Boston skyline from dinner at Cafe Graffiti, 15 July 2010

In spring and summer of 2010, my employer sent me on assignment to a client in Boston, which allowed me to get a good bit tasting of some very solid seafood over the time I spent there. Given our client’s location, my restaurant choices were mostly between the Back Bay area, the North End (Little Italy) and Long Wharf (Aquarium) areas. My partner stayed for a week in Cambridge, and whilst I made trips up by Harvard Square, I did not eat out in that area. There are also several solid eateries that I had gotten in the South End, unfortunately, I was unable to make it down before my time in Boston was up.

Boston, MA

Atlantic Fish Co. | Seafood | Back Bay
Upscale casual seafood restaurant located on Boyleston Street in front of the Prudential Center.
Review | Website

Bouchee | French Brasserie | Back Bay
Casual moderately priced French brasserie on famed Newbury Street. Loved their escargot.
Review | Website

Cafe Graffiti | Italian | North End
Solid mid-priced Italian fare in Little Italy with outdoor seating that gives a good view of the business district and Long Wharf.
Review | Website

Cafe Vittoria | Italian Cafe/Coffeehouse | North End
Gelateria and dessert cafe/coffeehouse. Extremely solid ricotta cheesecake. Very much worth the $3.25 I paid for it (it was a pretty generous slice at that too).
Review | Website

Cheers | American | Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall
Serving American fare in the exact set where the TV show took place. Mac and cheese was pretty good.
Review | Website

Fill-a-Buster | American | Beacon Hill
Soup and salad eatery located by the capitol building.
Review | Website

Kennedy’s Midtown | Irish | Beacon Hill
Traditional Irish pub fare – a good pick for a business lunch.
Review | Website

Legal Sea Foods | Seafood | Multiple Locations
If you’re completely new to Boston seafood – or stuck at Boston’s Logan airport, then you can’t go wrong with this pick.
Review | Website

Neptune Oyster | Seafood | North End
Somewhat expensive, and slightly cramped, this eatery has a very nice selection of raw oysters to pick from, and their seafood is very fresh. A good experience chatting it up with the locals at the bar…except for when they found out I was from Philly, then they laid it on thick about how much the Phillies sucked. Walked right into that one.
Review | Website

Sel de la Terre | French/Provencal | Multiple Locations
French restaurant whose specialty is Southern/Provencal cooking. Dishes were small as one would expect and most had a tangy or sweet twist to them.
Review | Website

Summer Shack | Seafood | Multiple locations
Laid back Boston seafood eatery, well known for their crabs.
Review | Website

Tapeo | Spanish | Back Bay
As much as I loved Amada in Philadelphia, I have to say this place, whilst expensive, topped Amada as the best tapas restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. The seafood ceviche was fantastic, the sauces were rich, the seafood was fresh and their sangrias were better than any other I’ve ever had. Located on Newbury Street.
Review | Website


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