Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


2400 Boston St. Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Atlantic Restaurant Review

: There's a sophisticated sense of humor at work in Spike and Charlie Gjerde's Atlantic. The oceanic theme sets us squarely beneath the waves in a multi-tiered, blue-gray dining room. In this cool aquarium setting we feast on the sea's bounty, digging into lush lobster bisque drizzled with pumpkin seed oil and meaty Riesling-sauced mussels tinged with saffron. Every dish has flair and a fillip; even sea-faring classics like coddies, Ni├žoise salad, and linguine with clam sauce have been updated for a chic clientele. The little plates---abundant appetizer-sized portions---are especially appealing, as is the menu's implicit invitation to build a meal on them alone. A crispy crab roll stuffed with savoy cabbage and shiitake mushrooms frolics in a sauce of ginger-spiked coconut milk. A Thai Cobb salad playfully tops layers of creamy green avocado and ruby red diced tomatoes with a heaping squiggle of olive oil-stewed squid, rosy pink and tender as can be. Service here could use a good polish, but comb the compact wine list---by glass or bottle---and you'll find hidden treasures. Do not miss the heavenly oyster stew or the house-made desserts.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.