It's as classic as a bistro gets: petite and boasting seasonal fare, lots of wines by the glass, and genial service. The menu is seafood-oriented, and a plate of the crisp oysters with sea urchin and basil oil, chased by the seared cod with favas, is an elegant way to sample the local bounty. 2208 Main St., Brewster, MA 2631, brewsterfishhouse.com.
When we're in the mood for a gut-busting morning meal, there's no place like Oro. After devouring the moist blueberry-ricotta pancakes and braised-pork-spiked huevos rancheros, we go for an order of fresh-as-can-be oysters with rice-wine mignonette—chased by a classic bloody mary, of course. 162 Front St., Scituate, MA 2066, restaurantoro.com.
If the sophisticated dark wood paneling didn’t already clue you in, one look at the backlit bar—showcasing a fine selection of whiskeys and excellent draft beers—reveals that this is a pub for the refined Irish drinker. Drop in on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. for completely free, no-strings-attached oysters. 14 Harvard St., Brookline Village , MA 02445, .
What happens when you mix a tropics-inspired lounge with an upscale pizzeria? In this case, a neighborhood go-to. Grab a pie straight from the wood-fired oven, or stop by the Club Room for the $1 oyster deals. 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston, MA 02215, tapestry.restaurant.
Not content merely to launch the city's best new restaurant and upscale bar while keeping No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, and the Butcher Shop running on all cylinders, Lynch is now planning a fine-dining concept in Fort Point. Her ambition, like her excellence, knows no bounds. barbaralynch.com.
Sure, you could take out-of-towners here for a traditional New England fish-and-chips meal—but this temple to craft beer and raw oysters is so much more than that. Cases in point: the meaty striped-bass-head tacos and grilled salmon collar with charred peanuts and cilantro. 383 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, row34.com.
With its wide windows and incredible vistas, this circa-1915 inn offers a clam's-eye view of Provincetown Harbor and the lighthouse at Long Point. Hardwood floors and beamed ceilings set the mood for platters of fresh-off-the-local-boat cod, lobster, and oysters. The only thing missing is sand between your toes. 15 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA theredinn.com/.
Skipjack's is obsessed with providing the freshest seafood in the neighborhood in a setting of nautical charm and modern comfort. Its oyster list boasts aphrodisiacs from up and down the eastern seaboard, and its entrée menu abounds with specials such as spiced wasabi-crusted salmon and a "Lobster Spectacular" that lives up to its name. 55 Needham St., Newton, MA .
Chowder, five salads, seven fish entrées, clams and oysters on the half shell, lobster, dessert—all for less than fifteen dollars. And after dinner, you might venture upstairs to the revolving Spinnaker lounge for a trip around the Boston skyline. Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA .
Looking for a post-quarantine quad challenge with the best views on the island? Stretching from the Old South Road rotary all the way to ’Sconset, this 9.5-mile paved route is it. Once you’ve cruised past the sky-blue inlets of oyster farms and mile upon mile of emerald-green moors buzzing with songbirds, soothe those achy muscles with an icy drink from the Sconset Market, or refuel with an ice cream (or two). An easy and quick pedal from there to the Sankaty Head Light offers an unforgettable view of the Atlantic. Nantucket, MA
Outdoor dining is a great way to see the city from every angle — and that's exactly why we love Eastie’s waterfront Reelhouse, which offers uncommonly sweeping skyline views to accompany its specialty spritzes and global cuisine. Plus, it’s just a short walk away from the Tall Ship, its new sibling oyster bar located aboard an actual 245-foot vessel moored at a pier. 6 New St., East Boston, MA 02128, reelhouseboston.com.
Where else can you spend date night dancing to live DJs, eating oysters on the harbor, and checking out a Shepard Fairey original? With some of the best waterfront views in town, the museum itself is a sleek architectural masterpiece—a place to see world-class contemporary art and be seen at the institute’s rocking First Fridays events, which feature live outdoor performances. Armed with 20 recently donated works from philanthropist Barbara Lee, the 80-year-old museum is getting fresher every day. 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston, MA 02210, icaboston.org.
If Boston’s love affair with all things techy and new ever wears you down, remember: Practice makes perfect, and few steakhouses have fed us for as long or as flawlessly as Grill 23. In the clubby dining room, staffers ferry platters of oysters on ice followed by darkly crusted, tickle-me-pink cuts of salty meat. No gimmicks, no trends. As at any great steakhouse, seafood and sides satisfy—but better to simply order the 100-day dry-aged rib-eye, lean back, and enjoy the timeless atmosphere. 161_Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, grill23.com.
With deer heads mounted on the wall and a stack of vintage Playboys for sale, Ball and Buck is a refuge for every red-meat-eating, style-conscious male tired of the same soulless shops along Newbury. Yes, you'll find wallets and belts, all made in the U.S. and geared toward a rugged gent with a sense of refinement, but it's the vintage watches, oyster knives, and Ball and Buck special-edition 12-gauge shotguns that set this store apart. If only it had a bar. 144B Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, ballandbuck.com.
Sure, seafood is easy to come by on the Cape. But you're reading this magazine, so you’re looking for the best. Pack your cooler and sunscreen and snag a picnic table at Sesuit Harbor Café: Yes, you’ll wait in a line out the door, sit outside rain or shine, and BYOB, but once those heaping trays of lobster rolls, fried scallops and clams, and Cape Cod Bay oysters are in front of you, you’ll understand. sesuit-harbor-cafe.com/.