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Seafood in Back Bay area for parents coming to town

Hey Chowhounds,

My parents are coming up to help me move out this weekend and I'm looking for a good seafood place in the Back Bay area or anywhere with easy access from the T. Price isn't too much an issue as long as it's not exceptionally expensive ($50 entrees, no thanks). I'd also prefer a place that isn't too fancy, it can be a really casual place as long as the food is good.


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  1. How about Legal Seafood at the Pru? Great fresh fish , decent prices ,not fancy.

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    1. re: maggie may

      Everyone keeps recommending that to me but we have a Legal Seafood back home, and everyone's been there before.

    2. How about Atlantic Fish? Not sure about the price tag though

      1. Oceanaire at City Hall Plaza, excellent. They are fairly expensive, however, last time I was there the waiter told us that they have a undavertised nightly 3 course special at $32.95 everyday of the week, including Saturdays.

        1. I would recommend not focusing on Back Bay and trying out Neptune Oyster in the North End, it is T accessible, casual, moderately priced and the food is excellent.

          Neptune Oyster
          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

          1. If it has to be Back Bay, I'd second Atlantic Fish Company.

            There's also a McCormick & Schmick's in the Park Plaza, but I wasn't been particularly impressed with that location for the 2 lunches I've had there. Others may have had a better experience there for dinner.

            1. Atlantic Fish Company is very good. They are on Boylston St. in the Back Bay.

              1. I will chime in for Atlantic Fish, too. Nice atmosphere, wide selection. Everything seemed fresh. Not cheap, but not incredibly expensive. If I remember correctly I think there were a lot of entrees in the 20s.

                Of course there is Summer Shack, too.

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                1. re: pemma

                  I've always found Summer Shack to be expensive for the quality you get. I'd almost say go to Atlantic Fish because you're probably going to pay about the same, yet the food is much better.

                2. Since I can't find an EDIT button on here...

                  It doesn't have to be Back Bay, anything T accessible is fine. I just live in the Back Bay area :P

                  Thanks for the tips guys. Keep them coming, 1 more day to decide!

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                    1. re: feingersh.b

                      No Back Bay? What about Yankee Lobster? Or, if it's warm enough, the Barking Crab?

                      Barking Crab would be a unique experience for any out of towner.

                      1. Hands down in the Back Bay is Atlantic Fish and I would suggest you try their Swordfish "Chop" is you like good swordfish.