One of the best parts about vacation is trying new restaurants. I have a rule where I will not eat anywhere on vacation I can eat at when I’m at home. And when you’re on vacation seafood is always a top choice for cuisine. Looking for the absolute best in Seafood? Of course, you’ll find it in a coastal town. The best seafood is freshly caught and prepared to order. Sure you can get good meals in the major cities but there is just something about fish at the beach that’s infinitely better. But is any beach town good enough? There’s no shortage of great destinations and wonderful food up and down the Atlantic seaboard. So where you can get the best seafood on the east coast? Closer than you think! According to an article by VRBO, some of the best is right in our neck of the woods. I’ll give you a hint it’s a major foodie city and on the South Carolina coast.

Know what it is yet? You probably do! VRBO featured 5 cities in their article, each in a different area, but all with mouth-watering cuisine. Keep reading to see which locations they are, and what they are known for, and learn a little more about the local fare. These are VRBO’s best cities for seafood on the east coast!


  • Charleston, SC

    Why it’s Charleston South Carolina of course! The Lowcountry is famous for its seafood at spots like Fleet Landing, Hanks, and Hyman Seafood. You won’t beat the shrimp and grits cooked up in this historic Southern town. It’s a foodie’s paradise. Check out this link for some of the Holy City’s best spots.

  • Key West, FL

    My first meal in Key West (or even just Florida) is always going to be Key Lime Pie. I’m not saving room for dessert, I’m starting with it. But the seafood is fantastic as well! Whether you snacking on conch fritters or enjoying a fancy meal you’re in for a treat. Get anything and everything at the Eaton Street Seafood Market. There you can try crab cake sandwiches, lobster rolls, fish dip, and more. Visit Key West lists some of the area’s most popular seafood spots.

  • Chesapeake Bay, MD

    The name Chesapeake Bay literally comes from a word meaning “Great shellfish bay”. So it makes sense the area is known for its exquisite shellfish including oysters, clams, and crabs. Rod & Reel and Chesapeake Landing are two of the popular stops. You can find others that VistiMaryland recommends here.

  • Georgetown, ME


    Two words. Maine lobster. Need I say more? There is no better lobster in the country than in Maine. Try some from the Five Islands Lobster Company. And view some of the other can’t-miss restaurants here.

  • Boston, MA

    Of all the cities on this list, Boston surprised me the most. My first thought when I think of Boston is always Italian food. But apparently the seafood is top notch as well! They are known for their oysters in many forms including fried, raw, or in chowder! Here are the spots Boston Magazine says are the best seafood in Beantown.

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