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Authentic waterfront seafood experience

Hi,

I have friends visiting me in Nashua around mid-March. They are from Iowa and one of the things I wanted to do for them was to take them out to a seafood place that is on the waterfront for the whole authentic/fresh seafood experience. Open for both lunch and dinner right now as we dont have plans made for what they would like to do during their time here.

I know March is definitely offseason but if the place has at least an option of outside seating that would be awesome. I do know that my friends are big fans of the "hole-in-the-wall" shack kinda place than fancy restaurants but i am thinking a budget of 50-75 per if the place warrants it.

Any suggestions? Thanks a bunch....

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  1. How about the Barnacle in Marblehead?
    781) 631-4236

    141 Front St
    Marblehead, MA 01945

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    1. re: Gin and It

      You can not get any closer to the water than the Barnacle, unless you are on a boat. In warm weather, you can sit on a balcony that hangs over the harbor's edge. Great friend seafood

      1. re: Gin and It

        Growing up right near the Barnacle this is always my go to place. The food and the view is great. Just hope for a warmer spring day and maybe you can eat outside.

        1. Thank you for the suggestions .. I would love to hear about other spots if someone could recommend. Thanks again

          1. Boston doesn't really have "seafood shacks" but Jasper White's two Seafood Shack restaurants would be a place for you to look at - one is in Cambridge, the other near Hynes Convention Center downtown. Other good seafood places in Boston include Legal Seafoods (one is by the Harbor but it's not really a shack), Neptune Oyster, B&G Oyster, Kingfish Hall and maybe Durgin Park (at Quincy Market).

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            1. re: steinpilz

              I would avoid the Jasper White's -- the food is quite good, but the ambience is ... annoying, loud, too large. And not authentic waterfront feel.

              1. re: Avid Rita

                I agree that the ambience is bad, and it certainly isn't waterfront, but the food isn't terrible. Just offering it up as the OP asked for more suggestions.

                1. re: steinpilz

                  Agree, Steinpilz, no burn intended. My experience with the food is that it is very good indeed. And it's a mile from my house. Which makes it frustrating to me that the ambience is so jarring. The food at the places I mentioned ranges from good to mediocre at best, I'm just thinking of Iowa, and looking for that New England salt-air experience.

                  1. re: Avid Rita

                    You know, what's funny is, the (as someone else described it) "Disney-fied" look of Summer Shack might actually appeal to out of towners who might not have the time to head up to the real thing. Yeah, it's a manufactured experience, but if you've never seen the real thing and don't realize what a knockoff it is, you might think it's a fun environment if you're looking for that sort of thing. And I agree, I think you can have a good meal there.

            2. Sail Loft and Barking Crab are 2 seafood shacks in downtown..not the best food in town but passable.