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Outlook Kitchen and Bar
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The best restaurants in the Seaport District

Here are the best restaurants the Seaport has to offer, including spots with impressive water views

By Time Out Boston Staff and Eric Grossman

The Seaport District is one of Boston’s most popular dinner destinations, with plenty of pre- and post-event dinner options plus waterfront views. Seafood might be the first thing to come to mind; fortunately the Seaport offers some of the best seafood restaurants in Boston and best lobster rolls in Boston. There's more than just seafood though, as our list of the best Seaport restaurants reveals. Make a night of it by pairing dinner with one of the best free things to do in Boston, or check out our guide to the best live music in Boston. 

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Best restaurants in the Seaport District

Legal Harborside
Photograph: Courtesy Legal Harborside/Heath Robbins

1. Legal Harborside

Restaurants Seafood Seaport District

Legal Harborside’s flagship location in the Seaport offers three floors of different dining experiences, all with sweeping views of Boston Harbor. Each floor has a different concept. Watch the oyster-shucking action in the informal first-floor dining room, where the menu focuses on raw bar items, soups, salads, pastas, crowd-pleasing seafood faves, and wood-grilled dishes. Enjoy fine dining in the elegant second floor—its space reminiscent of a ship’s captain’s quarters—and select from an upscale, fish-focused menu. The third floor is reserved for private dining, and the roof deck and bar is popular for after-work and pre-concert crowds.

Woods Hill Pier 4
Photograph: Courtesy Woods Hill Pier 4

2. Woods Hill Pier 4

Restaurants American creative Seaport District

Woods Hill Pier 4 brings farm-to-table dining to the Seaport, on the site where the iconic Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant once sat. Kristin Canty and the team behind The Farm at Woods Hill create modern, seasonal dishes using ingredients that are organic, non-GMO, and come from local area purveyors. All meat comes from The Farm at Woods Hill and other local farms that raise animals ethically and feed from an organic grass-based diet.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alicia K.

3. Chickadee

Restaurants Mediterranean Seaport District

The seasonal menu at this Seaport hotspot—named after the Massachusetts state bird—is Mediterranean-influenced, but features ingredients from local farms, markets, and producers. Starters such as kohlrabi tzatziki combine the best of both worlds. The lunch menu focuses on pitas—check out the fried hake with pickled peppers and zhoug. Dinner offers more to explore; pasta dishes are a highlight, dishes might include littleneck clams with green harissa or gnocchi with smoked chestnut. Innovative cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, too—snap peas, roasted red peppers, and jasmine, to name a few.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/ Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

4. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House - Boston

Restaurants Steakhouse Seaport District

Situated on Liberty Wharf, Del Friscos offers one of its most visually striking locations in the Seaport. The lengthy, varied menu is packed with USDA Prime beef and fresh seafood. The impressive wine list boasts over 1,500 selections from around the world. The 14,000 square foot, 400 seat restaurant has a 40 seat circular bar and lounge area, 70 seat outdoor veranda, and three distinctive private dining rooms.

Photograph: Melissa Ostrow

5. Committee

Restaurants Mediterranean Seaport District

The Seaports go-to Greek restaurant plays with Mediterranean spices and techniques to produce a contemporary meze menu: think artichoke moussaka, fried smelts, and salt-roasted beets, to name a few. (Standard bearers like tzatziki and hummus are available too.) The after-work crowd descends nightly to enjoy creative cocktails and wines from Greece and Lebanon. The weekend brunch is a singular surprise; nowhere else in town can you pair a breakfast gyro with champagne tray service. One of the neighborhoods largest patios proves popular when the sun's out.

Outlook Kitchen and Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Outlook Kitchen and Bar

6. Outlook Kitchen and Bar

Restaurants Cuban Seaport District

The Envoy Hotel boasts a snazzy rooftop bar with great views of the Seaport. It’s a hip spot for cocktails and conversation. And when it’s time for dinner, there’s Outlook Kitchen downstairs. Executive Chef Tatiana Rosana uses her Cuban background to influence her progressive American cuisine. The stylish menu varies seasonally, featuring the freshest ingredients available. Starters include grilled Spanish octopus and a variety of flatbreads. Salads—e.g. watermelon with stracciatella and charred lime vinaigrette—are fresh and colorful. A warm-weather pappardelle comes with puffed quinoa, while Maine chicken is paired with forbidden rice, jicama, and ancho chile. Don’t miss the cocktails, which feature fresh mixers and small batch spirits.

Tuscan Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Diane H.

7. Tuscan Kitchen - Seaport

Restaurants Italian Seaport District

Tuscan Kitchen’s Seaport location offers an authentic rustic Italian dining experience with handmade pastas and raviolis, fresh baked breads, and house-made salumi. The open kitchen offers a glimpse of the action—sit at the kitchen bar for the best view. For real enthusiasts, grab a seat by the in-house aged salumi or the hand-stretched mozzarella stations to ogle the artistry before you eat it. The extensive wine list makes for perfect pairings, and house-made gelato offers a sweet end to a meal. As a bonus, the ShowPlace ICON movie theater is only a few steps away.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Morton's the Steakhouse

8. Morton’s The Steakhouse - Boston Seaport

Restaurants Steakhouse Seaport District

With a prime location on the waterfront, Morton’s is the place for steak in the Seaport. The stylish interior offers panoramic views of the Harbor from the bar and a seasonal patio for enjoying the breeze. With prime aged beef, signature steakhouse sides, an excellent wine list, and elegant desserts, Morton’s has the classic steakhouse experience down pat.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge

9. Empire

Restaurants Contemporary Asian Seaport District

This Seaport stalwart hosts celebratory groups and corporate types for festive cocktails and a crowd-pleasing, pan-Asian menu of familiar favorites. Specialty nigiri and signature maki tantalize with interesting ingredients including marinated chinese celery, Wild Sockeye salmon, and yellow pepper sauce. A highlight for sushi-lovers is the unlimited sushi menu available on Wednesdays starting at 5pm. Get more than your fill of some of the most popular rolls plus some smaller bites from the regular menu.

Ocean Prime
Photograph: Courtesy Ocean Prime

10. Ocean Prime

Restaurants Seaport District

Ocean Prime offers some of the city’s best seafood and steak, in one location in the Seaport. Amidst the raw bar and sushi offerings are top-notch, dry-aged steaks, from a bone-in filet to a 16-ounce ribeye, all seared at 1,200 degrees. Steaks come with “accessories” like black truffle butter or blue cheese crust, along with traditional sides like creamed spinach and asparagus with hollandaise. Add in a glam interior and impeccable service, and Ocean Prime goes toe to toe with the city’s more traditional steakhouses.

Barking Crab
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Barking Crab

11. The Barking Crab

Restaurants Seafood Seaport District

Set right on Boston Harbor, this red-shingled seafood shack and open-air tent is party central all summer long for locals and tourists. Join the crowds at the picnic tables beneath lamps made of Christmas light-strung lobster traps. Plastic buckets of fried clams or peel-and-eat shrimp help keep the beer-fueled festivities going. Summer is peak season, but The Barking Crab draws fans year-round to the Seaport for a clam shake vibe in the heart of the city.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alee L.

12. Gather

Restaurants American Seaport District

Amidst the creative minds in the Seaport’s District Hall is Gather, which focuses on innovative New American cuisine. Using local ingredients whenever possible, the kitchen turns out dishes like shellfish ceviche toast, lobster cobb salad, duck tacos, and fungi ragout flatbread. Creative cocktails and an extensive beer and wine list—not to mention the large patio and Seaport views—make Gather a great place to meet for drinks. Stop by on Waffle Sunday to create your own waffle topped with anything from Oreos and Fluff to pretzels and cheddar cheese.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Marissa D.

13. Temazcal Tequila Cantina

Restaurants Mexican Seaport District

With patio dining and more than 250 varieties of tequila, the casually stylish Temazcal is a welcome escape in the Seaport. The dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the harbor. The elevated Mexican cuisine is bright and flavorful; house specialties include traditional favorites such as chorizo empanadas, mole enchiladas, and grilled skirt steak. Unique offerings include a Veracruzana grain salad and scallops al pastor. Upscale margaritas draw praise, and extensive cocktail and wine lists enhance any meal.


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