You can slurp cold raw oysters and savor a lobster roll after a mall splurge at this handsome branch of the Boston chain. But don't get fancy – the menu's strengths are proper New England classics like the creamy "chowdah" and soft-shell steamer clams. Service is pleasant, if not expert, but be prepared for long, beeper-assisted waits.
Treasures of the Reef (raw bar platter); clam chowder; steamers; crabcake; fried clams; fried oysters; tortilla-apple salad; fish and chips; steamed lobster; Romano-crusted soft-shell crabs; kung pao shrimp wok; lemon caper grey sole.
A nice international list with emphasis on good crisp seafood-friendly whites like sauvignon blanc and riesling. There are 20 nice choices by the glass, including a muscadet ($7.95) that makes the raw bar sing.
A bustling but tolerable 81 decibels. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Lunch daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner Sunday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.