Boston is a seaside town, so what better plan for a summer evening than to spend it at sunset cooling off by the water at one of the many beautiful waterfront spots the city has to offer? From seafood shacks to the most refined of waterfront enclaves, these 12 stunning Boston waterfront spots are all currently open for outdoor dining.
1. Chart House, The Wharf
This high-end eatery located on Long Wharf is a total staple of the Boston dining scene. With its seafood and steak menu this waterfront enclave is perfect for date nights, birthday celebrations and any other special occasion!
Find Chart House at 60 Long Wharf.
2. The Barking Crab, Seaport
If there’s a spot that comes to mind when thinking of Boston waterfront dining options, it’s the Barking Crab. This total staple of the Boston dining scene offers seafood shack summer vibes all year long with its buckets of fried clams, peel-and-eat shrimp and lobster rolls!
Find The Barking Crab at 88 Sleeper St.
This breezy waterfront enclave and rooftop is perfect for cozying up and watching the sunset over the city. On their menu, you’ll also find some excellent seafood sharable plates and sushi.
Find Legal Harborside at 270 Northern Ave.
At Pier 6, you’ll be able to dig into a shrimp cocktail and some lobster rolls while watching the boats sail across the Boston Harbor. This serene waterfront enclave also offers some awesome photo ops down on the docks!
Find Pier 6 at 1 8th St, Charlestown.
5. Temazcal, Seaport
If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine and Seaport views then you got to try out Temazcal. It has some mouth-watering Mexican dishes including a lobster guacamole, traditional chorizo empanadas, and mole enchiladas.
Find Temazcal at 250 Northern Ave.
Woods Hill Pier 4 has one of the best views of the Boston Harbor that you can find. While its menu is a little on the pricier side, that’s due to its farm-to-table food sourcing, giving you the freshest possible dishes at a beautiful location. Stop by the ICA before or after your meal for an all-around beautiful experience!
Find Woods Hill Pier 4 at 300 Pier Four Blvd.
7. Reelhouse, East Boston
Not only does the ReelHouse have a great view of the water, you can also see the downtown skyline from its dock as well. Its yacht-inspired decor will make you feel like you’re out on water—minus the seasickness!
Find ReelHouse at 6 New St., East Boston.
8. Tall Ship, East Boston
Tall Ship is Boston’s hottest new restaurant on the sea. The former seafaring vessel stands 245 feet tall and boasts mahogany bars encircling the ship to offer diners lush 360-degree views of the pier, harbor, and city skyline. While The Tall Ship doesn’t skimp on luxury or dramatics, its menu is elegantly simple, with an oyster and shellfish raw bar, sushi, and charcuterie boards.
Find it docked at Pier One, 1 East Pier Drive.
9. Alcove, North End
Alcove features line-caught seafood, farm fresh vegetables, and locally sourced meats for their dining options. With the freshest ingredients, their dishes are as stunning as the waterfront views!
Find it at 50 Lovejoy Wharf.
10. Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, Rowes Wharf
This harborside restaurant has gorgeous views to accompany expertly prepared seafood. Also note: their afternoon tea is popular for a reason, if you’re looking for a new weekend brunch experience!
Find it at 70 Rowes Wharf.
11. Lolita, Fort Point
Lolita is famous for its Insta-friendly interior decor, but its al fresco dining option is just as pleasant during the summer months. Be sure to check out their exquisite sharing selections, and be sure to have your phone ready for picture-perfect views and food!
Find it at 253 Summer St.