Five Must-Try Seafood Dishes This Summer in Boston

One of the best things we love about living in New England is the changing seasons. With that comes the shift from lighter summer dishes enjoyed outdoors to fall flavors, creamier dishes and heartier stews.

There are a few weeks left before we start thinking about pumpkins and Oktoberfests. As summer draws to a close, we’ve rounded up some of Boston’s most beloved dishes. From Back Bay to North End and beyond, here are five must-try seafood dishes you won’t want to miss this summer.

Frutti di Mare in Benedetto

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Located inside the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, Benedetto is the brainchild of chef/owner Michael Pagliarini, who, along with his talented team, hand rolls and cuts sheets of fresh pasta every day. The regional Italian restaurant’s star dish – Mezzi paccheri ai frutti di mare – is packed with fresh seafood mixed with capers, olives and agretti served with a generous helping of perfectly cooked al dente pasta.

1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; Website

Jasper White’s Pan-Roasted Lobster at the Summer Shack

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It’s summer all year round at Jasper White’s famous Summer Shack in Back Bay. With locations in Back Bay, Cambridge and Mohegan Sun, this casual seafood favorite serves up one of Boston’s most beloved dishes. Made with bourbon, venison and chives, White made this dish famous by cooking alongside Julia Child on her TV show. Since then, the rich seafood favorite has remained a star in all of its restaurants.

50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115: Website

Fried lobster and waffles at Saltie Girl

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Owner Kathy Sidell and Executive Chef Kyle McClelland’s menu takes summer love to a new level. We can’t get enough of fried lobster and waffles with sweet corn butter and spiced maple syrup – the perfect combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and salty flavors. Whether you come here to pick me up late morning or prefer to reserve this indulgence for dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

281 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116; Website

Hot seafood tour at il Molo

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Sure, you can get a laden tower of chilled seafood at some of the city’s best restaurants, but Il Molo likes to do things a little differently. Instead, Chef Pino Maffeo’s creative version features a three-tier hot tower with tiers of Rockefeller oysters with spinach and parmigiana, a clam casino topped with fresh breadcrumbs, bacon and herbs, and prawns. Grilled marinated Hawaiians topped with a bowl of Cape Cod mussels. Translated as “the pier,” Il Molo’s upscale North End restaurant also offers your last chance to indulge in a clam feast (think Maine whole lobster, Cape Cod clams and mussels, corn on the cob , with local chorizo, red potatoes and Swiss chard served in a seasoned broth Summer never tasted so good.

326 Commercial Street, Boston, MA; Website

Striped Bass at Mooncusser Fish House

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Dinners at Mooncusser Fish House are almost as unforgettable as their namesake restaurant. There are tasting menus here that stand out in their own right for those looking to sample mouth-watering dishes. The changing menu can include dishes like scallop tartare with caviar, crab agnolotti with morels, peas and ramps as well as grilled bluefish. If we had to pick just one favorite, it would be the simply prepared striped bass, perfectly paired with seasonal vegetables and even better when paired with a bottle of 1996 Dom Pérignon ‘Oenotheque’.

304 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116; Website

Dino S. Williams