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Jun 9, 2007 10:42 AM

Good places to buy fresh seafood in Boston?

I've been to Sea to You on the wharf to buy sashimi fish, and I discovered that fish is fresh and cheap at the Chinese grocery store under the Chinatown garage....

Are there other places that you might recommend to find fresh seafood at reasonable prices? I'm tired to paying an arm and a leg at Whole Foods to make simple things.

Help! I'd appreciate any advice.


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  1. Courthouse Fish, 484 Cambridge St (near 6th St.) in East Cambridge, is great. Not cheap but excellent merchandise and service at reasonable prices. An old fashioned fish monger sort of place. Also has an interesting collection of Portuguese specialities.

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    1. re: BBHound

      Do they usually carry sashimi-grade salmon? Making a salmon tartare amuse bouche for a dinner party this weekend.

      1. re: cookboat55

        If you're looking for sashimi grade salmon- then check out Kotobukiya in Porter Exchange. They have very fresh cuts of sushi grade fish for sale. 1815 Massachusetts Ave # 1, Cambridge, MA 02140. In the back corner of Porter Exchange across from Blue Fin.

        Or go to Sea to You on the Boston wharf - you can buy direct from them. Just call ahead to make sure that they have what you need. You can also get fresh uni, shiso leaf, fresh wasabi root, etc... NB: they are only open for retail on Fridays and Saturdays.

    2. Morse Fish 1401 Washington Street South End is a fish market with counter service cooked seafood on the other side, and while I haven't bought from the market because of how long it will typically take me to get it home after, the counter service seafood is just impeccably fresh and delicious. And since they'll go to the market displays to get a fillet if they're running short at the counter, it's clearly the same stuff. Prices not necessarily cheap level bargains but reasonable for quality IMO (I do look at the market, even if I haven't bought there yet).

      1. Where is this Chinese grocery under the Chinatown garage? sounds interesting

        1. New Deal, just up Cambridge Street (direction Cambridge) from Courthouse, in East Cambridge. Outstanding, fresh, delicious, much sushi-grade. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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          1. re: Splendid Spatula

            This is my recommendation too. We got some tuna for tuna tartar this weekend. It was fresh and velvety. The black seabass, calamari, and steamers were delicious, too.

            1. re: Splendid Spatula

              Heartily second New Deal. I used to give my East Cambridge business to Courthouse, and I find I prefer ND a bit more.

              But for Boston proper, I have bought fish and shrimp from the Morse Seafood counter and (if you know what you are looking for in fresh fish) it's very good. Some items are REALLY expensive, but others are good value for money. The fish counter at C-market in chinatown gets some positive reports, but I've not tried it.

              1. re: yumyum

                Yeah, Morse is excellent quality, but it's not cheap. Swordfish running around 16 bucks a pound now. Yikes.

            2. Here's a useful recent link on the subject:


              I prefer New Deal but it can be pricey.