1. Yankee Lobster Co.300 Northern Ave, Boston
2. Island Creek Oyster Bar500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
3. James Hook & Co.15 Northern Ave, Boston
4. Row 34383 Congress st, Boston
5. Tony's Clam Shop861 Quincy Shore Dr, Quincy
6. B&G Oysters550 Tremont St, Boston
7. Belle Isle Seafood1 Main St, Winthrop
8. Neptune Oyster63 Salem St, Boston
This market sells fresh fish, yes, but don't forgo its cooked food menu, which offers up the likes of stuffed scallops, fish and chips, and lobster rolls.
Everything about Island Creek’s modern, simple decor and comfortable atmosphere makes you think of an upscale coastal shanty, not to mention the shellfish is impeccable. The raw bar is the main draw here as some of the oysters are sourced directly from its farm of the same name in Duxbury Bay, but you can also get other local New England staples like, Chatham, Wellfleet, and Pearly White. You’ll find daily changing fresh fish options like, Maine Grilled Salmon with mustard spaetzle and apple purée, Falmouth Bluefish with delicata squash and chorizo, and Fried Ipswich Clams, plus brunch fare like, Salt Cod Cakes with house-made baked beans, a fried egg, and bacon.
You can buy raw, fresh fish from this seafood purveyor, but you should definitely stick around for some of their cooked offerings, including the can't-miss lobster roll.
Row 34 is an industrial-chic oyster bar in Fort Point that complements its menu of fresh, local seafood with a powerhouse 24-tap craft beer lineup (and a sizeable bottle cellar). From the team behind Kenmore Square favorite Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34 serves up elegant plates like striped bass, pan-roasted cod, and Jonah crab cake, which the staff will expertly pair with a selection from the impressive beer program (the sour beers are always a good choice) or their favorite rosé.
This classic Quincy clam shack is the place to go to hear your order shouted back from the counter, take in some beach views while you wait for your food, and scarf down some of the damn tastiest lobster rolls you can buy for less than $20.
Barbara Lynch's tiny South End oyster bar is one of the most popular seafood counters in Boston. It stocks fresh seafood every morning, including six varieties of oysters from each coast, a selection of clams, and whole lobsters. The best seats in the house are at the long marble bar, where you can watch expert oyster-shuckers work their magic. If raw bivalves aren't your thing, don't worry, B&G also has a kick-ass lobster roll.
With terrific views of the Boston skyline, you won't mind making the trek out to Bell Isle for some of the meatiest lobster rolls you can find.
Bivalves are king at Neptune Oyster, a popular seafood counter in the North End. The menu is classically New England but a variety of seafood-based recipes come out of the kitchen, from cioppino and fried Ipswich clams to fish & chips and Basque-peppered Spanish octopus. Served two ways, the lobster roll is an award-winning signature, and though it's prepared the typical way with mayonnaise, the hot butter option is the way to go. Neptune draws hoards of seafood-craving hopefuls to its Salem St. storefront on weekend afternoons and evenings, so be prepared to traverse the neighborhood while you wait for your coveted seat at the marble bar.