Row 34 – Urban Chic Lobster Dining

Let the Good Times Roll in Boston’s Fort Point Neighborhood

The sister restaurant of the popular Island Creek Oysters, Row 34 is a workingman’s oyster bar located in one of Boston’s coolest neighborhoods. A former steel factory, Row 34 offers a sleek decor yet friendly and inviting atmosphere.   Owned by Jeremy Sewall and Garrett Harker – both men know quality seafood.  Jeremy grew up in a multi-generational Maine-based fishing family and his cousin Mark – a lobsterman from New York – supplies the lobsters.

Open for lunch and dinner, Row 34 offers  lobster rolls  overflowing with claw, knuckle and tail meat on a deliciously buttered roll!

Why we love it:  They have an extensive draft beer list.  Great place to bring a date!

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Yankee Lobster Company – In Boston Since 1950

Small Restaurant, Big Flavors

For ridiculously fresh lobster, stop at Yankee Lobster Fish Market on Northern Avenue in Boston.   Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Yankee Lobster offers lobster rolls that make your mouth water.  Try the lobster bisque, the steamed lobsters or even the Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese.   You’ll go back for more!

Why we love it.  It’s so “un-fancy”!   Come as you are and bring an appetite for delicious seafood and craft brews.

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Legal Sea Foods – Wine & Dine in Boston

Upscale, Casual Seafood Dining

This Legal Sea Foods’ location in Boston’s Theater District, surrounded by hotels and nearby Newbury Street, Copley Square and Boston Common, offers an expanded wine menu – 40 pages in all.  WOW.

Just inside you’ll see a two-story cascading fountain, the center-piece of the restaurant.   A beautiful dining room and comfy lounge, this is a great place to enjoy fabulous seafood with extensive wine pairings.   Their award-winning Wine Cellar, which holds over 10,000 bottles and 800 different labels, is also downstairs.

Those who like to ‘wine and dine’ are in luck because our working Cellar doubles as private dining space for social and corporate functions.

We we love it:  Fancy lobster is always great with wine.  If you call ahead and ask, the wine steward can give a tour.  Fun!  

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Legal Sea Foods – On Long Wharf

Legal Lobster Rolls on the Menu All Day Long

See fish.  Eat fish.  Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium.  This restaurant is convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels such as the Boston Harbor Hotel, Marriott and Intercontinental.

We think a visit to Boston could always use a meal at Legal Sea Foods.  If you’re looking for some fun, eat at the food bar where you can see what’s cooking in the open kitchen.  Or, during the warmer months, dine on the patio if you opt for the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

Why we love it: Incredible seafood, location and the in-restaurant aquarium and lobster tank keeps kids (and adults) entertained.

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Legal Sea Foods Copley Place – Lobster While You Shop!

Fresh Seafood Specials Daily

Perfect spot for a sit down lunch/dinner or grab-and-go.  Either way, they serve up a mean lobster roll as well as an extensive seafood menu. Dining with children? Try the one pound lobster which is Just for Kids!

This restaurant is located on the upper level of Copley Place, with direct indoor access to both the Westin and Marriott hotels as well as to the Prudential Center.   With panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Boston’s historic South End, the city views and the seafood are second to none.

Why we love it: Perfect respite from a day of shopping.  Delicious lobster and a great view!   

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Boston Harbor Cruises – Lobster Bakes on Spectacle Island

A Sweet and Salty Experience

Cruise to Spectacle Island  for a classic New England clambake by Rita’s Catering. Hop on a spacious Boston Harbor Cruises ferry at Long Wharf North, and in less then 20 minutes you will have a front-row seat for one of Boston’s best sunset views. Enjoy the clambake, walk on sandy beaches, and let the ocean breezes transport you.

Clambake dinner includes creamy clam chowder, a steamed lobster, mussels, steamers, orange-honey BBQ chicken skewers, corn on the cob, new potatoes, Rita’s Signature Berry Salad, and a S’mores on the beach. Beer and wine may be purchased separately.   Sunset clambakes are offered every Thursday from late-June to Labor Day. Reservations are required, menu options available. The ferry boards at 6:15 and leaves at 6:30 PM. Return time to Boston is 9:00 PM.

Insider’s Tip: Spectacle Island is 4 miles from Boston. From the island’s tallest hill, you can witness sweeping views of the city and its skyline!

Why we love it:  Steamed lobster – Island Time!  

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Barking Crab – A Seafood Shack in the City

Lively Spot for Locals and Tourists 

Located on the edge of Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel, The Barking Crab has become one of the city’s best-loved meeting and eating spots.  With a wood-burning stove, this eatery has evolved into a year-round operation.

Not the “typical” Boston seafood restaurant, The Barking Crab offers the casual atmosphere of a coastal clam shack in a funky urban setting, with a marina alongside for easy access by water, and all the exciting resources of Boston only a short walk away.

The menu concentrates on fresh seafood and offers our local take on the urban New England Clam Shack.   Lobster items include boiled, grilled and stuffed and amazing lobster roll including a naked version!    Great place for dining alone or with two dozen of your closest friends!

Why we love it:   A great place for a lobster roll, beer and conversation with visitors from all over the planet!

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Rowes Wharf Sea Grille – On the Harbor!

Atlantic Fish Co. – A Boston Best!

Locally Sourced Seafood

Serving the highest quality seafood sourced straight from local waters,  Atlantic Fish Co. is a landmark for Boston’s best seafood.  With menus printed daily to reflect the quality of the offerings, Atlantic Fish Co. is the place to go to for a memorable fine dining experience with family, friends or business associates.

Executive Chef Danny Levesque knows good seafood and has a passion for creating menu items that bring out the flavors of  New England’s finest ingredients.  Serving only true hard shell lobsters from Maine, the lobster rolls are delicately prepared. lightly dressed and served with hand-cut fries.   It’s no wonder why guests give this Back Bay wine and dine restaurant high marks over and over again!

Why we love it:  The outdoor seating!  Great spot for people watching. 

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Union Oyster House – America’s Oldest Restaurant

A Must Do, Casual Seafood Restaurant

Famous for oysters and location, The Union Oyster House is a favorite for locals and visitors to Boston.  Located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, the Union Oyster House enjoys the unique distinction of being America’s oldest restaurant. This Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to Pre-Revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a regular customer, in their original positions.

With a full menu for sea and land lovers, enjoy a lobster roll, traditional boiled lobster or a long list of other delicious lunch and dinner options. The Union Oyster House is walk-able from most spots in the city, so make it the start or end to a great day in this world famous harbor town.

Why we love it:  It’s historic –  so nice backdrop for a selfie!

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Neptune Oyster – In the Heart of the North End

Small Restaurant Packed With Flavor

Appearing on the top of many “best of” lists, Neptune’s is a must do when visiting Boston. The Lobster Roll at Neptune Oyster in Boston’s North End is a spoiler. It will make you think twice about ordering other versions of this New England favorite. A great option is always the hot lobster roll with butter. Neptune Oyster also prepares it using cold lobster meat with mayo. Either one will cost $25 and will be big enough to share –  if you’re feeling generous.

An insider’s tip is to begin with a fork, clearing the overflow of perfectly-cooked, buttery lobster and trimming it to a manageable size. Then pick it up and enjoy the combo of lobster and roll. At Neptune, what looks like an oversized hot dog bun is actually brioche. It’s been proclaimed a top choice by top publications from Boston Magazine to Gourmet.  Neptune Oyster is a tiny restaurant – but worth the wait!

Why we love it:  Choice of Hot lobster roll with butter or Cold with Mayo.  

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Legal Harborside – Incredible Seafood Dining Experience!

Enjoy this 20,000 Square Foot Flagship Location 

With numerous, upscale restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, Legal Sea Foods has been providing fresh seafood for more than 60 years.  A family owned business headed by Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods goes to great lengths to provide perfectly prepared selections.

Overlooking the ocean in Boston’s Seaport District, Legal Harborside offers three floors of action!  The first floor, or the hull,  is dedicated to casual dining with a twist, the second floor is for celebratory dining and private events and the third floor or promenade deck rocks with an all-season lounge and retractable roof in the warmer months!

Look for other Legal Sea Foods locations throughout Boston including a restaurant at 225 State Street at  Long Wharf and others at Logan International Airport.

Why we love it:   It has a retractable roof!

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Summer Shack – It’s About The Seafood!

Owned By Celebrity Chef Jasper White

You’ll fall in love with this seafood restaurant over and over again! It’s where a fancy lobster shack in the city meets table-service dining.  With a location in Cambridge, Dedham and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Jasper White’s Summer Shack offers a fun, family-friendly, energetic seafood restaurant serving the freshest, sustainable fish and shellfish available.

With an extensive lobster menu including pan baked lobster and. of course, the lobster roll – this restaurant offers lots of palate pleasing variations to traditional dishes.  Lobsters, oysters and clams dominate the menu for sure.   Not an inexpensive eat but worth it!

Why we love it:  Fine food in a casual setting!

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James Hook & Co. – A Local Landmark

Serving Fresh Lobster Since 1925

A third generation family owed business, James Hook & Co. began when James Hook decided to truck the daily lobster catches from Maine and Canada to Boston’s fish piers and finest restaurants would travel to Boston’s waterfront to buy the fresh lobsters around.

As the demand grew, James Hook opened a location at the corner Northern Avenue and Atlantic Avenue and began direct distribution to restaurants and other wholesaler distributors around the country.   Along the way, James Hook & Co. started a retail market with indoor cafe style seating and picnic tables available in the warmer months. A low-brow experience, some say that James Hook & Co offers the best tasting lobster rolls and has earned that distinction year after year.

Why we love it: Giant lobster roll with just the right amount of mayo.  Toasted buns are now available!

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Belle Isle Seafood – Lobster Rolls With A View

Casual, Counter Service Seafood Eatery 

Recently named by the ‘Improper Bostonian” magazine as having Boston’s Best Lobster Roll, Belle Isle Seafood is located in Winthrop just a minute or two over the bridge from East Boston and a perfect place to stop for if you’re traveling on Route 1A  to or from Boston Logan International Airport.

Belle Isle’s lobster rolls are perfectly prepared with cold tail, claw and knuckle meat and barely dressed with mayonnaise. In addition to delectable lobster rolls, Belle Isle Seafood offers heaping plates of fried seafood including haddock, calamari and more!  Enjoying views of Boston skyline and planes taking off from the airport, guests can sit back and enjoy the freshest seafood with a glass of beer or wine in a counter-service, casual setting. Belle Isle Seafood is open year round.

Why we love it:   Chunks of lobster tail, claw and knuckle meat in rolls!

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Battery Wharf Hotel – Overlooking the Waterfront

Upscale Hotel With Lobster Inspired Restaurant

If you are looking for an upscale hotel complete thoughtful furnishings,  high-tech amenities, valet parking and even a Pillow Concierge , the Battery Wharf Hotel is the place for you.   Overlooking the Boston Waterfront. accommodations include deluxe guestrooms, suites and specialty rooms at approximately 660 square feet and executive level rooms located on the Gold Building – an exclusive hotel within a hotel.

This property features Exhale Spa – a 13,000 square foot urban retreat – perfect after a day of strolling Boston’s oldest and charming neighborhoods.  Dining options include New England Culinary traditions with an Italian inspired twist!  At Aragosta Bar & Bistro seafood selections include lobster bakes in the summertime.

Why we love it: Urban elegance.  Lobster bakes in the summertime!  

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