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BEST Seafood Restaurant

2016 BEST Seafood Restaurant

Ostra

Boston

Boston certainly doesn’t lack for seafood. But Ostra, the splashy brainchild of restaurateur Jamie Mammano, rises above the rest with a bricolage of whole roasted fish and a lobster-laden paella served tableside. It’s not all pomp and grandeur, though: Dishes… read more»

2015 BEST Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster

Boston

When chef Michael Serpa left Neptune Oyster to open his own restaurant, we wondered: What would happen to the overflowing lobster roll? Or the crisp “Piggyback” oysters, piled high on toast with shreds of tender Berkshire pork? Thankfully, they’re still… read more»

2014 BEST Seafood Restaurant
Photograph by David Salafia

Ostra

Boston

This isn’t seafood for a day by the water—this is seafood for a celebration. Three-pound lobsters, Osetra caviar, and bottles of bubbly float around the dining room of chef-owner Jamie Mammano’s opulent new fish restaurant, where the prices are high… read more»

2012 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Casual

Yankee Lobster Company

Boston

The waterfront boasts flashy seafood emporiums mad with pricey cocktails and massive TVs, but we still head down the wharf to this retail arm of a decades-old lobster wholesaler. Sure, the napkins come in dispensers and the stellar view is… read more»

2012 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Upscale
Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

There are a few ways to enjoy this new Kenmore Square institution: tucked away in the corner of the dining room by the oyster-shell-lined walls; perched at a high-top in the lounge; or sitting at the raw bar. Wherever we… read more»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, North

Turner’s Seafood

Melrose

Don’t let the corporate, almost chainlike interior keep you away: This spot’s the real deal. Slurp fresh, cold oysters at the rowdy raw bar, or sit down at a table and dip into Turner’s expansive menu. The fried platters come… read more»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, South

Oro

Scituate

Its name means gold, and owners Jill and Robin King have struck it with this newcomer. The Kings source much of their fish and shellfish from local boats, and while the menu isn’t limited to seafood, once you’ve tasted the… read more»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

Duxbury’s Island Creek Oysters are a fixture on menus at some of the nation’s top restaurants and a household name among area foodies. So it’s no surprise that when oyster farmer Skip Bennett teamed up with local chef Jeremy Sewall… read more»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Upscale
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Island Creek Oyster Bar

Boston

Some places are just right for producing certain kinds of edibles—the right soil, the right temperature, the right weather. It turns out Massachusetts’ Duxbury Bay has the perfect tides for oyster farming, as Island Creek Oyster Company’s fresh and briny… read more»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Casual

The Daily Catch

Boston

It’s true that the menu here rings more Sicilian than New England. But this is equally true: The seafood you’ll find tossed with pasta and served in the skillet, or dressed simply over a salad, is worlds more flavorful than… read more»