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Nantasket Beach?

I'm considering one of 4 places on Nantasket Beach for a casual birthday dinner. I love fried clams so that's a main consideration but also want to take into account: fun, casual atmosphere; prices; menu selection (one of us doesn't eat seafood); fun drinks.

So who would get it? Bridgeman's, Jakes, the Red Parrot or the Schooner?

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  1. For fried seafood, Jake's is a decent option. But for great food in general, I'd go to Bridgeman's. Their Mediterranean/New American dishes are excellent, IMO, and the atmosphere is nice (and they have outdoor dining).

    The food at the Red Parrot can be hit-or-miss, though it's a good place for drinks and the outdoor deck has great views. And it's full of local character.

    1. I'm not crazy about the food at the Red Parrot, but the rooftop deck is certainly festive. Jake's is just ok, food-wise, and you can't sit outside, which is a shame. I'd probably hit Bridgeman's if food was the only consideration, Red Parrot for more of a celebratory feel.

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      1. re: gini

        I agree with gini's suggestion. Bridgeman's has good food, and is a favorite of mine in the area - but less fun / casual, and the outside seating does not have the same views. prices can run high there too.

        Curious why the Ocean Club (I think that's what it's called) doesn't make your short list. I have not eaten there - so can't speak to the food - but the outside area right on the beach could be a nice option.

        1. re: goose

          Just to answer my own question about the Ocean Club...it's probably not on your list because the food is atrocious. Ate dinner there recently with four people, and between us we had the baked haddock, baked scallops, and steak tips. The seafood was borderline inedible, and the scallop plate had a hidden steak tip surprise amidst the pile of scallops...nice touch. Best part was that they all came out with not vegetable medley as advertised, but rather a gigantic helping of heavily spiced, mashed butternut squash...like it was thanksgiving. it was weird and horrible.

          that said, still looks like a decent place to have an outside drink...just don't eat...

      2. Skip the Red Parrot, unfortunately, their food has really gone down hill. Bridgeman's is great if you're looking for something more upscale, but if it's fried clams and casual you're looking for you may want to consider Schooners. The bar side is comfortable and has ocean views, staff is friendly and the menu is varied. I like Jakes, but generally feel rushed there. Another place to consider in that area is DiNero's.

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        1. re: Pegmeister

          Looks like it's narrowed down to Schooners and Jakes and will check out DiNero's. Thanks all and keep 'em coming!

        2. I agree with Peg, that Schooner's is probably the best bet. Very consistant fried seafood (I don't eat much anymore) and non seafood selections that get good reviews from companion diners. Prices are reasonable, and it's kind of a fun seaside location. Free parking. If you want Italian, Mezzo Mare has very good homestyle food, with lots of seafood selections. And their fresh!
          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

          1. La Dalat (Vietnamese) is also in that same area, innit? How is it?

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            1. re: digga

              I had dinner at La Dalat a few months ago, and it was surprisingly good. They have a big bar area, too.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I agree on La Dalat, We had a great meal there last summer, and that Schooners is a great place for fried food, just not crazy about the atmosphere

                1. re: pastamama

                  I have to say, I wasn't all that thrilled by Schooner's when we went a few weeks ago. Tough to tell by just one meal, but I think I'd rather go to the nearby Hingham Lobster Pound or Jake's Seafood, based on my meals there...

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I grew up eating from the Hingham Lobster Pound and aside from a bad lobster we got from there once, love it but isn't it still just take-out? No place to relax with friends and eat dinner

                    1. re: pastamama

                      There's a public beach maybe a mile away. You have all the condiments and utensils you need. What's more relaxing than a meal on the beach?

                      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                        Yes. In the past, we've gotten food from the Hingham Lobster Pound and gone up to Fort Revere Park in Hull, kicking back in our portable chairs and enjoying the views and the breezes. Very nice indeed!