9 Best Seafood Restaurants in the United States (2022)

From Hawaiian poke bowls, Bay Area crab and cioppino to New England oysters and lobster, the United States is blessed with an overwhelming plethora of delicious fresh seafood along the East Coast. and around the gulf. Narrowing down the best seafood restaurants in the country is quite a challenge, which is why The journey awaits you asked for help from our readers. Below, you’ll find the results of our Best of Travel Awards for Best Seafood Restaurant in the United States.

Assortment of seafood at Hudson’s
(Photo Credit: James James / Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks)

1. Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks (Winner)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Our 2022 Best of Travel Award winner for Best Seafood Restaurant in the USA, Hudson’s Seafood House on the docks, sits on the edge of Port Royal Sound on beautiful Hilton Head Island. A Hilton Head tradition for over half a century, Hudson’s began as an oyster factory in 1912. Now, in addition to brackish bivalves, the Lowcountry seafood restaurant serves freshly caught shrimp and crab directly from the wharf for brunch, lunch and dinner.

For other seasonal catches, the renowned restaurant works with anglers based in Charleston, Georgia and North Florida to source fresh black bass, grouper, mahi-mahi, swordfish, tilefish, triggerfish, vermilion snapper And much more. homemade fillet.

Hudson’s offers one of the best sunset views on the island. Keep an eye out for dolphins swimming past. Don’t sleep on the addictive hushpuppies and save room for the amazing Mud Pie. Significantly better than its name suggests, the popular dessert features cappuccino ice cream and chocolate fudge on an Oreo cookie crumb crust.

What to order at Hudson’s Seafood House on the docks:

  • crab soup
  • Half-shell oysters, shucked to order
  • Hushpuppies
  • mud pie

2. The lobster trap

Borne, Massachusetts

Located near Cape Cod on the Back River in Bourne, The lobster trap is a classic New England seafood shack. Come to this rustic riverside building for an average lobster roll and one of the best clam chowder you’ve ever had.

Founded in 1969 as a neighborhood fish market, the old-fashioned seafood reserve still sells cod, haddock, gray sole, flounder, sea scallops and shellfish from high quality, caught and processed locally.

What to order at the lobster trap:

Oyster platter from White Pillars seafood restaurant in Biloxi, MS
3 Way Oysters with White Pillars
(Photo credit: Rory Doyle Photo / White Pillars Restaurant and Lounge)

3. White pillars

Biloxi, Mississippi

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is no stranger to succulent seafood, and White pillars in Biloxi offers local seafood, as well as steaks and handmade pastas. It is owned by Chef Austin Sumrall and his wife Tresse, who also acts as office manager and event coordinator. The couple grew up in Mississippi and bring that Southern hospitality to their elegant farm-to-table restaurant. Last year, Chief Sumrall faced incredible cooks nationwide at the Great American Seafood Cook-off and was crowned America’s Seafood King.

White Pillar’s menu changes daily based on ingredients sourced from local farms, but you can always count on delicious fresh Gulf seafood dishes. Seasonal favorites include Josephine Eggplant, Gulf Seafood Tower and Korean BBQ Pork Belly.

Fresh, local ingredients flow into the beautiful bar, The WP Lounge, where professionally trained bartenders whip up libations made from homemade syrups and juices. In addition to specialty craft cocktails, there’s also a bourbon selection as well as an extensive wine list. Belly down to Biloxi’s oldest known bar, a chic walnut fixture that once graced the Chicago Blackstone Hotel.

What to order from White Pillars:

  • 3 way oysters
  • Shrimps & Grits (brunch)
Grilled Ahi Ona Meal from Da Poke Shack in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
Grilled Ahi Ona Meal from Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
(Photo credit: Joshua Rainey Photography / Shutterstock.com)

4. Da Poke Shack

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Da Poke Shack in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is known for what else but its poke bowls. For those unfamiliar, poke (pronounced poh-keh) is the Hawaiian word for chopping, dicing, or slicing. Fresh, raw yellowfin tuna, or as it’s called here, ahi, is the star of these savory bowls seasoned with Hawaiian salt and dressed with other ingredients like limu kohu (seaweed), oil and seeds sesame seeds and the aioli.

Da Poke Shack, an unassuming little Hawaiian shack in a condo complex, serves always-fresh, never-frozen poke in bowls like Pele’s Kiss, which is tossed with spicy Hawaiian chili aioli. Spicy Garlic Poke contains spicy Hawaiian chili, garlic, and sesame seeds and is gluten-free.

Arrive early for the best selection. Order takeout and head to a nearby beach or to the back of the condo building and try to score a spot at one of the picnic tables in the small garden. Keep an eye out for surfers and turtles!

What to order from Da Poke Shack:

  • Pele’s Kiss Poké
  • Spicy Garlic and Sesame Poke

5. Restaurant G&M

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

Directly north of BWI-Marshall Airport, G&M-Restaurant is located in charming Anne Arundel County in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. Known for its chunk crab cakes, this casual eatery also serves other seafood, as well as steak and pasta. But you don’t have to travel all the way to Baltimore to experience the best crab cakes in Maryland. G&M ships them overnight to all 50 states so you can satisfy your crabbing craving anytime. We know what we will be doing on our next BWI stopover!

What to order at G&M Restaurant:

Garlic Roasted Crab from Scoma's Restaurant
Garlic Roast Crab at Scoma’s Restaurant
(Photo credit: Scoma Restaurant)

6. Restaurant Scoma

San Francisco, California

We’d agree with the folks at Rice-A-Roni that seafood is the delight of San Francisco. Restaurant Scoma serves some of the best in the bay. Located on Pier 47 at Fisherman’s Wharf, this spacious waterfront restaurant specializes in pier-to-plate cuisine fresh off the fishing boat that morning.

Incredible cioppino, whole garlic roasted Dungeness crab and excellent warm sourdough bread are some of the dishes the restaurant is known for. If you decide to drive, take advantage of the free valet service!

What to order at Scoma’s Restaurant:

  • Sloth Cioppino
  • Whole West Coast Dungeness Crab, Roasted Whole

7. Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota’s restaurants are one of the reasons The journey awaits you Writer Jeanine Consoli says it’s the perfect place to retire. Long-time seafood restaurant Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant claims it’s the only market and restaurant in Sarasota and one of the few in Florida that sells fish caught the day you buy it. The fish market offers a wide selection of whole fish, fillets, shellfish and crustaceans.

Sip local craft beers or cocktails at the tiki bar outside while you wait for a table. Instead of bread and butter, Walt’s serves its famous smoked whitefish spread, a mix of mullet and tartar sauce, with crackers. If you come during stone crab season, or if triple tail is the catch of the day, you are in for a treat! Whatever Chef Rigo prepares, the dinner daily specials feature the freshest seafood to come that day. Pick the fish you want from the market and have it prepared the way you want: flame-grilled, blackened, broiled, fried, or fried panko.

What to order at Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant:

  • Special dinner of the day
  • Seasonal Stone Crab
lobster roll and fries on a blue plate from 167 Raw Oyster Bar
Lobster roll at 167 Raw Oyster Bar
(Photo credit: Cassandra Michelle / 167 Raw Oyster Bar)

8. 167 Raw oyster bar

Charleston, South Carolina

167 Raw oyster bar is a cute and contemporary New England-style oyster bar on King Street in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. The menu changes often, but you can always find oysters, lobster rolls, and fish tacos at this cozy restaurant that focuses on East Coast seafood. The raw bar offers oysters listed by region, size and salinity. There are no reservations, so the wait can be quite long at peak times.

What to order at 167 Raw Oyster Bar:

  • Oysters (duh!)
  • Lobster roll
Lobster fingers
Lobster fingers with Grand Marlin
(Photo credit: Robin O’Neal Smith)

9. The Great Marlin

Pensacola Beach, Florida

The Great Marlin is located in Pensacola Beach, a resort community outside of Pensacola on the Florida Gulf Coast barrier island of Santa Rosa. Fresh Gulf seafood is the star of award-winning chef Gregg McCarthy’s ever-changing menu, featuring mouth-watering dishes prepared daily from the highest quality ingredients.

Patrons love the seafood-influenced Sunday brunch. You can make a meal just out of delicious finger foods here, including fried lobster fingers with honey mustard, Rockefeller oysters, and the house fries nacho style with a Statesboro blue cheese sauce. For your main course, try the Parmesan-crusted grouper piccata, unless seared red snapper is on the menu. Top it all off with the TGM Signature Praline Basket – vanilla bean ice cream in a basket of crunchy pecan pralines topped with seasonal berries and caramel and chocolate sauces – yum!

In addition to food, the Grand Marlin offers island cocktails and beautiful views of the Santa Rosa Sound, as well as sunsets over Pensacola Bay. A second location was opened in Panama City Beach in 2016.

What to order at Grand Marlin:

  • oysters Rockefeller
  • Lobster fingers
  • Blue Angel Potato Chips
  • Grouper Piccata
  • Seared snapper (special)
  • TGM Signature Praline Basket

Related Reading:

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