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Apr 16, 2011 06:18 PM

Need a good FISH (not "seafood"/shellfish) restaurant NW of Boston

My son and daughter-in-law will be visiting from LA for a few days this week. My son will be celebrating his 31st birthday and we were searching for a high quality fish restaurant for the occasion. We live in the Burlington area and would like a restaurant near where we live. My son can't eat meat nor shellfish, which pretty much leaves us in need of a restaurant that serves a nice variety of fish (swordfish, salmon, scrod, mahi-mahi, halibut, trout, haddock, etc.) and does an excellent job in preparing it. We don't mind spending extra, if the quality and ambiance make it worth the extra expense. All I've been finding in my various Google, Yelp, Yahoo, and TripAdvisor searches are restaurants with only one or two fish selections, some of which include shellfish sauces and garnishes. If you can't think of a fish restaurant, a high quality Italian restaurant with a large variety of non-meat and non-shellfish dishes would also work for us. Can anyone give us some advice?

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  1. Fishbones in Chelmsford Center offers good quality fish selection with various
    preparation options. Always solid on quality and consistency. As a picky foodie,
    its a solid option when I don't want to travel in town.

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    1. re: Buddernut

      I agree with Buddernut...Fishbones is consistenly great. Check ouy their menu at

      1. re: ParisLady

        I third Fishbones. Furthermore, they will alter preparations to suit. I usually order cajun salmon, which is not on the menu. I was there a few weeks ago and the salmon was as good as I've had anywhere.

    2. In Waltham, the Elephant Walk has great veggie choices (in addition to a few fish dishes) and is very allergy-friendly. Also in Waltham are the Italian standbys of Il Capriccio and La Campania.

      If you're open to traveling a little bit down 128, you could try Blue Ginger in Wellesley. In addition to having great fish/veggie options, they are very accommodating to customizing dishes for food allergies. Also in Wellesley is Alta Strada, which is really good for Italian.

      Elephant Walk
      663 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451

      Il Capriccio
      888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

      Blue Ginger
      583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      Alta Strada
      92 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

      La Campania
      504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

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      1. re: beforesunrise

        L'Andana in Burlington, tho more of a stylish steakhouse, does an excellent job with fish. Excellent ambiance.

        86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

      2. how about tuner's in melrose; good fish though plenty of shell fish choices. not the most innovative restaurant but my favorite place in melrose.

        1. The new Legal Seafood opened this week on the pier. Then there's Oceanaire & Summer Shack.

          Summer Shack
          310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

          40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

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          1. re: scotty27

            The new Legal bar looked very cool from my seat at Tamazcal last night. However, OP asked for NW of the city.

            1. re: Beachowolfe

              wolfie, ya gonna tell us about Tam.? :-)

                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  Haha I will start a separate thread but suffice to say it was just OK.

            2. Thank you all for your help. We ended up going to Naked Fish in Waltham and had a wonderful dinner. I may try some of the other places several of you mentioned, especially Fishbones.

              Naked Fish Restaurants
              455 Totten Pond Rd Bldg 1, Waltham, MA 02451