746 S 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
An ever-changing seasonal menu is on the menu at this tiny (just 22 seats!) gem located in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood. Named one of the best new seafood restaurants in the country by Bon Appétit in 2008, this cozy BYOB’s highlights include a $38 tasting menu offered on Sundays, while a sample menu (remember, it changes daily) boasts delicacies such as East and West Oysters, lobster loaded with apricot, hazelnut, mozzarella and chanterelle, and black bass with corn, rye and fennel. And if you want a little fondue with your tuna, this is the place to go.
1020 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia PA, 19147
Who needs Happy Hour when you can have Clammy Hour? Established in 1912, Snockey’s is the oldest continually operating seafood restaurant in Philadelphia, and it continues to serve up a super-sized menu of just about everything that’s seaworthy. Featuring an all-you-can-eat crab feat and Clammy Hour oysters at just 95 cents a pop, seafood lovers will definitely get a bargain for their buck. This family-owned eatery is operating under its third and fourth generations now, with a menu that includes a raw bar, multiple varieties of oysters and the family’s signature dish, Mrs. Snockey’s Oyster Stew.
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225 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This Rittenhouse Square restaurant is known for serving up fresh premium seafood that comes direct from the highest quality fishmongers and water men. As with other high-end seafood spots, the availability of premium fish determines the daily menu, but reliable house favorites include Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cakes and Georges Bank scallops. In addition, Devon Seafood’s Maine Lobster Bisque is to die for, and it’s only $10 for a substantial bowl that’s loaded with lobster.
312 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Located in the heart of Old City, this family-owned eatery has been in business for nearly 40 years and counting. The restaurant’s famous crabs are flown into Philly daily from the Gulf Cost and are served with owner Bill DiNardo’s special sauce, a secret family recipe that is kept under lock and key. Crabs are the draw here, and they are served “hot and dirty” Baltimore style or sautéed Garlic-style with that secret sauce. And while it really has nothing to do with seafood, make it a point to try DiNardo’s famous French fries.
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1516 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
This Philadelphia staple has been in business since 1947, when owner Sam Mink purchased Kelly’s on Mole Street. Today this restaurant is known for its extensive selection of oysters on the half shell, flown in from the mid-Atlantic up to New England and Canada, as well as a collection of 100 vintage oyster plates that adorn its walls. As for menu highlights, the raw bar is a major centerpiece, with a sampler that includes a little bit of everything (shrimp, clams and oysters and a phenomenal 1/2 chilled lobster). For larger parties, check out the Dump Dinner option, which comes with steamed clams, mussels, lobster, sausage, potatoes and more.