Best Places to Eat Seafood in New England

Connecticut Best Seafood

Abbott’s Lobster: (Rough Noank, Connecticut) Not only do you get a beautiful waterfront view while dining here, you will be treated some of New England’s finest examples of its most common staple seafood, lobster! While you can certainly partake in other briny favorites, such as steamed clams, thick clam chowder and tasty mussels, the perfectly cooked lobster is without a doubt the star of the show here! For the ultimate experience, you will want to order the New England Seafood Feast, where you will begin your evening with a cup of chowder and a delicious shrimp cocktail followed by a hearty helping of steamers and mussels served with drawn butter. All of this leads up to the main course of lobster that is cooked to absolute perfection, paired with kettle cooked potato chips and fresh coleslaw. While this establishment does not serve alcohol, you are welcome to bring your own six pack of beer or bottle of wine if you choose to do so.

Drifter’s Wife: (Portland, Maine) A trendy bistro with an impressive wine menu, this is an excellent option if you are looking for a more sophisticated dinner yet do not want to participate in the hoity-toity atmosphere that is so common to upscale eateries. Here, you are encouraged to partake in good food and good wine, and there is nothing else expected. Even if you are somewhat of a wine novice, the staff will make it easy for you by suggesting pairings depending upon what you order. As you are in Maine, seafood is in order, and you can do no better than starting your meal with some pickled mussels before moving on to a simple yet delectable filet of cod perfectly paired with lentils and a yogurt sauce. Keep in mind that the menu changes here regularly, so even if you experience this place once, it is well worth returning for a second try!

Eventide Oyster Company: (Portland, Maine) This is the absolute epitome of everything an oyster bar should be. Offering a huge array of the freshest, cleanest raw oysters you will find anywhere in the world, this is the place sample new options while enjoying your standby favorites. There is a ridiculous amount of variety to choose from, whether you want to stay local with Maine oysters or are wishing to venture into more far away territory. Each raw oyster plate is served as it should be, with spicy cocktail sauce, lemon and all kinds of options for add-ons, including horseradish or kimchi ice! For those with tamer tastes, there is also an excellent lobster stew here, as well as a clam chowder that will have you coming back for more the next day!

Neptune Oyster: (Boston, Massachusetts) One of the most iconic staples of New England seafood is the classic lobster roll, and nowhere does it better than Neptune Oyster. Located on Salem Street, this establishment is of course famous for its extensive and delicious raw oyster bar, but if you are looking for a hearty, home-cooked taste of New England, be sure to indulge in their classic roll which can be done either warm with drawn butter or cold with mayonnaise. Either way, this is sure to be the best lobster roll you will have anywhere, period!

Sea Swirl: (Mystic, Connecticut) Located just off the Mystic River, you can find everything from hot dogs to ice cream here, yet the true star of the show is the wonderfully simple yet incredibly delicious fried clams. Simply presented, you will receive a plate heaping with fresh, fully-cleaned whole belly clams that are perfectly cooked and paired with a side of French fries, coleslaw and all the tartar sauce and lemon you could want. Not ready to tackle the whole bellies? This place also serves up a mean seafood salad roll! A truly family friendly place, this is not where you want to stop if you are craving a beer or cocktail, but they serve a wide variety of non-alcoholic beverages, ranging from soft drinks to iced tea and even their famous icebergs!


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