Best Cities for Seafood in the US

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If you’re a seafood lover planning a vacation or move, you might want to put these cities on your list to consider, offering a bounty of delectable offerings to choose from.

Seattle, Washington

Back in 1907, long before Starbucks made Seattle famous for its coffee, Pike Place Market opened up its doors. This massive market may be the quintessential example of just how good seafood is in this city, with its endless array of fresh salmon, Dungeness crab and other local delights. It’s also the place where you can watch the entertaining fishmongers toss the latest catch. While there’s a long list of seafood restaurants spread throughout the city, US News Travel ranked The Walrus and the Carpenter, Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar, Seatown Seabar, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits and The White Swan Public House as the top five.

Boston, Massachusetts

If you find yourself on the other side of the country having purchased Boston real estate, you’ll have plenty to love when it comes to seafood here as well. This New England city is most renowned for its fresh-shucked oysters, with B&G Oysters considered the very best in the region. The raw bar offers over a dozen types from both coasts, though you won’t want to miss its signature clam chowder either. The juicy lobster rolls and Mediterranean seafood dishes are to-die-for too.

San Diego, California

Back on the west coast, San Diego truly offers it all, with nearly constant sunshine, golden beaches, and fabulous seafood. Oftentimes, you’ll find dishes that have Mexican flavor with Mexico just a short drive south. If you like fish tacos, head to El Indio, a family-run eatery that’s been around since 1940 and really knows how to do seafood right.

Charleston, South Carolina

One of America’s very best cities for any kind of food, Charleston is one of the south’s top spots for seafood, from Hank’s Seafood Restaurant that’s been named the No. 1 seafood restaurant in the city for well over a decade now to 167 Bar, the local’s best-kept secret for oysters, you can’t go wrong here.

Key West, Florida

Key West isn’t just about partying it up in the bars on Duval Street or sailing the turquoise seas, you’ll find countless outstanding seafood eateries from casual bites to fine dining. The Half Shell Raw Bar is a great place to sample some, serving the island’s specialty, conch, prepared as ceviche or fritters along with fresh oysters, of course. Order a dozen of your favorites, including BBQ oysters, garlic oysters or Oysters Rockefeller, then watch as they’re shucked right from the shell onto your plate.