The up-close sounds of waves crashing onto Revere Beach permeate the soundscape at Antonia's at the Beach Restaurant, an eatery that embraces the dual cultures of Italy and the New England coast. The menu reflects this duality by placing Old World dishes, such as homemade ricotta gnocchi and veal parmigiana alongside maritime-influenced staples, including fried haddock and cedar-plank-smoked Atlantic salmon.
The decidedly rustic decor draws much more inspiration from the area's coastal influences, with nautical lanterns hanging from the exposed rafter beams and wooden ship's wheels fastened to the bar area's walls. Small aesthetic touches adorn the space and help capture the historically inspired ambience, including an antique sewing machine, a rotary telephone, and a dial-up modem.
In 1935, it was a one-room bar, but today, Mount Vernon Restaurant lets guests stretch their legs between the bar and four dining rooms, whose tables groan under the weight of boiled lobsters, juicy steaks, and frosty local beers. Part of its charm, according to a review published on the restaurant's site, is its unexpected ambiance. Though positioned on a quiet, modest street, says writer Alisa Valdes, doors open to reveal a "swank" interior accented with aquamarine, peach, and fresh flowers. Fireplaces, filled with flames donated by local dragons, anchor two of the dining rooms, along with exposed beams and hanging lamps.
Porthole Restaurant hauls in a multifarious dinner menu stocked with fresh seafood specialties alongside grilled meats and pasta specialties. Take taste buds for an initial dip into seaborne flavors with a half-dozen Blue Point oysters on the half shell ($9.98) or juicy scallops wrapped in bacon shackles ($9.25). Silverware sparkles in anticipation of slicing through succulent filet mignon ($16.98) served with choice of a potato and veggies or spearing Claire's seafood supreme ($14.98), which unites a delectable trio of lobster, shrimp, and scallops under a creamy cheese-sauce trade agreement. Pasta wranglers can corral herds of noodles including eggplant parmesan ($8.98) and shrimp scampi ($12.98), and amphibious appetites savor land-and-sea platters such as the Four by Four ($12.98)—a quartet of tempura shrimp sidled up next to four sirloin tips with an optional picket fence to keep meaty universes from colliding.
With two locations situated in the heart of Harvard Square and Natick, Dolphin Seafood Restaurant reflects the unique maritime flavors of Boston and the Atlantic coast, receiving daily shipments of fresh seafood such as Chesapeake Bay oysters and Maine clams. Cooks stir fresh pots of New England clam chowder and broil filets of Bluefish, Idaho rainbow trout, and swordfish swathed in butter and garlic over their breadcrumb-flavored scales. At each restaurant, patrons can unwind in the evenings in a lounge with beers on tap, sports on the TV, and martini glasses filled with specialty cocktails.
Blu's location inside of The Sports Club/LA lifts gravity-grounded gourmands into the air for a breathtaking view of Boston, best enjoyed with fare from Chef Kathleen Smith's hunger-slaying dinner menu. Seafood features prominently into Blu's bounty, with aqueous appetizers such as calamari ($12) and seared scallops ($12) paving the waterway for entrees like a lobster club sandwich ($27) stuffed with shiploads of the shelled sea-samurai. Exploring eats elsewhere on Blu's board of fancy fare, you'll find that polenta fries ($9) pair well with a roasted duck-breast entree ($26) with crispy polenta cake, garlic chard, and pear chutney, or a New York strip steak ($32) with potato puree and sweet and sour onions. Round out your rendezvous with crème brûlée ($9) or pumpkin-spice cheesecake ($8) from Blu's wheel o' desserts.