Quick, tell me: what’s your favorite seafood restaurant in Boston?
If you’re like me, it would take you a few seconds to rack your brain. Sure, we boast of great seafood in New England but for some reason, I’m always stumped when my friends ask me for seafood restaurants around Boston. I can easily rattle off restaurant recommendations for Italian, French, Asian, Japanese or Spanish food, and where to go for steaks, burgers, bar bites, dessert, cocktails, brunch, and really good sandwiches. But I don’t have any favorite seafood restaurants.
Part of it the reason may be the fact that I’m quite picky with seafood (especially after an unfortunate bout with food poisoning). Also, I really like making seafood dishes at home. Last weekend when my mom was here, we had a big shopping day planned and when I asked her what she wanted to eat for lunch, she said seafood. So there we were, in the Newbury Street area, with her food blogger daughter blanking on which restaurant to suggest. Good thing I remembered Atlantic Fish.
Now in all honesty, I prefer Atlantic Fish’s sister restaurant, Abe and Louie’s which is right beside it (what can I say, I love me some steak. Don’t hate). But, I have been to Atlantic Fish several times and it never disappoints. Plus, it was lunchtime and I don’t like eating heavy meals at lunch.
The interior of Atlantic Fish is very classic, with dark woods and white tabletops. It was quite full when we arrived but we lucked out and were immediately seated at a corner table along the big windows. I like this area of the restaurant because it was bright and sunny; the other tables inside seem darker and more serious.
The bread basket wasn’t anything special, I couldn’t help but compare it to Abe and Louie’s and Stephanie’s on Newbury – both restaurants offer different kinds of carb goodness. However sometimes a plain bread basket is a good thing, because then I won’t be tempted to fill up before my actual meal! Our server was very nice – he had the perfect balance between being helpful/friendly, and letting us take our time/leaving us alone. He informed us that they also have a brunch menu, so I ordered a brunch item:
This was a great dish. It had big pieces of lobster and juicy slices of tomatoes. Eating lobster feels like a treat to me, and I really enjoyed this. I almost got something else but our server said this was a new item on the menu (not that he needed to twist my arm to order something with lobster and mozzarella). I actually asked him to swap out the home fries with a salad, but he forgot. When I reminded him, he brought out the field greens salad on the house:
Paula Deen would be all over this! The Captain’s Platter had fried shrimp, scallops, clams and fresh cod, served with coleslaw, french fries, plus tartar and cocktail sauces. This was a GIANT serving. The fried seafood was not greasy and retained its freshness; I could taste the sweetness in the scallops and the brininess of the clams. And the hand-cut fries were crispy and salty. This dish is not something we would eat everyday, so it tasted extra special. We were pretty full at the end of the meal, even if we didn’t get to finish either of our plates (we shared both), so no dessert this time for me.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable lunch at Atlantic Fish. The other items on their lunch menu sound really appetizing too. Next time someone asks me for a seafood place, I now know which restaurant to suggest.
And really, tell me: what’s your favorite seafood restaurant in Boston? And if you’re not from Boston, please share your seafood places in your city. This way I’ll have a list of highly-recommended places all over!