First off, thanks to diski for the recommendation to stop in Swampscott for our anniversary. It added nicely to a perfect anniversary day.
We stopped there around 5:00, working our way back toward Boston. As soon as we saw the site, we instinctively new it was a good choice. The Bistro is perched on a bluff the edge of the shore, looking out over the stretch of beach, Nahant, and a fine view of downtown Boston. The bistro has fine wall of windows to enjoy the view, although the bar was tucked on the back side of the building so it wasn't as nice as might have been for diners. It was a Tuesday afternoon and things were quiet but not dead.
They had a small but good selection of wines by the glass, more than just the "house white", etc. Deciding we wanted something light, we ordered the day's special, a bowl of oyster stew, and an appetizer of lobster spring rolls. Even before that arrived, the bartender brought a plate of hummus and a basket of fresh bread and foccacia. The oyster stew was properly milky with moderate-sized oysters, chunks of fatty smoked bacon, cubed potatoes and little fresh corn. We at it all. The lobster spring rolls were crispy brown, cut into pieces and drizzled with a sweet hoisin based sauce. They were hot and crisp without being greasy and had generous lumps of lobster meat in them. My wife loved them.
Though we did not order dinner, the plates that went by, especially the fried fish steak (can't remember what), looked particularly good. The menu is rightfully mostly seafood. The food was fresh and nicely balanced.
I'd like to try an evening dinner there, as the sun sets. And they do have music on the weekends, I'm told.
David "Zeb" Cook