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“Best Oysters in NA?”
Review of Neptune Oyster

Neptune Oyster
Ranked #17 of 3,292 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: North End
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Small intimate casual restaurant that manages to consistently serve great seafood out of a tiny kitchen. Although the fish is fresh and the lobster roll (hot) phenomenal, the real reason to wait for a space at the bar is the quality of the oysters. They always have a great selection, the oysters are fresh and we love the atmosphere there. Worth the wait.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

So we tried to eat here 3 times before we finally were able to get in. Line ups range from 1-2 hrs. Best time to go for minimal wait time is between 2-4. Fair prices and great helping sizes.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Yes, everything people have been writing about the wait time is true. I suggest to place your name on the list hours before you want to dine if you are wanting to eat dinner there. We waited a little over 2 1/2 hours. You have to physically show up to the restaurant to place your name on the list, we were told that they didn't take reservations over the phone. They will call you on your cell phone when there is a table open.

The reason for the wait is that it is a small place - probably seating 30-35 people at a time. You have to share tables with other parties. We didn't mind although the place is cramped.
The food was very good. My husband had the oysters which he said was very fresh. We both had the hot lobster rolls (the other choice is the cold version with mayo). I was impressed with how much lobster we got. It was absolutely delicious!

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went for lunch at this restaurant on Monday. We arrived at around 12:15 and asked for a table for 4. They told us the wait would be about an hour. You give them your phone number and they call you when a table is ready. You cannot wait in the restaurant because it is so small. It only seats about 40 people. They called us in less then an hour. We had a table in the back, but it was a sharing table and there was 3 other random people sitting with us. It is fine, the restaurant is very charming and quaint. Service was fast. We ordered the cold lobster roll and mussels and spilt it between two. More then enough food. Lobster was delicious, so fresh. And the mussel broth was so tasty- they give you bread to dip and you can also use the fries from your lobster roll. All in all was very delicious and would defiantly recommend.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were recommended to go to Neptune Oyster from people before we even went to Boston. We thought we had to try it so we put our name on the list with a 45 minute wait. We just walked around Little Italy and went for a drink until we got the call from the restaurant. It is amazing that they allow you to walk around and call instead of waiting in the street in front of the restaurant.

We started off with oysters which were very fresh and excellent. We ordered 4 different oysters with all different characteristics and you could definitely tell the difference. Oysters were excellent.

We moved to the most surprising of our meal in the Johnnycake with tartare. It was absolutely amazing from the flavour of the act johnnycake and the sauce it was in. The tartare had great flavour also and was just delightful. It was an incredible app which i would highly recommend!!!

For our mains, both very happy. My wife had the hot lobster roll which she thought was excellent, it was done with butter and had great flavour. It really let the lobster stand on it owns with some butter and a great roll for the flavour. That is the way a lobster roll should be! I enjoyed the Scallops with duck which were just delicious.

I would go back in a heart beat to eat the meal again. Prices are right in line with a high quality seafood joint. It was well recommended and well liked!

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