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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • 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 Simpson3 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
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