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“Lucked in.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Neptune Oyster

Neptune Oyster
Ranked #13 of 3,102 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: North End
Burlington, Canada
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Lucked in.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Neptune Oyster was considered a must do with all the raving reviews from everywhere. First time in the north end we saw long lineups and had no desire to wait. Stopped there at lunchtime while walking the Freedom Trail. We saw a lineup and thought we'd have to give it a pass but decided to see how long. Well, we lucked out - it hadn't yet opened and after parking friend at back of line I went to check out the front and the doors just opened. We got a fabulous seat at the bar facing the windows and watched the server shuck the oysters and prepare the platters.

Ordered wine, oysters and steamed clams. The oysters were delicious and oh so fresh, we could see the freshness and beauty of the bivalves as we watched the shucker prepare the orders. My steamed clams were delicious but the broth was way too salty so I left it behind.

This place filled up very quickly. I looked at other people's food and everything looks delicious, will be back next time in Boston.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Tucson, Arizona
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Boston's Best Lobster Roll”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Neptune's specialty is oysters--and they are delicious--but I would strongly recommend a special trip there for their lobster roll. At $27, it's pricey, but definitely worth the money. You get a generous portion of lobster, as you should at that price, with an excellent side order of fries. The place is cramped and crowded, but in a charming sort of way. Also a great place for any oyster snob--at least a dozen different varieties are on the menu each day. Be prepared to wait for a table, but singles can usually find a seat at the bar.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Greatness.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

First, this is a really small place. Second, it is expensive. Third, eat there if you like oysters and seafood. I hear the wait there can get pretty bad. We got on the list, and went across the street for drinks instead of waiting on the street for our table. We had the sampler of different raw oysters, which was fun and different.

Visited August 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Long wait but very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I don't like waiting in line to get into a restaurant, especially outside when it is over 90 degrees! However, once inside, it is everything people say it is. Excellent lobster rolls. Great salad and great fries. Interesting wine list.

Visited June 2013
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Chapel Hill, NC
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101 reviews
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“Best restaurant in Boston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Hot lobster roll and neptunes on piggy back are always worth the wait! Go here now, and expect to wait.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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