No Name Restaurant

3.9
828 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!!
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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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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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
17 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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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
55 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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D
Miami
51 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No Name had the best freshest seafood! Our server would not tell us his name (Uncle ?) but he was an enjoyable addition!

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A
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Nothing had taste including apps, lobster, and lobster Mac n cheese, no parmesan cheese & overpriced. DO NOT GO

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f
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The worst seafood experience I have ever had. The seafood platter has absolutely NO spice to it! I asked the waitress and she said we don't use ANY spices.. we just broil the fish. Most boring pieces of fish ever. The only good thing is that she did not charge me as I did not eat any of it. I did not ask for her to do that, so that was the right thing to do. I just could not recommend the place based on the taste of the food.

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

The experience did not meet the expectations generated by the marketing of the NoName brand. In fact I did not see any value differentiation from any other seafood restaurant in Boston. Disappointing.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The food was decent, but the website led me to believe that the restaurant was a bit more fancy. So I was disappointed when arriving.

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Has not changed much in 20 years. Still good seafood at a good price. That's about it. If you want great sides go someplace else. If you want fresh seafood.....they do it right with no fuss.

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food! Great price! Physically place could use a makeover! All in all great!

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No Name is casual and friendly. Our server was very attentive and was always around when we needed him. It’s not fancy but my sword fish was exquisite and my husbands lobter was perfect.

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GL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

fresh and delicious - a boston imstitution worth the trip

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Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

My mother remembered and recommended this place raving about the quality of their food, but this was very disappointing. Our scallops were overcooked and dry. We got the special steamed lobster and they only have oil no butter for it. There were tons of fruit flies and by the time we left a pile of dead ones on the table. Needless to say, super gross and dissapointing!

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CP
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

If you want an authentic Boston Fish Pier restaurant, No Name is the place. The fishing boats anchor right outside. (One was preparing to push off while we ate.) As you walk down Fish Pier to No Name, you can see trucks from the many fish businesses that are sending out the fresh catch to other restaurants and markets. But you can't help but get the idea you can't get fresher fish than right here at No Name. The fish chowder is all delicious fish in a buttery cream broth - it is so thick with fish it could be a meal in itself, but better to order a cup and save room for the great dinners. Because it is so fresh, there's nothing better than broiled scrod or swordfish. But if you have desire for fried fish/clams/oysters/shrimp/calamari/scallops they are all tremendous - and so why not get the fried seafood plate if you are especially hungry? Lobster or lobster rolls are yet other great options. (They even have non seafood offerings if someone in your party isn't in the mood.) Many of the wait staff have been here for years. It is a friendly atmosphere - Hi Nick! Jimmy is ever present, and yesterday with out of town guests, got us a table next to the window overlooking the harbor. The Contos family has run the restaurant for over one hundred years, and I have been going there since my Dad worked downtown when I was a kid. And it is still such a great place to get a great meal and friendly service. Add in free parking and easy to get to, and get out of, and you have the best place in Boston for seafood.

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GD
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish chowdah is the best in Boston; three generations of my family says so.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I remember No Name when it was a small hole in the wall and wearing overalls was dressing up! The restaurant still delivers great, fresh seafood at a very affordable price, considering the location and the competition. Both the seafood special (lobster, scallops, and shrimp) and the broiled seafood plate had tasty food, although the salmon and the swordfish on the seafood plate were a bit dry. The garlic bread was delicious, but the cole slaw failed to deliver - unseasoned, bland, and a bit watery. All the waitstaff were friendly, and we were lucky to score a table in the section with windows. Watching the sky change with the sunset was an added bonus. Plus, you can't beat the free parking! It's definitely a Boston icon, and I'll continue to bring visitors to experience seafood cooked the way it should.

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LS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last visited your restaurant in 1986, and was thrilled to have just as enjoyable an experience 32 years later!!!

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DF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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C
Miami
53 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had two fried dinners and two broiled dinners. The broiled were a better choice. The amount of fish on the broiled was far greater than the fried and was hotter and tastier. My fish was actually not consistently hot throughout, but the wait was long and I would have been eating alone Service was a bit slow, but we were not rushed once the food came. View was nice. Great value for the money. I would go back and order differently. Best value was that parking for one hour was included - a $30.00 value. Restaurant is 101 years old. They certainly are doing something right. We had been there in years, but we will not wait as long to return.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was below average, waiter was very obnoxious. Sat at table for an extremely long time before waiter approached. This place has been here for over 100 years--can't imagine how they have stayed open this long.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Service is average.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Made reservations weeks ahead of time, I also called the same day to confirm party size. We still had two separate tables. Food had no seasoning on it, everything was bland. Everyone was disappointed with their meal& I even had a little bug in my drink. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
* We had multiple waiters because the party was big (14), a lot of forgotten drinks but for the most part our service was decent. They were friendly.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not quite the real thing.
Could be loads better!

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