Row 34, Boston

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Row 34

383 Congress St

Boston, MA 02210

617-553-5900

Row 34 Website

Row 34 Boston Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Great Seafood in Boston. Row 34 is a popular New American Seafood restaurant in South Boston’s busy waterfront area. This restaurant is owned by the folks who run Island Creek Oyster Bar. Part of the restaurant group that also owns Island Creek Oyster Bar. They even farm their own oysters. Need to reserve in advance or come early for walk tables. The food is very good and not cheap, making a busy top spot in Boston for afterwork get togethers.

Be sure to read: Boston Restaurant Recommendations

Row 34 Boston Interior Decor

Insider Tip – Reserve early

Cuisine – Seafood
Location – South Boston
Opened – 2013

Service – Row 34 had pretty good service. The have enough servers and help to have people scanning your table all the time. The server was knowledgeable and helped us focus on specific items.
Verdict – Row 34 is recommended for anyone looking for high quality seafood in Boston. No surprise we also like their sister restaurant Island Creek.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe

Row 34 Signature Dishes – Raw Bar, Fish Dishes.

Row 34’s Menu is concise. An every changing raw bar menu plus a short list of starters, entrees, and sides. Surprising that they do not have a full bar.

Website Row 34 Menu

Row 34 Food Picks:

Row 34 Boston raw oysters lobster

Raw Bar: Oysters Row 34 Duxbury ($2.75 each) – Fin de la Baie New Brunswick, CAN ($3 each) Very fresh, comes with 3 types of sauces plus a lemon. We love smaller oysters and picked these 2 specific ones. Could have eaten far more!

Raw Bar: Half Lobster York, ME ($18) was a reasonable price for a high quality, fresh lobster steamed just right.

Smoked Uni Toast ($11) had 2 small pieces. Very smooth and worth ordering.  This dish also has some nice picked onions.

Row 34 Boston Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder house saltine ($10) was a creamy Boston classic with rich clam flavor. Large homemade cracker is cool.

Row 34 Boston Shrimp and Pasta

Bigoli & Shrimp jalapeño, green garlic, basil ($27) was eggless housemade and cooked al dente like it should. A ton of large shrimp are included. Very well done. A bit on the spicy side, so you may want to ask them to tone it down.

Striped Bass ($29) was very good. Clearly they know how to cook fish.  The sauce has a little kick to it and the accompanying yogurt sauce was pretty good.

Row 34 Boston Fish and Chips

Beer Battered Fish & Chips ($18) had 3 massive pieces of fish laid on top of nicely done french fries. Very good although the one at Daily Catch was slightly better.

Grilled Asparagus ($8) was a bit over olive oiled. Is that a word? You get the idea.

Green Beans ($8) were good.  They were topped with sesame seeds and some miso sauce.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Equinox Farm Mesclun Greens feta, radish, buttermilk ($11) is a decent salad, but nothing special. Stick to the seafood.

Row 34 Boston Onion Rings

Old Bay Onion Rings ($8) were on the small side and pretty greasy.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Row 34 Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street (Hard)
Reservations:Yes

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