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18 best restaurants in the Boston Seaport

The Seaport has it all, ocean views, amazing fine dining and fun rooftop bars.

JQ Louise
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JQ Louise
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With much of the Boston Seaport stretching along the harbor, this district offers some of the best seafood restaurants and best waterfront restaurants in Boston—but you’ll find far more than just the best lobster rolls in town. Our guide to the best Seaport reveals all the places you will want to make a reservation this season. Trust us, as the temps continue to rise, the Seaport is the place to be.

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Best restaurants in the Boston Seaport

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  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

The fine dining jewel in Barbara Lynch’s collection of restaurants, Menton takes its name from the Côte d’Azur town near the Italian border. The contemporary, French- and Italian-inspired cuisine, offered in both a la carte and a "chef's whim" tasting menu, features luxurious ingredients such as sea urchin and black truffle. Plush details—from French linens to Austrian crystal—and attentive service ensures guests feel utterly pampered. For a unique special occasion option, Menton offers a private chef’s table with a glass wall providing views of the impressive kitchen.

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  • American creative
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

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.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

The seasonal menu at this Seaport hot spot—named after the Massachusetts state bird—is Mediterranean-influenced, but features ingredients from local farms, markets and producers. The lunch menu focuses on pitas, while dinner offers more to explore. Pasta dishes are a highlight, with combinations like squid and sopressata, and finocchiona and fresh chickpeas. Innovative cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, too—snap peas, roasted red peppers and jasmine, to name a few.

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Established on the island of Nantucket, this Asian-inspired seafood hot spot brings its menu to the mainland at Pier 4. Whether you’re kitchenside, waterside or at the bar, Nautilus is sure to impress with small-plate tried and true “old favs” like steamed pork buns and Indonesian chicken drumettes (you can also find these bites at its original ACK location), as well as what the restaurant refers to as your “new favs,” including spoon tuna chips and dips, and chilled octopus salad. It’s the perfect spot to stop for a craft cocktail and a nibble, or for an entire feast (the whole roasted Peking duck here is legendary)—either way, you can’t go wrong.

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  • Italian
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

The casual answer to Menton, Chef Barbara Lynch's sleek iteration of the classic diner offers up supremely tasty trattoria-inspired Italian cuisine. Sit at the large communal counter that showcases the action in the kitchen, or grab a bite to-go from the bakery counter's rotating selection of pastries, soups and sandwiches and find a bench along the channel for a waterside picnic.

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Sibling to Nantucket's Lola 41 offering sushi, Japanese izakaya-style bites & global dishes. Lola 42 is a trendy spot to enjoy cocktails and signature dishes inside or on their patio, which enjoys views of the water. 

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  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

If you’re seeking out seafood, Row 34 is your solution. The restaurant’s industrial-style decor is warmed with an open shucking counter, as well as a long bar framed by a rotating beer menu so vast that it creates a kind of ever-changing wallpaper. Order up oysters on the half shell, a lobster roll and a pint of local or international brew—from brunch until dinner.

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  • Mediterranean
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

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). 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.

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  • American
  • Seaport District

Lolita offers tasty Mexican-inspired cuisine—with a side of nightlife and waterfront views. On the inside, this Fort Point spot is a dimly lit, macabre masterpieceand on the outside, it’s a bright and airy waterfront paradise. The patio of this cocina and tequila cantina runs right alongside the channel, giving guests a front row seat to the Seaport as they pound queso and sip margaritas. Other menu highlights include Maine lobster-topped guacamole, spicy artichoke empanadas, Mexican fried rice and street corn cauliflower tacos. 

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  • Ice cream parlors
  • Seaport District
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Taiyaki NYC’s almost too-cute-to-eat ice cream cones have made their way up the coast and into Boston’s Seaport District. The most popular treat on the menu is their signature soft serve in a fish-shaped cone, but they also have other unique options, such as the Unicorn Float, which is served in a unicorn inflatable tube. Expect a line because although there are plenty of fish in the sea, Taiyaki NYC’s might be the sweetest.

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  • Cuban
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

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.

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  • Contemporary Asian
  • Seaport District

This Seaport stalwart hosts celebratory groups and corporate types for festive cocktails and a crowd-pleasing, pan-Asian menu filled with favorites. Specialty nigiri and signature maki tantalize with interesting ingredients like marinated Chinese celery, wild Sockeye salmon and yellow pepper sauce. A highlight for sushi-lovers is the unlimited sushi menu available on Mondays starting at 5pm, when you can feast upon some of the most popular rolls, plus some smaller bites from the regular menu.

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  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 2 of 4

As the flagship location within Legal Sea Foods' empire, Legal Harborside offers three floors of dining—all with fantastic fish-focused menus and sweeping views of Boston Harbor. On the first floor, crowds devour raw bar items and casual faves; the second floor is the epitome of elegance with its selection of upscale fare; while the third floor is reserved for private dining. After your meal, join the sea of people on its celebrated rooftop for a cocktail and the ultimate harbor views.

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  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
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Set right on Boston Harbor, this red-shingled seafood shack and open-air tent is party central all summer long for locals and tourists alike. Join the crowds at the picnic tables, beneath the glow of Christmas light-strung lobster traps. Traditional boils and fried fare help keep the beer-fueled festivities going. Summer is peak season, but The Barking Crab draws fans year-round to the Seaport with its stellar seafood and laidback vibes in the heart of the city.

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  • Italian
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

Tuscan Kitchen’s Seaport location offers a rustic Italian dining experience with handmade pastas and ravioli, freshly 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 hand-stretched mozzarella stations to ogle the artistry before you eat it. The extensive wine list makes for perfect pairings, and gelato made onsite offers a sweet end to a meal. 

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  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

Situated on Liberty Wharf, Del Frisco’s offers one of the 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, or if you’re in the mood for something stronger, their dirty martinis with blue cheese-stuffed olives are made to perfection. 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. In other words, it’s huge.

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  • Steakhouse
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

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

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  • Seaport District
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Ocean Prime offers some of the city’s best seafood and steak, all within one of Boston’s hottest spaces. 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. Don’t forget the impressive cocktail list curated from seasonal ingredients.

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