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Jan 19th, 2012, 06:31 PM
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californian drooling for lobster

We will be spending 3 days in Boston and I'm looking for a good lobster dinner....any suggestions?
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Jan 19th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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Atlantic Fish on Boylston Street. Heaven! Or, Legal Seafoods at The Prudential, although it can be really zooey.
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Jan 19th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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head north to Maine.
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Jan 20th, 2012, 09:03 AM
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You don't need to go to Maine to get a lobster, and you wouldn't find many of the iconic places in Maine open this time of year anyway.

Atlantic Fish is a very good rec, as is Turner Fisheries nearby, but most restaurants will have it on the menu.
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Jan 20th, 2012, 10:44 AM
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If I were going to Legals, I would head over to the new one on the harbor (Legal's Harborside) for the nice ocean view.

Island Creek Oyster Bar would be another place to get a good lobster. And while I know Jasper's Summer Shack has its detractors, I really love the pan roasted lobster in butter sauce. There's a branch fairly convenient to the Pru.
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Jan 22nd, 2012, 11:44 AM
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B&G in the South End, or the new Legal or Island Creek per Chinacat.
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Jan 23rd, 2012, 12:41 PM
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As Ackislander rightly says, most Boston area seafood places (and a number of non-seafood ones) will indeed have lobster on the menu. It's normally not cheap to get, though. Most of the suggestions given above will work fine.

A particularly good place for it if you're on a budget is Yankee Lobster, a lobster-pound type place in the Waterfront area. Other more premium-price spots not mentioned above are Neptune Oyster (North End) and Kingfish Hall (Quincy Market area).
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Jan 30th, 2012, 06:25 PM
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Neptune Oyster is great but is -tiny-, has virtually no bar space (because you can eat at the bar, so lots of folks do that rather than waiting even longer for a table) and does not take reservations. If there are no tables available, be prepared to leave your cellphone number and go elsewhere to wait. You can reserve at, Summershack, Atlantic Fish, Island Creek, B&G (and maybe others) on OpenTable.
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Sep 7th, 2013, 06:04 PM
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Oddly (or not), another Californian looking for lobster while in Boston.

Since this post is a year and a half old, perhaps those knowledgeable could let me know if there are any updates to the places listed. (New, new finds, closures, etc.)

Our trip is planned at the tail end of October, beginning of November, and we'll be (thank you, socialworker) in the Charlesmark, Back Bay area on Boylston St.

Since we'll be relying on public transport and possibly still not the greatest ability to walk long distances due to some really stupid injuries, I'm guessing we'll not want to go great distances for a meal.

We're cool with any expense (well, within reason!), but on vacation, we generally like to be as casually dressed as possible -- meaning we stick to jeans and avoid suits like the plague, since that's our standard work uniforms!

Cheers,
SG
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Sep 7th, 2013, 06:58 PM
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Atlantic Fish Company is perfect from where you're staying. I'll also give a shout out to The Island Creek Oyster Bar.
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Sep 7th, 2013, 08:15 PM
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Island Creek Oyster is terrific!
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Sep 7th, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Thank you both!
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Sep 8th, 2013, 02:24 AM
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lobster is really cheap now, just have them shipped to you at home.
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Sep 8th, 2013, 01:42 PM
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I love Island Creek and was there the other night. Their menu changes daily but I've not been there when there has been a steamed whole lobster on the menu. I assume the steamed red lobster with melted butter is what most visitors expect when they ask for lobster recommendations. Island Creek has a lobster roll and the lobster roe noodles usually. And always a wonderful selection of oysters and other just caught seafood. Go there after you get your lobster fix.

So I'd stick with Atlantic Fish, Turner's, or Legal's for "traditional" lobster within walking distance of your hotel.
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Sep 8th, 2013, 07:38 PM
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Sounds good! I think you're right about the steamed whole lobster, although I will admit I prefer a broiled or barbeque tail if there was a choice.
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