Boston >Food & Dining > Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363282 -71.056055
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-11:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Great Food, Great Service! – This place has great food and great service. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I recommend it to everyone!
A Great Surprise – I was in Boston this past week for work and ate at Neptune Oyster one day for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised with the place, it's somewhat small but cozy and the staff was very friendly. A coworker and I sat at the bar and ate. I got a bowl of their Clam Chowder which was amazing and we shared an order of the West Coast Oysters which were really good. For lunch I ordered the Main Lobster Roll, hot with butter, which is the most amazing sandwich I have ever tried, which is why I ate here another two times before I had to leave. I highly recommend coming here and trying the Lobster Roll.
favorite restaurant in the city – I have been to hundreds of restaurants in Boston -- this one is by far the best. Quaint atmosphere and fresh food makes this a must stop for any local or tourist in the area. Put your name in early and they will call you on your phone when your table is ready.
Way over priced and always Out – I have to admit that I do like the food when when have it but I stopped coming here mainly due to the way overpriced wine list and the lack of food inventory. It does not matter how early you get there at night. they are always out of something. Mainly the Lobster Roll. I mean really... Its not like the restaurant is located in Iowa. The entree prices are a bit over the top as well.
Worth the wait – I was told by a food snob-friend that Neptune Oyster had the best lobster rolls in town. I figured I would try it out since he's so hard to please. The restaurant itself is small and on a nondescript street in the North End. If you didn't know it existed, you would probably walk right past it. Inside, the small restaurant reminds me of a well kept diner so I was unimpressed when we first got there. The waiting list was long so we left our number and had a drink down the street. We returned when they called and got a seat at the "bar" area. We ordered some Wellfleet oysters which were great. We ordered some fried clams which were also great. Then we both had the "hot" lobster roll, which meant that it would be warm lobster meat with melted butter on a roll. It was amazing. The lobster meat was piled on high and there was plenty of claw meat (my favorite). It really was the best lobster roll that I had tasted in the New England area. The french fries were great too! I can't wait to go back and try the cold, traditional lobster roll. The only real negative experience I had was the service. The guy behind the bar wanted to take our order at his leisure (e.g., get our oyster order first then ask us what we wanted for dinner later). I preferred to order everything right away. He seemed unprepared by that. He also made a slightly condescending remark to us, probably guessing we were younger than we were. Other than that weird service, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Best Lobster Roll I have ever had – Fresh and Tasty Oysters and Seafood
After consulted Amy Cao, the famous and most friendly food blogger, on where to go in Boston, I have come to the conclusion to try out Neptune Oyster. My first attempt on the Friday night before Valentine's Day failed. I would have to wait 2 hours just to be seated and there was no way I could hold my hunger for that long.
Therefore, I decided to come back at noon the next day to give it another try. Luckily I arrived early enough to beat the crowd at 12PM. It just so happened my friend from NYC and his date happened to visit Boston and Neptune at the same time and they went all out to order all the oysters they have on the menu. We ordered some oysters, shrimp cocktail and lobster rolls on our own.
Since I don't eat oysters, I could only quote my friends and boyfriend's sayings. They really love the oysters for their flavors and freshness. They dislike the clams because they are too salty and you could taste sand in your mouth.
I personally, love the cocktail shrimps because they are huge and super fresh. The best part of the meal though, is their lobster roll made buttery. It costs $25 but it has so much lobster meat, fresh and buttery soaked in a nice bun with a big side of french fries. I feel like in heaven when I bit into the roll.
If you are ever in Boston, make sure you check out this tiny but intimate seafood restaurant. The long wait is worth it!
Excellent seafood in the North End – Neptune Oyster is one of my favorite seafood/raw bar stops in Boston. Often mobbed, Neptune is a small place and takes no reservations so be prepared to take a seat at the bar. The oysters are super fresh and a must for an oyster lover. I also love the lobster roll which is great but not the best I've had for over $20. I find its best to come in the warm weather when you can refresh in the raw bar and take a walk through the North end.
Awesome Small Oyster Bar - HIGHLY Recommended – This little oyster bar in the North End is a GREAT find! Very small and quaint, but great food and fantastic service. We went at night, but they had a long wait so instead of standing around they actually let us go and called on the cell phone when the table was ready---I mean serious where else have you seen this? In addition to great service, the food was also fantastic. We sampled a large variety of oysters and they were all perfectly fresh and delicious. Also had the Vitello Tonnato veal and tuna sandwich that was out of this world. In all, this is a great place with awesome food and service, but please note that it is very small (~30ppl), very tight and pretty loud.
Recent Disappointments – Disappointments of the latest reviews may be the result of the departure of the original, highly qualified and attentive, chef and less time spent on scene by the owners (when they're not there service and quality seem to suffer).
Neptune's Salads – I am an avid fan of seafood and when I heard about Netune's Oyster, I knew I had to make the time to go. The location is charming though parking in the North End is less than desirable. The ambiance was quite cozy and intimate. They way I like it. I immediately ordered a glass of champagne, and my friend a glass of wine. Both over priced and nothing out of the ordinary. We proceeded to order 1 dz oysters and about 5 other appetizers. I love ordering appetizers as it give me the variety I like and a sneak peek into the flavors of the restaurant. The oysters finally arrived and once again, nothing special and over priced. I let that pass and went on to the appetizers. This is where the disappointment really set in. One after another they came and each one looks strikingly like the other . They even tasted the same. Each one coming on a bed of over dressed salad greens and an aioli sauce. I could have been more content at Chili's! The bland mayonnaisie aioli soaked crab cakes was more fitting for a bovine than date night. Aside from my five salad course, the bartender (our server) could have cared less if we were happy or not. He was too involved in two female friends sitting at the bar. At one point, we receive the wrong order and instead of apologizing, he annoyingly took the plate and gave it to his two women next to us, taking his time to reorder the correct item. I would never recommend this restaurant for anyone. It is not worth the time, the money, the effort, or the palate.
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