11/15/2012 03:17:00 PM

Larger Digs, Beer and Wine for Belle Isle Seafood

Belle Isle Seafood's new locale has a bar, which serves beer and wine.
Belle Isle Seafood, one of our Hidden Gems, moved from its small outpost in East Boston and reopened Tuesday, more than tripling its size in an expansive warehouse space at One Main Street in Winthrop (just over the bridge from where it was).

As before, Belle Isle offers an array of freshly caught, local fish, seafood and shellfish for eat-in or takeout, including a fish monger/market component that sells all kinds seafood, such as live lobsters. Owner Jim Costin goes to the fish pier daily for the catch, ensuring its quality.

Guests will still order at the counter, then take a seat at a picnic table, table or booth in a dining room that seats upwards of 50, according to Melissa Massucco, the manager. When the order is ready, your personal buzzer goes off. A bar, which offers beer and wine only, seats about a dozen people. A waterside patio will accomodate anywhere from 30 to 50 in warmer months.

Right now the walls are relatively undecorated. “We want to ease into [the space],” said Massucoo.

The bare-bones shack-style casual eatery befits the reasonable prices and beachy fare. The menu is relatively the same as before, too - haddock, fried clams, sandwiches and plates, including the signature half-pound lobster roll. One addition is a new half-pound lobster roll that’s all tail meat.

Belle Isle Seafood opened in 1975 on Saratoga Street, and Costin started washing dishes there in 1981 when he was just 15. He bought Belle Isle on June 18, 1996.

Belle Isle Seafood is open Monday through Thursday, 10 AM-8 PM, Friday and Saturday, 10 AM-10 PM; Sunday, 11 AM-8 PM. The kitchen opens daily at 11 AM.

One Main St., Winthrop; 617-567-1619

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