I have just spent quite a while trying to identify restaurants in Boston that have an actual waterview. Many restaurants bill themselves as "waterfront" and I suppose that this is sort of accurate. However, on closer inspection one finds that they are NOT located overlooking the harbor but away from the harbor but along the streets running by the harbor.
I have identified Anthony's Pier 4 but we ate there a few weeks ago and while the view was superb, the rest of the experience was dreadful. Food sent back, small portions, strange preparations, etc. I have also identified Rowe's Wharf Sea Grille and Meritage, both located in the Boston Harbor Hotel. The Intercontinental claims that Miel overlooks the harbor, but my recollection from a year ago is that this statement is a stretch.
I know that the Daily Catch is on a pier in the harbor and that the No Name is also on a pier. However, I am trying to bring along guests for a really nice dinner and these places are much too casual for the occasion.
So can my co-chowhounders give me the names of any places I may have overlooked?
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
No Name Restaurant
151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210
2 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Anthony's Pier 4 Restaurant
140 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
How about Sam's at the new Louis at Fan Pier?
I think Chart House near Long Wharf has a view? Not sure if it qualifies as "really nice dinner" though.
How about Aura at Seaport Hotel? I haven't been, so I'm not sure if it offers a view?
1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Chart House Restaurant - Boston
60 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Sam's, the new restaurant located with Louis (clothing store) at the Fan Pier looks to have one of the best water views in the city. I have not tried it yet, nor do I know anyone who has, however it is certain to be a bit more refined than the No Name or Daily Catch.
Scup's in East Boston has a water view, as does Venezia in Dorchester and Tavern on the Water in Charlestown. For Boston proper, Whiskey Priest, Atlantic Beer Garden, Sam's, Sensing, Miel. Out of all of these, the nicer, less casual spots are Sensing (North End) and Miel (Rose Kennedy Greenway), with Sam's being somewhere in between.
There's Joe's American Bar and Grill on Atlantic Ave. The food ain't great, but I love the location.