Nothing is more annoying than setting off to an oceanfront restaurant, just to find that the tasteless fish you’re eating was frozen between being caught and being prepared for you. The best fish is fresh, and made so as to complement the natural flavours of the ocean without overpowering them. Some, like raw bar oysters and clams, need simply a sharp blade and talented hand to unleash the briny seasonings of the ocean. The bounty of our seas and lakes additionally include fish, lobster, shrimp, crab, scallop, crawfish and more delicious foods of the deep. These ten restaurants without a doubt serve the best seafood in America.
Situated right on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, Waterbar treats both the eyes and the palate with its up-close-and-personal views of the Bay Bridge and seafood dishes like miso-roasted Monterey sardines or seared Hawaiian ono with chanterelles and green olive gazpacho.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
Fresh fish such as branzino, pink snapper and John Dory — all from the Mediterranean — are filleted tableside for diners at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at the Wynn Las Vegas.
Chef Mavro brings the formidable skills of chef-owner George Mavrothalassitis into a sublime culinary marriage with the finest ingredients of Hawaii’s ocean and land.
AQUA by El Gaucho
At Seattle’s elegant waterfront restaurant Aqua by El Gaucho, seafood entrées cover all continents and include a 16-ounce Maine lobster tail, roasted black cod and a Thai seafood curry stew with a fragrant coconut ginger broth.
L2O ushered in a new (and utterly exciting) era of high-end dining to Chicago.
For more than 20 years, Le Bernardin has highlighted the New York dining scene, enlightening diners with what was then — and still is — a revolutionary approach to seafood.
At Maritana Grille in St. Pete Beach, Florida, the chef’s table allows up to eight people to sit in the kitchen and enjoy an intimate dialogue with the chef as their meal is prepared.
Chef Michael Cimarusti changes the menu often at Providence in Los Angeles to present diners with the freshest available seafood.
The swaths of foam green and soft blue decorating the restaurant are tip-offs to the fresh and inventive seafood on the menu at REEF in Houston.
Splash Restaurant & Bar
At Splash Restaurant & Bar in Westport, CT, the sweeping views of Long Island Sound are the perfect backdrop to enjoy seafood dishes such as macadamia-encrusted swordfish.