Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Dec 15, 2011 12:19 PM

Courthouse Seafood?

Hi all,

I have some friends in town this weekend from Chicago, including one who has never been to Boston. They've requested that we have some good seafood (chowder in particular) and I'd like to go somewhere reasonable and casual (entrees under $16, say). Not a fan of super-touristy places or of long lines, so will probably avoid Neptune.

Would you recommend Courthouse Seafood? I live in Cambridge, so it would be convenient, at least!
I can't seem to find too much about it on the board.

Thanks in advance!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Good basic seafood but closes early.

    1. I've never had Legal's chowder, but supposedly it's very popular. Legal's harborside has some awesome food at very reasonable prices on the first floor. You could get entrees here for under 20, or even under 16 (fish and chips, various sandwiches) if you are selective and a mug of chowder for 6.50. Parking isn't bad in that area if you go early and don't mind walking a bit. Chart House has aweomse chowder, however would be very expensive for dinner. You may want to do lunch there with chowder? They were my favorite at last summers chowderfest.

      1. Courthouse is very, very casual. As in neighborhood-corner-pizza-shop casual. It's not anything close to fine dining. Formica booths, etc., What's good about it is that they're a spin-off of the fish shop next door, so the fish is fresh and of good quality. It's also pretty cheap--they do a decent fish 'n chips for like $7. What's bad is that, yes, they close at 6, except on Friday. On Friday they close at 8.

        1. i like Sakayana for take out sashimi though Yoki will make sushi. The quality is about as good as i get at Uni bar.

          What about the fish in the tank places in Chinatown such as East Ocean City and Peach Farm?

          1 Reply
          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            I suggest the Dolphin on Mass Ave near Harvard Square. Their clam chowder's not that good, but their seafood chowder (or bisque, or whatever they call it) is surprisingly delicious.

          2. Legal's chowder is ok. It is not made on location but cooked in a central location, put in plastic bags and shipped to the restaurants. Yankee
            Lobster has the best chowder around.