No Name Restaurant

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793 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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Payment options
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
What 793 People Are Saying
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Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service!

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C
Miami
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
4 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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RH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

What a dump. Took my daughter after a Bruins game. Picturesque location but the wharf smelled awful. On entry, the place smelled of bleach. Table had a tacky feeling. Waiter, although friendly, did not know drafts but asked me to walk over the kegs and see for myself. Seafood platter had two lovely scallops and shrimp, OK salmon and cod, and a disgusting, previously frozen sword fish steak that was little more than mush. Waiter refused to take back. My daughter ordered a steak medium rare. She got a lump of blackened meat with long strings of burnt fat. We trimmed off the parts that were salvageable. She refused to use their restroom and we decided to skip dessert.

When I last ate here in 1989 the place was bustling, bright and pleasant with good food. Now it is a nasty dump, nearly empty, dirty looking and the food is awful. I will never go back.

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DD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been going to the No Name since the 1960’s. It is always good. Our group enjoyed the fried scallops, fried clams and sautéd seafood. Only recommendation would be to serve their signature dish, seafood chowder, hot. We all agreed that it was barely warm. When you have the best chowder in the city, serve it hot!

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N
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Was very disappointed. Food was just OK. My server was fine, but the worst part was the rude waitress who was very loud and obnoxious to some arriving customers. And not just for a second; she went on and on. I understand that this is a casual restaurant, but never treat customers rudely!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated and served within 5 minutes of arrival bread, water and our beverage order Accomplished within 5 minutes of us being seated. We were given a complimentary set of crab cakes, which was a very nice surprise. The seafood chowder is extraordinary and full of fish and the breding on any of the fried seafood is very tasty and slightly sweet.

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

Excellent traditional Boston seafood restaurant. Excellent, fresh seafood. Atmosphere sort of old-fashioned, and a little rough. Right on the docks, at Fish Pier. Good value for money.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic waterfront dining. Great local atmosphere, great wait staff and excellent seafood!!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu had a good variety of seafood. The waiter we had was outstanding. Definitely a place to stop in and try if your in the Boston area

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r
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very casual dining with good food, affordable and accessible. Great history and fun servers.

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PF
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was great but service and atmosphere was very poor. The waiter was very unprofessional and I felt like we were in a fast food establishment. We made reservations on line then at the door the young man said it was needed.

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Z
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was pretty good. The problem was more the service. We made a reservation a week in advance. When we showed they checked us in and left us waiting in a line for over 45 min. Anyone can take a reservation. Keeeping it is another thing. The restaurant is old school and has likely not changed in the last 20 years. The seafood special was tasty. Their “world famous chowder” was subpar. Tried it. Won’t be back.

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SS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place and great food! Service is lightning fast and the staff is polite. Must try: clam chowder and daily specials!

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IC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a meeting in the seaport. The No Name offered incredible service -- the owner introduced himself and brought appetizers to the table for all of us to try. Unbelievably friendly, warm and welcoming!

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

No Name continues to provide good food and friendly service. It can be a bit loud on occasion, but we didn't have any issues this time. My colleague, from out of the country and a country known for its seafood, was impressed too.

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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

In Boston for a business meeting. No one in my group had eaten at the No Name Restaurant, yet they were craving an authentic Boston seafood restaurant. The No Name Restaurant fit the bill perfectly. We all had a great time and the food was exactly as described, great seafood at moderate prices at an authentic, casual neighborhood restaurant.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood and fresh. Prices are low.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered calamari for our appetizer and it was delicious! We followed up with a shrimp salad and two orders of crab cajes. The portions were so big, we took home a full order of crab cakes and half of the shrimp salad. Definitely worth every penny!

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r
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Does not deserve previous Zagat ratings as posted at the entrance

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t
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Lively ambience and basic but adequate food that represented good value for money.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I visited the No Name restaurant 35 years ago when it was a well kept secret. I had never forgotten the experience or the seafood chowder, so was looking forward to eating there again. I know all things must change but in this case I was shocked by how much. We were brought burnt garlic bread as a starter. My seafood chowder was mediocre and my husband 's fish dish contained a piece of plastic. Nothing was fresh, nothing was tasty and then we were mistakenly (?) charged for lobster. (They did alter the check on request.) I would advise anyone DO NOT EAT HERE. Quite possibly one of he worst meals I have ever had!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Simple large portion menu, great taste. Enjoyed the Boston cream pie. Excellent salmon.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 1

The waitress was the best thing this restaurant has. Food was definitely not fresh seafood,scallops were extra small and u know fresh shrimp. Theirs wasn't. After complaining about all the knats all the owner would say is I'm sorry. Never again! 4000 of them
Tye jacks

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CG
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second time to visit, drove an hour and half. First time was fairly busy at about 1:00. In 2016. Food was excelent. Second visit no customers food was acceptable must have been between busy times. I would give them the benefit of doubt and visit again next time we’re in Boston.

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PB
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had the lobster mac 'n cheese which was excellent. It was a huge portion which we split and we were both full. The calamari was a large portion but had been left in the fryer too long so was a bit rubbery. If you order a soft drink be aware that they come in 12 oz. cans and are $2.50 per can. The waiter was friendly but never came back until almost the end to ask if we needed anything. The decor is nothing special but it is on the wharf and from the right table, there's a great view of the bay. There was a long list of specials, so much so that there needs to be a list of the day's specials with the attending prices. As there are so many restaurants in Boston, I doubt we will return to this one.

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J
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our meal at No Name was fine and is was good value for our money. The seafood is fresh and prepared well in the standard/conventional ways. The staff are friendly and the food comes very quickly. Although it is a bit on the outskirts of downtown, there is ample parking and it is also well within walking distance of the World Trade Center area (where we were staying) and we felt safe the whole time.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service for a large party of 12. The portions were robust at reasonable prices. However the taste was average as multiple dishes and chowder lacked seasoning. Our server was excellent - Tony

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V
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

I was surprised how bad this place was. It had a 4.0 rating on open table, and decent reviews on yelp too. But it was sort of like a big barn. Long tables across the whole restaurant, no ambience what-so-ever. I was seated at a table right next to the stairs, and my chair was blocked by a box with souvenir t-shirts for sale. It was not even as nice as a diner. The prices were very fair, but the food was not very good. I got a lobster with fried shrimp and scallops. The fried food was just bad. The lobster was a tiny chick. My daughter had sword steak, and she found it inedible. Sad because i thought we would love this place. Oh well.

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w
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

This is obviously a tourist trap. Food was good, not exceptional. If you don't have reservations, you have to wait a LONG time to get in. Our waiter, Pete, made it all worthwhile. Funny guy.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't even have words for how amazing it was, this is my favorite place on earth!

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh seafood with ample menu options create a destination standard with a one of a kind location.

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PG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was really good. But the No Name needs major updating...everything from the floors to the flatware. Seriously.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The seafood chowder was excellent. It is a must try if you go there. We shared the seafood vegetable dish which was fresh vegetables sauteed in garlic and olive oil mixed with several different varieties of seafood. The garlic bread was also very good.

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MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood, great value, and right on Boston Harbor. Simple and delicious!

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic! I had the lobster and it was amazing! My husband had the broiled seafood platter and it was good but somewhat bland, needed some seasoning or maybe different sauces to compliment the different fish? All in all it was so delicious!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited this restaurant with my parents for the first time this past weekend and we all enjoyed our good size meals as well as Frank's wonderful customer service. The environment is very casual. Will definitely be back!

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k
Hawaii
91 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A seafood institution on the pier! While they are known for their chowder, I prefer traditional clam chowder, however theirs is loaded with lots of seafood. Their bread is delicious and we enjoyed their fried seafood. It's the staff that really makes the experience!

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