Boston >No Name Restaurant
“The waiters there are extremely nice and very fun to be around with.”
“was disappointed to see the review below because I've enjoyed every meal that I've had here.”
“The waiters there are extremely nice and very fun to be around with.”
No Name - no good. Remember going there years ago and it was quite good but I think they have stopped trying. Tables are dirty, waitstaff are kind of rude and took FOREVER. We went there after a show and were there pretty early. Drinks took forever and came after the food. Dirty menus. 2 in our party had broiled fish, no taste at all. Fried food was soggy, french fries were dull (how hard is it to make them). Chowder wasn't impressive with fish skin in it. Waiter was pissed when we didn't order dessert. No frills is one thing but this is just not trying.
Don't know about now, but . . . ..
Wow . . . Haven't been to the no name since 1972. At that time, it was really "The No Name." Had to count wharfs, piers and doors to get there.
The fish chowder was a must. Big bowl of light cream bassed broth piled high over the brim with fresh fish, clams, oysers and whatever else the fishermen were catching.
Next it was the fried combo plate, back when fried was a great option. Another plate (paper) stacked with fried clams, scallops and shrimp topped with good FF's.
Yes, it was drafty, a bit smelly, the waiters were loud, but the prices and food were fantastic. Always had enough left to bring home for later.
If you can't enjoy this place for what it is, try the House of Scrod (is it still there?). Or maybe New England Oyster House. The No Name was one of a kind and simply to live for!
No Name Restaurant. I used to frequent this restaurant while growing up in Mass. We used to look forward to the fun atmosphere and fresh fish. We got there last night before a concert and no one greeted us. The owner was eating and just said to go sit anywhere. We didn't have a waitress for a while and finally one of them threw a dirty menu at us. My fish was so fishy tasting (so not fresh) and so overcooked. The french fries were like the ones you buy at a grocery store and throw in the oven. I hope people read this and stop going there. It wasn't cheap and I am so mad we wasted our money. I don't want anyone else to waste theirs.
No good. Crappy food and way too expensive
Scallops and Scrod were off the wall fresh. It's like going back in time to an old man of the sea fishing village. Anyone who gives No Name a bad review is just an elitist that would give their Mom's cooking a bad review.
Seriously, it's casual you can wear shorts and flip flops which I'm sure turns off the snob crowd but that's part of the charm. I come here once a year whenever I visit Boston. As a native New Englander I love fresh seafood and this is the freshest seafood I've ever had.
not bad at all? why bad reviews?.
food was very fresh, very good. plain, broiled foods, no funky spices etc..... healthier. yeah the decor was older but would you rather get really good fresh food or pretty looks but food you get sick on.
i had the boiled seafood combo and calimari (fried). its just like home cooked real fresh food.
anyone who gives this place a bad review probably is a snob and expects seafood to be loaded up with spices etc....
price was reasonable considering the location. ample parking amazingly. a good deal considering the quality of food. menu is rather small, maybe 20 items. expect to pay $15/person. i would go back if im ever in the area wanting seafood.
waiters were friendly, kinda reminds me of the deli guys behind supermarket counters. they weren't on the ball as much as i would have liked.
if you're trying to impress a date im sure there are much more ritzier places and pay 3x as much.
they prepare the food as your grandmother would have, plain and simple. if you want spicy hot or BBQ flavored fish this isnt your place. its right on a fishing pier so yes it will smell like seafood because the food is FRESH. people are so used to frozen seafood/foods. if you are a tourist, this is what FRESH, unmolested, new england seafood tastes like.
the tartar sauce is home made so its not from a bottle. its greenish because it has dill pickles in it (thats how real tartar sauce is made)
if its really that bad, how does it stay in business almost 100 years?
in my grandfathers age, it was just a shack on the pier.
it reminds me of durgin park a little, a bit of a walk away.
Not What I Expected. I went in with an open mind. Place didn't smell too good going up the stairs but I figured, "it's a seafood place". Was able to choose my own place to sit. Waiter was great. Menus were stained, ripped, and needing replacement. Seafood chowder was good (light broth type of chowder). But everything, beside the chowder, was BLAND -- the dessert items we ordered were not much better. I went with the seafood platter (fried) and was disappointed in the quality. Family had different broiled entrees (they are the "eat healthy" types) and it is questionable who had the higher-calorie meal among us. The broiled items were bathed in oil -- defeating the purpose. We paid over a hundred bucks (not including the tip -- we did 20% since the waiter was the best part of the experience) for a meal that was surprisingly substandard. My first -- and last visit.
DISGUSTING UTTERLY HORRIBLE. Noname restaurant charges exorbitant prices for bland tasteless and utterly greasy and disgusting food. My Rutgers dining hall has better cooked fish and chowder. DO NOT under any circumstances come to this restaurant. Bad atmosphere...the place looks as though it's falling apart (black putrid ceiling tiles which were once white as still seen around places covered with light fixtures which are falling off) and is dominated by waiters shouting at each other and the owner/manager.
A restaurant still in the 1900's.
The No Name restaurant is still stuck in the 1917 era and amazingly getting by today on these same old standards: bare bones no frills eating. It probably worked very well back in the 1900’s and the rating would have been 4 or 5 stars back then. Today, it’s 2009 and Boston tourist deserve better.
The place: For the prices it charges, the restaurant needs to upgrade the facilities (or move) and get a little bit of class. Average food, plastic cups, unclean tables, a strange pitcher of water already on the table with no ice, terrible view of the harbor and just plain uneasy feeling of the place. This is something I would expect outside on a picnic table getting ready for a lobster hoe-down near the shore.
The food: The clam chowder was runny with unknown fish in it and pieces of shrimp. The fried scallops were good, the cole slaw can go and French fries nothing to write about. Serving size was above average. Menu is all fish and very limited on alcohol including wines (no glasses).
Summary: Skip the No Name and find something better, do your research--- I can only recommend this place for a quick take-out if you’re in a hurry for fast seafood.
Please don't waste your time or money.
This place was recommended by a local, and I can't figure out why. What has changed since it used to be 'amazing'? It is now dull, bland, overpriced food. The 'fried scrod' was gross- VERY fishy, and just plain generic. The coleslaw was bland and boring. The tarter sauce was a very strange green color, and not appealing at all. We left hungry, and not feeling well. Money poorly spent, that is for sure. The waiter, while attentive in the beginning totally forgot us and never checked back. He was sitting while we were eating, as were about 5-7 other wait staff. We didn't know his name, and couldn't get his attention so we started calling every male name we could think of to get his attention. After a while another waitress picked up on what we were doing and announced his name. He then brought us a very overpiced bill, and we left.
Unappealing, bland, not very fresh food. Not worth the drive, or the money. We could have done better at a fast food fish restaurant.
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