice. We were too full for dessert. We will go back!

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Waited an hour for food and water refills. Server finally came and asked us if we wanted dessert. But, we hadn’t even received our meal! Seafood was good once we actually got it. 7:30 reservation. Ordered by 8. We weren’t served our meal until 9:15.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The seafood platter was excellent, with a large quantity of very fresh fish, scallops and shrimp. After not being in Boston for over a decade, we were thrilled to return again to the NoName and the restaurant is still just as wonderful as it had been over the prior decades. The fish chowder is full of fresh seafood, and is very delicious. Each entree portion was rather large, especially the amount of lobster meat in the lobster roll. Great experience at this classic establishment.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Always great fresh seafood. One of the best places in Boston
Old-school townie feel with a very welcoming staff.

Definitely recommend reservations. Line was out the door to get in!!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

My first time to No Name was in 1983. I have dined there several times since then, but not since the mid-90's. Today it is dramatically different from the quaint, BYOB that I remember. The neighborhood is now all modern. The "charm" of the original place is mostly gone. The seafood is "OK" but not great. They seem to be coasting on the history of the original. No need to brown-bag your own beer or wine anymore, since they now have a liquor license but that was part of the fun of the original. Prices are still reasonable. If you have fond memories of the original, you may want to just hold onto them, since you may be disappointed with the modern version.

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