Seafood in Boston
What is the best seafood restaurant in Boston and why?
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There are strong mixed feelings on this board about Legal Seafood. I assume that must be because of differences in the various locations. As for us, we frequent Legal in Chestnut Hill and sometimes Framingham and have never had anything but the freshest, most well prepared seafood. We were there yesterday for lunch. Oysters were cold, briny and delicious- perfectly shucked, no shells etc. I had a scallop roll - sweet succulent scallops with a very crispy exterior on a brioche bun. Also had a spicy soup with shrimp wontons. DH had the calamari RI style-with garlic and hot peppers. Yum.
There are many restaurant that serve fish, but none that are truly "fish" restaurants like Legal. Go ahead, throw rotten eggs at me. Merry Christmas to all.
Sorry but you have hit a sore point with me. What is best really is an individual matter. Different people weight different factors differently. So many times people come to CH and ask for the best. Who knows if any of the responses really will be what they are looking for. Plus questions like this one almost inevitably result in a revisiting of old arguments about what is good that have been beaten to death many times over.
So, so we can better help you, what do YOU look for in a seafood restaurant? Tell us what is important to you, and we will do a much better job of helping you find a place where you will enjoy your meal.
As Pinch says, it depends on what you like. For me, I like Island Creek right now and Cognac Bistro where the fish is beautifully prepared. I also like Legals for certain things and I'd like Neptune Oyster but it's too much of a scene for me. I guess its about range: do you love sushi or a lobster roll? raw oysters, or trout almondine?
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
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Legal is consistently good, but not fine dining. Bistro du Midi has the ex-sous chef from Le Bernadin. O ya? Well...you decide if spoonful sized portions are worth these prices:
sage tempura, olive oil bubbles, meyer lemon* 18
white soy ginger, myoga, lemon oil* 21
summer truffle, sake sea urchin jus,
Why not go to New Deal, spend $60 on fish, and have three great meals at home?
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Legals is consistently over priced and under whelming. It is a tourist trap where the quality of ingredients and prep has gradually declined over the years.
My favorites in the area are:
- Island Creek (we'll see if it stands the test of time)
- ECG (need the tuna tacos and specials are always excellent)
- Neptune (great food; obnoxious service and ownership though)
- Moulton's (great value, simple old school feel)
- Oceanaire (chain or not, they turn out some excellent fish; steak house sized portions are a turn off though)
- Summer Shack (specials are always fresh; best oysters (Alewife loc); wish it were a better value though)
- Belle Isle (lobster roll only)
A little searching will give you more detail on the why's.