What you’re getting: Yellowfin tuna tartare, French escargot, broiled lobster
Ostra (“oyster” in Spanish) is owned and operated by Chef Jamie Mammano, the culinary force behind Hub favorites Mistral, Teatro, and Sorellina. An in-house fishmonger guarantees that the seafood is always impeccable, whether it’s locally caught or flown in from the Mediterranean. Everything is tasty, but be prepared to drop a pretty penny, especially if you’re planning to spring for the exotic Israeli caviar ($155).
What you’re getting: The shellfish tower and the pan-roasted halibut
Consistently voted among Boston’s best seafood joints, Mare offers quality seafood and a bright, sophisticated ambiance in the heart of the bustling North End. Roll with the shellfish tower for a dish piled high with oysters, clams, crab claws, lobster, and shrimp, and follow it up with an interesting twist on pan-roasted halibut that includes corn and clam chowder, saffron, littlenecks, and grilled andouille sausage.