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Whole fish in Boston?

I spent much of they summer in New York city. Had several meals in the Eatily seafood place. They always have one or two kinds of whole fish. Grilled, broiled or roasted.Where can I find similar offerings in Boston?

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  1. I believe Neptune Oyster has a whole fish; never tried it.

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    1. re: Madrid

      A gentleman sitting next to us at the bar had it one day and raved to us about it. The current online menu lists a whole roasted Greek Bronzino.


      1. re: BostonZest

        I had the Branzino there. It was amazing. One of my favorite fishes/dishes of all time.

    2. It is difficult getting whole fish outside Chinatown and some ethnic restaurants. New Englanders believe schrod swims around headless and finless.

      1. Definitely not fine dining, but I wonder if you can get Courthouse Seafood in Cambridge to cook a whole fish for you. If not, both Courthouse and New Deal down the road always have a nice selection of beautiful whole fish to cook at home.

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        1. re: viperlush

          Courthouse will DEFINITELY cook a fish any way you want it. Pick it out at the market, tell them how you want it dressed, and it goes right next door to the restaurant for cooking. Granted the restaurant is pretty basic ambiance, but the fish is top notch.

        2. Recently had the crispy whole fish with green curry at Myers+Chang. It was delicious!

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          1. re: rozziegirl

            When I had it, it was prepared with something that wasn't curry - but it was delicious then too!

          2. Mare in the North End usually has a Branzino on the menu. It is a type of sea bass farm raised in the Med. Seen it at Prezza and Neptune also. You might want to give them a call to see if they can do it on a day's notice.

            I've seen whole Red Snapper at Oceanaire and a few other places as a special. Red snapper works well as a whole fish dish.

            The problem is that most fish served here are too large to serve the whole fish as a single/double serving. Obviously swordfish but even most cod are just too large.

            Courthouse is a great idea to have it out. Chinatown will do whole fish at a lot of places. Peach Farm, East Ocean City.

            1. We've had whole fish at Desfina and Muqueca, both in Cambridge. Also at Dante in Cambridge, but that might have been a special.

              1. I've had a whole branzino at Erbaluce... That meal made its way to the Bum Steers thread, so that should tell you how I felt about it.

                1. I think that many places would broil or grill a whole fish with the choice depending on what's available: Legal Seafoods, McCormick and Schmicks, Oceanaire, and many more.

                  Looking at the Grand Central Oyster Bar menu for today (my favorite stop for thinking about seafood), they have whole bronzini, brook trout, daurade, dover sole, flounder, and smelts.



                  1. Tavolo does great fish and sometimes it's whole.

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                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      I know I've said it before, but Tavolo is the real deal, just well executed food by the chef with a real cozy neighborhood vibe. I live in Roslindale, so it's outside my 'hood, but go out of my way as much as I can to support such a great spot.

                    2. Trattoria Toscana sometimes has a whole fish preparation, as does Island Creek Oyster Bar.

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                      1. re: chrisdapos

                        So does Row 34, the new place from Island Creek. Branzino last night.

                      2. In E. Boston Rincon Limeno serves a whole fried Red Snapper, Peruvian style.

                        1. I've been trying and trying to remember - I've also had a whole fish at East Coast Grill as a special. It was amazing.

                          1. have had whole dover sole at hammersley's and they filet table-side if you want.

                            had branzino at clio -- amazing.

                            1. Ribelle is doing whole branzino at the moment, lovely.


                              1. I'm at Steel and Rye and Branzino is on their menu now, too. But not whole.

                                1. Casa Portugal in Cambridge, grilled bream (dourado), always good. I think their oven baked whiting might be whole too, but can't remember, I always get the dourado!

                                  I've had whole fish (bream) at Hungry Mother, but it was a "special", not on the menu as far as I know.