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The seafood tower at Mastro’s
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20 Seafood Towers Worth the Splurge

Go all out with a huge feast of shellfish

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The seafood tower at Mastro’s
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Boston loves seafood, and plenty of local restaurants — whether focused on seafood or not — showcase raw bar items in a variety of ways, from the ubiquitous dollar oyster deals to stunning towers stacked with everything from king crab legs to lobster.

It’ll cost you, but here are some of the best towers in town for the next time you’re in the mood for a seafood splurge.

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Russell House Tavern

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Russell House Tavern offers a pretty robust raw bar, including stand-alones like tuna tartare and lobster tail. In terms of combos, the crimson platter ($45) includes oysters, shrimp, clams, and accoutrements, while the Ivy League platter ($95) includes larger portions of everything from the crimson platter, plus two split lobster tails.

The Hourly Oyster House

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Younger Russell House sibling the Hourly, also in Harvard Square, is even more focused on seafood than its big siblings (in addition to Russell House, there’s Temple Bar, Park, and more). The Hourly’s seafood tower ($110) includes oysters, clams, jumbo shrimp, bass aguachile, tuna crudo, and lobster salad.

A two-level seafood tower, full of oysters, jumbo shrimp, and more, sits on a white marble counter in a restaurant. A bread basket is visible nearby.
Seafood tower at the Hourly
Joel Benjamin

Reelhouse

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Pair the waterfront views at Reelhouse with a regular ($65) or large ($130) shellfish tower, including oysters, lobster, shrimp cocktail, crudo, and crab cocktail. Or head to Quincy to visit the newer Marina Bay location — and stay tuned for perhaps more locations in the future.

A silver bowl on a metal stand is full of ice, shrimp, crab claws, and more. Dark blue restaurant booths are visible behind it.
The seafood tower at Reelhouse
Brian Samuels

Neptune Oyster

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You’ve already had the Neptune Oyster lobster roll, one of Boston’s most iconic dishes? Why not return for the Triton or Neptune plateau ($75 or $119, respectively), a wide assortment of seafood that includes oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and lots more. Yes, there will be a wait; put your name in and wander the North End for a while.

Mare Oyster Bar

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From the Frank DePasquale family of restaurants, Mare Oyster Bar is another solid North End option for seafood towers. Mare’s includes oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, a chilled half lobster, and Alaskan king crab. Market price. (A half-sized portion is also available.)

A two-level seafood tower is full of oysters, shrimp cocktail, half lobster, and more. It sits on a white tablecloth-covered table on a restaurant patio, a glass of champagne to the side.
The Mare shellfish tower
Jazz Rules

Mastro's Ocean Club

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This glitzy national chain, which focuses on both seafood and steak, uses dry ice to give its elaborate seafood tower a smoking effect. It’s customizable — choose your own selection of seafood — so the price varies, but the restaurant’s raw bar options include king crab legs and claws, lobster cocktail, oysters, caviar, and lots more.

Glamour shot of a multi-tier seafood tower, garnished with plenty of crab claws and dry ice
The seafood tower at Mastro’s
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Smith & Wollensky

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What is it with steak-and-seafood chains and shellfish towers? The one at Smith & Wollensky comes sized for two, four, or six ($72, $133, or $179 respectively), featuring Maine lobster, chilled colossal crab, jumbo shrimp, oysters, and more, with various accoutrements.

Closeup on a silver platter stuffed with ice and seafood
Seafood at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

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At this Italian behemoth in Boston’s Seaport District, the seafood tower — aka the gran assaggio di crudo — includes shrimp, yellowfin tuna, scallop carpaccio, oysters, hamachi, littleneck clams, lobster tail, and lemon basil aioli. Market price.

Three-tiered seafood tower with shrimp, clams, oysters, and more
Part of the Tuscan Kitchen seafood tower
Tuscan Kitchen [Official Photo]

Bistro du Midi

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French cuisine meets coastal New England at this Back Bay classic, which offers a petit or grand plateau ($39 or $120, serving one to two or two to four respectively) — a selection of assorted shellfish. Aside from the plateau, the restaurant serves plenty of other seafood options, such as the bouillabaisse, full of lobster, shrimp, calamari, and mussels.

A two-tiered tower of seafood, including shrimp, oysters, lobster, and more
Bistro du Midi seafood tower
Bistro du Midi [Official Photo]

Ocean Prime

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With over a dozen locations around the country, including one in Boston’s Seaport District, this high-end seafood chain serves a customizable “smoking” seafood tower, much like its Seaport neighbor Mastro’s (see above.) The price varies depending on what seafood you’d like to include.

Three-tiered seafood tower with a smoking effect thanks to dry ice. A glass of champagne sits next to it.
The customizable “smoking” seafood tower at Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime [Official Photo]

Saltie Girl

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At Saltie Girl, the seafood towers (market price) come in three sizes, with the largest, the “royale,” including a giant spread of oysters, clams, shrimp, crab salad, lobster cocktail, tuna poke, sea urchin, and caviar. The rest of Saltie Girl’s menu is also a seafood bonanza, featuring dishes like a fried lobster-topped burger, a smoked fish platter, imported tinned seafood, and more. Don’t miss the torched salmon belly.

Two platters of raw bar items on ice sit on a metal stand atop each other
The “royale” seafood tower at Saltie Girl
Saltie Girl/Official Site

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

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Davio’s is another steakhouse chain (this one is Boston-based) that doesn’t shy away from an extensive raw bar. The tower — “torre di pesce” — comes in three sizes ($55, $110, $185) and includes Maine lobster, lump crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, hamachi, and salmon. There’s also a cooked version with oysters Rockefeller, mussels Pernod, crispy calamari, crispy scallops, shrimp with spicy tomatoes, lobster with tarragon butter, and crab cakes.

overhead view of a two-tier seafood tower with lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, crab salad, oysters, and more
Davio’s seafood tower
Davio’s [Official Photo]

Row 34 is known for shellfish. In fact, it’s named for it. (The Row 34 is a variety of oyster from sister farm Island Creek Oysters.) Get a taste of everything with the shellfish tower, stacked with oysters, lobsters, and more, and drink your way through the excellent beer list as well.

Grill 23 & Bar

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Another for the swanky-steakhouse-with-seafood-tower category, Grill 23 serves two sizes of a shellfish sampler ($66, $127) that includes shrimp, oysters, lobster, salmon tartare, clams, and mussels escabeche — quite a luxurious lead-up to an 18-ounce, 100-day-aged prime ribeye.

Legal Harborside

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Legal Sea Foods’ massive three-story location in Boston’s Seaport District offers harbor views and a distinct vibe on each floor. Head to the second floor for a celebratory night out, including a shellfish platter ($75, serves four) with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail, and tuna tartare.

Overhead view of a rectangular silver platter full of ice and raw seafood, including oysters, crab legs, and more. The platter is on a wooden table.
Legal Harborside’s seafood platter
Heath Robbins

Select Oyster Bar

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Select Oyster Bar goes all in on seafood towers, offering four different plateaux. The least expensive, the Gloucester ($105), serves one to three and includes oysters, shrimp cocktail, blue crab salad, dressed Maine lobster, and salmon crudo. For those who want to shell out the big bucks, the most extravagant is the Hemingway ($350), which serves four to six and includes larger portions of everything in the Gloucester, as well as hamachi crudo, tuna tartare, caviar, and avocado toast.

Overhead view of a round silver platter full of raw oysters and accoutrements; it’s sitting on a wooden table accompanied by two smaller plates, one with tuna tartare and one with salmon crudo.
A spread of seafood at Select Oyster Bar
Brian Samuels

At this Back Bay Mediterranean restaurant with ties to Trade and Saloniki, the Porto plateau ($95) includes a dozen oysters, along with shrimp cocktail, lobster salad, and tuna tartare. Get it on the gorgeous patio.

Summer Shack

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With locations in Boston, Cambridge, and at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, the casual Summer Shack serves its “tower of power.” Price and ingredients vary slightly by location, but the Boston location is currently charging $65 and including oysters, littlenecks, shrimp, and oyster and tuna sashimi.

A whole lobster sits on ice in a round tray, surrounded with accoutrements and other bits of seafood
Part of Summer Shack’s seafood “tower of power”
Summer Shack [Official Photo]

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

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This national upscale seafood chain has a location at the Prudential Center in Boston’s Back Bay, where diners can order a shellfish tower for $75 — Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters, and jumbo lump crab. It’s also available at the Burlington location.

Boston Chops

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Why not warm up for a giant steak with a giant seafood tower? (Maybe add a giant stack of onion rings while you’re at it.) At Boston Chops, the fresh seafood plateau ($99) includes oysters, shrimp, a half lobster, and tuna tartare.

Russell House Tavern

Russell House Tavern offers a pretty robust raw bar, including stand-alones like tuna tartare and lobster tail. In terms of combos, the crimson platter ($45) includes oysters, shrimp, clams, and accoutrements, while the Ivy League platter ($95) includes larger portions of everything from the crimson platter, plus two split lobster tails.

The Hourly Oyster House

A two-level seafood tower, full of oysters, jumbo shrimp, and more, sits on a white marble counter in a restaurant. A bread basket is visible nearby.
Seafood tower at the Hourly
Joel Benjamin

Younger Russell House sibling the Hourly, also in Harvard Square, is even more focused on seafood than its big siblings (in addition to Russell House, there’s Temple Bar, Park, and more). The Hourly’s seafood tower ($110) includes oysters, clams, jumbo shrimp, bass aguachile, tuna crudo, and lobster salad.

A two-level seafood tower, full of oysters, jumbo shrimp, and more, sits on a white marble counter in a restaurant. A bread basket is visible nearby.
Seafood tower at the Hourly
Joel Benjamin

Reelhouse

A silver bowl on a metal stand is full of ice, shrimp, crab claws, and more. Dark blue restaurant booths are visible behind it.
The seafood tower at Reelhouse
Brian Samuels

Pair the waterfront views at Reelhouse with a regular ($65) or large ($130) shellfish tower, including oysters, lobster, shrimp cocktail, crudo, and crab cocktail. Or head to Quincy to visit the newer Marina Bay location — and stay tuned for perhaps more locations in the future.

A silver bowl on a metal stand is full of ice, shrimp, crab claws, and more. Dark blue restaurant booths are visible behind it.
The seafood tower at Reelhouse
Brian Samuels

Neptune Oyster

You’ve already had the Neptune Oyster lobster roll, one of Boston’s most iconic dishes? Why not return for the Triton or Neptune plateau ($75 or $119, respectively), a wide assortment of seafood that includes oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and lots more. Yes, there will be a wait; put your name in and wander the North End for a while.

Mare Oyster Bar

A two-level seafood tower is full of oysters, shrimp cocktail, half lobster, and more. It sits on a white tablecloth-covered table on a restaurant patio, a glass of champagne to the side.
The Mare shellfish tower
Jazz Rules

From the Frank DePasquale family of restaurants, Mare Oyster Bar is another solid North End option for seafood towers. Mare’s includes oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, a chilled half lobster, and Alaskan king crab. Market price. (A half-sized portion is also available.)

A two-level seafood tower is full of oysters, shrimp cocktail, half lobster, and more. It sits on a white tablecloth-covered table on a restaurant patio, a glass of champagne to the side.
The Mare shellfish tower
Jazz Rules

Mastro's Ocean Club

Glamour shot of a multi-tier seafood tower, garnished with plenty of crab claws and dry ice
The seafood tower at Mastro’s
Mastro’s/Official Site

This glitzy national chain, which focuses on both seafood and steak, uses dry ice to give its elaborate seafood tower a smoking effect. It’s customizable — choose your own selection of seafood — so the price varies, but the restaurant’s raw bar options include king crab legs and claws, lobster cocktail, oysters, caviar, and lots more.

Glamour shot of a multi-tier seafood tower, garnished with plenty of crab claws and dry ice
The seafood tower at Mastro’s
Mastro’s/Official Site

Smith & Wollensky

Closeup on a silver platter stuffed with ice and seafood
Seafood at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

What is it with steak-and-seafood chains and shellfish towers? The one at Smith & Wollensky comes sized for two, four, or six ($72, $133, or $179 respectively), featuring Maine lobster, chilled colossal crab, jumbo shrimp, oysters, and more, with various accoutrements.

Closeup on a silver platter stuffed with ice and seafood
Seafood at Smith & Wollensky
Smith & Wollensky/Official Site

Tuscan Kitchen Seaport

Three-tiered seafood tower with shrimp, clams, oysters, and more
Part of the Tuscan Kitchen seafood tower
Tuscan Kitchen [Official Photo]

At this Italian behemoth in Boston’s Seaport District, the seafood tower — aka the gran assaggio di crudo — includes shrimp, yellowfin tuna, scallop carpaccio, oysters, hamachi, littleneck clams, lobster tail, and lemon basil aioli. Market price.

Three-tiered seafood tower with shrimp, clams, oysters, and more
Part of the Tuscan Kitchen seafood tower
Tuscan Kitchen [Official Photo]

Bistro du Midi

A two-tiered tower of seafood, including shrimp, oysters, lobster, and more
Bistro du Midi seafood tower
Bistro du Midi [Official Photo]

French cuisine meets coastal New England at this Back Bay classic, which offers a petit or grand plateau ($39 or $120, serving one to two or two to four respectively) — a selection of assorted shellfish. Aside from the plateau, the restaurant serves plenty of other seafood options, such as the bouillabaisse, full of lobster, shrimp, calamari, and mussels.

A two-tiered tower of seafood, including shrimp, oysters, lobster, and more
Bistro du Midi seafood tower
Bistro du Midi [Official Photo]

Ocean Prime

Three-tiered seafood tower with a smoking effect thanks to dry ice. A glass of champagne sits next to it.
The customizable “smoking” seafood tower at Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime [Official Photo]

With over a dozen locations around the country, including one in Boston’s Seaport District, this high-end seafood chain serves a customizable “smoking” seafood tower, much like its Seaport neighbor Mastro’s (see above.) The price varies depending on what seafood you’d like to include.

Three-tiered seafood tower with a smoking effect thanks to dry ice. A glass of champagne sits next to it.
The customizable “smoking” seafood tower at Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime [Official Photo]

Saltie Girl

Two platters of raw bar items on ice sit on a metal stand atop each other
The “royale” seafood tower at Saltie Girl
Saltie Girl/Official Site

At Saltie Girl, the seafood towers (market price) come in three sizes, with the largest, the “royale,” including a giant spread of oysters, clams, shrimp, crab salad, lobster cocktail, tuna poke, sea urchin, and caviar. The rest of Saltie Girl’s menu is also a seafood bonanza, featuring dishes like a fried lobster-topped burger, a smoked fish platter, imported tinned seafood, and more. Don’t miss the torched salmon belly.

Two platters of raw bar items on ice sit on a metal stand atop each other
The “royale” seafood tower at Saltie Girl
Saltie Girl/Official Site

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

overhead view of a two-tier seafood tower with lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, crab salad, oysters, and more
Davio’s seafood tower
Davio’s [Official Photo]

Davio’s is another steakhouse chain (this one is Boston-based) that doesn’t shy away from an extensive raw bar. The tower — “torre di pesce” — comes in three sizes ($55, $110, $185) and includes Maine lobster, lump crab, shrimp, oysters, clams, hamachi, and salmon. There’s also a cooked version with oysters Rockefeller, mussels Pernod, crispy calamari, crispy scallops, shrimp with spicy tomatoes, lobster with tarragon butter, and crab cakes.

overhead view of a two-tier seafood tower with lobster tails, jumbo shrimp, crab salad, oysters, and more
Davio’s seafood tower
Davio’s [Official Photo]

Row 34

Row 34 is known for shellfish. In fact, it’s named for it. (The Row 34 is a variety of oyster from sister farm Island Creek Oysters.) Get a taste of everything with the shellfish tower, stacked with oysters, lobsters, and more, and drink your way through the excellent beer list as well.

Grill 23 & Bar

Another for the swanky-steakhouse-with-seafood-tower category, Grill 23 serves two sizes of a shellfish sampler ($66, $127) that includes shrimp, oysters, lobster, salmon tartare, clams, and mussels escabeche — quite a luxurious lead-up to an 18-ounce, 100-day-aged prime ribeye.

Legal Harborside

Overhead view of a rectangular silver platter full of ice and raw seafood, including oysters, crab legs, and more. The platter is on a wooden table.
Legal Harborside’s seafood platter
Heath Robbins

Legal Sea Foods’ massive three-story location in Boston’s Seaport District offers harbor views and a distinct vibe on each floor. Head to the second floor for a celebratory night out, including a shellfish platter ($75, serves four) with oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail, and tuna tartare.