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Lunch near the fish pier downtown Boston

Can anyone recommend a good place for lunch within 5 minutes of the Fish Pier? Is the NO Name still there? Waterfront would be preferred. Not Anthony's.

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  1. Try LTK (Legal's Test Kitchen). I'll be the first to tell you that it's not the greatest but there isn't much else in the area.

    1. I was at No Name less than a year ago, I'm pretty sure they're still there...

      1. yes, no name is still there, so that's an option. you could also consider the barking crab for a more casual lunch.

        1. Yes, the No Name is still around, and for places in that area with a view, it's one of the better choices. Eastern Pier II is a Chinese spot (seafood emphasis) with decent food and also has a view of the harbor.

          I'm not a fan of the Barking Crab for service, food, or view. Intrigue in the Rowe's Wharf Hotel has a good view but not especially good eats. And despite the good view and popovers, the decision to avoid Anthony's Pier 4 is a wise one.

          1. Yankee Lobster is a fish market that also serves lunch and dinner. Not the greatest view but the food is decent. It is adjacent to the music pavilion.

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            1. re: Fort Point

              I have never been to Yankee Lobster but it always seems to get praise from the hounds on this board. I've peaked in and there's no question the ambiance is nothing special (and there is no view, unless you take your lunch to go and sit outside somewhere) but the food and reasonable prices should more than make up for that.

            2. I think Aura in the Seaport Hotel does a very good job at lunch. The room may be odd (as it feels as if you are sitting in the hotel lobby instead of a restaurant) but the service is excellent and the food very good.

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              1. re: Albie

                Might want to consider eating in the bar area which has nice views of the fishing boats and you can order off the bar or restaurant menu. Understand they are considering moving the restaurant upstairs so it can have a view.

              2. The Dry Dock Cafe at the Boston Design Center is way better than No Name, with a sort of similar menu -- not much like LTK with their pulled pork sammies and BAD fish tacos.

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                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Love Dry Dock Cafe, but the atmosphere is, well, the lobby of a seafood processing plant several blocks from the water -- the food is good (really love the buffalo scallops when they have them and the sandwiches are fine, as is the broiled and fried seafood -- the coleslaw is creamy and garlicky, but the fries and "salads" are not very good, however), prices reasonable, the portions large, and the service basic but friendly - the owner seems to really want to make sure people enjoy themselves. A great local lunch option but not a destination or special place at all.

                  1. re: rlh

                    I agree fully. But, IMO, No Name is neither a destination or special place either.

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      It looks like I/we will be trying both Aura and Dry Dock. Thanks for the info. I'll let you know how they are.

                2. The Barking Crab is extremely casual and lots of locals eat there. I went last fall. The day that I went there was an opportunity for outdoor dining . The seafood did seem to be fresh and was tasty.

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                  1. re: marchperson

                    Great for drinks and view, but the food prices keep climbing while the portions keep shrinking...

                  2. I know this is kind of late, but the Daily Catch across from theFish Pier is wonderful. If you like calamari it is the best, and Lobster Fra Diavlo is unbelievable. I haven't been there in a few years, but apparently has been updated - they used to cook right in the dining area.

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                    1. re: FishChick

                      It's a few years late..:) That location closed a number of years ago. I used to enjoy it.

                      They've reopened nearby in the Moakley Courthouse but it lacks the charm of the original Hanover or Fish Pier locations

                      1. re: FishChick

                        I strongly disagree with this initial post -- every food and service experience I've had with Daily Catch Fan Pier has been awful over the past couple of years -- I don't go there anymore as a result and encourage walking across the street to the Barking Crab if you're not willing to go further and want a nice view. I believe this Daily Catch location only stays open by preying on unsuspecting tourists and first-time diners. BTW, I really like the one on Hanover St in the North End -- it's a night and day difference.

                        1. re: rlh

                          I second the negative experience at the Moakley Daily Catch. Really, really bad. Both the food and the service on multiple occasions.