5 Seaport Restaurants with a View

By Emily Millian
Nautilus | Credit: Brian Samuels Photography · Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

A beautiful view is the cherry on top to an exceptional dining experience—and there are sights to behold and flavors to savor in the Seaport. The iconic Boston Harbor surrounds the waterfront neighborhood, and the nearby nook of Fort Point sets up historic brick buildings alongside glowing glass towers. Whether you’re feasting on seafood or going up for rooftop drinks, here’s where to take in our scenic city.

Woods Hill Pier 4

interior of Woods Hill Pier 4 one of the Seaport Restaurants with a View
Credit: White Loft Studio

With plenty of New England seafood and ingredients sourced from the owner’s New Hampshire farm throughout the menu,Woods Hill Pier 4 matches elegant dining with a commitment to sustainability and high-quality sourcing. Seaport sibling to Concord’s Woods Hill Table, cityscapes and harborside vistas are perfect pairs to seasonal cocktails, chef Charlie Foster’s brunch bites like Shakshouka, and destination dinner-worthy dishes. Woods Hill Pier 4 is also a beautiful spot for special occasions and private events with waterfront views of Boston Harbor.

Nautilus Pier 4

  • Seaport · Asian Fusion · Cocktail Bar · New American · Seafood · Tapas · $$$
drink served in Two Hawaiian Tuna Poke one of the Seaport Restaurants with a View
Credit: Brian Samuels Photography
  • Seaport · Asian Fusion · Cocktail Bar · New American · Seafood · Tapas · $$$

You can have your Two Hawaiian Tuna Poke and eat it with a view. Though this delicious dish was born on Nantucket, ironically enough the mainland location of Nautilus Pier 4 beats the island spot when it comes to views. Overlooking Boston Harbor from the sprawling patio (with an outdoor bar), the cult-favorite restaurant docks good vibes, great drinks, and a global-inspired menu— think: Tempura East Coast Oyster Tacos, Blue Crab Fried Rice, and the legendary Peking Inspired Whole Roasted Duck. On Saturdays, check out Nauti Lunch to try the Beer Battered Fried Fish Sandwich

Legal Harborside

Legal Harborside interior one of the Seaport Restaurants with a View
Legal Harborside/Credit: Chip Nestor

Before the Seaport was a rooftop bar-and-restaurant row, Legal Harborside anchored the neighborhood. The three-story flagship Legal Sea Foods offers stunning waterfront panoramas and seafood that has crowds flocking. At street level, you’ll find a casual menu paying homage to the chain’s roots; the second floor hosts private events. What really makes this location stand out is the roof deck. Open year-round, the top-floor lounge has a retractable glass ceiling and a promenade patio with waterfront views of the city skyline, Boston Fish Pier, and beyond. It’s the ultimate spot for some bubbles and oysters. The roof deck is open nightly and on weekend afternoons. 

Trillium Brewing Company

exterior of Trillium Fort Point
Credit: Courtesy of Trillium

Located just around the corner from the beloved Boston brewery’s bygone original location, Trillium Fort Point leans into the industrial-chic vibes of the area. Spanning two floors plus a roof deck, this Trillium location has a patio and taproom downstairs plus an elevated farm-to-table menu in the second-floor dining room. Ask about accessing the roof deck for pre-meal or nightcap pints of hazy IPAs, juicy fruited sour beers, and other hits like Citra Free Rise Saison. The drinks-only rooftop patio is open Friday through Sunday with its own bar and comfy, cozy seating. While you wait for a dinner table, take in the frosty brews and city views. 

Lolita Tequila Bar

al fresco dining at Lolita Tequila Bar
Credit: Josh Jamison

Brought to us by the crew behind vivacious and vibrant haunts Yvonne’s, Mariel, Ruka, and Coquette, Lolita Tequila Bar shakes up craveable margaritas. In the warmer months, we love the glow-up going from the dark, gothic interior restaurant to the covered patio bar outside, bedecked with bright florals along the Fort Point Channel. Take in the cityscape with a fiery Diablo Margarita (by the glass or pitcher) and a flight of guacamole. Open for dinner nightly and weekend brunch, be sure to plan ahead—views from the patio bar are first-come, first-served.

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