Best Restaurants in Boston's Seaport

April 3, 2018
by Zagat Staff

Waterfront views, excellent seafood, and more.

Blue Dragon
Asian · South Boston · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

You can’t go wrong " with chef Ming Tsai say fans of this Fort Point sibling of Wellesley’s Blue Ginger, a " very different " concept that " nails " its menu of " fresh, imaginative " small plates by " creatively combining " Pan-Asian and New England influences to " out-of-this-world " effect; craft beers and " unique " cocktails add to the " haute cuisine "–meets–" neighborhood watering hole " appeal, as does the " attentive ", " knowledgeable" staff.
Row 34
Seafood · Seaport District · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

This "sleek" Fort Point sibling to Island Creek Oyster Bar "hits all the right notes" with "fresh" , "crisp" , "beautifully prepared" seafood – including an "incredible selection" of "excellent bivalve delicacies" – plus a "thoughtfully put together" craft-beer lineup; the "hip, Brooklyn-like" space (think "industrial vibes" ) can get "noisy" and "packed" , but servers nevertheless "make you feel right at home."
French · Seaport District · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"The theater of a perfectly crafted restaurant unfolds" at Barbara Lynch’s "fabulous" French-Italian in the Seaport District’s Fort Point, thanks to an "impeccable" team that "accommodates individual preferences" and provides an "educational experience" throughout each course; the "over-the-top" experience in the "romantic" , "formal" space is a "wallet emptier" , but it’s "worth the obscene amount" to be treated like "an oligarch for the night."
Italian · Seaport District · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

Restaurateur Barbara Lynch offers a "unique" , trattoria-inspired experience at this "sleek" Fort Point destination, which "never fails to satisfy" with its "creative pasta dishes" and "great wine selection" ; some find the distinctive "diner-like setting" with most seats around two U-shaped counters a little "awkward" , while others consider it a "fun way to watch" the "hip" , "friendly" staff at work in the open kitchen.
Ocean Prime
American · Seaport District · $$$

The Seaport scores New England's first location of this high-end chophouse chain, where steaks and seafood are served in a polished, wood-accented dining room and the granite centerpiece bar pours craft cocktails and over 50 wines by the glass.
Oak + Rowan
South Boston · $$$

The open kitchen at this Fort Point New American turns out refined dishes, from surf 'n' turf mains to caviar tastings and decadent desserts, including creative housemade ice cream, while the bar program includes a roving cocktail cart that mixes tipples tableside. The loftlike space has an industrial-chic feel, complete with exposed-brick walls, huge windows and a sleek bar with blue velvet chairs.
Aura Restaurant
American · Seaport District · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Housed in the Seaport Hotel, this breakfast-only spot offers à la carte American standards along with a "well-maintained" buffet that’s "a little pricey for what you get" ; though the decor may be rather "uninspired" , it’s still an "excellent setting for business conversation" given the proximity to several convention and exhibition centers.
Yankee Lobster
Seafood · Seaport District · $

This famed Seaport District seafood standby doubles as a market and casual eatery, where bib-sporting, in-the-know locals swill cold beer and down everything from fish tacos to fresh lobster (plus a bucket of crabs, smashed and de-shelled at the table). The harborside location has patio seating and parking, and sits next to an outdoor concert venue, making it a popular pre- and post-show spot.
LoLa 42
American · Seaport District · $$$

This sophisticated Seaport sib to Nantucket's popular Lola 41 (each named for its latitudinal location) is double the size with its elegant dining room, sushi bar and patio, plus a bar that's strong on sake. The kitchen turns out Japanese fare from sashimi to izakaya-style snacks, as well as eclectic global dishes.
The Barking Crab
Seafood · Seaport District · $$
Food 3.9 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

"As advertised" , the "no-frills" , "fresh, often-fried" "New England seafood favorites" from this "haunt" "floating on a barge" in Fort Point Channel "satisfy cravings" while offering "real value" ; though the "roughshod" "shanty" -inspired style won’t suit everyone, there’s a "lively" vibe at the "shared wooden tables" , where "younger beer-swilling" locals "rub shoulders with tourists."