Skip to Content
Chef Michael Schlow Returns to Bo

Chef Michael Schlow Returns to Boston with a New Restaurant at Encore

The James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schlow has returned to Boston as the Chef Partner at Seamark Seafood & Cocktails at Encore Boston.

Carver Road Hospitality will open Seamark Seafood & Cocktails on April 12th, alongside an intimate speakeasy cocktail bar called Old Wives’ Tale and Michael Schlow is in charge of the food and spirits expert Francesco Lafranconi is in charge of the drinks.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Schlow to lead Seamark’s culinary program,” said Carver Road Hospitality CEO Sean Christie. “As a celebrated chef and an acclaimed restaurateur, he is perfectly suited to help Seamark make its mark as the area’s must-visit elevated seafood destination.”

michael schlow headshot boston

Seamark will have a focus on seafood as the name suggests and we attended a press preview this week and got to sample some picks from the menu. We tried a beautiful raw tuna starter, lobster gnocchi, a seared scallop dish and a short rib with lentils, all paired with some amazing wines and cocktails.

Chef Michael Schlow returns to Boston with a new restaurant at Encore
Credit: J.Q. LOUISE

Known for lots of restaurants in Boston and across the country, Chef Schlow currently oversees the Italian Kitchen at Time Out Market in Boston and Sauce Burgers at Hub Hall. “It is an honor to partner on another restaurant venture in my home city of Boston,” said Michael Schlow, Seamark Seafood & Cocktails Chef Partner. “With a focus on elevated New England seafood and a unique pier-to-plate concept, this one is particularly special as I have the privilege of working alongside my dear friend and Carver Road’s Sean Christie, a native to the area, who understands the nostalgia of this project as well.”

Credit: J.Q. LOUISE

Seamark Seafood & Cocktails will be located in the lobby of Encore Boston, adjacent to the famous Garden Lobby and across from the Ferris wheel. The nautically inspired restaurant was designed by the award-winning architecture and design company, Rockwell Group, and will feature an 82-seat main dining room, a 30-seat alcove dining room, a 41-seat showcase bar and lounge, a 34-seat outdoor terrace, a 21-seat corridor terrace, and 16-seat private dining room. But the best part is that there will be a “hidden” speakeasy in the back.

COCKTAILS Francesco Lafranconi
Credit: J.Q. LOUISE

Old Wives’ Tale will have a concealed façade inside of Seamark. The cocktail program will be curated by spirits expert Francesco Lafranconi and will feature seasonal cocktails made with top-tier ingredients and prepared for visual and sensory impact for guests. At the preview night last week, we sampled a number of cocktails that will be on the opening menu this spring. The Oyster Kiss, a take on a Vesper Martini, the Veggie Beach, a take on a Bloody Mary, and the B-Town Old Fashioned are all must-tries when you stop in!

COCKTAILS Francesco Lafranconi
Credit: J.Q. LOUISE

We offer a comprehensive suite of 360-degree hospitality solutions utilized to develop personalized strategies for our partners.