Had an excellent dinner earlier this week at Neptune Oyster. Feels like an upscale Swan Oyster Depot but still very casual. They don’t take reservations so expect a wait. It wasn’t too bad the night I was there ~ 40 minutes on a weekday evening.
Oysters were excellent and perfectly shucked, no residual shell and abductor muscles were deftly severed without damaging the oyster. One of the best I’ve had in the US. The Beach Points from Barnstable, MA were the highlights (pictured at 4 - 6 o’clock), large sized and not too briny. The cherrystones were sweeter than the ones I get in NYC too.
My wife ordered the Mackerel Veracruz - OMG seriously this fish was perfectly excuted!! Crisp skin and moist flesh accented beautifully by the veracruz sauce. She finished off the entire plate without a pause.
My fish and chips were well executed but regretted my order and wish I got the cioppino or something else on the menu. This kitchen is clearly capable of executing more complex dishes.
The friendly and attentive service capped of one of the best meals in recent memory, highly recommended!!!
The sleeper on the menu might be the “Yellowfin” collar for two. I didn’t realize the Yellowfin referred to a tuna (not hamachi) collar. The couple next to us ordered one and it was huge and looked amazing!!!
We enjoyed our meal there a few years back. Better than the seafood we’ve had across the country at places like Pearl Oyster Bar, Swan Oyster Depot, Connie’s and Ted’s, Rappahannock Oyster Bar DTLA and Hog Island.
Was in Boston a little while ago and went to Neptune’s Oyster. All the seafood was as advertised - excellent! The non seafood stuff was so so. We ordered a bunch of crowd-pleaser items and weren’t too adventurous - I was here to get stereotypical New England specialties
Fried clams - pretty good, though I had a better version the night before so this tempered my enthusiasm
Razor clam crudo - now we’re talking! The red peppers were spicy and provided a little kick, and the clams were fresh, but had enough crunch and brine; I was tempted to order a second round but chickened our
Wide variety of oysters - Can’t find my receipt with the list but I basically ordered OOE. It was mostly east coast with a couple west coast (Kumamoto). My favorite was the kushi but this was a great plate of oysters.
Lobster roll with greens. We got the hot buttered version (vs the cold version with mayo). The lobster was sweet and properly chewy yet soft, but the bun was way too soggy. Also there was too much salt on the greens.
I ate the fried clams the night before at Pagu, which is not traditional Boston restaurant. We had a grea meal there, but [disclaimer] we know the chef.
I think my post on Neptune Oyster sounded more harsh than I had meant - I thoroughly enjoyed the seafood bits of the meal. I feel that if I had ordered more like you and not limited myself to just the “crowd-pleasers,” I would have had an even better meal, and I would definitely return on another trip.