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Lunch on the water in Boston?

We have out-of-town friends visiting in a few weeks, and they want to have lunch in Boston at a place with a water view. If it serves lobster, so much the better.

They suggested Anthony's, but I've read the awful reviews of that place.

Any ideas?

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  1. Lunch wasn't bad at Sam's at Louis' of Boston. Great view; patio seating, light menu, good winelist. We enjoyed it.
    CocoDan

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    1. re: CocoDan

      Sam's all the way! I've been there three times now. Food is always excellent, cocktails are delicious and the view is the best I've experienced on the Boston waterfront. Service lags at times but the staff is very sweet and accommodating.

    2. Boston doesn't have much in the way of good restaurants with water views. I'd suggest heading up to East Boston to Scup's, which has excellent food (mostly lighter fare) and views of the water from its picnic tables out front.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I just had the same dilemma and was darned to try and find something on the water to bring out-of-towners. I've just recently went to Dante in the Sonesta on the Charles....that was ok..., But a simpler choice that's perfect for lunch was theZephyr at the Hyatt on the Charles. Burger, Sandwiches, lobster roll, salads and excellent thin crust pizza. Simple lunch fare, very reasonable prices, one of the prettiest views and.....(drumroll please) four hours free parking in their garage. We sat outside for four hours this weekend and it couldn't have been nicer. A stroll on the Charles after lunch is a great option, then take a ride down to the Moakely Courthouse for a walk, hit up the bakery at Sportello or Flour. Grab some coffe and sweets and head down to the pier at the No Name behind Legals' banquet building. The best views of the harbor, airport, boats, planes. Its simple...but great..

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        Sportello
        348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

        No Name Restaurant
        151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210

        1. re: Buddernut

          i recommend going to alive and kicking on putname street in cambridge and buy a lobster sandwich and head to the charles river.

      2. I've had a couple good lunches at Sail Loft. Standard fried seafood as well as sandwiches and pub food, and they do a pretty good steamed lobster. Clam chowder and lobster bisque were also good. Anyway, much better than Anthony's (although that's not saying much).

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        Boston Sail Loft Restaurant
        80 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

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        1. re: erwocky

          As a general rule of thumb in Boston the closer you are to the water the worse the food will be. Head up to the North Shore or Maine if you want scenic views and good food. A picnic along the water here wouldn't be a bad idea.

        2. I've had some nice lunches at the outdoor terrace of Oceana at the Long Wharf Marriot. Great views, not generally crowded and decent sandwiches. They do have a lobster roll.

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