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The Press Gang, a one-time private mansion dating back to the 18th Century, is now a friendly and lively meeting place for the after-work and late-dining crowd, just a couple of blocks up from the waterfront. The paella which is a savory mixture of saffron rice with sherry, shellfish, sausage and red bell peppers is the best in town. The Grilled salmon with caviar and cream is to die for. They also offer two set menus. There's a fine wine cellar and an oyster bar. Jazz nights at this restaurant on Friday and Saturday evenings sees quite the crowd. The interior is elegant with an open-brick fireplace, old-fashioned wood furniture and a grand piano. All in all, this is a great place to for special-occasion dining.
When out-of-towners ask about the best place for seafood, they are invariably sent to McKelvie's. Just a hop, skip and jump from the waterfront, it is a busy, lively restaurant full of diners who don't mind spending a bit extra for the best. Located in one of the lovely old waterfront buildings that underwent renovation instead of going under the wrecker's ball, McKelvie's was a fire hall constructed over 100 years ago. Now it is a high-ceilinged restaurant decorated with marine artifacts serving fresh seafood dishes like Blackened Salmon, Crunchy Haddock and Panko Herb Crusted Halibut Fillet. Lively and cozy, the restaurant is perfect for a family celebration.
Close to all major downtown hotels and a short walk away from the World Trade and Convention Center, the Five Fishermen Restaurant offers several seafood specialties that set it apart. They also do chicken and steaks and feature some excellent desserts like the Pecan Tart and the Date Pudding. The nautical setting, with its painted carvings of fishermen, the brick walls adorned with lobster traps and a fireplace, is cozy and welcoming. This place has one of the largest wine cellars in the city.
No matter where you sit, inside or out, upstairs or down, it's bright and cheerful at Salty's Restaurant, and the views are unbeatable. Housed in a beautifully renovated building that juts out into the harbor, Salty's also has a fresh-air patio is open from May-September. The downstairs menu features lighter meals, like Roasted Chicken Wrap and Pan Fried Shrimp. Upstairs, the fare is a bit lusher and includes delectable items like Oven Baked Atlantic Salmon, Pan Seared Tiger Shrimp and Rosemary Dijon Crusted Lamb.
When it come to fresh, succulent seafood, Fredie's Fantastic Fish is unparalleled by most other restaurant in the neighborhood. Intimate, rustic and cozy, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a casual meal with friends and family. Only the freshest possible ingredients go into the food served here, so expect you meal to be nothing short of truly enjoyable. Walk in for a bite of the signature Fredie's Fantastic Seafood Chowder, Fish Burger and Chips and Lobster Roll, which never fails to be an absolutely delectable treat.