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Sep 12, 2007 12:25 PM

best raw bar for oysters in Boston's Waterfront District...?

Any place in particular? I know the Union Oyster house is noted as a good place but are there any other establishments that share the honor for great oysters?



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  1. I'm not sure that Union Oyster House would get voted best place to go around here. There are two other great oyster places. One is B&G in the South End which might be out of your way if you're looking for waterfront area. The other is Neptune which is in the North End.

    1. I second Neptune Oyster in the North End.

      Had a fabulous dinner there (again) last Friday. The highlights were the Dabob oysters (part of a selection of two dozen beauties), the fried oysters and beef tongue (a board fav), and the sea urchin.

      The squid fra diavlo was really good too.

      1. Union Oyster House (OYSTER BAR ONLY) is fine for local a historic bar/building. Don't sit or eat anywhere/anything else..cept raw clams.

        Neptune Oyster in the NE is maybe a 5 min walk and will offer a greater assortment, great overall food.

        Maybe warm up with a dozen at Union, then Neptune

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        1. re: 9lives

          So, two dozen oysters then? Good, sounds like a plan.

          1. re: Alcachofa

            It would be 2 dozen if the OP was by herself...not a crazy #..:)..especially for a CH

            I'm going out on a limb and guessing OP is a vistor. The oyster bar at UOH is great.Yes UOH gets a lot ot tourists but accusations of questionable cleanliness are get plain shucked, fresh Cape or RI oysters at a classic oyster bar..that's been there for 200 or so years...treat for a local or tourist.

            Want to get fancy..go to Neptune..more West Coast oysters. It's a far better restaurant; but doesn't have the same history.

            I go to both...and I won't spend any energy talking a visitor out of UOH..unless they want to go past the oyster bar..I strongly dicourage that.

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          1. A recent Neptune visit had a dozen varieties of oysters available - a few typicals (e.g., Wellfleet); a few MA varietals? (each with unique flavors), and a few imported (PEI, west coast varieties. I don't know how Union stacks up against that.

          2. Neptune is great, as previous posts have mentioned, I also like Kingfish. Legal Seafood would be a distant third.