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BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhood
North End
Categories
Seafood Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

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jamessteph

05/03/2011

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Overall
Great Food, Great Service!

This place has great food and great service. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I recommend it to everyone!

josephryanallen

08/30/2010

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Overall
A Great Surprise

I was in Boston this past week for work and ate at Neptune Oyster one day for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised with the place, it's somewhat small but cozy and the staff was very friendly. A coworker and I sat at the bar and ate. I got a bowl of their Clam Chowder which was amazing and we shared an order of the West Coast Oysters which were really good. For lunch I ordered the Main Lobster Roll, hot with butter, which is the most amazing sandwich I have ever tried, which is why I ate here another two times before I had to leave. I highly recommend coming here and trying the Lobster Roll.

rtwill

08/13/2010

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Overall
favorite restaurant in the city

I have been to hundreds of restaurants in Boston -- this one is by far the best. Quaint atmosphere and fresh food makes this a must stop for any local or tourist in the area. Put your name in early and they will call you on your phone when your table is ready.

Cisco20

08/03/2010

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Overall
Way over priced and always Out

I have to admit that I do like the food when when have it but I stopped coming here mainly due to the way overpriced wine list and the lack of food inventory. It does not matter how early you get there at night. they are always out of something. Mainly the Lobster Roll. I mean really... Its not like the restaurant is located in Iowa. The entree prices are a bit over the top as well.

Bostontransplant

07/15/2010

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Overall
Worth the wait

I was told by a food snob-friend that Neptune Oyster had the best lobster rolls in town. I figured I would try it out since he's so hard to please. The restaurant itself is small and on a nondescript street in the North End. If you didn't know it existed, you would probably walk right past it. Inside, the small restaurant reminds me of a well kept diner so I was unimpressed when we first got there. The waiting list was long so we left our number and had a drink down the street. We returned when they called and got a seat at the ""bar"" area. We ordered some Wellfleet oysters which were great. We ordered some fried clams which were also great. Then we both had the ""hot"" lobster roll, which meant that it would be warm lobster meat with melted butter on a roll. It was amazing. The lobster meat was piled on high and there was plenty of claw meat (my favorite). It really was the best lobster roll that I had tasted in the New England area. The french fries were great too! I can't wait to go back and try the cold, traditional lobster roll. The only real negative experience I had was the service. The guy behind the bar wanted to take our order at his leisure (e.g., get our oyster order first then ask us what we wanted for dinner later). I preferred to order everything right away. He seemed unprepared by that. He also made a slightly condescending remark to us, probably guessing we were younger than we were. Other than that weird service, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Athena Chang

02/23/2010

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Overall
Best Lobster Roll I have ever had

Fresh and Tasty Oysters and Seafood

After consulted Amy Cao, the famous and most friendly food blogger, on where to go in Boston, I have come to the conclusion to try out Neptune Oyster. My first attempt on the Friday night before Valentine's Day failed. I would have to wait 2 hours just to be seated and there was no way I could hold my hunger for that long.

Therefore, I decided to come back at noon the next day to give it another try. Luckily I arrived early enough to beat the crowd at 12PM. It just so happened my friend from NYC and his date happened to visit Boston and Neptune at the same time and they went all out to order all the oysters they have on the menu. We ordered some oysters, shrimp cocktail and lobster rolls on our own.

Since I don't eat oysters, I could only quote my friends and boyfriend's sayings. They really love the oysters for their flavors and freshness. They dislike the clams because they are too salty and you could taste sand in your mouth.

I personally, love the cocktail shrimps because they are huge and super fresh. The best part of the meal though, is their lobster roll made buttery. It costs $25 but it has so much lobster meat, fresh and buttery soaked in a nice bun with a big side of french fries. I feel like in heaven when I bit into the roll.

If you are ever in Boston, make sure you check out this tiny but intimate seafood restaurant. The long wait is worth it!

Alex Rosenzweig

02/09/2010

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Overall
Excellent seafood in the North End

Neptune Oyster is one of my favorite seafood/raw bar stops in Boston. Often mobbed, Neptune is a small place and takes no reservations so be prepared to take a seat at the bar. The oysters are super fresh and a must for an oyster lover. I also love the lobster roll which is great but not the best I've had for over $20. I find its best to come in the warm weather when you can refresh in the raw bar and take a walk through the North end.

macmax

09/02/2009

Overall
Great oysters and atmosphere

Really nice place in the North End. Excellent oysters and creative seafood dishes.



Not cheap, but worth it for a special meal.

vpr80

02/09/2009

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Overall
Awesome Small Oyster Bar - HIGHLY Recommended

This little oyster bar in the North End is a GREAT find! Very small and quaint, but great food and fantastic service. We went at night, but they had a long wait so instead of standing around they actually let us go and called on the cell phone when the table was ready---I mean serious where else have you seen this? In addition to great service, the food was also fantastic. We sampled a large variety of oysters and they were all perfectly fresh and delicious. Also had the Vitello Tonnato veal and tuna sandwich that was out of this world. In all, this is a great place with awesome food and service, but please note that it is very small (~30ppl), very tight and pretty loud.

chronicdiner

07/19/2008

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Overall
Recent Disappointments

Disappointments of the latest reviews may be the result of the departure of the original, highly qualified and attentive, chef and less time spent on scene by the owners (when they're not there service and quality seem to suffer).

roguereview

03/31/2008

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Overall
Neptune's Salads

I am an avid fan of seafood and when I heard about Netune's Oyster, I knew I had to make the time to go. The location is charming though parking in the North End is less than desirable. The ambiance was quite cozy and intimate. They way I like it. I immediately ordered a glass of champagne, and my friend a glass of wine. Both over priced and nothing out of the ordinary. We proceeded to order 1 dz oysters and about 5 other appetizers. I love ordering appetizers as it give me the variety I like and a sneak peek into the flavors of the restaurant. The oysters finally arrived and once again, nothing special and over priced. I let that pass and went on to the appetizers. This is where the disappointment really set in. One after another they came and each one looks strikingly like the other . They even tasted the same. Each one coming on a bed of over dressed salad greens and an aioli sauce. I could have been more content at Chili's! The bland mayonnaisie aioli soaked crab cakes was more fitting for a bovine than date night. Aside from my five salad course, the bartender (our server) could have cared less if we were happy or not. He was too involved in two female friends sitting at the bar. At one point, we receive the wrong order and instead of apologizing, he annoyingly took the plate and gave it to his two women next to us, taking his time to reorder the correct item. I would never recommend this restaurant for anyone. It is not worth the time, the money, the effort, or the palate.

tomburns87

12/19/2007

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Overall
Way too expensive

This restaurant is not worth the money. I brought my wife for dinner on a Saturday. The wine list was outrageous! Some of the bottles were priced 20 dollars more than other restaurants in Boston. The waiter was rude. The portions were tiny, overpriced and not flavorful! The oysters were nothing to write home about. You can get the same oysters at McCormick and Schmick for cheaper. Don't bother with this one!

erin8065

12/05/2007

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Overall
Terrible experience

I have been to Neptune twice now. I gave it a second try because people kept saying it was good. The second time was no better than the first. The service is awful we asked for a substitute for a vegetable and were very rudely told no. The wine is overpriced and if you think about ordering one of the lower priced bottles think again both times we went they were out of the less expensive bottles(not surprised). The food is overpriced and not that tasty. The portions are tiny. I don't reccomend this restaurant at all. It is small over crowded and not worth your money.

sparkles86

12/04/2007

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Overall
Not so great

The wines are overpriced. We went there last Friday night and ordered a 58 dollar bottle. Of course they didn't have it so we asked for something comparable and they brought us a 94 dollar bottle. I ordered scallops they had great flavor but, the portion was tiny for the price. In fact all of the portions at our table of six were tiny we eneded up going for pizze after dinner. The service was terrible and I think the waiter knew it so he added in 20% gratuity for himself. The restaurant was way too hot and crammed. Overall we had a very bad experience and would never go back.

austindiner1

08/27/2007

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Overall
Happy Happy

As a southerner who doesn't get lobster all that often, I was skeptical over the concept of sticking a perfectly nice lobster in a sandwich, but I was blown away by the lobster roll here. We went for warm with butter and it was perfect, better than I could have ever expected. They had a fantastic selection of oysters. The wait was less than expected, and the hostess offered to call us at the bar across the street to let us know when our table was available. The dining area's really small, so you end up squished up against other diners when you get your table. The prices are a little high but not outrageous.

miacomet

04/17/2007

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Overall
Food is good but the prices are not

The food is good when they dont run out of it.. I can't tell you how many times I tried to order the Lobster roll and they never have it. The prices are a bit over the edge on many food items, especially the wine. Certain bottles are marked up 60%.

hingham

12/05/2006

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Overall
Best Oyster Bar in Boston

Not only is the food better then B&G but also the staff.
The selection of oysters is fantastic and the Neptune Burger is out of this world.

efjp

11/04/2006

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Overall
average average average

Time and time again i give this restaurant the benefit of the doubt and returned, hoping for an enjoyable meal and feeling that my money was well spent. However, i am repeatedly disappointed. The first time I dined at this establishment i had one of the best meals of my life (hence, the reason for my return). It was halibut with an eggplant gratinee - delicious!!! Well, they have not lived up to my expectations since and they continue to get worse and worse. The chef refuses to make any type of modification to the entrees what so ever, he really needs to realize that his dishes may need a few tweaks here and there to be edible. i don't eat meat or cream and personally dont enjoy food soaked in butter or animal fat- so, it would be nice to have those components removed from my plate before spending 30$. The servers are condescending and act as if the chef were god - after dining here i am left with the impression that changing a component of a dish is the equivalent of murdering one's first born child. The chef needs to come down from his high horse and realize that maybe his food isn't that great...

mt01262

10/04/2006

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Overall
Inventive and tasty dishes

Neptune Oyster makes my top 10 Boston restaurant list. On our most recent visit, we had their yellowfin tuna appetizer, scallops with pumpkin bread (an unusual, but spectacular, combination) and salmon with avocado salad and crispy duck. All were amazing.

angeldvlchld

07/28/2006

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Overall
Okay Oysters with Super Salty Lobster Roll

Decided to come here for lunch because of the osyter window display. The decor was much nicer than I had expected from the outside. The oysters were of average quality and came with two typical sauces. Nothing fancy there. Like many people had said, the lobster roll was not good at all! Even though the roll was a nice buttery bread, the lobsters were too salty and the mayo overpowered the sweet lobster taste. (I had a much better one @ Parish Cafe.) The french fries were very dark, and tasted over-cooked and burned. Although my friend liked the NeptuneBurger, he barely tasted the fried osyters. All in all, I think that the place is over-priced for below average food. Don't waste your time and money here. There are much better seafood restaurants here in Boston than Neptune Oyster!

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