Family dinners are my favorite, especially when we go out to eat. We recently tried this place in the Seaport District called Row 34.
Despite having grown up around Boston, I’ve never really experienced the city. So this summer I’ve been taking every chance I can to play tourist.
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It didn’t take too long for us to be called back to the restaurant. As starving as we were, we hurried back as fast as we could.
The best way that I can describe being in Row 34 would be like being in a modern warehouse turned diner .
The decor and everything definitely had a modern feel. Sleek lines, lots of black, white, and grays.
But the kitchen was similar to a diner set up. The chef called out orders to the staff in the kitchen and passed them through just like the would if you were at a old school diner.
The coasters had cute little sayings on them.
We were seated right next to the wine fridge, so we got to check out all the labels before making our selections.
We sipped on some dranks and put in an appetizer of calamari (our family’s usual go to appetizer) and fried oysters.
My mom didn’t like the first beer she ordered. They were kind enough to let her sample some other flavors before she ordered another.
BTW, they brew their own beers… Momma was craving a Sam Adams Summer and was so disappointed that they didn’t have it – but she forgot all about it by the time her second beer selection rolled around.
Fried calamari, before it was devoured.
Fried oysters, on a bed of french fries.
This plate literally didn’t last two minutes at the table before it was gone.
We checked out the menus, but somehow we all ended up ordering the same thing.
Since we’d devoured our appetizers within minutes of them arriving. We sat around moping until the food arrived. Look at all those hungry faces…
We didn’t have to wait too long….
Before we were presented with this:
Ethel’s Creamy Lobster Roll
Warm Buttered Lobster Roll
Like I said, we all ordered lobster rolls.
My Dad and I got the classic Ethel’s Lobster Roll, while my Mom and my sister Maya went with the warm buttered lobster roll.
If I had to pick a favorite, I would hands down pick the warm buttered lobster roll. I had a bite of my Mom’s and was begging her to switch with me.
That’s okay. As you can tell, I still enjoyed mine.
When dinner was over we went straight to dessert. My parents skipped out, but Maya and I ordered a fried peach pie to split.
It arrived very quickly and came with a vanilla cream sauce.
It was piping hot when we cut it open. It even sizzled when I poured the cream sauce on top!
Just look at how delicious that looks.
Here’s your proof: I practically licked my plate clean.
Overall, dinner at Row 34 was yummy and a lot of fun, but a bit pricey. They call themselves the “workingman’s oyster bar” but let’s just say that if my parent’s didn’t pay for dinner, I would not be able to afford it myself (especially as a poor college student).
Honestly, you can find a lobster roll combo that’s just as good somewhere else like in Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston for much, much cheaper. So don’t order that unless you’ve got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket. They do offer a dish called the Shellfish Tower that has an assortment of seafood (oysters, clams, etc) for around 80 bucks. If you go with a group and split the check it could definitely be worth it.
Visit the Row 34 website here.
Be sure to let me know if you go for a visit, and what you think!