Row 34 - Boston

4.6
682 reviews
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Seafood
We’re Row 34. If we could eat oysters and drink beer for every meal period, we probably would. Professionals Only.

Our menu changes daily. Visit our website to take a look at our most up to date menus.

The sibling restaurant to Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34 serves up a seafood-heavy menu in an industrial-inspired setting. Chef/Owner Jeremy Sewall's menu offers fish entrees and an extensive oyster selection, along with craft beers and an eclectic wine list. Classic comfort food side dishes round out the menu.

Looking for another reservation? Visit one of our sister restaurants: Island Creek Oyster Bar (Boston & Burlington), Row 34 (Portsmouth).
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New England
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston, consistentlyrics offering the best combination of fresh seafood and outstanding service. I've never had an experience here that wasn't memorable or impeccable. The branzino is my favorite, and the seafood board is a must have.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nerd convention

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience- loved the food, music, and ambiance!

CL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Grazie per tutto ,gentilissimi e molto preparati,
Lo consiglio a tutti coloro che vogliono mangiare a Boston bene ed in relax in un ottimo ambiente.

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a
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Atmosphere was a 10 and the food and beer selection were amazing

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is a tough review to write because this was my 4th time to this restaurant, and the previous three were fantastic. I will say right away that we love the food overall. Smoked and cured board is still one of my favorite things anywhere. And for a seafood focused spot they make a VERY good burger (it's my daughter's go to).
But this trip was a huge let down and I'm going to make sure I put this review in a few places.
First, about the service. I think it's one of the high points of this place, IF you get the right person. Our server was fine, but not great. We felt like we were mostly ignored and when we did get attention it was quick and curt.
Second, the food was really good. The lobster on the pasta dish was the exception, because the lobster was very over cooked, which is a real surprise for where we were. The other dishes (including the burger, and the monkfish) were very good and cooked perfectly and of course the cornbread skillet is a MUST try.
Most importantly, the entire experience was just not good, with the main reason being the amount of time it took, and the lack of acknowledgment. From the time we ordered our main dishes to when we actually received them was a clocked 1 hour and 5 minutes. In that time we did have the server come by once and say she would comp us an app because of the wait. But it was a very very long time. I realize this place gets CRAZY busy, but it's always that way, so that's no excuse for that long. Plus not one manager or supervisor ever came to talk to us.
I really like this place and feel like it's a go to stop if you're a foodie in Boston, but I was really disappointed with this trip we booked two months in advance, as a special dinner for my daughter, which we left feeling frustrated and sad that it took up most of our night.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for my fiance's birthday. Firstly, the environment is very chic and comfy. We were sat by the window that overlooks the patio. It was rather quiet for being a spacious restaurant, which was nice. My fiance started with 6 oysters from the raw bar and liked most of them. We also shared the mussels and shishito appetizers -- both were very yummy! For our meals, I got the small fried oyster platter (perfect size, as I had filled up on apps) and he got the fried fish sandwich. We both enjoyed those as well.

He considered getting the lobster, but for $32, could not justify the price. Other places in the are have rolls for half that?

Service was fine. Staff was attentive but it kind of seemed like no one had a "section" and we have 3 different people coming to our table asking us the same questions. That said, we never ran our of sparkling water (complimentary, which was great!) and we always had what we needed.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The location and service are great. The appetizers were great but our fish dishes were a bit salty.

B
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not what expected from a majority of the reviews. Service was fine and food was good, but value lacked big time. Price was way too much for the portion of food served. Noise level off the hard concrete floors was annoying. And no liquor other than extremely high-priced wine choices and above-average priced beer options.

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Disappointing, love the oysters but the lobster roll was tiny especially especially compared to other restaurants. Wait staff was rushed brought everything out at the same time and forgot aspects of the order. Overall was expecting more.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat outside on a beautiful summer evening, and while we could hear the traffic going by, it was still a great urban setting with view of skyline around the Seaport.
The service was fantastic. We did have to return one of our Monkfish entrees twice, the third time, the head chef cooked it himself and it was much better. It was such a thick cut, and they were just not allowing it to cook through quite long enough. Fortunately we had the time, and it was an AMAZING entree, worth waiting for! I just had to eat alone as I did not make my table mates wait that long to eat!

CC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attractive dining area although it is very loud. Difficult to hold a conversation.
Food is very good. Fresh and nicely prepared. Beer list is interesting and they don't push refills.
We sat around for quite a while after the meal (noise had diminished) and no one made us feel unwelcome.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Business lunch. It was pretty good. Very loud. Quite expensive.

RT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters and lobster rolls were v fresh, we ordered the warm and cold rolls, liked the cold one more. The onion rings were a bit spicy kids couldn't eat them.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Highly recommended! Best crab cake that I have ever had. Amazing clam chowder! Everything we had was tasty.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Although the food was excellent as always, this was the worst service I’ve ever gotten at a restaurant. After 45 minutes we had to ask out server where our entrees were. She came back after ten minutes saying that the kitchen was backed up (this was 5:30 on a Saturday) and the food was going to be right out. 15 more minutes went by and we finally asked for a manager (who took ten minutes to magically appear even though she knew we were having a problem as she had already apologized once for it). This time we were told our waitress forgot to put the order in and that she would fire it in. Of course. It doesn’t take an hour to dig out a salad and sear some bluefish. The server still hasn’t told us what happened and though our entire meal was comped we will not be going back and will not recommend this place to anyone. Honesty is the best policy and all would have been ok had the server been forthcoming from the beginning. We were in our seats for an hour and had to ask for people every step of the way.

L
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll I have ever had! The shishito peppers and oysters were amazing, but the shining star was the warm buttered lobster roll. Everything about Row 34 was unbelievable! Our server, Hailey, was absolutely fantastic and was spot on with menu suggestions! I will definitely head back to Row 34 on my next trip to Boston!

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Oysters are really good. However the ambiance is nonexistent and the service has some problems too. We arrived at 8:58pm for our reservation at 9 but our table was not ready. We were only shown to our table at 9:02!!! And in the meantime we were not offered any suggestions about getting a drink where to wait, etc. When I pointed out that they were late, nobody apologized I was just given unkind scowls. Too bad.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bday dinner

AI
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend!

LC
New England
43 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

My lobster roll was not served at first as I asked. The waiter was profusely apologetic and brought me a new one.

The staff that deliverd the food acted as if we were doing them a favor by dining there, as they practically slammed the food at our table in quite a perfunctory manner. The chips were soggy, coleslaw in a tiny container. We have been to the restaurant in the past and was pleased with the service and food. Unfrotunatly the place has gone downhill.

M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place in Boston since I was there my first time in 2016 ...Oyster and beers excellent! Marco

Row 34 - Boston
Responded on July 31, 2019

Thanks for your wonderful feedback Marco!

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LC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a late lunch here and while the food was great the service took way too long. We had oysters which took about 20-25 min. Our food took about 45 min after that. We just had a burger, lobster roll, soup and calamari. Just wasn’t expecting that. But let me say this, we enjoyed the lovely patio and conversation during our wait -!: our waiter and waitress were kind and helpful. Just took a lot longer than we expected since we were hungry from skipping breakfast.

OD
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Row 34 was highly recommended, so we tried it... actually, I was there for lunch and dinner the same day. For lunch, we had the lobster tacos as an appetizer, which were really good. As my main, I had the crab and rice bowl, which was just okay.

For dinner, I had a much better experience. We had some raw oysters, which were fantastic. The smoked trout pate was delicious. We had a ceviche which was just okay. My nephew recommended the lobster roll and onion rings, so I tried that. The lobster roll was really good. The onion rings were good, but they're very heavily spiced, so one of our group didn't like them. I thought they were pretty good, but would have been better less spiced.

LM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our drinks (sans straws, not even paper ones) arrived about 20 minutes after our meal. The crab cakes tasted like bread crumbs and onion, with not even a hint of crab. The scallops in the ceviche were the consistency of mush and had no taste.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday. Row 34 is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston and hands down has the best hot lobster rolls.

a
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Boston. Food is creative and fresh and menu changes often. Service is outstanding.

Y
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Grits were undercooked and raw, and too rich.

HM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice vibe but given the hype I was a little disappointed. Service wasn’t wholly attentive and food was good but not great! Not crazy expensive though which was a plus.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with long lost friends

KR
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in Boston! Oysters and beer were fantastic.

JL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very nice server, never felt rushed, great experience!

ML
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great beer selection!

LR
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Sunday brunch with friends. Good wine and beer selection, no liquor. I had wonderful crab cakes with corn salad accompanied by a good champagne. We spent 2 days in Boston on the way to the Cape, and we ate at Row 34 on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Boston. It was a great recommendation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Anniversary and birthday

BD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Delicious and creative food, but the service was very slow.

AF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not recommended, poor quality food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic beer and food! The customer service was also stellar. We will definitely be back.

IG
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. The Seafood tower was beautiful and incredibly fresh. Additionally, the servers were all very pleasant and helpful in choosing which items we might want to swap in or out.

I would highly recommend Row 34, whether it's a big night out or you just want some great seafood. Additionally, their wine and beer selection is excellent.

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We met a friend for dinner while visiting Boston. When we arrived she already had a drink. The server greeted us after a good 10 minutes waiting...no biggie we were catching up. I ordered wine my husband a beer. Takes about 5 minutes to get the beer, our server drops an empty wine glass to me. Apparently at this restaurant the servers pour their own wine. Which in theory is a great concept if they actually know the wine list. Ours clearly did not. We watched him go table to table selling wine, back to the wine bar searching for wine, back to tables etc. meanwhile I’m still waiting. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was about 20 minutes before I got a drink. Frankly we were kind of at a loss because we didn’t know who to talk to. It was as impossible to get anyone’s attention. We could not get his attention and were trying not to be rude. I think he genuinely forgot about us. Then he just didn’t know what he was looking for. This went on all night. Drinks took 10+ minutes each time. Beer and wine is just not that complicated. We also had to tell him our food was up. I watched it die in the window for a good 10 minutes. Food was mostly great. The burger sat for so long it was greasy and soggy, and I do think the fish tacos lack in presentation. I had halibut and it was really great but the service was a killer. We finally got a managers attention when my husband got up to get his own ketchup because we were seriously just getting ignored. They have food runners and that’s all they do. I’ve waited tables before and I get it...but it was absurd. We never got an apology although we did get a pudding dropped at our table after we asked for the check. We explained we didn’t order it and the runner explained it was complimentary. As a manager I would have personally delivered it along with an apology or given my table their own choice but whatever. Honestly the whole experience left me shaking my head and if I lived in Boston I would never go back.

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