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Neptune Oyster

63 Salem St., Boston, MA, 02109
(617) 742-3474

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Restaurant Details
Cuisine
$$ ($15 - $30)
Price
Not Required
Reservations
Non-smoking
Features
Hours
Sun. - Thurs. 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. 11:30 a.m. - midnight. Reservations for large parties.
Payment
Mastercard, Discover, Visa, American Express
Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) October 18, 2009 - Boston.com - Victoria Abbott Riccardi, Globe Correspondent

With the quaint black and white tile floor, pressed tin ceiling, mirrors, and dark wood, this popular North Ender has a snug, friendly feel.

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March 03, 2005 - Boston.com - Alison Arnett, Globe Staff

Neptune Oyster, so tiny that diners along the 26 banquette seats and the 16 bar stools sit nearly literally cheek-to-cheek, is worth crowing about. There are the oysters, of course, up to 12 varieties. There are other dishes, too, like a great lobster roll and a delicious salmon filet with bits of crispy duck confit and pea tendrils. There is the look of the place, old but new with a marble-topped bar, tin ceilings, and a minimalist aesthetic. There is a wide and very interesting selection of wines, especially those by the glass.

But most of all, Neptune Oyster is just cool.

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USER REVIEWS
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Apr 23, 2008 - JRWalker
Eat Hot Lobster Roll Here

The geeky travel book I brought along on a recent visit suggested Neptune has the best lobster roll in town. I ordered a hot one, and have to say my guidebook was right on the money. The sandwich included very little, if any, filler or celery or even mayonnaise--just the hot, succulent meat of a single lobster, drenched in butter and was simply the most delicious thing I've eaten in a long time. Oysters were also worth sampling and I was pleased with the extensive wine list. Neptune's oyster crackers, which appear to be locally baked, were impossible to resist, and should make the plastic-packaged ones weep for the shame of their inferiority.

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Mar 20, 2008 - jpsollogub
The Best Raw Bar in Boston, Without a Doubt

My husband and I walk here from the South End for the fabulous oysters that are clean, fresh, and zing with exotic flavors. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful with descriptions of the various oysters on the extensive menu. On our last visit (a blustery, cold day in February) we had one of the best oyster stews we had ever tasted. The atmosphere is casual, unpretentious, and welcoming. Sitting at the raw bar, sharing a variety of unusual local oysters (that remind us of favorite places along the New England coast), and sipping a glass of well selected wine by the glass, can be VERY ROMANTIC and quite timeless. This is a true gourmet find without the trendy, upscale attitude. And the food is delicious!

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Dec 04, 2007 - emmaloney1
Small portions

I went to Neptune last Friday night with 6 people. The service was terrible the wines were overpriced and when we ordered one of the cheaper bottles ($58) they were out of it and only had a $94 bottle that they said was comparable. The food was ok but, the portions were tiny. One person in our party asked for something to be heated because it was cold and the waiter said no. Another person asked if they could have something instead of the mashed potatoes and the waiter said no. The restaurant was hot and crammed. I don't reccomend going there with all of the nice restaurants in the North End there is no reason to ever choose this one.

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