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Cheap(er) fish in Back Bay?

Georgia Pacific Dec 24, 2012 01:16 PM

Can anyone recommend a good seafood/fish restaurant, perhaps somewhat cheaper than Atlantic Fish, in the Back Bay? Just looking for a nice salmon or other basic fish dish. Lobster and chowder are secondary concerns. I'm aware of the Boston Chowda Co in the Prudential Center (or next to it). Is that good?

Failing that, can anyone compare and contrast Sonsie's and Stephanie's and Cafeteria for price and value and quality?

Thanks much in advance!

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  1. BostonZest RE: Georgia Pacific Dec 24, 2012 03:06 PM

    I wouldn't look for a seafood/fish restaurant. I would look for a well priced restaurant that delivers good value for your dining dollars. With the rents on the Back Bay that is harder to do and the chains and big space places are there to cater to the shoppers, conventioneers, and tourists.

    For example, consider taking the bus to Central Square in Cambridge and enjoy great fish entrees for much less at Rendezvous in Central Square.


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      catsmeow RE: Georgia Pacific Dec 24, 2012 06:49 PM

      I like Boston Chowda Co. Really good lobster Mac and cheese and lobster bisque.

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        cambridgedoctpr RE: Georgia Pacific Dec 24, 2012 07:20 PM

        Some of the best fish can be had in Chinatown; think East Ocean or Jumbo or Peach Farm.

        Island Creek Oyster Bar is not that far from you, by the way.

        The food at Sonsie or Stephanies is ok in a pinch, but nothing is cheap in the Back Bay.

        1. C. Hamster RE: Georgia Pacific Dec 24, 2012 10:29 PM

          Boston Chowda (it pains me to type that) is a stall in a shopping mall food court, not a restaurant.

          Stephanie's on Newbury is where the gals from the 'burbs gather. It's meh and overpriced. I've not been to Sonsie in 100 years and didn't realize it was still open.

          Better bets:

          Brasserie Jo
          Cafe Jaffa
          Parish Cafe
          Atlantic Fish
          Chili Duck

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            cambridgedoctpr RE: C. Hamster Dec 25, 2012 06:22 AM

            Sonsie seems more of a meet market than a serious attempt at a restaurant. I used to get good coffee there, but even the quality of the coffee was fallen.

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            owades RE: Georgia Pacific Dec 25, 2012 10:01 AM

            There isn't a lot of love on this board for Legal Seafood, but they should meet your criteria for well-prepared basic fish dishes. There's a branch on the Boylston Street side of the Pru mall, and a very nice one in Copley Place.

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              catsmeow RE: owades Dec 25, 2012 11:23 AM

              For some reason, we've always found the one at Copley Place to be pretty bad. The one in the Prudential is much better.

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                C. Hamster RE: catsmeow Dec 26, 2012 06:04 AM

                Our experience has been completely the opposite. The Pru location smells bad and has very poor service.

                But if the OP thinks Atlantic Fish (better than Legal) is too pricey then Legal will be too.

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