Neptune Oyster: the best of Boston seafood
Neptune Oyster is probably one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Boston.
Even if the chef Michael Serpa left at the end of 2014 to start his own business at SELECT Oyster bar, Neptune Oyster remains a hot pick of the Boston venue.
Getting a table there is one of the things that will proof your patience the most. Indeed, the restaurant does not accept reservations but only walk-ins.
Don't get tricked by the fact of not seeing a long queue outside of the small restaurant at the beginning of Salom St in the North End.
The average waiting time is usually between 2 and 3 hours!!!
My recommendation (in case you want to go for dinner) is to go there and get your name in the waiting list around 5 or 6 PM. Right after, you have a couple of options to choose from:
- take a walk around the North End and the Waterfront, including a stop at the Boston Public Market, where you will have the opportunity to snack a delicious apple cider donut
- (my favourite one) walk few meters down to the Union Oyster House and start there with some oysters, clams and wine.
Neptune Oyster is famous especially for its hot lobster roll, but i would strongly recommend to start your dinner with the Johnnycacke, a buttermilk pancake with honey serving as a base for a small mound of smoked trout tartare and sturgeon caviar. An extremely interesting dish, sweet and sour at the same time.
If there is still space in your stomach try the seared scallops: the recipe changes seasonally (we had them with brussels sprouts and blue cheese) but the quality of the main ingredient never changes!