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Seeking Sustenance in the Seaport

seaport sky lounge

Sky Lounge @YOTEL

Boston’s Seaport District is also known as the Innovation District. While the term was coined in recognition of the growing number of research-based companies in the area, it is also an apt description of the neighborhood dining scene. From haute cuisine served in elegant environs to laid-back ethnic eateries, the Seaport has evolved into a dining destination filled with innovative restaurants.

Menton

Menton

Date Night Done Right

Whether it’s to mark a milestone event or for a romantic evening, Menton and Oak + Rowan will not disappoint. When Barbara Lynch, the famed Boston chef behind No. 9 Park and Sportello, opened Menton in 2010, the combination of exquisite food and gracious service instantly elevated it to the upper echelon of the Boston dining scene. An ever-changing menu takes a cutting-edge approach to classic cuisine. With an emphasis on prime steak and locally-sourced seafood, Oak + Rowan combines unexpected ingredients to create adventurous dishes.

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La Casa de Pedro

Travel the World

One might assume there are only seafood restaurants in the Seaport District. One would be incorrect. There are just as many – if not more – ethnic restaurants. You can find Asian-inspired cuisine at Empire and the recently-opened LoLa 42, which has an extensive sushi menu along with sandwiches, mains and tempting takes on French fries (drenched in foie gras gravy is just one). From the famous chef set comes Mario Batali’s Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, and from Ming Tsai there is Blue Dragon, an Asian “gastropub.” For upscale Italian, head to Strega Waterfront or Bastille Kitchen. Spice things up a little with Venezuelan food at La Casa De Pedro or go for Mexican and southwestern cuisine at Temazcal Tequila Cantina.

Row 34

Row 34

Land & Sea

Lovers of steak or seafood – or both – will find many options in the Seaport. Restaurants specializing in uber-fresh seafood include Row 34, whose minimal menu maximizes classic New England seafood, and Legal Harborside, the upmarket, waterfront offering of Legal Sea Foods. Spanning land and sea is Ocean Prime, which offers ocean-fresh fish and prime steaks. On the meatier side of things are Morton’s The Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club.

Oh Relax

For an elbows-on-the-table kind of evening, the newly-opened YOTEL has epic views and light bites at its rooftop Sky Lounge, along with casual dining in its street-level Club Lounge. Before there really was much of Seaport District, there was Lucky’s Lounge, which has a Rat Pack/speakeasy feel, and NoName, an unassuming seafood restaurant celebrating its 100th anniversary.