Island Creek Oyster Bar, Burlington
Standout qualities: Chef Jeremy Sewall knows his way around fish, and is on a first-name basis with many of their providers.
What’s Unique: The generous shellfish platter for four includes a full lobster split in half, a dozen Island Creek oysters, four littleneck clams, four cocktail shrimp, and a ceviche.
Insider tip: Request a seat at the “Back Bar” for dinner as theatre—customers may watch a whole fish getting butchered, raw-bar chefs restocking with fresh oysters and shellfish, and chefs checking over fresh orders of lobster, oysters, etc.
300 District Ave., Burlington, 781-761-6500, islandcreekoysterbar.com
Turner’s Seafood At Lyceum Hall, Salem
What’s Unique: Asian nachos—fried wontons topped with Asian slaw, rare tuna sashimi, wasabi aioli, and candied ginger.
43 Church St., Salem, 978-745-7665, turners-seafood.com