The Best Seafood Dives Coast to Coast

Long live the laid-back shacks where the menus hang on the wall, the beers chill on ice, and the food comes piled high, deep-fried, slathered, breaded, buttered, and steamed.

America’s Favorite Seafood Dives

It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!

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New Hampshire
Photo: Courtesy of Newick's Lobster House

New Hampshire

Newick’s Lobster House, Dover
This enormous waterfront establishment serves your choice of seafood—baked, broiled, steamed, stuffed, boiled, or fried—plus excellent lobster stew. On the side: lovely views of Great Bay; 800/533-9027 or

Tasty Contenders
Markey’s Lobster Pool, Seabrook
Start with the buttery, milky chowder, and then proceed to the fresh steamed mussels or the overstuffed lobster roll. Readers recommend dining outdoors by the creek; 603/474- 2851 or

Petey’s Summertime Seafood and Bar, Rye
Despite the “summer” part of the name, Petey’s now offers its lobster rolls, sea scallops, and fried clams year-round; 603/433-1937 or

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