On a weekend trip over to Boston, we made it a must to end over to the North End of Boston for this infamous seafood restaurant, Neptune Oyster. It was actually recommended by a client of mine who had lived in Boston and said it was her favourite place to frequent with her now-husband.
We visited Boston on a super hot summer day and walking over to the North End was HOT. There’s so much uncovered concrete areas in the North End and so by the time we made it there we just wanted to be able to cool-down inside. But of course, there was a long wait list already (Neptune Oyster does not take reservations and the place is super small!). The good thing is that they are able to take your name and when to come back. We took a bit of a stroll in the area. The North End of Boston is filled with Italian restaurants. We popped over into a small Italian bakery for some pastries and over a cafe to cool down with some beers. After 40 minutes passed, we headed
After 40 minutes passed, we headed back to Neptune Oyster and was seated in about 10 minutes. As already mentioned, Neptune Oyster seats only a few tables so it’s a very cozy atmosphere. I felt like we got THE best seat in the house, which was right at the end where both my husband and I could snuggle in a corner booth. PERFECT!! This spot was also the closest to the restaurant but on the downside, very close to the toilet.
We were quickly attended to take our order. We made sure to pick a few oysters that were recommended by our waiter as well as their famous Lobster roll and Clam Chowder. The variety of oysters available was fair and they very knowledgeable about them as well. But they were a little brash when asking for recommendations and about the oysters themselves.
Despite ordering all three of these dishes together, we ended up getting our chowder first, then our lobster roll, and the oysters right at the end. Weird. But anyway we went with it. Firstly, the chowder was pretty disappointing. I get that they have a different style of chowder in that it’s more runny. But I felt like it lacked flavour and depth. Their famous lobster roll was verrrryyy buttery and rich was amazing. It’s kind of on the smaller side and very enjoyable but not sure if it was deserving of all its hype.
In all, we enjoyed our quick experience at Neptune Oyster but not sure if it was worth the huge line up (especially on a hot summer weekend!) and the price. The lobster roll is well worth trying though. If you’re in for a rich chowder, don’t expect to get it here.