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Oct 10, 2011 07:07 AM

Need a couple of "don't miss" in Boston - one Italian and one seafood

In Boston for one weekend to look at colleges and meet some family. Need one great Italian and one great seafood restaurant centrally located. Not touristy and not too stuffy but price is not too much of a concern. Fun, good energy is important but not as important and great fresh food.

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  1. For Seafood I would suggest either Island Creek Oyster Bar or Neptune Oyster. Island Creek takes reservations and has an excellent selection of oysters plus great fish and lobster specialties. Service is very good and the restaurant has a very nice "buzz" on most nights but reservations are a must. Neptune Oyster is a small place in Boston's North End that has excellent seafood but doesn't take reservations. If you want to try it I would suggest going for a late lunch 3 to 4 PM in order to avoid a 1 to 2 hour wait at other times.

    For Italian I would suggest Prezza in the North End for high-end Italian food but Erbaluce and Tratorria Toscana also get high marks on this board.

    For Italian I would suggest

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

    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Island Creek Oyster Bar
    500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

    7 Replies
    1. re: RoyRon

      i really like the fish-in-the-tank restaurants in Chinatown. The price is nice.

      Trattoria Toscana gets high marks but like Neptune does not take reservations. I am not happy about waiting in lines. I like Rialto which is in harvard square and about 3 blocks from the red line stop though it is upscale. But i do not think that there is a restaurant in Boston where you would be out of place dressing casually.

      Some people are sad about the low standards, but i am interested in the grub.

      Trattoria Toscana
      130 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215

        1. re: RoyRon

          Island Creek sounds great but I couldn't get a res. and I need one with this group. I'll be there 10/22 &1023

          1. re: pje192

            Maybe East Coast Grill? Not as centrally located, and you'll have to call to find out about their reservation policy (I think they take them for 6+ at some times). I've never had a disappointing meal there.

            East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
            1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            1. re: pje192

              Call them instead of using OpenTable. They are very accommodating.

              1. re: pje192

                Lineage in Coolidge Corner has many seafood choices and is pretty convenient. Mare in the North End also concentrates on seafood. There's always the new Legal on Northern Ave., not so central but a happening spot with a view. Turner Fisheries in Copley Place is okay. There are usually a few good seafood options at the spots in the south end (Gaslight, Aquitaine, Stella, etc). Did you decide on your Italian dinner?

                Turner Fisheries Bar
                10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: pje192

                  Did you call or are you using Open Table. If using OPen Table, try calling, they often block times off. Though Island Creek is a great seafood place, most quality Boston restaurants have excellent seafood choices. I also like Eastern Standard in Kenmore for general restaurant with good seafood.

                  Eastern Standard
                  528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215