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The Best Seafood Restaurants In The U.S.


Modified: March 12, 2020

by Zoran Trifunovic

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Let’s be honest. How often do you visit seafood restaurants? Are you more of meat lover?


If your answer is ‘rarely’ to the first question and ‘less often’ to the second, then you have to book the next available flight to the United States of America and have a taste of their best seafood restaurants. You’d be surprised how much you might end up loving seafood!


Land somewhere in the coastal cities or the Gulf of Mexico so you won’t have trouble finding seafood restaurants. Americans are usually fond of ordering shrimps, salmon, or tuna. Make sure you try those!


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Still, it isn’t only about the type of seafood, but also about the location. If food tourism is what drives you to pack your bags, you can’t go wrong by checking out the best seafood restaurants in Boston, New York, or Seattle.



Drop By The Best Seafood Restaurants In Boston

If you find yourself in Boston, choosing which seafood restaurant to eat might be a difficult decision.


We suggest that you take a look at Row 34’s menu. Row34 is one of the best seafood restaurants in Boston for sure. It is a mid-range restaurant specializing in oysters and beer that flows in hectolitres.


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Arrive before post-working hours to improve your chances in finding an empty table. Row 34 opens for brunch until late evening. While you are at this seafood restaurant, try the butterscotch pudding. 


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If you prefer lobsters then Eventide Fenway is for you. They serve some of the finest lobsters in Boston, New England, and probably on the U.S. East Coast. Lobster Roll is the star of the show here, featuring lobster meat, brown butter, and a fluffy bun known as Chinese bao.


Besides signature Lobster Roll, Eventide Fenway serves clam-, oyster-, tuna-, and chicken-based meals. They are open every day from 11 am to 10 pm.



Head To New York For Their Best Seafood Restaurants

You should include a few fine establishments in New York City in your search for the best seafood restaurants in the U.S. No matter what you may think about the prices upon taking the menu in your hands, you’ll realise soon enough that the food is worth it.


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Le Bernardin, located in Midtown Manhattan, is a fusion of French and Asian culinary influences. Thanks to its sophisticated specialties, Le Bernardin is regularly among the best seafood restaurants in NYC. It also became the number 1 restaurant in the United States a few years ago.


Specialties on the menu fall in the following categories – almost raw, barely touched, and lightly cooked. Thanks to its rating, finding an empty table in Le Bernardin would be almost impossible, especially in the evening.


The best chance for you to reserve a table at this seafood restaurant is by booking a last-minute lunch. Besides securing a table at that time, you might not need to deal with a crowd of seafood lovers.

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Marea is an upscale Italian-style seafood restaurant featuring a relaxed atmosphere. Besides having oysters, octopi, and lobsters among other mouth-watering seafood specialties, you should visit Marea to enjoy their pasta, salads, and fish dishes.



Eat Seafood On The Road In South Carolina

While you’re on the road to Savanna, roughly halfway between Wilmington and Charleston, check out the Drunken Jack’s Restaurant & Lounge seafood restaurant.

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Once you take a seat right at one of their tables, order a Shrimp Cocktail as an appetiser, Crab Soup as an entree, Stuffed Shrimp as a main dish, and Crab Cake as a dessert.


You won’t regret it. We promise!



What Is There In Florida And By The Gulf Of Mexico For A Seafood Lover?

‘Lionfish Invasion’ sounds like science fiction, wouldn’t you say? However, the lionfish invasion is the main reason why you should head to Florida, or Grills Riverside Seafood Deck in Melbourne, to be exact, if you’d like to try lionfish meat.


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Since this fish native to the Pacific causes trouble around Florida, Grills Riverside recompenses all divers who deliver lionfish to them. Delicious and useful, is there any better combination?


While traveling the Gulf of Mexico, the wind or sea currents take you to New Orleans sooner or later. Anticipate how long it will take them to do so, and reserve a table at Peche Seafood Grill. The bigger the group you’re in, the better.


Never judge the book by its cover and a seafood restaurant by the menu. Peche Seafood Grill has quite a simple menu, but dressings and ingredients are what ranks this New Orleans restaurant among the best seafood restaurants in the United States.



Seafood Chase In California

California may be more famous for Hollywood and NBA teams. But actual and aspiring celebrities have to eat somewhere, right?

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co serves shrimps all over the U.S. In Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles, this seafood restaurant is famous for a lively atmosphere and sunset views of the Pacific.


Bubba Gump Shrimp Co is usually full, which you would expect of one of the best seafood restaurants in the United States. Still, if you arrive early on Sunday, you will get to choose a seating place.


When you take your seat, turn a “Stop-Forrest-Stop” side of a table sign to indicate that you need assistance.


If you prefer lobsters to shrimps, drive to Half Moon Bay and Sam’s Chowder House, a top U.S. seafood restaurant on the West Coast. Upon arriving, try their Lobster Roll, spiced with specially selected spices and dressed with melted butter.


You don’t like eating lobsters? That is about to change when you taste Sam’s Chowder House’s specialty.



Oyster Hunt In Seattle

If you have become eager to slurp oysters since your departure from Boston, make sure you head to Seattle. You’ll find some of the best oyster bars in the U.S. in this corner of the Pacific Northwest since harvesting oysters is a centuries-long tradition there.


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The Walrus and the Carpenter restaurant is among the top seafood restaurants in the United States of America that specialises in oysters. Besides up to a dozen types of oysters displayed in baskets on the bar, the chandelier that might have decorated the hall of Poseidon is sure to draw your attention.


Their menu changes daily, so the diners benefit from the freshest and the very best offer. As with most top-rated restaurants, finding an available table presents a challenge at the Walrus and the Carpenter.


Open daily from 4 pm to 10 pm, this Seattle oyster restaurant features happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm Monday to Thursday. Join the waitlist if you don’t find a table when you arrive early or at any other time.


If you yearn for oysters before mid-afternoon, check out Taylor Shellfish in Melrose Market, Capitol Hill. Not only will you enjoy an outstanding meal, but you’ll save a couple of bucks for the next time.


Taylor Shellfish isn’t just among the best seafood restaurants in Seattle but is the largest producer of oysters in the United States. Stop by between 2 pm to 4 pm Monday to Friday to slurp featured oysters for less than two bucks during Happy Hour.


Leave some room in your belly for clams, crabs, mussels, and a strange-looking local specialty called geoduck.



In Case You Don’t Have Time To Circle Around

Following the coastline from the Atlantic Northeast to the Pacific Northwest is no easy feat, even for the best seafood dining in the United States of America. To make this trip shorter and still enjoy visiting a few of the best seafood restaurants in the US, head to Chicago in Illinois and Terre Haute in Indiana.


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Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab has built its reputation on stone crabs. This exquisite seafood restaurant in Chicago has stone crabs in various sizes. Unless you’re very hungry, order select-size stone crabs for the premium experience. For a premium price, of course.


For the best chance to find a free table, arrive at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab around opening hours or somewhere around mid-afternoon.


Maybe the sea isn’t anywhere within sight, but that doesn’t prevent Red Lobster in Terre Haute to rank itself among the best US seafood restaurants. Find lobsters, salmon, shrimps, and seafood-stuffed mushrooms on the menu of the Red Lobster seafood restaurant in Terre Haute.



Inexperienced seafood eaters could make use of a certain etiquette when taking first steps at the best seafood restaurants in the USA. If you are one of them, pay a visit to the following pages to take short lessons in eating lobsters, crabs, and oysters.


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