In the past few years we’ve seen mega-seafood eateries Bookbinders, Striped Bass and Oceanaire all close. That’s a lot of lost seats dedicated to the seven seas, but rest assured the oceans’ bounty is still served in top-notch fashion in Philly.

Dmitri Chimes has bucked the trend by opening his third Dmitri’s (944 N. Second St.). This one is a BYOB in Northern Liberties, and right now there’s a good chance the soft-shell crab special will be on the menu.

If it’s a Sunday evening and you like it raw, consider Zama’s (128 S. 19th St.) $100 “Sunday Sushi” feast for two. Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka prepares a 48-piece sushi meal split into three-courses. First up is 18 pieces of sashimi with various dipping sauces, next comes three maki rolls and finally 12 nigri of fresh fish over mounds of sushi rice.


Fish (1708 Lombard St.) is serving up some of the best seafood in the city. Get it on a budget during happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. or late night from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to their new cocktails, be sure to order the $5 crab frites — french fries topped with crab gravy and mozzarella curd.

– Arthur Etchells is a local food blogger. Read more at

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