Hotel 140’s Top Seafood Picks
Restaurants in Boston are famous for their creative and delicious dishes featuring lobsters, oysters and other creatures of the sea. We are surrounded by water and have easy access to an amazing supply of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, as well as a heritage of preparing it faultlessly.
Many travelers to Boston have “trying a New England Lobster” on the top of their Boston Bucket list. After researching many seafood restaurants, (read: “eating A LOT”) and reading the Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews, we have listed our opinion of the Top 5 below. We made sure they were all in close proximity to Hotel 140 as well to ensure a pleasant post-dinner stroll back “home.” We hope you enjoy our research as much as we did! They are in no particular order, as each is different and special in its very own way. We would love to hear where you have been and what you enjoyed.
*Price Range: $$$ ($9-$60)
*Online Menu: http://www.turnersboston.com/menus/dinner/
Conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay, this is one of the city’s finest choices for a great seafood dinner. To walk to this premier location, walk out our Stuart Street Entrance and turn left. Just one block away, across the street from Starbuck’s, you’ll see the sign for Turner Fisheries inside Copley Place. Serving only sustainable seafood, you can catch the $1 oyster feature on Friday evenings. “Best nights are Wednesdays for the 2lb lobster ($35 ONLY!!) and the $1 oysters on Fridays. Start here for oysters on a Friday Red Sox game and do it up right. ” This comment is from one of the reviewers over at Yelp. We personally recommend the (award winning) Clam Chowder and HOMEMADE oyster crackers. Heavenly!
*Price Range: $$ ($11-$30)
*Online Menu: http://www.skipjacks.com/index.cfm/pid/10318
Skipjack’s claims that they are “THE seafood expert” of Boston with many seasonally inspired menu items that utilize the freshest catch seafood. With a menu that serves anything from Fish-n-Chips to Sashimi; from a divine Lobster Martini to an extensive raw bar; and cocktails that cover Saki, beer, a respectable wine list, and cocktails galore, we tend to agree. And we like their price point, as well. “They have steamed Maine Lobster on their menu baked & stuffed with crab & scallop stuffing, they also have lobster & shrimp Fra Diablo which is quite good…speedy service and everything is very fresh and tasty here,” states a recent Trip Advisor review. Hotel 140 recommends Skip Jacks for a business meeting, romantic dinner, or great family fun. They also have a Sunday morning Jazz Brunch. There is an outside seating area in the summer. To walk here, take a left out of the Clarendon Street entrance to the Hotel. Skipjack’s is our neighbor on Clarendon Street, 2 blocks on the right.
Atlantic Fish Co.
*Price Range: $$ ($10-$30)
*Online Menu: http://www.atlanticfishco.com
Atlantic Fish Co. boasts menus that are printed daily, further evidence of the freshness of their ingredients. With outside patio dining on Boylston St, the people watching is as fulfilling as the well-priced Oysters Rockefeller and U10 GIANT shrimp cocktail. They also serve brunch on the weekends. The clams in the chowder are THE most tender I have ever enjoyed. And the wine list is thoughtful, well priced, and accomplished. Sais a recent senior Trip Advisor reviewer, “Normally when we travel we never go back to the same restaurant twice. Atlantic Fish Co. was such a great find, we went back three times.” To visit for your first (or third) time, walk out the Stuart Street entrance and pass John Hancock on your right. At the opposite side of park is Boylston Street, take a left and Atlantic Fish Co will be four blocks on your right (just past Max Brenner’s). Our favorite picks are the Sea Bass and the Rockefeller.
Legal Sea Foods
*Price Range: $$$ ($10-$60)
Founded in 1950, they keep it simple, stating, “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal.” Featuring an extensive wine list and a number of locations in Boston, including the Seafood Test Kitchen in the trendy new Seaport, Legal’s was born of a fish market in Cambridge. They now have over 30 locations in 10 states. One Yelp reviewer stated, “If you love seafood, this is heaven.” To walk there, follow Stuart Street right out the door to Arlington (two blocks). Take a right onto Arlington and Right onto Park Plaza. You will find Legal’s at 26 Park Plaza. We recommend the always “Legal Experience,” the crab cakes and their daily Wood Grilled Selections. Also, keep an eye out for their great gluten-free options.
Union Oyster House
- *Price Range: $$$ ($12-$60)
*Online Menu: http://www.uniononysterhouse.com/Pages/newmenu.html
Located on the historic Freedom Trail, this is one of the oldest restaurants in Boston. It has become an icon in the city and has been dishing out the best seafood you can find since 1826. The Union Oyster House is actually the oldest restaurant in the United States of America and is located at 41-43 Union Street in Boston.
They serve traditional New England fair including lobsters, clams and oysters. They also serve poultry dishes, steaks, chops and baked beans. Many famous people have dined at the Union Oyster House. One reviewer from Trip Advisor had this to say, “It’s worth it for the historical value.” A fun fact about the Union Oyster House is that they claim responsibility for making the toothpick popular. We suggest taking a cab to the Union Oyster House from Hotel 140, but feel it is well worth the cab fare (approximately $5-$7) to experience fresh seafood in this historical setting.
Don’t “clam” up; we want to “SEA” what your thoughts are on the local, fresh selection.
Submitted by: Zoe S.