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Looking for a similar place like Neptune Oysters

cperryfranz Mar 11, 2010 07:14 AM


We love love love Neptune Oysters. But, we are looking for a new place to try. Any suggestions? I don't like B&G oysters...


  1. StriperGuy Mar 11, 2010 07:27 AM

    Totally different vibe, but East Coast Grill has some similar food. I ate their recently and it was as good as ever.

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      Torolover Mar 11, 2010 07:38 AM

      What is good at East Coast Grill? What's wrong with B and G oysters? B and G actually has cheaper entrees then Neptune according to their menu..

      1. re: Torolover
        StriperGuy Mar 11, 2010 07:42 AM

        Pretty much everything is good at ECG though recently some others have differed. I have been going there for 15 years and NEVER had a bad meal.

        I really don't like the attitude at B&G or the gauge you wherever possible pricing.

        1. re: Torolover
          cperryfranz Mar 11, 2010 02:33 PM

          Oh, I thought their lobster roll was WAY too expensive for what I got and overrated....Not as good as Neptune's...Only my opinion of course!!

          1. re: cperryfranz
            StriperGuy Mar 12, 2010 12:09 AM

            Hmmm, never had the lobster roll. I think they excel at what is essentially their specialty: fresh fish grilled over a wood fire. Their bbq ain't bad either. And for the veggies in the house they make an AMAZING vegetarian platter.

            1. re: StriperGuy
              Bob Dobalina Mar 12, 2010 04:03 AM

              Cperry was talking about the lobster roll at B&G, responding to torolover's question.

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          justbeingpolite Mar 11, 2010 07:39 AM

          Good suggestion. Or they could try Eastern Standard, they've got a good raw bar. Has the restaurant replacing Great Bay shown any signs of happening yet. It's supposed to be an upscale oyster bar type place (I think the Island Creek folk are involved).

          1. re: justbeingpolite
            ecwashere7 Mar 11, 2010 08:50 AM

            I heard that Tom from Craigie was possibly going to be involved, too. Anyone else hear something similar?

            1. re: ecwashere7
              barleywino Mar 19, 2010 03:17 AM

              i heard Tom was going to be GM there...not making drinks unfortunately

              1. re: barleywino
                ecwashere7 Mar 19, 2010 02:27 PM

                His influence will certainly be felt (and appreciated).

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                  barleywino Mar 19, 2010 03:13 PM

                  but not tasted :(

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          Pegmeister Mar 11, 2010 07:52 AM

          I may be in the minority here, but I really enjoy the raw bar at Kingfish Hall.

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            Northender Mar 11, 2010 03:29 PM

            I agree. there a lot of things to like about Kingfish Hall including their raw bar - right out front so you can see how fresh everything is. My only beef wth the place is that it just seems a little overpriced but I have never had a bad time there.

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              Joanie Mar 12, 2010 04:56 AM

              I remember when Kingfish wasn't overpriced, but that's about 10 years ago now. I still like the feel of the place tho altho i've only had brunch there the last few years.

          2. MC Slim JB Mar 11, 2010 08:45 AM

            Worthy, mostly overlooked raw bars at Brasserie Jo (the bar is a fun place to dine) and Les Zygomates.


            1. elbev Mar 11, 2010 07:59 PM

              Like Neptune? Ain't no such...

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              1. re: elbev
                macadamianut Mar 12, 2010 04:11 AM

                I agree elbev. While many high end places serve lobster rolls I think Neptune is in a class by itself. Everything I have eaten there has been wonderful. I always leave with a big smile and a full stomach.

              2. nsenada Mar 12, 2010 05:03 AM

                Anyone been to Oceanaire recently? Not really the same type of place, but they had a pretty amazing selection of seafood, cooked and raw. It just felt wrong going to a seafood place based out of the midwest, and I don't remember being floored by their flavors when I was there a year or so ago.

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                  Joanie Mar 12, 2010 05:28 AM

                  I was there in Nov. or Dec. I really like that place altho I haven't had much beyond the crabcakes and some appetizers/sides. It's sure not cozy (aka packed like sardines) like Neptune but that room has a cool vibe of its own.

                  1. re: Joanie
                    nsenada Mar 12, 2010 05:40 AM

                    Yeah, and it definitely oozes "expense account joint."

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                    BostonZest Mar 12, 2010 05:53 AM

                    We gave it a try over the winter and didn't see any reason to return. It felt cold, impersonal and corporate. We did have good service at the bar, the food was just okay and the atmosphere and crowd were uninviting.

                    It couldn't climb up to touch Neptune's toes.


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                    Pegmeister Mar 12, 2010 09:04 AM

                    I was just looking at Neptune's menu. Has anyone tried the lobster stroganoff?

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                      phatchris Mar 13, 2010 09:02 AM

                      I've had the lobster stroganoff ($38).Lots and lots of lobster meat in a nice creme fraiche sauce with a ton of mushrooms and toothsome noodles. It was a really good dish, but got insanely rich after a while. I would definitely order it again, but this time to be shared. Overall more lobster and pasta than the spaghettini, which is a better dish IMO.

                      1. re: phatchris
                        Torolover Mar 13, 2010 03:57 PM

                        The Lobster stroganoff is better then the Spaghettini? Or the Spaghettini is better then the Stroganoff?

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                          phatchris Mar 14, 2010 06:17 AM

                          Sorry, meant to say that even though it has more lobster and pasta tha the spaghettini, I still think the spaghettini is a better dish.

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                      9lives Mar 12, 2010 02:31 PM

                      When you say like Neptune, but not Neptune and not B&G, is it a small oyster bar that you're looking for?

                      If so, Cafe Marliave had/has a small oyster bar on the ground floor...good assortment of East and West Coast oysters. Don't know if they're still doing it but that might be worth a shot. They were also doing a happy hour..$1/oyster that was very good

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                      1. re: 9lives
                        MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2010 09:26 AM

                        Marliave still does the 4-6pm dollar oysters daily. I believe the ground floor oyster bar serves as a cafe serving coffee and pastries earlier in the day, though.


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                          9lives Mar 13, 2010 10:54 AM

                          I was afraid of that...the small oyster bar would be discontinued. It was a great little spot for high quality oysters; but there was never anyone there except me and a few friends.

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                            MC Slim JB Mar 13, 2010 11:08 AM

                            I think it's still going in the evenings, but I was always walk in through that entrance, and never see anyone sitting there.


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                              9lives Mar 13, 2010 11:17 AM

                              When they opened, I liked the oyster bar for 1/2 dozen before a Sam Lagrassa's pastrami...or a late PM snack. Never much of a crowd.

                              Coffee and pastry during the day is probably a better economic use of the space.

                              Oysters always of good quality...so I thought it might be of interest to the OP..lot more intimate than Neptune.

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