Whenever we travel, people always remind us not to miss out on the food. When you’re in Boston, that same sentiment echoes. One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston has a long and rich history that continues to shape its arts and culture. And when it comes to food, this waterfront city has plenty of great options to offer. Let’s start your Boston food tour by the sea. Located on the Shawmut Peninsula, Boston has no shortage of excellent waterfront restaurants offering everything from the freshest seafood to exquisite takes on New American cuisine. To make things easier for you, we found the best waterfront dining spots in Boston, Massachusetts.
1. Legal Harborside
“If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal,” and you can rest assured you’ll be feasting on the freshest seafood in the city at Legal Harborside. It’s located right on the Boston waterfront, with three levels of different themes to choose from. For al fresco, waterfront dining, we highly recommend booking a table at the third level, which has a four-season rooftop lounge.
Address: 270 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Legal Harborside
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am
2. Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Fine dining by the harbor is what you get when you visit Rowes Wharf Sea Grille. Housed in the five-star Boston Harbor Hotel, it’s one of the best places for a romantic date, an extremely satisfying breakfast, and even after-work cocktails with your closest friends. You also have the option to dine in the chic dining room or out in the terrace (especially if you’re looking to end what is an absolutely perfect day). You deserve it.
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Website: Rowes Wharf Sea Grille
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 7am - 11pm; Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 10pm
3. Strega Waterfront
If you ask us, one of the best ways to enjoy a finely made dish of Italian food is to eat it by the water and that, exactly, is the kind of experience Strega Waterfront offers. Named as one of Zagat’s best Boston seaport restaurants, Strega Waterfront not only serves old-world Italian classics but a broad selection of steaks and seafood as well. Ask the in-house sommelier for the perfect wine pairing to elevate the whole dining experience.
Address: 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Strega Waterfront
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 4pm - 2am; Mon - Fri: 11am - 2am
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4. on Liberty Wharf
Now that we’ve touched on seafood and Italian classics, it’s time you enjoy well-prepared New England and American cuisine by the harbor at 75 on Liberty Wharf. The floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the entire harbor-side of the restaurant allow for magnificent views no matter the time of day. Aside from great food, 75 on Liberty Wharf also offers an impeccable wine and cocktail selection.
75 on Liberty Wharf
Address: 220 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Website: 75 on Liberty Wharf
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 10:30am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 11pm
5. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Enjoy a sumptuous meal of seafood and prime steak cuts at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the Seaport District with the Boston Harbor as your backdrop or view. With its fine lines and clean cuts, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is indeed a stylish and state-of-the-art steakhouse, the only one of its kind in Boston. Did we mention you have over 1,200 bottles of wine to choose from?
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Address: 250 Northern Avenue, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 3pm - 10pm
6. Lookout Rooftop Bar
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Feel like the king (or queen) of the world when you head up to the Lookout Rooftop Bar atop glitzy Envoy Hotel on Sleeper Street. This stylish rooftop lounge not only features unobstructed, panoramic views of the Boston Harbor but 360-degree views of the Boston skyline as well. Enjoy your favorite cocktail with close friends or your significant other as you take in these gorgeous views.
Lookout Rooftop Bar
Address: The Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Lookout Rooftop Bar
Opening hours: Wed - Sat: 4pm - 11pm (closed from Sun to Tue)
7. Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Mexican food is often relegated to cheap eats and street food, but here at Temazcal Tequila Cantina’s Seaport location, it is given a special love, attention, and high status it deserves. Enjoy “elevated” Mexican cuisine and chase it all down with one of the 250+ tequilas available in the restaurant. Come for lunch or dinner, it doesn’t matter– you’ll definitely have a good time here.
Temezcal Tequila Cantina
Address: 250 Northern Avenue #2, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Temezcal Tequila Cantina
Opening hours: 11am - 2pm (daily)
8. Legal Test Kitchen
Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) is another waterfront restaurant brought to you by the experts from Legal Sea Foods. The food is so great, Legal Test Kitchen is widely recognized as one of the best seafood restaurants and bars in the Seaport area. The best thing about the Legal Test Kitchen is that there is no set menu. You and your fellow diners the focus group out to try new dishes, as well as drinks. Overall, an exciting and dynamic dining experience.
Legal Test Kitchen
Address: 225 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Website: Legal Test Kitchen
Opening hours: 11am - 2am (daily)
9. The Boston Sail Loft
From the Seaport District, we’re moving on to the North End/Waterfront area for the Boston Sail Loft. One of the go-to places for classic dining experience by the water, the Boston Sail Loft specializes in seafood classics and the star of the show? Their famous clam chowder. Order a serving and book a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows. At night, stay by the bar and try out some of their signature cocktails.
The Boston Sail Loft
Address: 80 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110
Website: The Boston Sail Loft
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 2am; Sun: 11am - 2am
Our tour of Boston’s best waterfront restaurants ends at Waterline in the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. Enjoy a delectable array of sandwiches, small plates, and mains while your eyes feast on fantastic views of the Boston Harbor. Waterline is also a highly recommended location for private events, so if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion with friends and loved ones, consider hosting the party at Waterline. We assure you that there is no better venue.
Address: 296 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 6:30am - 11pm; Fri: 6:30am - 2am; Sat: 7am - 2am; Sun: 7am - 12am
Nobody does waterfront dining like Boston
Whether you’re in the mood for a night out on a rooftop lounge overlooking the Boston Harbor or you’re looking for a time-honored seafood spot in the North End neighborhood, Boston’s selection of waterfront restaurants and bars has you covered. For more Boston city guides, browse our website and experience the best of Boston.