4 Seafood Showstoppers You Need to Try in Boston

By Alexandra Hall | July 15, 2019 | Food & Drink Feature

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THE HEMINGWAY AT SELECT OYSTER

Picture, if you will, a deluge of two dozen oysters, a dozen plump jumbo shrimp, daybook scallop ceviche, blue crab salad, Maine lobster, salmon crudo and yellowfin tartare. And then picture more because, yes, it keeps coming: avocado toasts. Spanish octopus. Sauteed clams. P.E.I. mussels. Blue prawns. The whole magnificent shebang feeds six to eight. So gather up some friends and order it all from the Back Bay restaurant’s back open-air patio. 50 Gloucester St., 857.239.8064, selectboston.com

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SEAFOOD TOWER AT BOSTON CHOPS

Landmark towers often become legends for a reason, and this one’s no exception. It’s stacked to its multitiered top with sweet lobster, littleneck clams, briny local oysters, king crab legs, and lump crab meat. Then there are the kitchen’s fixings: tuna sashimi, moules vinaigrette and assorted ceviches. It’s then pushed still further into the stratosphere with the addition of golden osetra caviar—a shining star for an iconic creation. 1375 Washington St., 617.227.5011, bostonchops.com

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OMAKASE AT NO RELATION

Who needs a grand sushi palace when all of the wow factor you need comes in such a sleek, chic and discreet li'l package? No Relation is an enclave hidden inside Shore Leave—almost a sushi speakeasy, if you will—that sees chef Colin Lynch and his team doling out seriously impressive nigiri from waters both local and far-flung in his 90-minute presentation. 11 William E. Mullins Way, 617.530.1772, norelationboston.com

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CRUDO TASTING AT BISTRO DU MIDI

Le Bernardin alum and partner-executive chef Robert Sisca’s deft touch with seafood shines brightly in the magnum opus that is comprised of his crudos. Sisca plucks whatever’s best and fresh primarily from local sources like Wulf’s Fish and Rocky Neck Seafood, sometimes rotating in other gems like Santa Barbara uni or hiramasa (yellowtail kingfish). When local live scallops are available, he serves the sweet, fleshy delicacy simply— with olive oil, lemon and sea salt—to let the flavor truly shine. 272 Boylston St., 617.426.7878, bistrodumidi.com

BOSTON CHOPS PHOTO BY ANDY RYAN; SELECT OYSTER PHOTO COURTESY OF SELECT OYSTER;
NO RELATION PHOTO BY REAGAN BYRNE; CRUDO PHOTO COURTESY OF BISTRO DU MIDI