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best seafood lunch in boston

looking for the best place along the waterfront for a seafood lunch

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  1. sam's does a nice job, although not technically a seafood place.

    or you could rough it and get take-away from james hook or yankee lobster.

    1. Atlantic Fish Co. imo does the best Seafood lunch in town

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      1. re: meeps2002

        my opinion of atlantic fish notwithstanding, it's not on the waterfront.

      2. oops - duh missed that part of the post.

        Yankee Lobster does the trick for me then

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        1. re: meeps2002

          Yankee Lobster is a good choice. Seating for around twenty inside and outside seating this time of year. Parking in the rear but don't leave the car there after eating if you wish to walk around the area.

          1. re: libertywharf

            I know Yankee Lobster is recommended on this board but I've tried them twice. The last time, after going there a year ago, was last week. The clams were rubber elastic bands. I ate 3 of them and threw the rest out. I had the same issue the first time I went. I didn't try it last week, but last year when I got the clam chowder, there was gritty sand at the bottom of it. I won't be back.

        2. Dry Dock Cafe in the lobby of the North Coast Seafood plant - seriously - it's terrific, fresh, and delicious - stick to the basics and the seafood options on the menu. I have been going there for over 9 years on a regular basis for lunch. I have seen the mayor eating there more than once.

          The chowders are great. The service can be erratic if they are packed (which is often) but they are always nice. I am pretty sure it's only open on weekdays for lunch. I doubt that they take reservations

          Also, there is a parking lot where you are allowed to park in "reserved" or visitor spots while eating there.

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          1. re: rlh

            Drydock is pretty good but you'll need a car for sure. There is parking in front and don't get intimidated by the valets, they are there for the rest of the building. Once you say dry dock they leave you alone.
            I think Yankee lobster is a better choice.

            1. re: libertywharf

              doesn't the sliver line go right by there or close by??

              Daily catch at the courthouse has outside seating and looks back on Boston waterfront near the old northern ave bridge if the weather is cooperating.

                1. re: lc02139

                  Even the Barking Crab (which has its own issues) is better than Daily Catch Fan Pier - the service was bad and the food was horrible - twice - and they don't care at all as they get so many tourists there. I will never return to that Daily Catch.

                  1. re: lc02139

                    The silver line goes by the drydock. It is only a ten minute walk from Yankee lobster.

                2. re: rlh

                  I love Drydock, but if you want ambiance or a view it's not your place.

                  Can you give us a bit more info about what you're after?

                3. Along the waterfront? This is tough, because my fave places for a seafood lunch (Neptune Oyster, ICOB, Atlantic Fish) are away from the waterfront. But Legal Harborside is enjoyable, especially the first floor for clam shack faves and more, with nice water views and tables outside on the harbor promenade and in. I'm the guy at the bar drinking albariño and eating apps: raw oysters, tuna crudo bruchetta, calamari fried with aromatics, salt cod fritters, a Rhode Island stuffie.

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                  1. re: marais

                    Legal Harborside on the first floor is GREAT and nothing but waterfront view.

                  2. I'll suggest Neptune in the North End (close to the waterfront anyway), Legal Seafoods and Salty Dog at Quincy Market, and James Hook (near South Station) for takeout lobster rolls.

                    @castorpman

                    1. For a very casual decent fried seafood lunch on the water , the Sail Loft would work.