The 25 Best Seafood Restaurants in America

For all you oyster-loving folks, lobster roll obsessives, and shrimp scampi enthusiasts, these are the 25 top-rated seafood restaurants in the country. Get ready to spend some worthwhile cash. Follow this list on Foursquare for the full thing in map form:
  1. Maison Premiere [Brooklyn, NY]
    "Extensive variety of oysters. Very fresh and delicious. Dollar oysters Monday through Friday 4-7pm." - Omid
  2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab [Chicago, IL]
    "If you're a seafood lover, you won't be disappointed with the amazing stone crabs and the whale for appetizer." - Mehmet H.
  3. Island Creek Oyster Bar [Boston, MA]
    "The black bass is a perfect dish. This place kills it." - Vaughn A.
  4. Eventide Oyster Co. [Portland, ME]
    "Phenominal food. Lobster and fried oyster rolls were amazing. Different crudo plates with various fish were really tasty. Drinks are top notch. Expect a wait." - Russell H.
  5. The Optimist [Atlanta, GA]
    "Everything was delicious. The octopus, shrimps, oysters, the fish poached in duck fat, even the dessert. This is a must to visit in Atlanta" - David M.
  6. Upstate Craft Beer and Oyster Bar [New York, NY]
    "If you dig clams like I do (get it?), the fettuccine is absolutely epic. Borders on hedonistic, I'd say." - David B.
  7. Bar Crudo [San Francisco, CA]
    "The seafood chowder is out of this world. And they've got Pliny The Elder on tap here. You can't miss." - Kyle P.
  8. Le Bernardin [New York, NY]
    "Fantastic lunch menu, great value for money (weekdays only). Excellent seafood and service; perfect for special occasions" - Colin L.
  9. Anchor Oyster Bar [San Francisco, CA]
    "Small, intimate, lively. Deliciously fresh seafood, shellfish and hit dishes. And that epic cioppino dish. Downside: LONG wait all the time!" - Wilson F.
  10. Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. [Brooklyn, NY]
    "Everything I've tried has been great. Shout outs to fried oyster breakfast tacos, shishito peppers and fish & chips. All seafood is super fresh and delicious." - Jill H.
  11. Mermaid Oyster Bar [New York, NY]
    "$1 happy hour oysters and red curry mussels are the way to go. Sop up every bit of sauce with the buttery toast they provide." - Lindsey K.
  12. Marea [New York, NY]
    "It's like Michael White went to Branzino heaven, captured their god, and then poached him in unicorn butter. Also that pork shoulder, mmm." - Wesley B.
  13. Matunuck Oyster Bar [Wakefield, RI]
    "Amazing fresh local seafood! Prepared in wonderful, inventive presentations." - Connie W.
  14. Half Shell Oyster House [Gulfport, MS]
    "Chargrilled oysters are great. Ate here 4 times during a weeklong trip." - Doug W.
  15. Pearl Oyster Bar [New York, NY]
    "Grilled lobster, bouillabaisse, shrimp cocktail, chowder...everything is great!" - Sandy J.
  16. Clark's Oyster Bar [Austin, TX]
    "Make sure to start every meal here with a cocktail and a dozen oysters. Prince Edward Island oysters are my favorite." - Jmie C.
  17. Hog Island Oyster Co. [San Francisco, CA]
    "Incredibly long wait but those oysters and that stew. Wow." - Brandon M.
  18. Sesuit Harbor Cafe [East Dennis, MA]
    "Best spot to relax, BYOB and enjoy a lobster roll on the water." - Stephen M.
  19. Pêche [New Orleans, LA]
    "Sister to Cochon & Herbsaint, this James Beard Award winner doesn't disappoint with dishes like crab + jalapeño capellini & smoked tuna dip. Specials change daily." - Marigny9
  20. Eddie V's Prime Seafood [Austin, TX]
    "Scallops were amazing-best I ever had!" - Elizabeth S.
  21. Oyster House [Philadelphia, PA]
    "Snapper soup, fresh lobster roll and home made ginger beer made for an excellent dinner. Great place" - Mike S.
  22. Shaw's Crab House [Chicago, IL]
    "Old school and cozy. Love the vibe. Come in, take a right, and sidle up to the oyster bar. Dare you to break a 6:1 oyster to martini ratio." - Cole K.
  23. Flex Mussels [New York, NY]
    "Flex Mussels, an import to NYC from PEI (that’s Prince Edward Island in Canada, where the good mussels are from), has some of the best mussels in the city. For dinner or Sunday brunch, get a bucket" - Tyler L.
  24. Mama's Fish House [Paia, HI]
    "Pricey but just an amazing meal. Get the Mac nut crusted crab stuffed Mahi." - Erica B.
  25. Thames Street Oyster House [Baltimore, MD]
    "The lobster roll and the escargot were scrumptious!" - Bill L.