Best Seafood Restaurants in Every State
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The Best Seafood Restaurant in All 50 States

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Best Seafood Restaurants in Every State
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No matter where you are in the United States — even in the most remote regions — tasty seafood options aren't far away. Once you decide to forgo the national chains, get off the beaten path, and take a chance on some local favorites, you'll have the chance to reel in the greatest food the sea has to offer. We scoured reviews and rankings by expert food writers and countless hungry customers to find one of the best seafood restaurants in each state. (And if you're really looking to indulge, be sure to check out 30 All-You-Can-Eat Seafood Restaurants Reviewers Love.)

Cobalt in Orange Beach, Alabama

Alabama: Cobalt

Orange Beach
Contemporary coastal cuisine is cooked up in three kitchens at Cobalt. This is true waterfront dining — the restaurant offers docking for guests arriving in boats, up to medium yacht size.

Bridge Seafood
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Alaska: Bridge Seafood

Bridge Seafood, an Anchorage icon, spans an urban salmon stream called Ship Creek. Guest can even dine while watching anglers reel in their own dinners.

Mariscos Chihuahua
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Arizona: Mariscos Chihuahua

In the heart of the city, Mariscos Chihuahua blends classic American seafood with traditional Southwestern and Mexican fare. Among the restaurant's trademark dishes are ostiones en su concha (fresh-shucked oysters) and the signature camarones culichi (sautéed shrimp).

Powerhouse Seafood & Grill
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Arkansas: Powerhouse Seafood & Grill

Powerhouse Seafood & Grill was voted best in Northwest Arkansas for two decades. Live music across all genres lends a celebratory vibe for visitors, who indulge in a range of specialty seafoods and dishes from the oyster and shrimp bar.

Pacific Beach Fish Shop in San Diego, California

California: Pacific Beach Fish Shop

San Diego
The Pacific Beach Fish Shop partners with local breweries to offer one of the best craft beer menus in Southern California, but it's the food that keeps the place packed. The 1-2-3 menu is so simple, it's brilliant: choose a fish, choose a marinade, choose a style.

Pepper the Noshery
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Colorado: Pepper the Noshery

Formerly known as Wild Standard, this sustainably-minded seafood spot is now known as Pepper the Noshery — a casual counterpart to its more upscale sister restaurant next door, Salt. While you'll still find plenty of seafood staples such as salt and pepper calamari, oysters and other raw bar favorites, and sockeye salmon, there are now more options to accommodate all palates, including wagyu steak, brick chicken, and vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. There's also an extensive lineup of creative cocktails, wine, and local craft beer.

The Place in Guilford, Connecticut

Connecticut: The Place

Diners at The Place sit on tree stumps instead of chairs and listen to the crackle of clams roasting on an open fire — seasonally. The Place has roots dating back to open-air Connecticut clambakes in the 1940s, and the tradition continues with a wood-sign seafood menu that starts at $5 (for a half-dozen shrimp) and tops out at $17 for everything except lobster.

Sambo's Tavern in Leipsic, Delaware

Delaware: Sambo’s Tavern

Known for the best steamed crabs not only in tiny Delaware, but in the region, Sambo's has a half-century of tradition in this town on the Leipsic River. The crabs it serves seasonally come right off the dock out back.

Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, Florida

Florida: Safe Harbor Seafood Market and Restaurant

In the Jacksonville area, you can and must visit Safe Harbor. The restaurant serves up fresh, local seafood, some caught during deep-sea dives, in a sometimes stunning waterfront setting.

The Shrimp Factory
The Shrimp Factory/

Georgia: The Shrimp Factory

Locally owned and operated for 40 years, The Shrimp Factory stands out even in its hometown, the seafood mecca of Savannah. There's no shortage of locals who believe the place is haunted, but even more who come back anyway for the fine dining restaurant's relatively affordable menu.  

Banzai Sushi Bar
Banzai Sushi Bar/

Hawaii: Banzai Sushi

Arguably the best sushi and seafood in the Hawaiian islands is served up at Banzai. The restaurant partners with local fishers and a network of organic farms on the North Shore to bring unrivaled freshness to diners.

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Idaho: Chandlers

When you think of seafood, Boise, Idaho, might not come to mind — but Chandlers could change that, with a quality statement on the menu that promises all Pacific-sourced seafood is shipped directly to the restaurant within 24 hours of being caught, with lobster tail, abalone, sea bass, and more choices on the menu.

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Illinois: Half Shell

In the same location since 1968, this neighborhood haunt is known for its king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, and fried catfish. Don't be scared off by the landlocked location — some reviewers call the king crab the best they've had anywhere. 

Chubby Trout Brewbarn & Eatery
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Indiana: The Chubby Trout

The Chubby Trout in Elkhart boasts a seafood menu focused on perch, a European cousin to walleye called zander, salmon, and, of course, trout, complemented by a comprehensive beer menu with plenty of local brews.

Catfish Charlie's in Dubuque, Iowa

Iowa: Catfish Charlie’s

Catfish Charlie's doesn't stop at catfish — crawfish, jambalaya, and Keta salmon all grace a spicy Cajun specialty menu.

Wichita Fish Co.
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Kansas: Wichita Fish Co.

The Wichita Fish Co. claims the largest variety of seafood in the state, and the menu suggests it's true, with options of tilapia, pollock, catfish, scallops, shrimp, and oysters — just to name a few.

Charlie's Seafood & Carry-Out Restaurant
Charlie's Seafood & Carry-Out Restaurant/

Kentucky: Charlie’s Fresh Seafood

Simple fried seafood sandwiches are a speciality at Charlie's, which also maintains a huge selection of frozen seafood for take-away. Try the catfish dinner or whitefish special for under $10 and cocktail sauce made fresh on site.

Middendorf's in Akers, Louisiana

Louisiana: Middendorf’s

Akers and Slidell
Middendorf's has been in this town just north of New Orleans since 1934, serving celebrities from football's Manning family to the Prince of Monaco. The restaurant's speciality is thin catfish, but since you're in Louisiana, there are also local specialties such as frog legs.

Billy's Chowder House in Wells, Maine

Maine: Billy’s Chowder House

Maine is more closely associated with lobster than any other place on Earth, so it's hard to pick one seafood house as best. The understated Billy's Chowder House, however, makes a strong argument with its Famous Platter — a full pound of fresh-caught seafood for $30. And its chowders and stews are meals by themselves.

Jerry's Seafood
Jerry's Seafood/

Maryland: Jerry’s Seafood

Home state of the greatest blue-claw crabs the planet has to offer, Maryland gives seafood lovers a lot of options. Only one, however, is home to the Crab Bomb, 10 ounces of spiced and baked crab: Jerry's Seafood.

J.T. Farnham’s Seafood & Grill
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Massachusetts: J.T. Farnham’s Seafood & Grill

The spoon-floating thick chowder at J.T. Farnham's Seafood & Grill might be the best in a state famous for great chowder. The golden fried clams have also brought plenty of acclaim.

Streetside Seafood in Birmingham, Michigan

Michigan: Streetside Seafood

Streetside Seafood is dedicated almost solely to the sea (and a bit to rivers and streams), with only five land-based menu items (including a green salad and coleslaw). Look for four types of oysters, soups of lobster, crab, and clam, as well as pricier entrées from whitefish to lobster.

Sea Salt Eatery in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minnesota: Sea Salt Eatery

Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes — and some of the best stuff to come out of those lakes winds up on the tables of the Sea Salt Eatery. Baskets include catfish, oysters, shrimp, and fish, and there's also a full po' boy menu, seafood tacos, and soft-shell crabs.

Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Gulfport
Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Gulfport/

Mississippi: Felix's

While the New Orleans branch of this restaurant may be more familiar, Felix'shas made a name for itself in Mississippi for Cajun favorites like crawfish po' boys, turtle soup and oysters on the half shell. Shrimp cocktail, crawfish pies, and even king crab are on the menu, too.

Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co. in Saint Louis, Missouri

Missouri: Peacemaker Lobster and Crab Co.

St. Louis
How can the coastal seafood at Peacemaker taste so fresh? The answer: A fresh catch is flown in every day. A 130-year-old stone oyster trough is the focal point of the establishment, which serves up lobster as Frito pie as well as in rolls and boils.

Tupelo Grille
Tupelo Grille/

Montana: Tupelo Grille

At Tupelo Grille, shrimp and crawfish cakes, coconut shrimp, and Southern bayou catfish are all on the menu — and that's just the appetizers. Can't decide? The Zydeco Combo makes a whole bunch of hard choices for you.

Plank Seafood in Omaha, Nebraska

Nebraska: Plank Seafood Provisions

Respect to Plank Seafood for its oyster bar, but also for the Prince Edward Island mussels. And the crispy alligator. And the potato crusted calamari. And the peel-and-eat shrimp.

Rapscallion Seafood House
Rapscallion Seafood House/

Nevada: Rapscallion

Rapscallion sells itself short as just the "best seafood restaurant in Northern Nevada." The fine-dining establishment could compete with anything in glitzy Las Vegas. The chefs craft 20 varieties of fresh seafood every day.

Newick’s Lobster House
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New Hampshire: Newick’s Lobster House

Dover Point and Concord
New Hampshire is in lobster country, and Newick's excels at crustacean cuisine. Founded in 1948 by the family that still runs the place, Newick's offers three dishes for land lovers -- but the rest of the menu comes from the water, including "lobstahs" and "chowdah."

The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant in Somers Point, New Jersey

New Jersey: The Anchorage Tavern and Restaurant

Somers Point
Sure, being featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" raised the profile of The Anchorage Restaurant — but locals didn't need any convincing. The tavern has been a Somers Point staple for more than a century, and New Jerseyans have watched it evolve into one of the most lauded eateries in the state.

Down N Dirty
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New Mexico: Down N Dirty Seafood Boil

This low-key seafood spot doesn't put an emphasis on decor, but it does live up to its name by delivering boiled seafood, no frills. Fans like the crab legs and the peel-and-eat shrimp.

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant in New York City, New York

New York: Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

New York
Plenty of train stations have bars and restaurants for commuters, but few are considered the best of their genre in the entire city — especially when that city is New York, one of the world's true restaurant meccas. Grand Central Oyster Bar has delighted travelers, tourists, and locals since 1913 with some of the freshest and best seafood in a unique setting.

Calabash Waterfront Seafood Shack in Calabash, North Carolina

North Carolina: Calabash Waterfront Seafood Shack

As a coastal state, North Carolina has plenty of seafood restaurants. Few are as authentic and fresh as the Waterfront Seafood Shack. It’s located right on the water and the company has its own fishing boats. This humble little eatery earns high praise from diners and has been pulling fans back in for decades.

The Toasted Frog - Grand Forks
The Toasted Frog - Grand Forks/

North Dakota: The Toasted Frog

Multiple Locations
After more than a decade as a staple in the Grand Forks area, The Toasted Frog has earned a reputation for some of the finest seafood statewide (so much so that they've since opened up locations in Bismarck and Fargo as well). The fish tacos, walleye piccata, and wood-fired lobster tail are among the dishes that keep the place bustling.

Blue Point Grille
Blue Point Grille/

Ohio: Blue Point Grille

If you really have a hankering for seafood, Blue Point Grille serves a Grand Seafood Tower that should do the trick. It's stuffed with two lobsters, crab claws, king crab, shrimp cocktail, and more. Too much? There's always the grouper or the salmon. 

Trapper's Fishcamp & Grill
Trapper's Fishcamp & Grill/

Oklahoma: Trapper’s Fish Camp

Oklahoma City
A quirky spot with campy decor reminiscent of a backwoods fishing lodge, the seafood on the menu at Trapper's Fish Campis much more serious. Peel and eat shrimp, crawdad tails, oysters, and shrimp and crab pasta are menu staples. 

Georgie's Beachside Grill in Newport, Oregon

Oregon: Georgie’s Beachside Grill

The views at Georgie's Beachside Grill are at least as stunning as the food, which has more of a New England lobster house feel than the high-end ambience lets on. Like the mighty Pacific it touches, the portions at Georgie's never seem to end.

Luke's Lobster
Luke's Lobster/

Pennsylvania: Luke’s Lobster

The City of Brotherly Love is one of the world's great restaurant cities, but even in Philadelphia, Luke's Lobster stands out. The cozy BYOB joint, steps away from historic Rittenhouse Square, has sustainable seafood in lobster rolls, crab rolls, shrimp rolls, and an assortment of bisques, chowders, and other soups.

Matunuck Oyster Bar in Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Rhode Island: Matunuck Oyster Bar

South Kingston
Few states scream great seafood as loudly as Rhode Island — and the Matunuck Oyster Bar might be the loudest. The restaurant's motto is "farm to table and pond to plate," and that concept is evident not only in its sizable raw bar, but in dishes such as the restaurant's famous lobster rolls.

Whaley's Restaurant and Bar in Edisto Island, South Carolina

South Carolina: Whaley’s Restaurant and Bar

Edisto Beach
A legendary seafood dive, Whaley's spices things up with live music and karaoke. The cheap but plentiful menu offers exciting options such as select-grade oysters, mussels Mediterranean, firefly flounder, shrimp grits, and a bunch of fried options.

Oyster Bay Bar and Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota

South Dakota: Oyster Bay Bar and Casino

The most legendary city in South Dakota — and perhaps the most iconic of the Old West — is Deadwood. Its Oyster Bay was a legend before being featured on the Travel Channel. Famous for its oyster shooters, Oyster Bay fosters a raucous atmosphere complete with live music and karaoke.

Ed's Fish House in Nashville, Tennessee
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Tennessee: Ed’s Fish House

Its website is a late-'90s throwback. Its catering truck looks like a Los Angeles street food cart. Its most famous dish is a whiting fish sandwich. It's Ed's Fish House, the gold standard for seafood in Nashville since 1972. Not convinced? Go to Nashville and ask the locals.

Shrimp and Stuff
Shrimp and Stuff/

Texas: Shrimp ’n Stuff

The crispy, crunchy, irresistible lure of Shrimp 'n Stuff and its gigantic, hand-battered shrimp has been known to Galveston residents for more than four decades. It's arguably the best in the state.

Summerhay’s Halibut & Chips
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Utah: Summerhay’s Halibut & Chips

Salt Lake City
The namesake dish is prominent on the menu, but Summerhay's Halibut 'N Chips serves up much more than just fish and french fries. Try a bread bowl filled with chowder or the Seafood Louie platter. Entrees start under $12.

White Cottage Snack Bar
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Vermont: White Cottage Snack Bar

New England has no shortage of amazing seafood houses, but the White Cottage in Woodstock has lobster salad rolls and whole belly clams that keep the crowds coming back, 30 flavors of ice cream to end the meal, and seasonal swims in the Ottauquechee River flowing past.

Rappahannock Oyster Co. in Topping, Virginia

Virginia: Rappahannock Oyster Co.

The Chesapeake Bay is known for some of the finest shellfish in the world, much of which end up on tables at Rappahannock. Its oyster wholesaler has been working the bay since 1899, providing Olde Salt, Barcat, and Stingray oysters for shucking.

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay
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Washington: Chinook’s at Salmon Bay

In the heart of the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal, which houses more than 700 fishing vessels and has served as the heart of the North Pacific fishing fleet for more than 100 years, Chinook's at Salmon Bay serves seafood that lives up to the history. Many dishes are under $25; an occasional indulgence — such as roasted garlic crab — nears $30.

Tricky Fish in Charleston, West Virginia
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West Virginia: Tricky Fish

The iconic Tricky Fish boasts "beach shack food, cold beer and frozen drinks." Its mahi-mahi, fried oysters, and Carolina catfish come in various styles and forms, including as tacos, baskets, or po' boys.

Newport Shores in Port Washington, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin: Newport Shores

Port Washington
Browse a few Wisconsin best-of lists and you'll eventually bump into Newport Shores, loved for its seafood sandwiches, surf-and-turf platters, and seemingly endless variety of lobster, crab, and shrimp entrees.

Nora’s Fish Creek Inn
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Wyoming: Nora’s Fish Creek Inn

Wyoming is cattle country, and Nora's Fish Creek Inn is one of the few spots where seafood muscles out beef. A staple in Wilson since its founding in 1982, the restaurant has gone on to television fame thanks to "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," and even won a prestigious James Beard Award.