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Neptune Oyster

#11 of 2,366 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
North End
As featured in One Day in BeanTown
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63 Salem St, Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113-2273
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have finally found my go-to place for lobster rolls in Boston! Personally, I'm a huge fan of the hot buttered lobster roll. Sadly, it was hard for me to find a place that has this. Most places I've found have it cold with mayo and celery. Neptune Oyster has both ways! You will not regret your decision!!

Thank jgblauvelt
Winter Park, Florida
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To satisfy our lobster craving, my wife and I went to Neptune Oyster for the lobster rolls. The delicious crustaceans were cooked to perfection. An entire lobster was placed in each roll. Service was friendly and efficient. Be sure to get there early because there will be a wait. But....the wait is worth it!!!!😋

Thank leroysdog
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I live in the neighborhood and Neptune's never disappoints. Excellent, fresh seafood and oysters every time. Just be prepared to wait as people start queuing up before it even opens for lunch around noon. Typically we'll go and put our names in and grab a drink nearby while we wait. They don't take reservations. Best to go as a couple... More 

Thank KKLevy
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Worried this was a mediocre tourist trap but it wasn't. Best octopus and anchovies we've ever had. Great oysters. Long wait to get in but they took our number and called us when we were up.

Thank Paul and Kim A
Boston, MA
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178 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i had heard about this place but never been, so when visiting friends wanted seafood we decided to go there. you need to know that 1) the place is tiny; 2) they take no reservations; 3) they put you on a waiting list and absolutely expect you to be there when your table is ready; 4) they call you on... More 

Thank waehlerisch
Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very small and very crowded and very overpriced place. On a beautiful Friday lunchtime the wait was 1.5 hours. No reservations. But they will take your cell phone number and call when table is ready. Once inside we sat elbow to elbow with neighboring tables. Shellfish is fresh and an interesting variety of oysters. However $31 for... More 

Thank steve g
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the first time I'm willing to wait for an hour alone to eat in a restaurant, but after the first bite of the lobster roll , is all worth the wait , so so yummy!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't come up to Reputation Must have missed something , but neither the Famous Lobster roll Or cioppino were special. Environment basic small, entertaining and energetic. Not cheap. Value fair. Would not go out of ones way to eat here. I assume there are many seafood restaurants of this quality.

Thank ChioTravel
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch here on our last day in Boston. Neptune opens at 1130 and we joined the line right around 1100. Within minutes, the first seating had already congregated, so, make sure you get there early or else you'll be looking at an hour and a half wait. Had the fried clams appetizer and the daily special of lobster... More 

Thank jmarkdaniel
Hughesville, Maryland
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a foodie gem! The oysters are fresh (the not so tasty mignonette being my only complaint!), the tuna was delicious and the hot lobster roll was the best we had the entire weekend. Even the anchovies were to die for! However, this place is incredibly small so expect to leave your number with the hostess because there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $60
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 Salem St, Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113-2273
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: 617-742-3474

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in North End

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North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.
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