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Apr 13, 2014 08:37 AM

Best place for fried seafood/fisherman's platter?

We will be spending a weekend in Boston in June. For one meal, we want classic New England fried fish. Nothing fancy, but reservations are nice. We are staying near Copley Sq and would like walking distance or a short Subway ride. Been to Legal Seafood and didn't find it to be all that great. Salty Dog, maybe?


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  1. Gosh, I'd steer you away from the Salty Dog and towards Island Creek Oyster Bar which is in the other direction, but it is an easy walk or subway ride. You'll find terrific reviews of ICOB here and elsewhere, and you can take a look at their menu online. It is more upscale than the Salty Dog, but their food is much better.

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    1. re: mvi

      when did ICOB start serving a fisherman's platter? I've never been to Salty Dog, so can't comment on quality or execution.

      1. re: Bellachefa

        I was thinking more of the fried fish, I guess. They have also been wonderful about customizing things for us.

    2. ICOB is a great recommendation for fried clams or fish. Not sure they have a fisherman's platter on the menu but maybe they would do it for you. Atlantic Fish might be another option. It's funny I haven't noticed Fisherman's platters on very many menus lately. I also actually like Salty Dog. It's fun to sit outside and watch on the people walking by and they do a good job with fried stuff.

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      1. re: Pegmeister

        I really like Atlantic Fish Co. too. They do a good fry job with their seafood. On a nice day, it's fun to sit at one of their outside tables and watch the world go by. Located in Copley Sq on Boylston St across from Lord and Taylor/Prudential Center and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

        1. re: Pegmeister

          Atlantic Fish Co. is an excellent recommendation.

        2. I don't think ICOB has seafood platters but they have fish and chips.

          For VERY casual, no reservations you could got to Yankee Lobster. Love the lobster rolls.

          The Daily catch is a longer cab ride to Brookline but takes reservations

          And while I haven't been to either in years the tourists flock to both for fried seafood-The No Name and the Barking Crab

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          1. re: foodieX2

            there are three Daily Catch locations: North End, Brookline, waterfront. Not sure if a fisherman's platter is on the menu at all of them, but I would think they could make it. The waterfront location has a beautiful view. I've only been there once and had a great experience, but I have heard of service complaints.

            Barking Crab is near the waterfront Daily Catch. Last time I went to BC, food was horrible. View and food better at Daily Catch.

            1. re: Madrid

              I had heard the waterfront location was not great, service wise which is why I recommend Brookline. I have heard other negatives about food in the location Boston but from sources I don't really have enough confidence about to confirm. I have only been to Brookline.

              Good to know about the BC. It is always packed when I go by it but the last time I ate there was in the mid 90's after a Harpoon fest. I was too drunk to remember much about the food, lol.

              1. re: foodieX2

                I think Barking Crab depends on people not remembering much about the food.....!

                1. re: foodieX2

                  Agree on the waterfront location of the Daily Catch. I had the fisherman's platter there just a month or so ago after the flower show. Total disappointment, an over abundance of large rubbery calamari, haddock with skin on it, and underwhelming clams. I know why skin is left on haddock, but if you're a reputable restaurant, there should not be a trust issue. Nothing worse than losing half your yummy fried crust to a piece of gooey fish skin. I'm afraid my choices for a great fisherman's platter are well out of Boston but definitely wanting to steer you away from the DC at the Seaport.

                2. re: Madrid

                  I live near the one in Brookline, and they do indeed have a fisherman's platter on the menu, with shrimp, scallops, calamari, and fish (cod or haddock). I haven't had it though, so I can't vouch for the quality.

                3. re: foodieX2

                  You know, for a fried fish plate, the No Name isn't bad. I generally would not steer people there, but people generally don't ask specifically for a fried fish plate.

                  But Barking Crab? No. Never.

                  I'll also second steinpilz's other recs.

                4. I actually like Legal's and Salty Dog, other ones I'll suggest are No-Name, Dolphin, and Moulton's:





                  1. there's a fish shop in the south end called Morse Fish. Zero frills, plastic chairs and silverwear, but legit for fried seafood. No ressies required.

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                    1. re: bostonfoodz

                      I've gotten fried clams at Morse twice. The first time they were one big glob of clams all stuck together. The second time the batter had a strong minty taste. Very weird. I also get a feeling that it's not the cleanest place. We won't be back.