Why Portland’s James Beard Winning Eventide Had To Open In Boston

An endless supply of oysters, enormous brown butter lobster rolls and a now famous team behind a James Beard award winning Portland restaurant has made its way to Boston by way of Fenway. Meet Eventide Fenway brought to us from the folks at Eventide Oyster Co., which just opened its first Boston location (and fourth New England restaurant).


The haute casual restaurant, which is now open for lunch and dinner daily, features a contemporary, urban take on the window walk-up seafood shack (because who doesn’t love the summer taste of lobster rolls, fried oysters and clam chowder all year round?)

Eventide Fenway Brown Butter Lobster RollPhoto Credit: Zack Bowen Knack Factory

Instead of the traditional sit-down service found at its Maine counterpart, the Boston location features a more casual atmosphere. More like a friendly staff greeting hungry diners, holding tablets ready to take your order; so grab a beer or glass of wine, pay at the counter, and wait for a text message confirming that your order is ready for pickup. The menu by 2017 James Beard Foundation award winners (Best Chef: Northeast, Chef/Owners Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley) also features a Maine lobster stew, smoked tofu sandwich, fried chicken sandwich and an Eventide burger. Also on the menu are crudos and tartares that pair fresh tuna, striper and fluke with flavors like Tabasco and salted plum. Be sure to save some room for a taste of their sweet treats (think whoopie pies and oatmeal cream pies topped off with a sampling of soft serve ice cream).

Eventide Fenway InteriorPhoto Credit: Zack Bowen Knack Factory

We caught up recently with chef/owner Andrew Taylor to find out why they had to open in Boston: “As we were looking for the first place to expand outside of Portland, Boston seemed like a natural fit,” he said. “First off, as a Newton native, it’s great to return home. The city’s restaurant scene is booming, and new, exciting restaurants opening daily. Additionally, all three of us have really close-knit relationships with people throughout the industry here. As for Fenway, we really love the energy and development occurring here. It’s a growing neighborhood that has a great proximity to customers – fans on game day, office workers, residents in the new apartment buildings, students from the nearby colleges.” 

Eventide Fenway RockPhoto Credit: Zack Bowen Knack Factory

Eventide Fenway features a minimalist design complete with poured concrete floors, metal framed full length windows, light wood tables and “The Rock,” the restaurant’s display of Maine granite that hosts the day’s selection of oysters. Eventide Fenway is located in the Van Ness building at 1321 Boylston Street in Boston.