Lunch at Atlantic Fish

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.

bread basket with fresh roll, sesame crackers, and mini blueberry and raisin muffins

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:

I opted for the lobster, mozzarella and tomato omelet

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:

Score. This was really simple but really good (because of the right amount of balsamic dressing and the fresh greens) - perfect complement to the rich seafood bites

my meal also came with some fruit

my mom wanted to try the captain's platter

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!

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9 Responses to “Lunch at Atlantic Fish”

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    Megan posted December 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve never been to Atlantic Fish or Abe & Louie’s but I definitely think I’d go for steak too. Your omelet looks tasty. I don’t know if I’ve gone to enough fish places to have a favorite. I’m interested to see what other people’s favorites are though!

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    Michelle posted December 11, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I haven’t been to Atlantic Fish in years but I agree that it is one of my favorite seafood places. I also adore B&G Oysters! Have you been to Island Creek Oyster Bar yet? I haven’t been but I’ve heard great things about it (mostly from Meghan).

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      Bianca Garcia posted December 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Hi Michelle, haven’t been to B&G Oysters yet but I’ll put that on my list! I went to Island Creek Oyster Bar for an event but haven’t been back for a full meal. I’m actually allergic to oysters haha ;)

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    Elizabeth posted December 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Mmm, the omelette with potatoes looks delicious.

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    MelissaNibbles posted December 12, 2010 at 7:55 am

    It’s a chain, but I really like Legal Seafoods. I’ve been to Atlantic and it was only meh for me. I should go back and see if I have a better experience.

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    Lizzy posted December 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I love Abe and Louie’s (also love me some meat) but I haven’t been to Atlantic Fish! I should really try it. A lobster omlette is right up my alley. Yummy! My fav seafood rest. is probably McCormick and Schmidts or the Dolphin : )

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    Heather posted December 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    If you are ever in the Phoenix, AZ area check out The Salt Cellar…it’s a good one!

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    Susan posted December 13, 2010 at 12:05 am

    You know I have no idea. I was actually talking about who makes the best clam chowder in Boston with friends recently and we couldn’t decide! I have never been to Atlantic Fish, but I’ll be making a point to go now.

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    Lauren posted December 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Oh gosh, that is a tough question to answer. I LOVE the Oceanaire, but it’s super expensive. B&G oysters is tiiiiiny, but has amazing food. Actually, I’m craving their lobster roll right about now. I’ve also had amazing Italian-style seafood in the North End. Giacamo’s is a favorite! That lobster omelet looks crazy good, by the way.

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