In this restaurant obsessed city that prides itself on a good party and great seafood, it was only a matter of time before someone figured out that this northern town needed a good old southern crawfish joint.
Enter Bootleg Special.
A loose reference to the shape of the great state of Louisiana, Bootleg Special is a uniquely urban take on a classic underground creole hangout. This unassuming eatery serves up incredibly fresh Cajun seafood boils and classic southern comfort food in a hip atmosphere. Located at the corner of Tremont and Herald, Bootleg Special hopes to become a regular stop for residents of the South End, Chinatown, Bay Village, and the ever-expanding Ink Block.
Unlike some of the fast-casual Cajun seafood offerings currently available in the city, Bootleg Special wants you to come hang out for a while. The space is fun, comfortable, seductive, and decidedly more grown up – a perfect place for date night as well as large group celebrations.
The exterior is understated and dive-like. The interior is defined by deceivingly high ceilings and industrial design cues that provide a perfectly imperfect backdrop for a swanky reclaimed 6’ chandelier that greets you as you enter the room. On the right, an oversized stylish banquette runs along a dramatic concrete wall that leads to a lively bar. While on the left, a 20-foot-tall steel installation slathered in street art gives you something to discuss while slurping a wide range of creative cocktails and spicy crustaceans.
With a menu built around shared dishes and culinary treats that force you to use your bare hands, guests should be prepared to get down and dirty and have some fun.

BOSTON, MA 02116

HOURS: Sunday - Wednesday 4pm - 11pm • Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 1am
Parking available along Tremont Street.