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Neptune Oyster
Seafood Restaurant$$$
Today 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
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63 Salem St Boston, MA 02113
63 Salem StreetUSMassachusettsBoston02113
(617) 742-3474neptuneoyster.com
$$$Seafood Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 10:30 pmSunday 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
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Lines form for the raw bar & warm, buttered lobster rolls at this tiny, high-end oyster bar.- Google
"Stone crab claws and shrimp cocktail are a safe bet."
"1. Maine Lobster Roll hot with butter 25 ~Disappointing."
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Theresa O'Neil
4 months ago
Best burger I have ever had. The combination of flavors, especially with the fried oysters was incredible. Was nice balance to start with raw oysters and then shift to something more substantial. Service was great, the waitress warned us off a particular wine choice and insisted that we taste it before ordering it, which was very nice. Cozy atmosphere is worth the wait.
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Kimberly Ann Graham
2 weeks ago
Sorry, the restaurant was nearly empty on this Friday afternoon, plenty of seats at the bar and yet I was told it would be a 45 minute wait for a seat at that empty bar! People just ahead of me (party of 2) were told 30 minutes. Horrible attitude from both the women staff i interacted with. Yeah, they may have great chowder but there are other places close by that i expect will be happy to take my business and treat me better.
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Justin Levine
2 months ago
For my taste of New England seafood, this is where I went rather than the uber touristy Union Oyster House that was my first thought. Walking in, the place is cramped but beautiful. A long bar stretches the whole place, with marble table tops, and nicely patterned tiles on the floor. My companion and I were told it was a 50 minute wait by the hostess (accurate), so we went and bought dessert for after. Our server was very effective, although she could've been better in some regards. For instance, not checking in with us for awhile when I would've liked to order a glass of wine, acting displeased when we asked for bread and then only dropping off only 2 small slices, etc. Nothing earth shattering, just little things that are memorable. At the end of the day none of these other things matter though, as it's all about the food and in this regard Neptune delivered. To start we had 3 kinds of oysters: 2 Kumamoto, 2 Beau Soleil, and 2 Island Creek. I wanted to do sea urchins too, but unfortunately the table before us got them all. The Kumamoto weren't as tart as I had remembered and were actually a little small, but the Beau Soleil were buttery and much better than I had remembered. The clear winner though was the Island Creek, which had an acidic fruitiness to them and which are from nearby in Duxbury, MA. I came close to ordering more, but we had more than enough food coming. Next up were some steamed Wellfleet Littlenecks. I found the clams to be a little bit tougher than I expected, but all the right flavors were there. The roasted garlic sauce they were in was drinkable, and the chorizo added in was crazy good. The bread our waitress reluctantly brought was good on its own, and was perfect for soaking up some clam juice. I had the North End Cioppino with lobster added for my main course, and it was superb. Think big chunks of lobster, different kinds of fish, whole shrimp, mussels and clams all together in a spicy stew with some great saffron rice. Heaven, right? Damn straight. My girl got the seared Georges Bank scallops, which were rich and velvety with a nice crispness on the outside. I was confused that this delicate shellfish was paired with duck confit and a very sharp blue cheese (Maytag) on the plate though, as it detracted from the dish significantly; this is a great example of a great chef trying to do too much. On the other hand, the miniature brussel sprouts it came with were absolutely addictive. The dish would've been pretty complete with just the scallops, sprouts, and 1-2 other not-so-overwhelming elements.
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David Williams
2 months ago
Monster lobster roll. I got the hot butter lob roll and would recommend over cold mayo one but both are great. It's in a small tight space but this fits well with the overall cozy feel of the north end. The staff is great and treated us very well, including helping out with our one year old
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3 Boys and a Monkey
3 weeks ago
Boston: Day 6, lunchtime They were good, yet they did not achieve my expectations. On the day we went to The Daily Catch, we originally planned on going there. The reason we did not dine there was because we had to wait for two hours before we could get our seats! We only had to wait for fifty minutes at The Daily Catch, so naturally, one would expect Neptune Oyster House to be not just good, but REALLY good. First up: New England Clam Chowder. How was it? Good. Chewy potatoes, fresh, whole oysters, etc., I really cannot think of a problem with it. It just did not WOW me, if you know what I am saying. Next, I forgot what it was called (I think it was called a piggyback); but whatever it was, it was good. It was actually my favorite dish ordered, surpassing both the lobster roll and the clam chowder. Raisins, fried, crispy oysters, and some leafy greens were all piled upon a piece of bread. What you see beside the piggyback is the lobster roll. It came with a side of fries and some ketchup. Here is a better photo. The bread was okay; it was semi-chewy, not over-baked; overall, it was not too bad. The lobster was quite fresh, but I think they could have used a little less butter. Overall rating: 6/10 points. Good, but is it worth a two hour wait? I do not think so. If you can get in at lunchtime when they have less people, I would say go. Just to let you know, I personally am not a big fan of lobster rolls nor clam chowders. I can eat them, but (most of the time) I do not especially like them. Neptune Oyster House did a really good job in making them, so if you are a fan of these types of food, then go. My review may be a bit prejudiced.
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Manuel I.
2 months ago
Great little spot on the north end. They don't take reservations. I would highly recommend you come early (1-2hrs) and put your name down for a table.... then go to some of the local bars in the area for drinks or walk over to Quincy market and do a little sightseeing. The Food: Oysters and lobster rolls. That's what they are known for and they do that well. I had clam chowder, I was expecting it to be creamier, it wasn't... but it was good. My friend ordered some type of fish dish, they came out with a whole fish, that thing was huge! Also shared some oysters that were good, usually I'm not a big fan of oysters, but i can say these were pretty good. I also had the lobster roll. Thing had a ton of lobster, I ordered it warm with butter, it was yummy. It comes with a ridiculous side of french fries - that was the only bad thing they served. Bunch of limp french fries, just doesn't match the rest of the meal... they weren't terrible, but compared to the rest of the food, not good. The prices were high and the wait is long... I knew that before I went, but if those are big concerns for you... there are probably other spots you can find that are cheaper (just don't ask me, I'm not from Boston!)
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Jen H
3 months ago
-Tuesday Night Review- There's a million seafood restaurants in the New England area and Neptune Oyster seems to be one of the top! Expect a tiny restaurant, expect a crowd, expect a wait, and expect EXCELLENT seafood! The wait can be one to two hours long depending what time you get here. Come here by 5pm if you want to eat within a reasonable time; it's busy here every night! hint hint, this restaurant doesn't take reservation. Here's my take on my order: Triton Plateau ($58) : This is one of their seafood platter (Neptune Plateau is double the amount) that offers you a tasting of their best offers. 6 raw oysters, 3 raw clams, 3 raw little neck clams, 8 cooked and chilled mussels, 3 gigantic shrimp cocktail, a bowl of crab mix, and a bowl of lobster mix. This was the BOMB! The portion is enough for two people if you decide to share an entree later on, but if you want to order this as a taster, it's enough for a party of 4. Everything on the platter was so fresh, it literally feels like the shells were just opened in the ocean....drool! It's an absolute steal because the portion was go generous. If you're visiting and want a seafood experience, get the platter and you won't regret it! Lobster Roll ($25): Their most popular dish and I can understand why! The lobster is fresh and chunky and the meat is generously piled on top of the buttered bread, Oh My! The Lobster Roll also generously comes with another pile of fries (Belgium?). I would recommend sharing the Lobster roll if you want to try other stuff on the menu. In general, there's plenty of reviews on here and they are right, GET THE LOBSTER ROLL! Overall, I hated the wait, but luckily the food made up for it. The staff was also terrific even in this busy, chaotic restaurant. The only downfall here is their noise level, don't expect a quiet restaurant. I almost felt like I had to yell sometimes to be heard, so come here and enjoy some fresh seafood and expect some loud conversation. Till next time, cheers!
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Sharon Bee
6 months ago
Came here for Valentine's day and I recommend their clam chowder. Best clam chowder I have ever had. It was light and not "flour-y", if that makes sense. Their seafood is also to die for. I'm not an oyster fan, but I know everyone else was enjoying their oysters.