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Jun 13, 2012 03:44 PM

Good seafood with numerous non-seafood options?

My husband and I will be traveling to Boston soon and are looking for some good restaurants. He is VERY excited about the fresh seafood available, but I am sadly allergic to most things that live in the ocean. :(

Does anyone have a recommendation for a restaurant or two where my husband can have a great seafood experience, but I'll have more than one or two options for my entree? I love steak, but don't want to eat steak everyday for lunch and dinner.

We're looking at midrange restaurants, $50-100 for two people (excluding alcohol). Maybe one place to go where we can double that. We'll be staying in Copley Square and don't want to venture too far to eat, but don't mind a 15-20 minute ride.


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  1. There are two ways to look at this:
    1. You're coming to Boston. Almost ALL restaurants that serve good food will have good seafood on the menu. Search for the type of food you like, or tell us. Most of the midish priced restaurants will do: With a slightly Cambridgish bent: Bondir, Rendezvous, Ten tables, TC food, Erbaluce, Eastern Standard, etc.

    2. Most seafood places will have plenty of non-seafood options. For your request, I'd look especially at East Coast Grill, or Island Creek Oyster Bar.

    Oh, and almost all of Boston and Cambridge will be within a 20 minute ride.

    4 Replies
    1. re: justbeingpolite

      Thanks! East Coast Grill's barbeque looks intriguing. We're from Texas, so it might be interesting to see how their "Texas Style" stuff compares.

      1. re: karmar

        please, please do not come to boston to try texas barbeque. you will be severely disappointed and will miss some great food. the barbeque in this part of the country is improving but is not our regional cuisine. try foods that are less common at home, sichuan cuisine? clamcakes and chowder? portuguese food? irish pub food?

        1. re: hyde

          No, I won't try barbeque. That was mostly in jest. I know better than that. (Learned my lesson eating Fried Chicken in Manhattan.)

          I live in Houston. There's really no food that's not readily available and good here.

          1. re: karmar

            there are NO holes in houston's cuisine? forgive me if i find that difficult to believe.

            then i shan't suggest anything.

    2. East Coast Seafood is great, with good seafood and a wide-ranging menu, although I'm not sure I'd consider it really a destination restaurant, more of a neighborhood kind of place. Erbaluce (Italian) does great things with seafood, with many non-seafood options too. That might be a good choice. For something different, try one of the Cantonese seafood places in Chinatown (my favorite is Peach Farm). Great seafood, but lots of other good stuff too.

      But really, as justbeingpolite says, most good restaurants will have good seafood on the menu.

      1. You might consider Hammersley's Bistro. They always have a lobster dish on the menu and its usually wonderful.There will be at least one fish option as well. But the signature dish is the roast chicken. I think both of you would be well satisfied.

        but as justbeingpolite says, this will be true in many restaurants...there will always be some good seafood options at the better places. So if your husband is after a particular thing, let us know and we can make more suggestions about specific places to please you both.

        4 Replies
        1. re: ChinaCat

          +1 on hammersley's.

          coppa, meyers & chang, estragon, eastern standard. all less than a 20 minute walk from copley.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            +2 on Hamersley's. At a recent dinner, I had seared scallops with foie gras and my husband had the chicken. We were both very happy. If the haddock and clam dish is on the menu, it's worth considering as well.

            1. re: bear

              several summers ago i had a special of lobster, chorizo, sweetbreads and corn on the cob, while i sat on the patio on a perfect summer night. le sigh. an amazing dish that still haunts me.
              gordon was on the line, like most times, came to chat, and was truly made shy by my gushing, lol.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I want that memory! Or better yet, that dish. Wow.

        2. As a general rule, I think it's better to go with the "not a seafood place that does great seafood" as opposed to "a seafood place that has a couple of token non-seafood items on the menu".

          Do you have much Portuguese food in Houston?

          1. Recommend lineage in coolidge corner. Nice meat dishes, and they have a a seafood tasting menu which is quite reasonable priced