Boston's Best Waterfront Restaurants

Boston's Best Waterfront Restaurants

Boston is definitely known for its seafood, so why not enjoy your meal waterside? With so many restaurants to choose from, there is definitely a dining option for everyone.

Boston is known for its seafood and its upscale restaurants, many of which have as much history as the city itself. But with so many choices, it can be difficult to decide where to eat, especially if your trip only leaves room for a couple of meals. But with Boston Harbor's gorgeous views, why enjoy your fresh caught seafood and other favorites anywhere other than on the water? With so many restaurants situated on the harbor, there are options for any person or group, whether you are traveling with kids, looking to spend a date night out, relaxing with friends, or in a hurry to get to your next adventure.

For the whole family

The Barking Crab Boston, Massachusetts Happy Fence Friday!

When families are involved, especially those with kids, fancy restaurants quickly become a stressful and expensive ordeal. But while Boston's waterfront is definitely known for some of its higher end dining establishments, it also boasts its fair share of affordable, casual options. It doesn't get more casual—or more fun—than the Barking Crab. If the name alone doesn't convince you that everyone in your party will love it, then the casual, upbeat atmosphere, live music, and picnic tables on their patio, which overlooks the water and the city on the other side, certainly will. It's also located just a few minutes walk from the Children's Museum, making it the perfect place to relax after chasing after the kiddos all day.

For those in a hurry

Anthony's Cafe On The Waterfront, Boston, MA

From the Museum of Fine Arts, to the Harborwalk, to the Charles Playhouse, and everything in between, it's no secret that Boston offers more attractions and sightseeing than you could ever fit into one vacation. But for those who are trying to, or who are just trying to fit in as much as possible, wasting a lot of time on long waits and slow food at restaurants can be a huge drain. That's where Anthony's Cafe on the Waterfront steps in. This quirky, no-frills restaurant serves breakfast and lunch everyday from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., and sits just across from the waterfront. Order one of their famous omelets from the counter, then grab a seat, and you'll not only be eating quickly, but you'll save a load compared to those pricey hotel breakfasts. Anthony's is cash only, and the fast, tasty, inexpensive food can draw a crowd, so come early.

For date night

“#bostonharbor background! ... This place is totally #winning 😍”

Could there be a more romantic setting than Boston Harbor at sunset? And what better way to enjoy it than over fresh seafood? Legal Harborside offers three unique experiences at its waterfront establishment. The first floor boasts a casual restaurant with a laid back feel; the second floor is upscale, fine dining at its best; and the rooftop bar is a swanky lounge that is popular with young businessmen and women. Catch a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion across the street and wear your jeans and t-shirt on the first floor. Or go all out with black tie attire, and enjoy an after dinner drink on the roof as you mingle with locals. No matter what you and your date are into, Legal Harborside's casual or fancy style, mixed with fresh, tasty seafood and unbeatable views is always a safe choice. Need a little something to impress your date with? According to the Boston Exclaimer, Legal's clam chowder has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

For wine lovers

“Enjoy this fantastic view from @meritageboston situated right on the scenic Boston Harbor! #MeetMeritage #dining #wine”

Anyone who enjoys fresh, farm to table recipes paired with carefully curated wines is sure to appreciate the picturesque Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar. Chef Daniel Bruce prepares two separate menus, one with foods that pair well with a white wine and one for foods to pair with a red, each filled with decadent, farm-to-table fruits and vegetables, locally caught seafood, and the finest meats. His dishes are as artful as they are delicious, and the newly renovated restaurant, located in the Boston Harbor Hotel, offers gorgeous views of the harbor. The menus are constantly changing, as only food that is at the peak of its harvest season is served, so this spot warrants several returns to try out new dishes and discover new favorites.

For friends looking for some summertime fun

“FISHBOWL!!!! #thelandingatlongwharf #boston #32ozofliquidgold”

Boston might be known for fancy, upscale seafood, but at The Landing at Long Wharf, "fish with friends" takes on a whole new meaning involving giant fishbowls filled with colorful cocktails and bendy straws. This outdoor bar offers meals and snacks, but is best known for its drinks. Grab a bite and a bowl, and sit back to enjoy those harbor views with friends. There is a ten person minimum to enjoy the "fish tank" and a three person minimum for a "fish bowl," but they offer plenty of other cocktails and drafts to choose from. Long Wharf is also an excellent spot to grab a boat tour from, which makes The Landing a nice place to wait for your boat or for extending your trip afterwards when you just aren't ready for the fun to end.

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