clock menu more-arrow no yes

The Coolest New Crudo Options in Boston

Hot days, cool fish

View as Map

Who wants to eat hot food during the summer? As we enjoy the final balmy days of summer 2016, keep cool with some of the freshest raw seafood dishes in town.

We've always been a seafood town, but many new restaurant openings are supplementing or turning away from the lobster rolls and bisques and baked haddocks of the past in favor of beautifully plated, delicate portions of raw scallops, fluke, bass, and so much more, lightly embellished with toppings that range from chicharrones to sea bean salmoriglio to cherry blossoms.

Explore some of the newest seafood crudo and ceviche options below; we're focusing on restaurants that are under two years old. Did we miss your favorite? Don't be shy — leave a comment below, hit up the tipline, or tag your Instagram photos #eaterboston to share other deserving restaurants and dishes. We'll update this map periodically to include newer options.

Note: Map points are listed alphabetically, not ranked.

See also: Essential Boston Sushi Restaurants

Originally published on August 11, 2016. Date of the most recent update appears above.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Mezzana

Copy Link
360 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
This new South End restaurant delightfully focuses on two essential areas: crudo and pasta. (It does both equally well, so good luck trying to figure out how to divide your meal.) The ever-changing crudo selection is large and full of options like yellowtail with grapefruit oil and fresno chili; sea bream with apple, olive, and perilla; and barred knifejaw with cherry blossom and lime.
Sockeye salmon crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater

2. Crudo

Copy Link
78 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
While this year-old North End spot focuses mostly on the sushi and sashimi side of the raw seafood spectrum, a few of its dishes — not to mention its name — qualify it for a spot on this map. Try the hamachi crudo (yuzu-kosho, chive, shallots) or the ceviche (diced scallop, shrimp, tako, cucumber, tomato, cilantro, shallots, ume dressing).

3. Doretta Taverna

Copy Link
79 Park Plz
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 422-0008
Visit Website
Michael Schlow's new Greek restaurant features a daily ceviche, as well as some other raw seafood options, such as yellowtail with crushed green olives, dill, and spicy lemon.

4. Fat Hen

Copy Link
126 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-1612
Visit Website
This Somerville newcomer opened in early August 2016 with a menu that highlights pasta, but don't ignore the antipasti. There's currently a fluke crudo served with sea bean salmoriglio, lemon, and olive oil.
Fluke crudo/RLB for Eater

5. haley.henry

Copy Link
45 Province St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 208-6000
Visit Website
Under the menu heading "Ooh baby I like it Raw," this brand new Downtown Crossing wine bar offers up dishes like tuna crudo with grapefruit, fennel, pickled jalapeno, and avocado; snapper crudo with rhubarb, juniper oil, and calendula; and more.

6. Little Donkey

Copy Link
505 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-1008
Visit Website
From matzo ball ramen to monkfish biryani, the Little Donkey opening menu touches on a lot of cuisines — and there's a raw bar, too. Current items include razor clams with jicama, cucumber, and pepitas; tuna poke with gochujang and pickled bean sprouts; and octopus ceviche with aji amarillo, yuzu, and nepitella.

7. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

Copy Link
West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 917-5626
Visit Website
It's ceviches galore at this oyster bar in Southie. Current selections include the sea bass ceviche (pickled papaya, roasted habanero and agave, passionfruit, salsa verde) and the tuna ceviche (Fresno chilies, lime, avocado, pickled carrots, ginger).

8. Outlook Kitchen and Bar

Copy Link
70 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
The Envoy Hotel's restaurant serves up a Hawaiian tuna poke with sweet soy, sesame, macadamia, avocado, and prawn crackers, as well as a shrimp and hamachi ceviche with pico de gallo, avocado, and blue corn tortilla chips.

9. Porto

Copy Link
780 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 536-1234
Visit Website
Start your meal at the Trade team's new Back Bay establishment, Porto, with a raw seafood dish or two. There's the scallop, for example, with chamomile, Niçoise olive, and lemon balm, or the tuna, served with charred leeks and piri piri.
Raw scallop/RLB for Eater

10. Saltie Girl

Copy Link
281 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116
For a tiny restaurant, Saltie Girl boasts a large menu with many different seafood preparations, from fried to smoked to tinned. And of course, there's crudo. Current selections include tuna carpaccio with pickled hon-shimeji mushrooms, house ponzu, and fresh herbs; hamachi loin with pineapple and cucumber water, Meyer lemon & shiso oil, and blood orange gelee; and more.
Tuna carpaccio/Instagram

11. SELECT Oyster Bar

Copy Link
50 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115
(857) 239-8064
Visit Website
One of the most anticipated openings of 2015, Select Oyster Bar offers up truly lovely seafood dishes, including plenty of raw options, from ceviche to crudo. Current selections include Faroe Islands salmon crudo with togarashi, pistachio oil, and lime; black bass crudo with marinated fennel, Calabrese chili, mint, and capers; and more.
Halibut crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater

12. State Street Provisions

Copy Link
255 State St
Boston, MA 02109
The Grafton Group's first location in Boston proper has a variety of raw bar offerings, including a scallop ceviche (citrus-marinated melon, shishito pepper, crispy pork rinds) and tuna crudo (green chili-infused olive oil, crispy shallots, lime). For more seafood, keep an eye out for the group's newest restaurant, The Hourly, an oyster bar that will open soon in Harvard Square.

13. Tapestry

Copy Link
69 Kilmarnock St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 421-4470
Visit Website
For a casual meal of pizza and oysters, head to Tapestry's Expo Kitchen. But if you want something a little swankier, the Club Room is there for you with dishes like fluke ceviche with jicama salad, charred habanero oil, finger lime, and buttermilk.

14. The Backroom at Moody's Delicatessen

Copy Link
468 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 216-8732
Visit Website
Stuff yourself full of delicious meat at The Backroom, sure, but if you want to start things off on the lighter side, try the ceviche classico (red onion, chili, sweet potato, choclo) or the crudo (citrus marinade, coriander, aji amarillo, plantains).

15. The Townshend

Copy Link
1250 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 481-9694
Visit Website
Keep an eye out for a crudo option in the starters section of the menu. On a previous visit, salmon was served with citrus and fennel. On the current menu, there's an arctic char crudo with red pepper coulis, radish, and celery.
Salmon crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater

16. Townsman

Copy Link
120 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 993-0750
Visit Website
The menu changes frequently, but it always features a crudo section. Current seafood offerings include hamachi with kale, rhubarb chow chow, and buttermilk; halibut with saba (a reduction of grape must), pistachio, and Castelvetrano olives; and swordfish belly with plum, preserved lemon, and chicharrones.
Smoked char crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater

17. Yvonne's

Copy Link
2 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 267-0047
Visit Website
Slip into this dark and moody Downtown Crossing destination for excellent cocktails and fun shareable plates, and you might just find a crudo or two. Currently on the menu, there's the "Tico" tuna crudo with jalapeno vinaigrette, pickled mango, and black bean crema.
Hamachi crudo toast, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater

18. BLR by Shojo

Copy Link
13 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 477-5828
Visit Website
Before diving into a mountain of fried smelts or some hearty Szechuan bolognese, why not start out on the lighter side with a big helping of surf clam? It's served with rice noodles, goji berries, and a soy-lime vinaigrette.
Surf clam ceviche/RLB for Eater

19. Heat at Journeyman

Copy Link
9 Sanborn Ct (Union Square)
Somerville, MA
(617) 718-2333
Visit Website
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, a more casual concept called Heat takes over the Journeyman space with duck skewers, lobster spring rolls, and more. There's also a scallop crudo with burdock and green strawberries.
Scallop crudo/RLB for Eater

20. Loyal Nine

Copy Link
660 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-2576
Visit Website
This East Cambridge restaurant serves up sustainable northeast seafood and other New England fare, and there's generally something available in the crudo or ceviche realm. On the summer 2016 menu, there's "very quickly cured" Rhode Island tautog, served with cucumber in a salted herb broth. Pictured here, a previously available dish — a single Chatham scallop with rhubarb and poppyseeds.
Scallop with rhubarb, previously on the menu/RLB for Eater

21. Waypoint

Copy Link
1030 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2300
Visit Website
At Alden & Harlow's new seafood-focused sibling, there's always a daily crudo, such as this salmon crudo with pickled Maine blueberries and chanterelles. (There are also a variety of other raw bar options, including oysters, clams, and caviar service.)
Salmon crudo/RLB for Eater

Loading comments...

1. Bar Mezzana

360 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Sockeye salmon crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater
This new South End restaurant delightfully focuses on two essential areas: crudo and pasta. (It does both equally well, so good luck trying to figure out how to divide your meal.) The ever-changing crudo selection is large and full of options like yellowtail with grapefruit oil and fresno chili; sea bream with apple, olive, and perilla; and barred knifejaw with cherry blossom and lime.
360 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

2. Crudo

78 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
While this year-old North End spot focuses mostly on the sushi and sashimi side of the raw seafood spectrum, a few of its dishes — not to mention its name — qualify it for a spot on this map. Try the hamachi crudo (yuzu-kosho, chive, shallots) or the ceviche (diced scallop, shrimp, tako, cucumber, tomato, cilantro, shallots, ume dressing).
78 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

3. Doretta Taverna

79 Park Plz, Boston, MA 02116
Michael Schlow's new Greek restaurant features a daily ceviche, as well as some other raw seafood options, such as yellowtail with crushed green olives, dill, and spicy lemon.
79 Park Plz
Boston, MA 02116

4. Fat Hen

126 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Fluke crudo/RLB for Eater
This Somerville newcomer opened in early August 2016 with a menu that highlights pasta, but don't ignore the antipasti. There's currently a fluke crudo served with sea bean salmoriglio, lemon, and olive oil.
126 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

5. haley.henry

45 Province St, Boston, MA 02108
Under the menu heading "Ooh baby I like it Raw," this brand new Downtown Crossing wine bar offers up dishes like tuna crudo with grapefruit, fennel, pickled jalapeno, and avocado; snapper crudo with rhubarb, juniper oil, and calendula; and more.
45 Province St
Boston, MA 02108

6. Little Donkey

505 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
From matzo ball ramen to monkfish biryani, the Little Donkey opening menu touches on a lot of cuisines — and there's a raw bar, too. Current items include razor clams with jicama, cucumber, and pepitas; tuna poke with gochujang and pickled bean sprouts; and octopus ceviche with aji amarillo, yuzu, and nepitella.
505 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
It's ceviches galore at this oyster bar in Southie. Current selections include the sea bass ceviche (pickled papaya, roasted habanero and agave, passionfruit, salsa verde) and the tuna ceviche (Fresno chilies, lime, avocado, pickled carrots, ginger).
West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

8. Outlook Kitchen and Bar

70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210
The Envoy Hotel's restaurant serves up a Hawaiian tuna poke with sweet soy, sesame, macadamia, avocado, and prawn crackers, as well as a shrimp and hamachi ceviche with pico de gallo, avocado, and blue corn tortilla chips.
70 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210

9. Porto

780 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
Raw scallop/RLB for Eater
Start your meal at the Trade team's new Back Bay establishment, Porto, with a raw seafood dish or two. There's the scallop, for example, with chamomile, Niçoise olive, and lemon balm, or the tuna, served with charred leeks and piri piri.
780 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199

10. Saltie Girl

281 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116
Tuna carpaccio/Instagram
For a tiny restaurant, Saltie Girl boasts a large menu with many different seafood preparations, from fried to smoked to tinned. And of course, there's crudo. Current selections include tuna carpaccio with pickled hon-shimeji mushrooms, house ponzu, and fresh herbs; hamachi loin with pineapple and cucumber water, Meyer lemon & shiso oil, and blood orange gelee; and more.
281 Dartmouth St.
Boston, MA 02116

11. SELECT Oyster Bar

50 Gloucester St, Boston, MA 02115
Halibut crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater
One of the most anticipated openings of 2015, Select Oyster Bar offers up truly lovely seafood dishes, including plenty of raw options, from ceviche to crudo. Current selections include Faroe Islands salmon crudo with togarashi, pistachio oil, and lime; black bass crudo with marinated fennel, Calabrese chili, mint, and capers; and more.
50 Gloucester St
Boston, MA 02115

12. State Street Provisions

255 State St, Boston, MA 02109
The Grafton Group's first location in Boston proper has a variety of raw bar offerings, including a scallop ceviche (citrus-marinated melon, shishito pepper, crispy pork rinds) and tuna crudo (green chili-infused olive oil, crispy shallots, lime). For more seafood, keep an eye out for the group's newest restaurant, The Hourly, an oyster bar that will open soon in Harvard Square.
255 State St
Boston, MA 02109

13. Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St, Boston, MA 02215
For a casual meal of pizza and oysters, head to Tapestry's Expo Kitchen. But if you want something a little swankier, the Club Room is there for you with dishes like fluke ceviche with jicama salad, charred habanero oil, finger lime, and buttermilk.
69 Kilmarnock St
Boston, MA 02215

14. The Backroom at Moody's Delicatessen

468 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453
Stuff yourself full of delicious meat at The Backroom, sure, but if you want to start things off on the lighter side, try the ceviche classico (red onion, chili, sweet potato, choclo) or the crudo (citrus marinade, coriander, aji amarillo, plantains).
468 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453

15. The Townshend

1250 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169
Salmon crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater
Keep an eye out for a crudo option in the starters section of the menu. On a previous visit, salmon was served with citrus and fennel. On the current menu, there's an arctic char crudo with red pepper coulis, radish, and celery.
1250 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169

Related Maps

16. Townsman

120 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111
Smoked char crudo, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater
The menu changes frequently, but it always features a crudo section. Current seafood offerings include hamachi with kale, rhubarb chow chow, and buttermilk; halibut with saba (a reduction of grape must), pistachio, and Castelvetrano olives; and swordfish belly with plum, preserved lemon, and chicharrones.
120 Kingston St
Boston, MA 02111

17. Yvonne's

2 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108
Hamachi crudo toast, formerly on the menu/RLB for Eater
Slip into this dark and moody Downtown Crossing destination for excellent cocktails and fun shareable plates, and you might just find a crudo or two. Currently on the menu, there's the "Tico" tuna crudo with jalapeno vinaigrette, pickled mango, and black bean crema.
2 Winter Place
Boston, MA 02108

18. BLR by Shojo

13 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
Surf clam ceviche/RLB for Eater
Before diving into a mountain of fried smelts or some hearty Szechuan bolognese, why not start out on the lighter side with a big helping of surf clam? It's served with rice noodles, goji berries, and a soy-lime vinaigrette.
13 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111

19. Heat at Journeyman

9 Sanborn Ct (Union Square), Somerville, MA
Scallop crudo/RLB for Eater
On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, a more casual concept called Heat takes over the Journeyman space with duck skewers, lobster spring rolls, and more. There's also a scallop crudo with burdock and green strawberries.
9 Sanborn Ct (Union Square)
Somerville, MA

20. Loyal Nine

660 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141
Scallop with rhubarb, previously on the menu/RLB for Eater
This East Cambridge restaurant serves up sustainable northeast seafood and other New England fare, and there's generally something available in the crudo or ceviche realm. On the summer 2016 menu, there's "very quickly cured" Rhode Island tautog, served with cucumber in a salted herb broth. Pictured here, a previously available dish — a single Chatham scallop with rhubarb and poppyseeds.
660 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141

21. Waypoint

1030 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Salmon crudo/RLB for Eater
At Alden & Harlow's new seafood-focused sibling, there's always a daily crudo, such as this salmon crudo with pickled Maine blueberries and chanterelles. (There are also a variety of other raw bar options, including oysters, clams, and caviar service.)
1030 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Related Maps