No Name Restaurant

3.9
850 reviews
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Seafood
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!!
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Clever name and can understand how it has been around forever.....however the food was average at best and you basically can order "broiled" or "fried". If you are looking for really great seafood, pick somewhere else, but if you love a lot of fried shrimp, then this is the place for you!

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R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Overall we were very disappointed - but I did have high expectations. I have heard of this iconic restaurant for some time. We ordered the fish chowder because it had won awards. Neither of us finished it - not bad, but not good. Per the servers recommendation we ordered the fried clams and the broiled scallops. The clams were good - no complains there. It was served with coleslaw and fries. We love coleslaw - neither of us took more then 2 bites - not good. As for the broiled scallops - they were literally thrown on a tray and put under a broiler. Not even were they all turned flat to cook evenly. There were all different sizes which had some really hard. The big ones that were cooked well tasted good - but so boring. I cook a better broiled scallop. The service was good, staff was attentive. We did not complain - felt like we were in 1980 something. We were in and out in 40 minutes on a Saturday and the place was dead when we left at 6:40. I'm sure the quality of the seafood is there but the kitchen, menu, and atmosphere needs help.

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G
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Yes, the fish is fresh, and the cole slaw is fine. That's about it, though. Breaded fried fish was tasteless and watery. Broiled fish was fine but uninteresting, drenched in something akin to butter. Dreadful, limp fries. The drinks we had were terrible. Nice wait-staff and hostess, easy parking. Ugly part of town, though, and not easy to get to. And afterwards you'll need to wash your clothes because everything will smell of old oil and fish.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible, especially the fresh lobster. Our server, Nicolas, was extremely accommodating.

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DK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience; great food and excellent customer service 👍🏾👍🏼

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HC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very highly recommend this place. Had some friends from out of town that wanted the most Boston experience they could get and this scratched that itch perfectly. Food was fantastic, service was great.

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TW
New England
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and service late on a Sunday night. Great cooking. I will definitely go back soon. Already recommended it to several friends.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome night at No Name!

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HC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is friendly and nice like your old friends. Seafood is amazingly fresh and delicious. Will definitely return with more friends!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A must to visit while in Boston. Truly New England food and flavor a Seaport - South Boston jewel.

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JO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

They are well intentioned; however, the property is very tired and desperately needs updating. The menu choices are also very tired, it looks like 1975.

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AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No Name is a Boston original. Right on the pier for a hundred years! Food is fresh and delicious. Service was friendly and fun. Go!

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still as amazing as I remember it from my childhood!

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Nothing special about dinner for 4. Overall, a disappointment. Seafood plate was too much food & greasy. Both people eating seafood plate didn’t finish due to grease & quantity of food. Didn’t want to take leftovers home. Broiled scallops & lobster mac’n cheese were good, but nothing from ordinary. Service was good. No nonsense waiter.

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HF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Christmas Eve

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was awful. I mean maybe the worst food I’ve ever paid for in a restaurant.

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NI
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in the food. Brought a friend in from NY and thought this would bathe perfect place. Won’t b back!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Hosted a work, holiday luncheon. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun and casual.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Me and my friend (a vegetarian) were told on both OpenTable and Yelp that this place has vegetarian, but apparently they only have Mac&Cheese, salad, and bread as vegetarian options. We were disappointed by that. But other than that, everything thing else was good, from food to service to environment. I would recommend this place.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Fresh fish and seafood indifferently cooked. Skip the vegetable side dish (canned green beans and carrots).

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CN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I got the steam lobster and it was good but not great the fried scallops and shrimp that came with it was good. Cole slaw was ok. Probably should have had something else off the menu. Would I go there again probably not.

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had not been to the NN in a few years. Met an out of state buisness contact for lunch. Still has that New England clam shack ambience among the seaport new glass and steel. Foods still great service outstanding

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Great low key place for seafood, right on the waterfront with easy parking. The prices are excellent and the food is good.

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BL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

cold drink was served warm without explanation or warning. they were out of the item we wanted but didn't tell us what they were out of until well after we ordered. there were no healthy vegetable side orders. fish portion was large, but rather bland and unremarkable. Silverware was bent. Atmosphere is great but we are definitely not coming back any time soon.

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GB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to No Name in 32 years, but I used to go pretty frequently, alternating with Legal Seafood. Although they were once rather similar, the latter has grown and changed and become a fairly large chain that now serves fancy, chain food. In contrast, No Name (which didn't use to have a sign, hence the "name"), hasn't changed very much. It still serves "cuisine realite" rather than fancy food. If you grew up before the 1980s, you will know what I mean: traditional New England style seafood (with a Portagee slant) served with fries and cole slaw.

I remember long lines to get in. In my recent visit, the place was mostly empty and those who were there were all local Boston locals. South Boston and the Fish Pier have really changed, but this was comforting to me. The food was quite good, but again, not fancy. We shared a bowl of seafood chowder. It was creamy but not that gloppy, thick stuff most of the country calls "New England." There were no potatoes. Instead, a thin layer of red cayenne oil sat on top (the Portagee slant in evidence): wonderful. I had a large portion of lobster bits, scallops, and medium shrimp sautéed. The shrimp were farmed rather than wild caught, but otherwise it was quite nice. My wife had lobster on a salad. The house wine was nondescript (which adds to the authenticity!) but the coffee was fantastic.

If you want to impress people for your knowledge of fine foods, go elsewhere. If you want to impress people with a genuine Boston experience, bring them here. This place is real.

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A
Anchorage
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good variety of fresh fish. You will walk out smelling like a fish fryer.

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GD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Poor signage made it hard to find the restaurant, especially driving there at night. Waitress was attentive, but portions were not worth the price tag. Menu lacked clarity as far as what was breaded, etc. Few non-soda options.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Made reservations for 7pm, got there around 6:45pm. Was told that reservations don’t mean anything and that we should just stand in line with others who had just walked in.
Front desk lady was surly, and just wrote our names down on an old envelope and the time that we arrived.
The person seating everyone just kept coming up and asking “how many?” Then would respond “ok, just a minute...”
We watched a few groups walk out saying “you’ve had plenty of minutes!”
Our waitress wasn’t attentive. We had to ask several times for drinks, and when they did come she said “sorry, the glasses are a bit warm” ...understatement! They were so hot, we couldn’t touch them.
Our food was mediocre at best! Nothing is served on plates, just the metal pan it was cooked on. Our fish was covered in grease. Although I will say the fish wasn’t that bad, it had flavor, but only once you had soaked up the grease it was swimming in.
There was a lot of lobster of the Mac & Cheese, but it was bland.
It was noisy, hot, and our jackets still smell of fish 3 days later.
Not sure where all the rave reviews come from.
One to avoid! There are much better seafood restaurants in Boston to go to

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LR
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had one of the house specials and it was good. The best part was we got a table next to the water. It was a little loud for my taste but loud festive and fun like the big city.

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HO
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was just as good as the last time I was there (a couple of years ago). Prices are reasonable and the staff is fun.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful service! Fun atmosphere and great food.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

This place was recommended to us for seafood. We were pretty excited since this was our first time in Boston and looking forward to some great seafood . We were not impressed at all. I ordered the seafood platter and my husband got the scrod. Everything was very bland. The accolades for this place seem pretty outdated so maybe it was better 20 years ago!

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I ordered clam basket, clams were overcooked dark in color , I don't think they change the frying oil. my wife had steamed lobster with terrible side of coleslaw and fried shrimp/scallops, we had 2wines and a beer. The bill totaled $92 dollars. Overly expensive, I said to my wife "we won't be back. And I forgot rubbery shrimp cocktail

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BF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food & service! Seafood is fresh and cooked to perfection. Owner Jimmy has an amazing staff!

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Fish, lobster semi bland, waitress disappeared often

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Fresh fish well prepared. Seafood chowder watery.
Frozen veggies watery and mushy.
Will not return.

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JD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Nothing about the food was "bad" per se, but the seafood was so bland it had to have been frozen and the vegetables canned. With a location on the fish pier - anything less than "fresh" is completely unacceptable. The wait staff was pleasant and accommodating, and there was a nice water view in the rear dining room. However, if you can't afford the insane prices at most Boston restaurants - avoid this place and drive to ANY other clam shack in the state.

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j
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Here from Alabama - host pointed to a table and told us to be seated. Our over 60 waiter was scattered but nice. I was given a room temp canned Diet Coke with a glass with a few cubes of ice. I asked for a straw and was told - we don’t have any. Take it up with the owner. Our food came out at different times. We had to ask for condiments. Waiter was MIA. Just weird. Food was decent, but needed seasoning. Over priced.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Accommodating and friendly. Good food. Family atmosphere.

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