At Dolphin Seafood in Harvard Square (1105 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA), you get what you pay for – a solid seafood dinner, but nothing that knocks your socks off. The Dolphin Clambake is a pretty good deal at $28. It includes a 1 – 1 1/4 lb steamed lobster, plenty of mussels and large clams, two side dishes, and a cup of seafood bisque or clam chowder. It’s definitely a filling meal. The lobster was tasty, but not outstanding. There was quite a bit of water as I opened it up. One of the lobster claws was barely formed, a sad, jelly-like piece with no meaty flesh at all. The platter included clarified butter in a plastic condiment cup, and a second little cup contained some sort of warm translucent water – possibly some of what the lobster had been cooked in? I have never seen this served with lobster before (and it wasn’t particularly tasty). The clams and mussels however, were excellent.
Appetizers: The Thai calamari looks more impressive than it actually tasted. The flaxseed tortilla shell was creative, but the calamari itself was heavily battered. On the menu, this dish is described as “sprinkled with pineapples.” A more accurate description would have been “doused with canned pineapples.”
Service: Although we had made a reservation, the restaurant had no record of it upon our arrival, so we were left standing awkwardly at the front entrance for several minutes. After we were seated however, service was great and the evening went smoothly.
Final Word: Good value for seafood. Dolphin Seafood satisfies seafood cravings at reasonable prices, and in a comfortable setting.