Chef Daniel Bruce offers a seasonal and contemporary menu at Meritage. Located in the Boston Harbor Hotel, it is renowned for its Sunday brunch. On offer are hot and cold appetizers, tasting plates and delectable seafood. They pride themselves on their award-winning selection of 12,000 bottles of wine, with 1500 on display in sub-zero cases. With over 850 varieties to choose from, this place is an oenophiles haven.
Gather is a melting pot for academics, fashionistas, artists and corporate people. It is situated in front of the harbor, within District Hall, Boston's community hub, which boasts of an avant-garde façade. The futuristic design extends to the interiors of this restaurant. Bulbs with cords of irregular lengths hang from perforated panels in the ceiling. Their sparkling lights, with a backdrop of glass windows, resembles a starry night sky. Savor appetizers such as Marrow Toast, Tuna Tartar and Char Grilled Octopus. Their mains include Lamb Osso Buco, a blend of confit tomato, milled polenta and shallots. Do not miss their desserts like Chocolate Layer Cake and Fresh Berry Tart. Your meal is complemented by cocktails like the tequila-infused The Monk and the vodka-based Cucumber Cooly. Hire this venue for a romantic celebration or a business function.
Legal Sea Foods is synonymous with great seafood in Boston. Boasting a traditional clam chowder that has been served at five presidential inaugurations, this restaurant also offers a light chowder for diet-conscious diners. Steamed lobster dinners are always a good choice, or any of their other dishes made from their selection of 30 fresh fish varieties offered daily, served baked, broiled, steamed or fried. Raw shellfish, salads and vegetables are also available. Legal Sea Foods has a mail-order service, function space and catering. This seafood hot spot has locations throughout Boston and other cities around the country, but this location at Long Wharf offers stunning oceanside views.
From early spring to the end of the summer, hordes of young professionals flock to this popular watering hole. Perched on the water's edge, this hot spot is where many come to relax with a frozen margarita or a cold beer, after a day in the office or touring. The brick patio gets jam-packed starting at 5p on summer nights. The small, wrought-iron tables overflow with those looking to unwind, meet new people or enjoy some delicious appetizers.
ArtBar is located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, giving a breathtaking view of the Charles River. The patio has an effortlessly classy seating area, a full bar and innovative cuisine which is complimented by the soothing view of the water. All the dishes are prepared using locally sourced items, designed to highlight the best regional and seasonal New England ingredients. The seasonal menu features, soups, salads, seafood and more that pair beautifully with the perfectly curated wine list. Catering to families with kids, this creative establishment offers a simple yet nutritious children's menu to young ones.
James Hook & Co. first began selling these delicious crustaceans in 1925, and continue their legacy and passion for shucked lobster meat even today. Famous for their lobster roll with creamy mayo, James Hook & Co. sits on the historic Boston waterfront and doles out tasty renditions of seafood everyday. Besides lobster, there is also clam chowder, lobster bisque and freshly prepared gigantic lobster plates to be had. If you want a second helping, get ready to battle the ever-present queue here.
For a classic American-style dining experience, try Joe's American Bar and Grill. This Waterfront eatery has a pub section with all of the usual selections, as well as a more formal section with white-line covered tables. A young, after-work crowd fills the bar on the lower level of the restaurant where people watching is a fun activity. The seats on the patio, as well as some inside, offer a nice view of the water. This restaurant also has a Back Bay location at 279 Dartmouth Street
True to it's name, you will find fresh seafood dishes at Daily Catch in the North End. Dishes often pair a heavy garlic, butter and cream sauce with trout, salmon, shrimp and scallops. Spicy lobster fra diavolo is the reigning menu champ, drawing many tourists and locals. The calamari dishes are some of the best in Boston. Besides the restaurant serves beer and wine.
This seafood restaurant serves old-fashioned New England fare in a great waterfront setting. Some might call the decor tacky, with ship wheels, lobster pots and fishnets adorning the wood-paneled walls, but it is reassuring that places like this are still around. Get a table by the window, order the twin lobster special and watch the boats come into dock, and you will be glad that you did not go to a crowded tourist trap and pay twice as much. The restaurant has a full service bar.