Since 1939, McMenamy’s Seafood has plumbed the depths of the ocean to assemble its full restaurant menu and stock its carryout fish market with the day’s freshest catches. The comfy, family-owned eatery sports nautical accoutrements along its walls, including a taxidermied fish, an ocean mural, and an imposing pirate flag hung up to signal that gold doubloons are buried deep within your basket of shrimp. A drive-thru window caters to pescetarians on the go, whereas TVs broadcast sports indoors as patrons dig into baked, broiled, or fried seafood.
At 88 Wharf Riverfront Grill, chefs craft New American dishes from scratch with ingredients such as fresh meats including North Atlantic lobsters, greens, and tart macintosh apples. Visitors enjoy entrees such as nested tenderloin steak and appetizers that include steamed mussels in a dining room noted for soft lighting and hardwood floors, as well as water-front views and an intimate bar. The grill also hosts special events and private functions.
Main Street Bar & Grill douses the raging fires of hunger with a menu of gourmet surf 'n' turf served up among warm, mahogany accents and friendly patrons. Warm up bellies with a starter of tavern classics such as the sidewalk sliders, four mini burgers strolling pleasantly to your palate while holding hands with caramelized onion and homemade pickles ($8.99). The eatery's skilled chefs have artfully arranged an array of meaty entrees, including the succulent Main Street steak tips ($14.99+), the baked haddock dressed in a breadcrumb coat ($13.99), and the grilled brine pork chops drizzled in cabernet sauce ($15.99), each designed to quell hunger and serve as makeshift werewolf bait. Those who eschew silverware can grab hold of a Smokey Joe burger, smothered in barbecue sauce and clutching a security blanket of bacon strips ($9.99). The Main Street flatbread pizza satisfies saucy appetites with a secret recipe crust piled with gooey mozzarella, great for practicing fractions homework and tempting mutant turtles.
After more than 25 years as a lobsterman, Peter Dawson experienced what many others never see in a lifetime—fishing off the New England coast, he reeled in a blue lobster. Nicknaming it Baby Blue, Dawson couldn't bear to let it see the pot; today, the arthropod lives out its days at the New England Aquarium, turning red only when it blushes from too much attention.
Transferring his love of the ocean to his own enterprise—and energized by a life's worth of bragging rights—Dawson opened The Lobster Stop right along the docks. That proximity to the sea ensures a bounty of fresh, native seafood, from fish, clams, and scallops to live lobsters—a specialty, of course. Comprised of Dawson and his family, the shop's staff also prepares cuisine for takeout, serving up platters and sandwiches behind a large display case, and a large mural behind the counter depicts two whales just waiting for the day when the menu includes bowls of plankton soup.
Atlantica celebrates the bounty of the sea with feasts of cider-glazed salmon, locally acquired lobster, roasted halibut, and saffron-tinged paella amid a charming waterfront location. A fitting nautical theme permeates the restaurant's décor, with murals of sails draping the walls, fluttering canvas curtains and trimming looming elegantly overhead, and striking blue glassware perched atop cream-colored tablecloths. Sunday brunches can include crepes, pasta, quiche, and freshly caught seafood, while the dinner menu presents fried native haddock, grilled sirloin, and small plates of sautéed mussels or Spanish cheeses. A highly skilled culinary team led by Executive Chef Garry Pyane cultivates a farm-to-table approach to cooking, pairing locally caught seafood with seasonal vegetables and sides when available.
Sunny glass windows, reaching from knee height to the ceiling, make up major segments of the restaurant’s walls. And they present diners with a stunning view of the ancient Cohasset harbor that welcomed the arrival of some of New England's founding families, as well as the wharves that witnessed the first cannonball diving contest in Massachussetts. The restaurant complex can accommodate up to 500 guests for events ranging from weddings to Thanksgiving dinners, and those guests often have the option to stay at the attached Cohasset Harbor Inn.