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Neptune Oyster

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
North End, Boston
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  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BouvierAugust 8, 2014
    Everything I've had here is the best version of that thing I've ever had. Great oysters, lobster roll, clam chowder. All very, very good. But expect to wait a while to get seated, it's a small place.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Spencer Z.
    Spencer ZahlerOctober 24, 2016
    The hot lobster roll was incredible. Generous amounts of huge tail & claw pieces. I want to eat one of these everyday for the rest of my life. Striped bass so on point too. Fresh AF! Oysters too 👌🏻
  • Ting
    TingJuly 21, 2015
    Great Connecticut style lobster roll (hot butter,no mayo) w/ large chunks of succulent lobster meat.Priced at $29,it's well worth the penny for the quality and portion.Clam chowder is Italian style.
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy B2 days ago
    Get here at least an hr before opening. The wait gets INSANE (like min 2 hr for 2 on the weekend). Oyster selection is to die for. Tons of Maine lobster on that hot roll. Service is delightful.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren G.July 6, 2012
    Definitely worth the wait! The only place with HOT lobster rolls, which are WAY better than regular cold lobster rolls.. If you Love lobster then you MUST try one of these! Expensive but worth it!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2012
    The North End is generally known for Italian, which makes it all the more impressive that a seafood restaurant has made its name as one of the neighborhood's best places to eat. [Eater 38 Member]
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 12, 2016
    This tiny oyster bar in Boston’s North End draws crazy lines for its hot, buttered rolls served on brioche buns. You may need to start off with a fork before you can bite into these giant creations. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 4, 2014
    A tiny spot with long lines. If you snag a seat, start with some oysters (shucked in full view at the front of the restaurant) before moving onto clam chowder and an inimitable lobster roll.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SimkusAugust 18, 2016
    Chioppino was to die for - got it w lobster added. Service at the bar was top notch. Get your name in at the door before 7 or you won't be eating there that night and you will miss the best in town!
  • Jacob S.
    Jacob SloanSeptember 27, 2013
    Check in before 7 p.m. at the latest and get on the list. While it can take an hour or more to get a table, they'll call you when your table is ready so you can explore North End while you wait.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BleimesApril 24, 2016
    Great wine list and draft beers, and one of the rare places to get a warm buttered lobster roll in Boston. And of course, the oyster choices are fantastic. Just be prepared for a very long wait!
  • Kari Y.
    Kari YDecember 31, 2014
    Oysters are very fresh, must order! Clam chowder made to order but not the traditional thick broth, I prefer legal seafood clam chowder better. Lobster roll is very chunky, lots of lobster.
  • emily c.
    emily chenAugust 24, 2014
    Best hot buttered lobster roll. Ipswich fried clams are also ace. Expect an hour wait if you don't get there before 11:20am. They take your phone number and call you so grab a drink around the corner.
  • Mayee
    MayeeJuly 8, 2015
    The real New England lobster roll is served cold. If you like warm lobster with butter - get a lobster and enjoy it with butter (with your hands, bib and all)
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AJuly 29, 2015
    It's hard to get a seat at this amazing restaurant. Go 30min before closing and grab a seat at the bar...indulge in all the awesomeness!! Lobster Rolls!
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best seafood in the US. Go on a weekday around 3-4PM to get seated without waiting. Get the scallops, the buttermilk johnnycake, and, of course, the lobster roll (I like it cold with mayo). Amazing.
  • Jonah
    JonahAugust 20, 2015
    Everything is delicious, especially the Johnnycake. Also finish the meal with the light Hamachi Ceviche. Perfect place for a date. Make sure to show up at least 2 hours early to get on the wait list.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyJanuary 29, 2013
    Best Appetizer is the Butter Milk Johnny Cake, different but decadent and delicious, for the main you have to have the Hot Butter Maine Lobster Roll
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Sparklingly fresh oysters, lobster rolls served hot with butter or cold with mayo, and a variety of raw fish dishes and daily specials are served in a tiny space with tin ceilings and a marble bar. Read more
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun StewartJune 23, 2012
    I can't tell you its worth the wait - its the Balthazar of Boston - but the oysters are amazing, the hot mussels a must and the staff have it down to an art. Put your name down, take a walk & enjoy
  • Mateus d.
    Mateus de AlmeidaMay 18, 2013
    Excelente Lobster Roll ! Definately coming back to try the cold one( w mayo). Big selection of Oysters, Shrimps and Crabs from the Raw Bar. The Crab Claws were really good ! Excellent wines as well !
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 27, 2013
    Order the P.E.I. mussels to start. The key is to get a bite of the sausage with a bite of mussel. Plus the broth is decadently delicious.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HarderJune 25, 2015
    Not even a contest. Best lobster roll on planet earth. Come here to enjoy the cozy atmosphere, fresh and diverse oyster selection, but of course the LOBSTER ROLL! Butter style is my preference.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PetrocelliMarch 24, 2015
    Hands down the best lobster roll I've ever had. I made an hour detour on my back to NJ to stop here for a lobster roll. Well worth it. A little pricy but worth every penny.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren G.July 6, 2013
    Hot lobster rolls are the best choice available. Don't spoil your appetite! It comes with some amazing fries -the price went up this year though :(
  • Ricky E.
    Delicious but just don't think worth the wait in a city with so much seafood. Saying that Johnnycakes w Caviar are ridiculous as is the clam chowder. Lobster roll is obviously good.
  • Kenji B.
    Kenji BSeptember 29, 2013
    Lol u are us at a 30min wait??? My first thought was man 30min...you are lucky. First night the wait was 4 hours. Second, 2-3hrs. And today 1.5...at3pm! We took it. Anything u see 1.5 is fast here!!!
  • Victoria F.
    Victoria FragerMay 14, 2015
    100% recommend if you're flexible and willing to wait. lobster rolls and great wine selection. Get there at 4:30 to put your name in and walk around Boston till they call you!
  • Danika L.
    Danika LandersDecember 28, 2014
    Monk fish was the surprise winner along with the PEI mussels. Oysters, little necks and cherry stones were perfect to start. Warm lobster salad was just ok. Scallops were fantastic.
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimpsonFebruary 25
    Get the Triton Plateau and some fries to share - it has a little bit of everything including the most amazing shrimp you'll ever eat.
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RuizOctober 15, 2015
    Hot lobster roll is obvi a must. I suggest going splitsies with the mussels so you can dip the fries in that scrumptious sauce!
  • Yee L.
    Yee LauMay 22, 2013
    Very small restaurant with very friendly staff. hot lobster roll is a must, though I would suggest to get it without the roll as the roll is too buttery for my liking. Best to come with small group.
  • Elena M.
    Elena MuehterJanuary 7
    Order the damariscotta and wellfleet, and duxbury oysters. The mussels were delicious with crispy bread to enjoy the sauce. Heaven!
  • CaraMia
    CaraMiaMay 27, 2013
    Arrive really early to get your name on the list! We got there at 6 and didn't get called for our reservation until 9... Worth the wait, tho - delicious seafood nomnom
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonMay 26, 2013
    Be prepared to wait for a frighteningly long time, but when you finally do sit down, it'll be worth it for the hamachi ceviche, hot lobster roll, and fried Ipswich clams you order and devour.
  • Connor F.
    Connor FergusonMay 21, 2012
    The hot lobster roll is worth waiting for— delicious brioche-style bun, tender lobster covered in butter, and world-class french fries on the side. The fried clams are also great.
  • Matt O.
    Matt OpsahlApril 22
    Put name on list for 2 at 4:45 on a Friday. Practically no line, 58 min wait. Sea urchin is special. Oysters diverse. Squid Ink Risotto too rich to share. I can say I went.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneApril 11, 2015
    Worth the hype. The lobster rolls looked absolutely legit, but I couldn't pass up the scallops with duck confit. Worth it.
  • hkevinchu
    hkevinchuAugust 23, 2014
    Their lobster rolls are worth the wait. Go early (before 6pm) to put you name in if you want a decent dinner time.
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongMay 24, 2013
    My favorite oyster, aside from the oft-one-dimensional salty Massachusetts breeds, is the perennially-on-menu Vancouver Kusshi oysters, low salt and tasting strongly of cucumber.
  • Sae Young C.
    Sae Young ChoiNovember 10, 2013
    The best lobster roll in town. Put your names at 4PM to get the table around 7PM but still worth the wait.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AspinwallSeptember 12, 2013
    Lobster roll (hot with butter) is excellent. Head in around 5:15-5:30 if you want to get seated right away on a week day, otherwise wait in line you will!
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WashburnMarch 26, 2014
    The hype is justified. If you can go for weekday lunch you can avoid a super painful wait. Lobster roll, Wellfleet oysters, and Neptunes on Piggyback are all excellent.
  • Kristin
    KristinJuly 4, 2015
    Ok! Best lobster roll! This place is very small. Avg wait according to waitress is between 1-3 hrs on non holiday weekends. Get there early to put your name down. They will call when table is ready.
  • Patrick
    PatrickNovember 24, 2014
    Warm Lobster salad is really good, generous serving. Chowder is different than the traditional chowder, more soupy than creamy but full of flavours. I liked it.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillmoreMarch 13, 2013
    Get the lobster roll hot with butter and the clam chowder. BEST thing I've ever eaten!!! It's like angels singing the hallelujah chorus in 4 part harmony in your mouth. :D
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WNovember 8, 2012
    Great clam chowder, but don't call this "chowda." This is refined, elegant and light. Fried clams are perfect. Raw oysters are super fresh and flavorful. Try a variety.
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TaOctober 26, 2014
    The best lobster rolls i've ever tasted! Prepare to wait in line - come early and put your name down, they will call you when you're spot is ready
  • Valerie Z.
    Valerie ZMay 29, 2011
    Lobsterwichgasm!!!! READ: you will be waiting! Go on a full stomache and put your name in and a cell phone #. It is so worth it but be advised u may wait upwards of 3 hours so plan ahead!
  • Cindy X.
    Cindy XuApril 15, 2014
    Make sure to order lobster roll! So satisfying... The sweetness of the lobster and the roll is the perfect combination. I can still feel it in my mouth.
  • ohechoho
    ohechohoMay 25, 2015
    Hot lobster roll with melted butter is like a taste of heaven. Best ever, hands down. Also, great selections of oysters. Always fresh and delicious!
  • Isa L.
    Isa LaraSeptember 14, 2013
    They have my favorite white wine: picpoul de pinet. Tried the hamachi ceviche - very good! Have the green salad w your lobster roll - great dressing.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    This North End gem is the ultimate destination for seafood, from the extensive raw bar to lobster-studded spaghettini; don't miss the buttermilk johnnycake topped with smoked trout tartare. Read more
  • Nuno S.
    Nuno SilvaJuly 5, 2016
    Cold lobster roll is great! Don't miss the raw East oysters on lemon only! Feel the sea flavor.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MartinFebruary 3, 2014
    You have to try the hot lobster roll. It's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny. Also, this place does not take reservations, so plan to arrive early.
  • Joanna W.
    Joanna WanJune 14, 2014
    Ok everyone knows that their lobster rolls are good. But their oysters are like heaven in your mouth! It's smooth, juicy, fresh, the best ive ever had!
  • matt h.
    matt handlerSeptember 23, 2014
    line starts forming at 11:10 on saturdays. ask if they have fresh sea urchin at the raw bar (they get it randomly sometimes), it's the best.
  • Senator John B.
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 30, 2011
    The Vitello Tonnato is casually known as 'Most Decadent Sandwich': thinly sliced veal & clumps of raw tuna with cucumber and a light spicy mustard. Pricey, but delicious. Eat!
  • Julia B.
    Julia BenedictNovember 20, 2013
    My favorite spot in Boston for fresh seafood -- make sure to try any of the specials, especially if they have Nantucket bay scallops
  • Michael P.
    Michael PAugust 7, 2014
    Oyster choices plentiful, wine varied and all excellent. The cioppino is worth a 5 hour drive back!
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandJuly 8, 2012
    HOLY MOLY. Lobster roll is amazing, soaked in butter and homemade bread. Then get your mind blown- dip it in chowder, aka heavy cream. O. M. G.
  • Amanda M.
    The other reviews about the wait being worth it and the delicious lobster rolls are all true!! The bream and oysters are also amazing.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany Specht-WidmaierNovember 25, 2016
    Fresh, delicious seafood. Great selection. Cozy place - they do not take reservations, so expect to wait at least an hour. Totally worth it!!
  • Shivesalive
    ShivesaliveJune 24, 2015
    The lobster roll is fabulous and goes perfectly with their fries and a couple dozen oysters!
  • R
    RJuly 5, 2014
    Really good oysters and their lobster roll is good. Cioppino is nicely done with fresh assorted seafood ingredients. Worth waiting.
  • Blake S.
    Blake SirachAugust 24, 2014
    Gotta get the hot lobster roll after eating a lot of oysters--paired with a minerally white wine! My fav oyster place in Boston.
  • Gabriela G.
    Gabriela GrossmannJuly 3, 2015
    We had to wait for 2 hours but cheeseburger with fried oysters, garlic mayo and relish was incredible!
  • lauren
    laurenJanuary 18, 2015
    Worth the wait. Put down your name and head to Ward 8 for some cocktails. Oysters + lobster roll with butter + vino verde for the win.
  • Lizzy M.
    Lizzy MNovember 17, 2012
    Best. Lobster. Roll.!!!!!!!!!! So worth the wait. Came here twice in two days. Oysters are fresh to! Love this place and will be back next time i am in Boston!
  • Mayee
    MayeeJuly 8, 2015
    The wait is always at least an hour. Go there and leave your name and cell number then go to nearby resto for some wine and calamari and wait to be called.
  • Hyejin T.
    Hyejin TJune 5, 2011
    If you sit at the bar, just be forewarned that female server with the curly hair and glasses is a Grade A C U Next Tuesday. She threw our napkins and silverware after serving our food 10 mins before.
  • A&B American Style
    A&B American StyleJanuary 27, 2014
    Get the oysters (duh). And, for serious, don't miss the hot lobster roll. Both go great with our Pepper Sauce (BYO) Read more
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.July 29, 2012
    This tiny Boston oyster bar is making some big waves. Neptune Oyster's raw bar and dining room seats only 44 patrons, so landing a table in this small venue will take some effort.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HorbundAugust 1, 2012
    Try the Nantucket Wild Striped Bass - Insanely good. Flakey, flavorful fish with amazing ratatouille and shrimp that all work perfectly.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 12, 2010
    Worth waiting for a seat in this small resto, with some of the freshest fish and amazing oysters. -Tania Peterson, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • Brad
    BradJune 24, 2015
    I've never had such a simple and delicious lobster roll. It's lobster and butter on a roll. Neptune has created the Platonic ideal.
  • Felipe G.
    Felipe GJuly 2, 2015
    Famous for their lobster roll with warm butter. Try it here, but everything else is great, too. Prepare for a long wait!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    hot lobster roll was perfect, ask for the crab claw horseradish mustard sauce
  • Rose A.
    Rose AhnJune 8, 2014
    Yes, the oysters are good. Yes, the lobster rolls are good. But you should also try the cioppino. It's fantastic!
  • Nadine
    NadineAugust 31, 2013
    The fried clams are the best clams in the area. Get the raw oysters, skip the lobster roll... Too buttery for me!
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaAugust 15, 2011
    According to Boston Mag, this is THE best lobster roll—served in a very cozy, Soho-sized cafe for $25, the atmosphere will not disappoint. Read more
  • Donna Y.
    Donna YuenJuly 3, 2014
    Hamachi crudo, raw oysters and hot lobster roll. Totally worth the hour and a half wait.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaSeptember 11, 2016
    Oysters are of course great but don't miss the jonnycake and octopus!
  • Nadine
    NadineMarch 22, 2013
    The clam chowder and fried clams are the best! Best clams I've ever had. The lobster roll was a bit much for me.
  • Taisiia I.
    Taisiia I.June 7, 2015
    Great oysters, hamachi ceviche and cioppino! Friendly service. Really difficult to get a table, do it in advance.
  • Sharu T.
    Sharu TaraJuly 31, 2016
    Great Oyster bar and seafood restaurant. Excellent, friendly staff. Long lines so reach early to reserve a table.
  • David A.
    David AitkenMarch 21, 2015
    Delicious fries, great lobster roll (I preferred the cold with mayo).
  • Rob C.
    Rob CFebruary 10, 2014
    Heaven. I travel the world eating at the best restaurants there are and this is the best seafood restaurant I have ever been to.
  • Seval H.
    Seval HaraçSeptember 28, 2016
    Do not leave Boston without having dinner in Neptune. Go with the oysters, words cannot explain their delicious taste 😍
  • Julia B.
    Julia BenedictNovember 26, 2011
    Oysters, uni and razor clams followed by a hot lobster roll - and definitely Nantucket bay scallop crudo if they have it
  • Vinzas
    VinzasJune 30, 2014
    -Amazing oysters , first time ever I had fried clams and it was unbelievable and the lobster sandwich spectacular !!!!!
  • Gina S.
    Gina SJune 3, 2013
    I know this is the best oyster bar in Boston, but gotta try the Hamachi Ceviche...it's amazing!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MaAugust 7, 2014
    best dish here! buttermilk johnnycake with smoked trout tartare and caviar
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixJuly 29, 2010
    We like the surprise dishes whereby fried oysters meet pickled beef tongue, or salt cod joins crisped lamb. They have a dozen kinds of raw oysters and the best fried clams our critic has ever had. Read more
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.March 26, 2015
    The wait is worth it. Get the sampler plate with anchovies (seriously) and a hot lobster roll.
  • Rebecca Y.
    Rebecca YiSeptember 22, 2016
    Hot lobster roll with butter. Case closed. Get here early to put your name down - they'll call you when your table is ready!
  • HUDSON P.
    HUDSON PSYCHICJanuary 7, 2012
    looking for the worlds best sea food a must do in metro west area get $25 off any reading with mention of Neptune oyster love this place
  • Mark C.
    Mark CoffeyDecember 28, 2012
    Johnny Cake is by far the most amazing appetizer. I guess this is what food heaven is like.
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 16, 2014
    Fantastic Hot Lobster Roll, but no matter what you do, order the Buttermilk Johnnycake!
  • Winnie J.
    Winnie J.June 10, 2013
    Lobster Roll is a duh, but if you want to try something new, the Cioppino is amazing!
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