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BEST Seafood Restaurant

2004 BEST Seafood Restaurant

Great Bay

Boston

A Maine native, chef Jeremy Sewall has spent more than enough time on the New England coast to develop a healthy respect for fish and shellfish—and just enough time in California (at the Lark Creek Inn) to avoid the Yankee… read more»

2003 BEST Seafood Restaurant, North

Woodman’s of Essex

Essex

This is what you might call seafood in the rough: You stand at the counter, shout your order, eat it, and leave. But paper plates and plastic cutlery aside, there’s very little that’s actually rough about Woodman’s, which offers some… read more»

2003 BEST Seafood Restaurant, West

Skipjack’s

Newton

For the healthy: blackened tuna sashimi. For the daring: wasabi-crusted salmon. And for the hungry: a lobster roll that’s meaty, chunky, and sweet. No matter what your palate craves from the sea, Skipjack’s probably serves it, and serves it well…. read more»

2003 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

Aura

Boston

First, the bad news: There’s no clear view of the water. Now, the good news: With seafood this fresh, you know you must be close. Unusual pairings such as scallop and crab come matched with exactly the right sides—in this… read more»

2002 BEST Seafood Restaurant, North

Periwinkles

Essex

Glowing candles and a well-scrubbed interior may keep it more refined than your average fish shack, but Periwinkles’ sea fare is straight-off-the-boat fresh. The crabmeat pie is a sweet and thick bit of retro revelry; the fresh lobster pizza on… read more»

2002 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Upscale

KingFish Hall

Boston

For a town that prides itself on its seafood, it can be tough to find a seafood restaurant that goes beyond the standard boiled lobsters or watery clam chowder. Enter KingFish Hall, where chef-owner Todd English has designed a menu… read more»

2001 BEST Seafood Restaurant, South

Jake’s Seafood

Hull

This is the kind of casual seafood place where you’re as comfortable bringing a date as you would be having the kids in tow. The extensive menu offers fresh seafood every which way—fried, baked, stuffed—and if you can think of… read more»

2001 BEST Seafood Restaurant

KingFish Hall

Boston

We know it’s in, yikes, Faneuil Hall Marketplace. And we know it’s owned by, yawn, Todd English. Still, KingFish Hall blows all the other seafood joints in town right out of the water. The décor is kitschy but cool: overstuffed… read more»

2000 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Affordable

The Barking Crab

Boston

A perennial after-work hangout for Financial District types, the Barking Crab is a funky, inexpensive joint with great seafood. The decor is confined to kitsch: crab pots full of Christmas lights, fake plastic lobsters, and water-worn oars. The food isn’t… read more»

2000 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Gourmet

East Coast Grill

Cambridge

The turquoise-and-orange Caribbean fantasyland that is the East Coast Grill plays home to an eclectic, winning formula of Nuevo Latino, barbecue, and fresh seafood dishes. Chef Chris Schlesinger has scoured the globe, not to mention the local environs, for the… read more»