Neptune Oyster
Intimate, popular seafood spot
Seafood · North End · $$$
The Zagat Review
Fans say the “superior, innovative takes on New England seafood classics” “live up to the hype” at this “spendy” North End legend known for its “sensational” oysters and a “justifiably famous” lobster roll; the no-reservations policy ensures “long lines” , and the “small” space gets “noisy” and crowded “as a sardine tin” , but a “well-informed” staff helps make it “worth the wait.”
hours Open Today · 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
location 63 Salem St # 1, Boston, MA 02113, United States phone +1 617-742-3474 website directions Get Directions
Zagat Mentions of Neptune Oyster
Zagat Mentions of Neptune Oyster
Google Reviews
Overall: LOBSTER. ROLLS. The best I've had. Worth the two hour wait. The good: I'm sure all their food is delicious, but by God the lobster roll is phenomenal. The reputation holds true, from the generous chunks loaded on a soft yet sturdy bun to the load of fresh cut fries that are served on the side. The roll wasn't too buttery and the lobster flavor was tantalizing. The atmosphere is unique and rustic, but in a classy way. The server was friendly and attentive, and the food came out pretty quickly after we ordered. Oh, and the portions are huge, I had to be rolled outta there. The not-so-good: The wait, as many others state, is absurdly long. We had to wait almost two hours, but they at least let you leave your number and go elsewhere (10 minute return deadline). Atmosphere: 10/10 Service: 9/10 Food: 10/10
Kyle Dahl · April 19, 2018
I'm not a fan of lobster or oysters at all, but according to my wife this was the best lobster roll in all of Boston. We got there on a Sunday around 12:15 and found out the current wait for two people was "about two and a half hours, maybe three"! The only reason we put our name on the list was that every food critic site, and every local we asked, recommended this place for the best lobster roll in Boston. One convenient aspect was the location, which allowed us to continue our sightseeing while remaining close enough to get back once they called us. As for the food, I heard not one complaint from my wife, or any of the other patrons seated around us; and believe me when I say you would hear the person sitting next to you complain! The seating situation is very intimate. Do not plan on a quiet meal with any type of privacy.
Derek Bauer · May 7, 2018
Being as the Canadian dollar to US dollar exchange is so bad right now, I have to start off my mentioning that my lunch here cost $200 (Canadian dollars), so that is why I can't give a full 5 stars. The hype is real about Neptune Oyster, and I much prefer t to Luke's Lobster (which I have previously tried in NYC). The warm buttery bread perfectly complements the massive healing of lobster offered here. Seating is very limited and were shoved near the service area, which want ideal but we also had no wait- so we couldn't complain. The wine selection is a good array that compliments the seafood, and we opted for a glass of rose, with a generous pour. We also took the chance to sample some of the oysters, which we got to choose on a paper slip that had description about the flavour profile which we appreciated. I would definitely come back here again!
Raven Anderson · April 10, 2018