Although Boston offers a taste of urban boating at its best, dock-and-dine restaurants are hard to come by. One exception is the Barking Crab, tucked away on the Fort Point Channel in South Boston. This popular “seafood shack”, now in its 21st year of operation, offers open-air dining on picnic tables beneath a tent, as well as limited indoor seating. It’s a fun, loud, kid-friendly place—and the food is delicious.

The large and varied menu features pan-seared scallops, grilled yellowfin tuna, mahi and swordfish, lobster, baked haddock, snow crab legs, fried clams and other seafood favorites. Non-fish eaters can choose from a range of sandwiches, soups and salads, and the bar features a host of local micro-brews and wines. Oh, and the french fries are out of this world!

There is one caveat to dining at “The Crab”: dock space is limited, so calling ahead is a good idea, especially on weekends. The outside edge of the northernmost dock finger (closes to the old Northern Avenue Bridge) is open to customers, space permitting. The restaurant’s staff can point out any additional tie-up spots that might be available. Give them a call at (617) 426-2722 or visit the Barking Crab website.

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