Innovation District be damned. To us, it is and will always be the Southie Waterfront. So with summer upon us, here is a quick guide of places to eat and drink on South Boston’s waterfront.
Established in 1950 by George Markowitz, the Legal Seafood restaurants don’t take their cuisine lightly, especially Legal Harborside, which serves up some of the freshest catches in the Seaport District. Picture this: three floors, three different concepts, and 20,000 square feet. Not too shabby, right? The first floor consists of casual dining with delectable seafood entrees, an oyster bar and a market where you can purchase your favorite fishes to take home and serve up however you please (takeout is available too!). The first floor menu even includes an “Ode to Inman Square” section, home of the original Legal Cash Market and Legal Seafoods from 1904 to 1980. The second floor has finer, more expensive cuisine with a creative edge and also offers private dining for celebratory occasions. Finally, the third floor consists of a rooftop lounge with cocktails and nibbling treats to munch on while you enjoy the ocean view.
Temazcal Tequila Cantina
Temazcal Tequila Cantina spices up South Boston’s Seaport District with dishes like lobster, rock shrimp and ahi tuna ceviche and succulent prime beef sirloin with Oaxaca cheese. The avant-garde of Mexican cuisine doesn’t stop there. Temazcal also has over 300 varieties of tequila for those of you who like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo 364 times a year. Take advantage of its spacious ocean-view bar. They also offer validated parking for each patron who uses VPNE parking, located at the front entrance of the restaurants.
Jerry Remy’s Sport’s Bar
Maybe it’s the 30 artisan micro-brewed beers, the casual atmosphere, or the enthusiastic Boston sports fans that have made Jerry Remy’s popularity explode in the Seaport District. Jerry Remy’s has gotten so crowded over the weeks that potential patrons have waited up to two hours to grab a seat at the 50-foot bar. Let’s not forget the infamous Monster Wall, made of 32 46-inch plasma screen TVs with state-of-the art surround sound. This mega sports bar serves up delicious contemporary American cuisine, including loaded nachos, sweet vidalia onion rings, red chile mango steak salad, and their signature Rem Dawg. With the summer heating up, customers can enjoy the outdoor patio, which seats up to 140 people, and take in the Boston Harbor view.
Del Frisco’s is one of the fine dining experiences on the Southie waterfront area. This top notch steak house has a gorgeous and spacious patio to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail…or two. Del Frisco has impressive circular bar and bartenders that mix up some unique concoctions along with classic martinis. Del Frisco’s will be serving lunch beginning in June. Perfect spot for special occassions and private dining rooms are available.
LTK is the edgier little sister to Legal Seafoods. Serving up less traditional seafood dishes like, the menu is fusion filled but will not disappoint – the legendary Legal Chowder is still on the menu. Sit patio-side and enjoy the fresh salt air! LTK boasts the area’s longest hours of operation – as late as 2 AM ! The state-of-the-art Legal Test Kitchen is a true showcase for the global evolution of dining trends, offering innovative technology matched to multi-cultural cuisine.
75 on Liberty Wharf
This cozy spot is the newest addition to Liberty Wharf and offers a casual but elegant spot on the water to enjoy such classics as fried calamari and crab cakes while you take in the amazing view of Boston Harbor. Another bonus? 75 on Liberty Wharf offers large heating lamps and a fire pit on their outdoor patio to keep you toasty when the crisp sea breeze comes blowing in.
Tamo Bar at the Seaport Hotel
Tamo has a zen-like vibe and the perfect spot to unwind after a busy work day! Stop by the newly expanded terrace for a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail and people watch. Complete with an new outdoor bar and flatscreen television, Tamo is a refreshing alternative to a sports bar to watch a game. On Sundays, Tamo hosts Sunday Jazz Brunch on the Terrace! Brunch is available from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and reservations are not necessary. Every Tuesday, enjoy live jazz music by the Lance Houston and his talented jazz quartet.
This Asian-inspired restaurant and lounge is over 14,000 square feet and could easily pass as an Epcot Center stop. Empire is divided into nine different rooms with details like plush fabric, gilded accents, rich woods, and gorgeous colors. The menu featured such classic asian delights as rangoons, spring rolls, pot stickers and pad thai. Give one of their Crouching Tiger or Hidden Dragon, fruity concoctions of rum or vodka that serves four.
Eat, drink and be merry! Committee – 50 Northern Ave. – has opened its doors for lunch and dinner and promises to be summer hot spot on the ever-growing Southie waterfront! George Aboujaoude (Cafeteria and Bijou Nightclub) and Demetri Tsolakis have created a 230 seat restaurant with Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring small plates both hot and cold. Also on the menu are various Greek wines, hand-crafted cocktails and tiki drinks available by the pitcher. You can enjoy those delicious beverages on their spacious patio! In addition to the patio there is also seating at the bar, communal high tops, a lounge area and private dining rooms. Committee also has tall banquettes make from reclaimed wood from Anthony’s Pier Four!
Mario Batali’s Babbo Pizzeria is located at Eleven Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront. This 8,700 square foot restaurant is serving up wood-fire pizza, pasta, and antipasti. It also includes a patio and private function rooms. Batali is a cookbook author, and co-host of ABC’s The Chew. He also owns over 20 restaurants including the flagship Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York and Otto Enoteca Pizzerias in New York. Batali joins the bandwagon of celebrity chefs with restaurants in South Boston including Southie’s own Barbara Lynch and Ming Tsai of Blue Dragon.
This sleek Italian waterfront restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers anything from veal chops to lobster ravioli to pizza. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and Salvatore’s has a vast wine list and signature cocktail menu. Sit in their outdoor patio, sip a glass of chianti and people watch. For more information visit:
Bring out your inner-Soprano at Strega Waterfront. The opulent decor and lively atmosphere adds to the feeling that it could have been as a set on the HBO Emmy Award Winning series. Feast on large portions of eggplant rollatini, veal marsala and lobster ravioli. Treat yourself to a champagne cocktail and watch the boats sail by at the harborview patio.
Located in the heart of the South Boston Waterfront, Gather is one of Southie’s hot spots for drinks and apps. Gather serves up lunch, dinner, and a Sunday Brunch. Directly connected to District Hall – a dedicated civic space where the innovation community can create and exchange ideas, Gather’s vibe is sleek and modern.
The Whiskey Priest
For all of you whiskey connoisseurs, The Whiskey Priest lives up to its name carrying New England’s largest whiskey collection, with over 100 brands of the world’s best. To tame those grumbling tummies, take your pick from a menu full of Gaelic-inspired cuisine including Gaelic sliders, Irish nachos, and yes, a Guinness beef stew. In the mood for some Irish tunes? The Whiskey Priest showcases some of Irelands finest entertainment, from big bands to the “seisiuns” on Sundays. Enjoy the view on The Whiskey Priest’s roofdeck patio and overlook South Boston’s Seaport District with a delectable beverage in hand.
Atlantic Beer Garden
Whether you’re grabbing a post-work beverage, or looking for a lively spot to watch the next Sox game, the Atlantic Beer Garden on Seaport Blvd. is a the perfect place for both. ABG serves up over 50 varieties of beer, to-die-for nachos, and an array of vegetarian-friendly dishes as well. With moderate prices ranging from $10 to $30, the ABG also has rooftop seating overlooking the water where you can enjoy those cloudless summer nights.
M C Spiedo Ristorante & Bar is open for business, Southie! The 80-seat room, located inside the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, was designed with 15th century Italy in mind and features an antipasti bar made with Vermont-sourced white carrera marble where diners can watch chefs preps meals. The James Beard Award winning team of Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier have a created a menu featuring homemade pastas, pizzas and roasted meats. For cocktails enjoy, the Inizio Bellini made with locally produced Fabrizia Blood Orangecello and Moscato d’Asti; and the 14th Century Manhattan with Angel’s Envy bourbon, Lazzaroni Amaretto and house-made cherry husk bitters. MC Spiedo will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information or reservations, call 617.476.5606. visit