9 Best Seafood Restaurants in the US (2022)

9 Best Seafood Restaurants in the US (2022)

9 Best Seafood Restaurants in the US (2022)

From Hawaiian poke bowls, Bay Area crab and cioppino to New England oysters and lobster, the US is blessed with an overwhelming abundance of delicious, fresh seafood along the East Coast and around the Gulf. It’s quite a challenge to downsize the best seafood restaurants in the country, and that’s why Travel is waiting for enlisted the help of our readers. Below are the results of our Best of Travel Awards for Best Seafood Restaurant in the US

various fried seafood on a table
Assorted 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

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks, winner of the Best of Travel Award 2022 for the best seafood restaurant in the US, can be found on the edge of Port Royal Sound on beautiful Hilton Head Island. Hudson’s has been a Hilton Head tradition for over half a century, starting in 1912 as an oyster factory. In addition to the salty clams, the Lowcountry seafood spot now serves freshly caught shrimp and crab straight from the harbor for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

For other seasonal catches, the renowned restaurant partners with fishermen from Charleston, Georgia, and North Florida to source fresh black sea bass, grouper, mahi-mahi, swordfish, tilefish, triggerfish, vermilion snapper, and more that come whole and in-house. filleted.

Hudson’s offers one of the best sunset views on the island. Watch out for dolphins swimming by. Don’t sleep on the addictive hushpuppies and save some room for the awesome Mud Pie. Significantly better than the name suggests, the popular dessert is made with cappuccino ice cream and chocolate fudge on an Oreo cookie crumb crust.

What To Order Hudson’s Seafood House On The Docks:

  • She Crab Soup
  • Oysters on the half shell, peeled to order
  • Hushpuppies
  • mud cake

2. The Lobster Trap

Bourne, 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 a mean lobster sandwich and the best clam chowder you’ve ever had.

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

What to order at The Lobster Trap:

plate of oysters from White Pillars seafood restaurant in Biloxi, MS
Oysters 3-Way at 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, steak, and handmade pasta. It is owned by executive chef Austin Sumrall and his wife Tresse, who also acts as an 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, Chef Sumrall competed against great chefs from around the country in the Great American Seafood Cook-off and was crowned King of American Seafood.

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 Eggplant Josephine, Gulf Seafood Tower, and Korean BBQ Pork Belly.

Fresh, local ingredients are transferred to the beautiful bar, The WP Lounge, where professionally trained bartenders make libations using homemade syrups and juices. In addition to handcrafted specialty cocktails, there is also a selection of bourbon and an extensive wine list. Venture to the oldest known bar in Biloxi, a chic walnut fixture that once graced the Chicago Blackstone Hotel.

What to order at White Pillars:

  • Oysters 3-Way
  • Shrimp & 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 something other than its poke bowls. For the unfamiliar, poke (pronounced poh-keh) is the Hawaiian word for sliced, diced, or sliced. Fresh, raw yellowfin tuna, or as it’s called there, ahi, is the star of these tasty bowls seasoned with Hawaiian salt and dressed with other ingredients like limu kohu (seaweed), sesame oil and seeds, and aiolis.

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

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

What to order at Da Poke Shack:

  • Pele’s Kiss Poke
  • Spicy Garlic Sesame Poke

5. G&M restaurant

Linthicum Heights, Maryland

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

What to order at G&M Restaurant:

garlic roasted crab from Scoma's Restaurant
Garlic Roasted Crab at Scoma’s Restaurant
(Photo Credit: Scoma’s Restaurant)

6. Scoma’s Restaurant

San Francisco, California

We’d argue with the folks at Rice-A-Roni that seafood is the San Francisco treat. Scoma’s Restaurant serves some of the best in the bay. Located on Pier 47 in Fisherman’s Wharf, this spacious waterfront restaurant specializes in pier-to-table dishes freshly caught by the fishing boat that morning.

Great cioppino, breathtaking garlic roasted whole 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 parking!

What to order at Scoma’s Restaurant:

  • Lazy Man’s Cioppino
  • Whole West Coast Dungeness crab, whole roasted

7. Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota restaurants are one of the reasons? Travel is waiting for writer Jeanine Consoli says it’s the perfect place to retire. Old Fishing Spot Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant claims to be 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 has a great selection of whole fish, fillets, crustaceans and crustaceans.

Enjoy local craft beers or cocktails at the outdoor tiki bar while you wait for a table. Instead of bread and butter, Walt’s serves its famous smoked white fish paste, a combination of mullet and tartar sauce, with crackers. If you happen to come during rock crab season, or if triple tail is the catch of the day, you’re in for a treat! Whatever Chef Rigo is cooking, the daily dinner specials feature the freshest seafood coming in that day. Choose which fish you want from the market and have it cooked however you like: flame-roasted, blackened, grilled, fried or panko-baked.

What to Order at Walt’s Fish Market Restaurant:

  • Daily dinner special
  • Seasonal stone crab
lobster roll and chips on a blue plate of 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 fun 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 East Coast seafood eatery. The raw bar has oysters arranged by region, size and salt content. There are no reservations, so the wait can be quite long during peak times.

What to order at 167 Raw Oyster Bar:

  • Oysters (duh!)
  • lobster roll
lobster fingers
Lobster fingers at The Grand Marlin
(Photo Credit: Robin O’Neal Smith)

9. The Great Marlin

Pensacola Beach, Florida

The Grand Marlin can be found in Pensacola Beach, a resort community outside of Pensacola on the barrier island of Santa Rosa on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Fresh Gulf seafood is the star of award-winning chef Gregg McCarthy’s ever-changing menu of mouthwatering dishes that are recreated daily using the highest quality ingredients.

Guests love the seafood-influenced Sunday brunch. You could whip up a meal here with delicious appetizers, including the fried lobster fingers with honey mustard, Rockefeller oysters, and the nacho-style house chips with Statesboro blue cheese sauce. For the main course, try the grouper piccata with Parmesan cheese, unless the seared red snapper happens to be on the menu. Top it off with the TGM Signature Praline Basket — vanilla bean ice cream in a crunchy pecan praline basket topped with seasonal berries and caramel and chocolate sauces — yum!

In addition to the food, The Grand Marlin offers island cocktails and stunning views of the Santa Rosa Sound, plus sunsets over Pensacola Bay. In 2016, a second location was opened in Panama City Beach.

What to order at The Grand Marlin:

  • Oysters Rockefeller
  • lobster fingers
  • Blue Angel Chips
  • Grouper Piccata
  • Seared Red Snapper (special)
  • TGM Signature Praline Basket

Related reading:

  1. My 8 Favorite Seafood Restaurants to Experience in New Orleans
  2. 10 Best BBQ Restaurants in the US
  3. Our 14 all-time favorite restaurants
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