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Looking for a Seafood Rest with Ambiance

Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 12:34 PM

I don't really know Boston that well. We will be visiting for a weekend and are looking for a nice Seafood Restaurant that has some ambiance. Any ideas?

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    Taralli RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 01:17 PM

    Oceanaire Seafood Room downtown on Court Street, if you want to feel like you're on a luxury liner.

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      Gordough RE: Taralli Mar 18, 2008 02:17 PM

      I second Oceanaire. Food and ambiance was excellent. Service and drinks need some work but were passable.

    2. almansa RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 01:19 PM

      Try Mare.

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        lemiller610 RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 01:49 PM

        Drawing a blank on the seafood restaurant in Kendall Square...

        Almansa, what's Mare like? Never been...

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          yumyum RE: lemiller610 Mar 18, 2008 02:03 PM

          Are you thinking of Great Bay?

          Oh wait, are you talking about Kendall? The only seafood place there is Legal.

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            lemiller610 RE: yumyum Mar 18, 2008 03:09 PM

            Blue Room! Just remembered. Good seafood place, no? Haven't been there in years.

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              finlero RE: lemiller610 Mar 18, 2008 03:11 PM

              Blue Room has some excellent seafood dishes (I love the whole branzino), but it's not really a seafood restaurant per se. I'd call it an American bistro, or more exactly, a Cantabridgian bistro.

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                lemiller610 RE: finlero Mar 18, 2008 03:12 PM

                good call, finlero.

                Has anyone tried their brunch, btw?

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                  finlero RE: lemiller610 Mar 18, 2008 03:14 PM

                  There was a pretty good thread about Blue Room's brunch about a month ago:


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            almansa RE: lemiller610 Mar 18, 2008 03:49 PM

            Hey, I'll admit it - I've never been either. But I hear it has a nice ambience and decent food, and it is a seafood restaurant. I forgot about Neptune - excellent choice. I don't think the ambience at Great Bay, B&G (unless outside), Legal's or Oceanaire is particularly inviting.

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              Joanie RE: lemiller610 Mar 19, 2008 11:15 AM

              A couple of us recently wrote RW reviews of Mare, very good, organic seafood I think is how they bill themselves. Atmosphere is very not North End.

              I also thought of Kingfish Hall which has gotten too pricey but is usually dependable. And Azure where I've had both great and fine meals. In the Hotel Eliott, comfy dark atmosphere, and City Bar is a fun place across the lobby.

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                ScubaSteve RE: Joanie Mar 20, 2008 06:33 AM

                i laugh a little every time i hear the term 'organic seafood.'

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                  hotoynoodle RE: Joanie Mar 20, 2008 08:47 AM

                  azure and city bar are in the lenox hotel. clio and uni are in the eliot hotel.

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                    nasilemak RE: Joanie Mar 24, 2008 08:13 PM

                    Mare used to be much better when Marisa was helming the kitchen. A recent meal about 3 months ago was lackluster and quite forgettable.

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                  Ralphie_in_Boston RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 01:53 PM

                  The Legal Seafoods location at Park Plaza is nicely decorated, and I've never had a bad meal there or at any Legals location. HOWEVER, Legal's gets consistently ripped on this website, so take my minority opinion with a big grain of salt.

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                    drewames03 RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Mar 18, 2008 03:41 PM

                    Neptune Oyster, North End
                    B&G Oyster, South End

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                    treb RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 03:45 PM

                    I'd have to go with McCormick & Schmick.

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                      Gabatta RE: treb Mar 19, 2008 03:02 PM

                      Good one...you had me going there for a minute.

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                      kweesee RE: Tracey123 Mar 18, 2008 08:00 PM

                      funny no one mentioned. ATLANTIC FISH is a big fave with chowhounders for seafood. id say its the best in town IMO

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                        jajjguy RE: Tracey123 Mar 19, 2008 02:15 PM

                        Call me nuts, but I find the ambience at Anthony's Pier 4 to be quite charming. Something about the water damaged drop ceiling and the grandparently service...

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                          yumyum RE: jajjguy Mar 20, 2008 06:23 AM

                          You're nuts.

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                            ScubaSteve RE: jajjguy Mar 20, 2008 06:32 AM

                            you. are. nuts.

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                              C. Hamster RE: jajjguy Mar 20, 2008 09:52 AM

                              And grandparently customers

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                              grant.cook RE: Tracey123 Mar 20, 2008 10:11 AM

                              Belle Isle Seafood.. its over in East Boston.. just don't plan on sitting.

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                                finlero RE: grant.cook Mar 20, 2008 12:17 PM

                                Belle Isle Seafood is awesome, I wish I could get there more often -- BUT -- speaking to the OP's request, it is decidedly not a "nice" seafood restaurant. The vibe is more of a shack kind of a deal. NB they also close at 7.

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                                nm424 RE: Tracey123 Mar 20, 2008 12:31 PM

                                I feel a backlash coming on already, but how about Great Bay? From my experience, food is good and I think it's a beautiful restaurant.

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                                  Joanie RE: nm424 Mar 24, 2008 06:44 AM

                                  I somewhat agree but think it's over priced.

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                                  Bostonbob3 RE: Tracey123 Mar 20, 2008 12:42 PM

                                  Ambiance can only be caught in warm waters, so Boston's not a good area to find it.

                                  I'd recommend St. Bart's for the best; they do an Ambiance with capers and lemon butter that's out of this world.

                                  (Sorry, long day. Kingfish Hall in Quincy Market is actually quite good, although it gets some grief on this site. Daily Catch in the North End is really good for shellfish and pasta, although it's tiny and the ambiance consists of your food being served in the pan it was cooked in. Neptune Oyster, also in the North End, is one of the best restaurants in the city, IMO.)

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                                    hogman RE: Bostonbob3 Mar 24, 2008 01:50 PM

                                    B&G Oysters in the south end. I would describe the ambiance as cozy-urban rather than fish shack. the food is always great.

                                  2. holldoll RE: Tracey123 Mar 24, 2008 08:09 PM

                                    The East Coast Grill in East Cambridge seems like an obvious rec.
                                    Not sure why nobody until now mentioned it.
                                    The food is much more inventive than LS and the restaurant has a local feel.
                                    Get a cab from downtown and go!

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