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Dec 7, 2010 03:42 PM

Seafood in Boston

What is the best seafood restaurant in Boston and why?

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  1. o ya - try it and decide for yourself

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      It has been alleged that the chef-owner unfairly appropriated the recipes of other restaurants by pretending to be a fan-
      and the prices are silly

      1. re: Fstein02

        Who, where, why, what? This is news to me...

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      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: PinchOfSalt

            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?

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

            Cognac Bistro
            455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              I agree. You could break this topic down to styles of preparation:
              Peach Farm for chinese-style, Rincon Limeno for ceviche and fried seafood, Desfina for Greek-style grilled fish.

              Peach Farm
              4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

              Rincon Limeno
              409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

              1. re: bizkat

                Rincon also does a great shrimp in a Peruvian cream sauce.

            2. Legal is consistently good, but not fine dining. Bistro du Midi has the ex-sous chef from Le Bernadin. O ya? decide if spoonful sized portions are worth these prices:

              DIVER SCALLOP
              sage tempura, olive oil bubbles, meyer lemon* 18

              white soy ginger, myoga, lemon oil* 21

              DIVER SCALLOP
              summer truffle, sake sea urchin jus,
              chervil* 24

              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

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              1. re: scotty27

                oddly enough, in spite of the fact that I've loved my few visits to Le Bernardin, I do not love the fish at Bistro and, in particular, do not like the Bouillabaisse. And, in general, if the OP asks for recommendations, why would you tell him/her to stay home and cook?

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  Because I can't think of an all fish restaurant in Boston as good as good fish from New Deal cooked at home.

                  1. re: scotty27

                    I love New Deal and all the folks and fins there. Last night, grilled sardines and red snapper from ND and they were divine. I'm glad you love it to and Carl and family deserve the kudos. But that's still not what the OP asked.

                    1. re: teezeetoo

                      Hey, was that you with the beard and glasses?
                      I did answer earlier: Legal Seafoods and Bistro du Midi.

                      Bistro du Midi
                      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                      1. re: scotty27

                        so will i recognize you next time by the red carnation?

                        1. re: teezeetoo

                          Newspaper clutched to chest, headline: GIANTS WIN SERIES!
                          I will hand you a fish wrapped in that paper.
                          Take it out: Marinate fish in miso, broil for 2 minutes, serve with barley shochu.


                          1. re: scotty27

                            Hey Scotty,

                            I'm going to New Deal to get some seafood. Do you have any good recipes that can make a dish better then the restaurants?


                            1. re: Torolover

                              I use "The Young Man and the Sea," by Dave Pasternack (Esca) a few times a week. It's fast and easy.

                2. re: scotty27

                  to be fair, the portions of the first two dishes you cite are not spoon sized, but perhaps 3 or 4 x spoon sized, so appetizer sized. haven't tried the 3rd dish you mentioned so can't comment on size.

                  1. re: scotty27

                    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.