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Jul 19, 2006 01:08 PM

East Coast Grill Best Seafood in Boston

There have been some naysayers of late, but ate their with 6 people Sunday night and it rocked. Sure it is busy on a Friday-Saturday.

No it is not a mellow dining experience.

But the food was superb (won't bother with details) the drinks perfectly executed, and the service excellent.

Still my favorite, no contest, for best seafood in beantown.

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  1. ECG is what it is. The service is average and the food is great. When dining there, people need to grab a drink at the bar, be prepared to wait and have an overall chill attitude.

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    1. re: ponyboy

      Service is average? You must go to a different place than me. The waitstaff at ECG is, for the most part, remarkable. They run around like crazy all night every night, they know the menu and the specials intimately, screwups are rare, food gets delivered hot, they're friendly and personable. What am I missing? What more do you want?

    2. I'd say it's also tops for a full-service BBQ restaurant. I agree with the original poster, the service is excellent. I was there last Friday and had a great time.

      1. I'm a big ECG fan, but Friday night I had an off experience for the first time in six years of regular meals at the restaurant. Perhaps I was due.

        My entree, a plaintain crusted bluefish, was absolutely spectacular, except one side of it was burned. It should never been plated in that condition. This made me really sad, as ECG is one place we always know we can go to and have a great meal, with great (professional and friendly) service in a comfortable and fun environment. I hate to see any suggestion of a quality slippage in a place that is usually so consistent. sigh.

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        1. re: debtslave

          I hope you sent it back. I've never had to return any food to the kitchen in the many many times I've been there but I know they'd want to make it up to you.

          1. re: yumyum

            I agree. Perhaps it should not have been plated that way, but if you said something they would have made it right.

        2. I'm also a big fan, it's completely good. I will say that it is a particular style of cooking (grilled and spicy) so there are other places that I like for seafood (Legal, Neptune, B&G, Jaspers...).

          1. Im one of the naysayers.

            I find the food to be overcooked to the point of unedible on some items.

            Waits long.
            noise level too high.
            tables cramped.
            overpriced - $25-27 for a 4-6oz pc of overcooked fish

            I suppose its a fun place to go with friends and enjoy the fun drinks and friendly servers but best seafood? Not a chance. Id trade 10 meals at ECG for 1 at Legal, B&G, Skipjacks, Sole proprietor or a number of other places.

            I hardly even considor it a "seafood" restaurant really. They have some grilled fish and a rawbar but very little in the terms of shellfish or chowders, or any of the other things you would expect at a true seafood place.

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            1. re: hargau

              Oysters (and great ones at that), littlenecks, crab claws, shrimp, mussels and clam chowder. What would you expect in terms of "shellfish or chowders"? Maybe you should check it out again to refresh your memory.

              1. re: Gabatta

                I did refresh my memory. Saw their dinner menu online. 3-4 seafood entrees + another 3-4 on the "blackboard" listed and a couple apps. + rawbar. Legal seafood or any other decent seafood place has dozens of options.

                Where is the new england clam chowder? Fish chowder? Lobster anything? Whopping ONE shrimp dish which happens to also be the ONE scallop dish.. It is what it is, but calling it Bostons best seafood restaurant I think is really a stretch.

                I cringe when people recommend it to out of towners looking for Boston Seafood.

                1. re: hargau

                  For mains I see bluefish, swordfish, scallops, halibut, tuna, mahi plus the catch of the day and generally 1-2 specials.

                  For apps + raw bar there are oysters (raw & fried), littlenecks, shrimp, shrimp and scallops, jonah crab, clam and corn chowder, black and blue tuna taco, buffalo fried shrimp, and PEI mussles.

                  I'm not even the hugest fan of ECG so I don't have a dog in this fight, but to say it's not a seafood restaurant is just plain silly. ECG is what it is - a competent, sometimes excellent restaurant with a focus on fresh seafood.

                  According to this thread you have been there only once yet you seem to love to argue with people that have been to ECG hundreds of times over the years. While everyone is welcome to their opinion on chowhound, which is why I love it, I tend to agree with the long time diners there. I've been maybe 10 times and never had a bad meal there. I've also never had a transcending meal there. Portions are somewhat small but I don't recall ever leaving hungry. Personally, I find Legal to be competent as well, but let's face it, it's boring as all hell too.


                  1. re: Dax

                    Exactly, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Why my different opinion is considored "arguing" I dont know.

                    Makes no difference if I have been once or a hundred times, I can still have my opinion and will still state it when the subject comes up. I dont recall seeing a rule as to the minimum # of times you must think something is awful before being allowed to state it. So if someone has been to McDs 100 times and tells you they have the best burgers, you cant disagree if youve only gone once?

                    4 of us went, all 4 hated it, thats my experience. We went wanting to love it and excited about it, and left feeling ripped off, hungry and with a huge headache.

                    If everyone always agreed and liked the same thing then all restaurants would be exactly the same!

                  2. re: hargau

                    Curious - why should ECG have New England Clam Chowder?

                    1. re: gini

                      If lots of people have gone to see Bob Dylan in concert and LOVE him, yet you've only heard him once and expected him to sound like, I don't know, say Paul Simon, I could see why you might be put off. Oh, and maybe the night you saw Dylan, he had a cold.

                      Maybe you might want to give him (it) a second chance.

                      Personally, I love the ECG, but I know that my mother would hate it (It's so loud!) and my father would merely tolerate it.

                      That said, I think I'm going to suggest Summer Shack when they come to town on Thursday - much more their speed.