Best of Boston

BEST Seafood Restaurant

2012 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Casual

Yankee Lobster Company


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


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


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, Upscale

Island Creek Oyster Bar


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, South



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


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


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»

2011 BEST Seafood Restaurant, Casual

The Back Eddy


There’s simply no better place to take in a sunset than the deck of the Eddy—preferably with a PBR or a ‘gansett in hand, and a bowl of smoky clam chowder or the signature stuffed clams on the table. And… read more»

2009 BEST Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster


Though we Bostonians are awash in seafood, there’s shockingly little variety among those serving it to us. There are the clam shacks (Morse Fish Company, No Name), the executive favorites (Legal, Turner, Skipjack’s, et. al), and the amusement parks (Barking… read more»

2008 BEST Seafood Restaurant, North



There’s not a whole lot to Catch, a handful of tables in an unremarkable corner of Winchester. Not that we care: Chef Chris Parsons’s palpable passion for seafood makes ambiance entirely irrelevant here. We could have been sitting in a… read more»