Fish’s Maine scallops with navel orange, marcona almonds, Serrano ham and mâche
Blackfish’s shrimp cocktail
Oyster House’s raw bar platter
ALMA DE CUBA
Stephen Starr’s longstanding Walnut Street restaurant celebrates Nuevo Latino cuisine and traditional Cuban fare with f lair. Alma de Cuba’s mojitos and caipirinhas are as refreshing as its ceviche menu, which features pairings of bigeye tuna with kumquats and watermelon or Japanese red snapper with Key lime and sweet potato. For an entrée, have the grilled whole branzino or share the vaca frita, a skirt steak loaded with piquant Cuban spices. 1623 Walnut St.
As Marc Vetri and Georges Perrier’s protégé, Chip Roman, forges ahead with his playful, inventive cooking style at the Chestnut Hill eatery Mica, we stand by his firstborn—an unpretentious Conshohocken BYOB with a knack for seafood born from the chef’s childhood love of fishing. Here, seasonal flavors complement the catch of the day. 119 Fayette St., Conshohocken; blackfishrestaurant.com
DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL
Devon Seafood sticks to what works: catering to its loyal customers with a solid menu and sidewalk seating that feels genuinely casual. Seafood rules here, from the eight-ounce lobster tail to seared Georges Bank scallops, but there are also steaks galore, which makes a surf-and-turf splurge all the more justified. 225 S. 18th St.
When you visit this restaurant across from the Academy of Music, just listen to the staff: “Fresh fish!” the server yells in Greek as he leads your table to the day’s seafood selections. He’ll help you pick from among the Mediterranean whole fish choices, served by the pound. A perennial favorite is the European sea bass served over a hearty Greek stew of squash, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant. 1405 Locust St.; estiarestaurant.com
The space and overall vibe of chef-owner Mike Stollenwerk’s Fish are spot-on: candlelit tables, knowledgeable yet casual service, a crowd that includes couples, residents of the neighborhood and Little Fish fans heading uptown for a taste. As for those tastes, they are well considered and international and often just unexpected enough to keep you on your toes, like the Spanish octopus with fresh garbanzos, artichokes, lamb breast, cucumber and eggplant. 1708 Lombard St.
Third-generation restaurateur Sam Mink helms this comfortably modern space, outfitted with sleek white subway tile, hardwood floors and overhead lantern fixtures. The raw bar still rules, a marble-topped meeting place of sorts for suited professionals midday and, later on, the bent-elbowed happy-hour crowd that gathers for buck-a-shuck beauties from both coasts. 1516 Sansom St.; oysterhousephilly.com
Celebrity chef Michael Mina has crafted a menu aimed at well-heeled seafood aficionados and those who relish a good cocktail. The legendary Maine lobster potpie is every bit as delicious as you’ve heard: The dish serves two and includes as much sweet lobster tail as the price suggests. SeaBlue’s caviar selections—served in traditional or parfait styles —enrich the decadent dining experience. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; theborgata.com