What started out as a quick stop for a few oysters while we waited out particularly bad traffic, turned into a full fledged dinner at the bar (my favorite) with rounds of Cava, perfect recommendations, and great conversation. Row 34 in Boston’s buzzing Fort Point area is one of my new favorite places. If we didn’t have to work the next day and weren’t moving a few days later (more on that at a later date!), we could have easily hung out at the bar into the night. Row 34 is just an easy place to be. At first, because it is sparsely decorated and pretty spacious, I thought it might be a little cold and stiff. That was not the case at all. In fact, I would call it cozy, and the food is to die for.
Once seated at the bar, I decided on bubbly, because there’s pretty much no occasion where I don’t want sparkling wine. Row 34 had a few options, and I decided on a zippy Bohigas Brut Reserva Cava. My husband loved their selection of beers, which included beer from Row 34’s neighbor Trillium.
As we slurped oysters, we tried to decide on the rest of our order. Row 34 is definitely a place where you will want many courses of small bites. There are just too many to try, and in our experience, they are all incredible.
Below is the only food photo I grabbed of the food we had; if I could sum up our experience at Row 34 in one photo, this is a perfect one to do it.
This is Deviled Crab Toast, chunks of tangy crab on buttery toast, with a little freshness from a watercress garnish. Simple, perfect.
We also devoured Shrimp Sliders with crunchy pickles (times two, our first order was so good we needed more), Tuna Tartare, Tuna Crudo, and Smoked Salmon. I love the extensive and creative raw bar offerings; they go well beyond your typical shellfish options. The Tuna Crudo was from the raw bar menu, and the black garlic sauce left me wanting to lick the plate.
The restaurant also offers larger plates and a pretty mouthwatering list of fried seafood and sauces that I will definitely be trying on my next visit. Row 34 is definitely one of those places you want to go again and again, which is always nice to find. Steel and Rye is another one of those places; I can’t get enough!
Is there a restaurant you find yourself going back to again and again?