Seaport District Restaurants That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Boston is booming, and no section is growing quite as quickly as the Seaport District. Technically, South Boston the Seaport District connects the waterfront to the rest of the city and has made this section of South Boston quite a posh place to be. Within the Seaport District you will find restaurants galore with new spots opening all the time by big name chefs as well as newcomers and chain owners. Waterfront dining has come to life in Boston due to this area's transformation from a commercial fishing mecca to a high end dining destination.

As part of the Seaport District, you'll find an area labeled Fort Point Channel, where the more industrial feel of the streets is mirrored in the decor of the restaurants that exchange waterfront views for a sense of cool. Here the hip crowd gathers to dine at hot spots like Tavern Road and Sportello where you'll find not only some of the best food in the Seaport District, but also in the city. The melding of the diverse landscapes attracts a variety of diners and gives the Seaport character that can't be found elsewhere in Boston. 

Enjoy the waterfront by reserving yourself a seat on the patios and decks that make these spots popular. From seafood at Legal's to a steak at Del Frisco's you'll be happy with more than your meal. 


Strega waterfront has everything Bostonians love about the North End Italian eatery but with waterfront seating. Here you'll find large plates of Italian specialties sure to fill the super sized appetites that are often found when one exercises a lot, making Strega a hot spot among professional athletes. Strega also boasts a masculine, yet refined setting that is welcoming as well as comforting. Their patio is packed all summer long with those looking to enjoy the outdoors and watching the activity on the water. While the dining room often fills with patrons who love their cocktails as much as their food.

Legal Sea Foods - LTK Park Lane
Photo courtesy of Legal Test Kitchen

Legal Test Kitchen offers menu items that aren't found at every Legal location. The menu changes in six-week intervals, so you can be sure you won't eat the same thing upon return visits. That does not mean you have to skip Legal's famous chowder, because a few of Legal's must haves are offered here all the time. Their "test" menu items often find their way to the Legal's menus throughout the city. With the top notch quality seafood you expect of Legal's, LTK is a fun way to enjoy all that Legal's offers with a twist. For those seeking a little more adventure in their Legal experience, this is the Legal location for you

Rosa Mexicano may pack the crowds due to its location in the popular seaport District, but customers return because of the stellar service, excellent eats and upbeat atmosphere. Enjoying a meal in this busy spot may require a wait, even during lunch, but a seat at the bar is just as pleasant as in the dining room. Their servers are not afraid to make a recommendation, that you should take because they know the menu well.The table-side guacamole is a must, as is the tuna ceviche and an order of tacos. The decor is more modern Mexican, think subdued tones. Pair their food with a specialty beverage or beer cocktail and you'll have a complete Mexican meal that you won't soon forget.


A meal at Temazcal is like a tropical escape. Whether you are seated waterside enjoying the light breeze from the water on their patio or watching the view through their floor to ceiling windows that allow diners to take in the view anytime of year, you will be impressed by the setting almost as much as by the food. While the creative menu, presented to guests on an iPad, not only explains the dishes being served, but also gives vibrant photos of what will arrive on your plate. When your food does arrive, be it the whole pig to be carved for your dining pleasure or the more traditional dishes like enchiladas, you'll be impressed by the flavors that come together to make this Mexican experience close to authentic.

Sportello is a small diner-esque establishment in the up and coming Fort Point Channel. Sportello brings their trattoria style Italian dishes to life. Seating is offered two ways; you can be served counter side on backless stools, or at one of Sportello's very few tables. Dinner here allows you to casually enjoy a tasty meal in close proximity to everything the restaurant is doing. Your server stands across from you at the counter while the chef is firing up the food almost by your side. All pasta is made in house, and Sportello strives to use only the finest quality ingredients, especially what is local and seasonal. But the food does not start and end with dinner, a bakery and take out service is available throughout the day so those living or working in the area can enjoy a meal without having to be seated here.

Set in the Seaport District, Morton's offers a prime location for diners wanting a seaside setting, but not necessarily the seafood. Known as a favorite of midwestern raised friends, Morton's serves steak in style. The Seaport location even allows for dining al fresco when a steak is what you crave but the weather is simply too nice to sit inside. The dining room is classic steak house and inviting to those seeking the experience. From the menu arriving on a cart for viewing of the meat as explained by your waiter, to the perfectly prepared meals that arrive for your dining pleasure, Morton's continues to wow the crowds even with competition on every corner.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - Boston
Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's Via Mindy Valone/CM Communtications

Located in Liberty Wharf, arguably the hottest place to dine in the city, especially during warmer months, Del Frisco's offers outdoor waterfront dining on their stunning glass walled patio (to keep it comfortable even if the wind blows). But location alone does not sell Del Frisco's, their steaks are charred on the outside while staying melt in your mouth perfect on the inside, and the service is second to none. Their seafood selection is off the charts, and the wine list wows even the toughest crowds. A meal here will have you encountering more than one waiter whose sole purpose is to make your meal memorable. And memorable it will be because each bite at Del Frisco's leaves you longing for one more.

Legal Harborside
Photo courtesy of Chip Nestor

Legal Harborside is hot, and very good reason. The three floor concept offers something unique on every level. A lower level casual, fun, family friendly (avoid prime times with a young family) environment with moderately price, well prepared food and eye level waterfront views. Floor two provides guests with ultra fine dining at ultra high prices, as you gaze upon the harbor through their large windows. And floor three gives guests the chance to socialize among the stars while enjoying a drink or snack in their lounge like bar. At Legal's Harborside, you cannot help but enjoy the waterfront scene unfolding a few feet before your eyes.


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