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Flying in for the day! Best Seafood in Boston??

Hi! A bunch of airline employees are flying in from Detroit for the day and would love to experience the best seafood your fine city has to offer! We have been to your city many times over the years and had fantastic meals (1990's) at No-name , Legal Seafood, ect. But will need to be within the Boston Logan area, as we will have no car. Only about 5 hours there then back on the plane, what are your thoughts? Thank you!!

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  1. Neptune Oyster in the North End.

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    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: Matt H

      Second Neptune Oyster.

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      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      1. re: greenzebra

        Thank You.. 2 for 2 for Neptune. I just love Boston! Have great memories of the Legal Seafood, but we wanna try something different.

        1. re: marky90

          Depends what you like to order too. If your hoping for a twin lobster/clambake sorta meal or a fried fishermans platter sort of meal, you wont get that at Neptune. http://www.neptuneoyster.com/menu.html

        1. re: Matt H

          Neptune could be a pain tho depending how big your "bunch" is. Some people have good luck with Kingfish Hall which is also an easy subway ride from Logan and can handle bigger groups. I've had nice meals at Oceannaire right by the Govt Center stop, great crabcakes in an amazing room.

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          Kingfish Hall
          188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

        2. Third Neptune Oyster. Easy subway trip from the airport - you'll need to take the blue line from the airport to get into downtown Boston... Neptune is about a 4 minute walk from the Greenline Haymarket station. 8 minute walk from Government Center.

          Neptune is a very different experience from Legal Seafood. Legal's is a huge chain... Neptune is a tiny restaurant, it can get a bit cramped. If you don't mind that you will
          have one of the best seafood meals available in Boston.

          They don't take reservations, so you should be prepared to stand on line unless you can get there early in the evening.

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          Neptune Oyster
          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

          1. gotta go with Neptune...and a stroll aroundthe North End (Italian neighborhood)

            another thought if you come in again with a little more time is to to rent a car at Logan (less than $10pp) and hit some clam shacks on our very beautiful N Shore.Cape Ann area...Essex, Clam Box.,etc..Logan gives you good, easy access.

            Former SO of an AMR employee and vet of many of these junkets.:)

            1. As others have mentioned, Neptune rules. Based on you enjoying No Name and Legals on previous visits, I would also suggest checking out Moultons in Medford and Jasper Whites Summer Shack.

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              Summer Shack
              310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

              No Name Restaurant
              151-2 Fish Pier, Boston, MA 02210

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              1. re: joth68

                i suggest east ocean seafood in chinatown. great live in the tank sea-food.

                get the live shrimp, the clams with black bean sauce, the calamari.

              2. Thank You all wonderful Bostonians! Keep the ideas coming.

                1. Now where to go for dessert? One in our party is craving Boston Cream pie!

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                  1. re: marky90

                    Boston Cream pie? Jeez, I can't recall ever seeing that on a menu... maybe places like Durgin Park would have that, or other places around Faneuil Hall that cater more to tourists. I suppose you could walk over there if you must have it. Personally I'd stop over to Modern Pastry, but if you're party is really large that may not work out so well. Maybe Caffe Vittoria?

                    By the way, Neptune is definitely the way to go, but did you mention what day of the week, time of day you'd be there? As others have mentioned it may be tough (to nearly impossible) with a large group at prime time.

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                    Modern Pastry
                    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

                    Caffe Vittoria
                    296 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                    Durgin Park
                    1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

                    1. re: purple bot

                      Durgin Park or the Parker House would bot h serve Boston Cream Pie.

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                      Durgin Park
                      1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

                      1. re: 9lives

                        The Parker House, of course! Didn't they invent Boston Creme pie?

                          1. re: purple bot

                            Yes they did and it's easily walking distance from Neptune.

                        1. re: purple bot

                          I know! Remember we are simple airline foodies from The Midwest that love our dessert! HAHA..We will be there on Saturday from 11am till our plane leaves at 5pm..Thanks.

                          1. re: marky90

                            No criticism intended of your request for Boston Creme pie, it's just not something I see on menus all that often. :-)

                            Your timeline puts you at a late lunch on Saturday -- that just may work out for Neptune. Definitely check it out!

                              1. re: marky90

                                You could take the T to Neptune, walk over to Durgin park, and then take the water taxi back to the airport (a bit faster and quite lovely).

                            1. re: marky90

                              I would recommend going straight from the airport to Neptune Oyster (by taxi or T to the Haymarket stop on Green/Orange or to Aquarium/Long Wharf blue line direct from airport, followed by a 10 minute walk along the Greenway), arriving there before noon, and you're likely to have little problem getting seated - then you'll have the best raw bar and seafood innovations Boston has to offer (and a great wine list to boot!) - then stroll around the North End and Quincy Market to find desserts to satisfy everyone.

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                              Neptune Oyster
                              63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

                          2. re: marky90

                            While Modern or Maria's for Italian pastries after Neptune would be my top recommendation for dessert, followed by Caffe Vittoria, IF you need Boston Cream Pie, the version at Kingfish Hall is hands-down and over-the-top the way to go - it's true to tradition but even richer and more delicious - I am not a BCP fan in general (and definitely not an Omni Parker House version fan - it MAY have been invented at that location a long time ago, but the recipe or ability to make it well has been long lost...), but I order this one - it's amazing.

                            1. re: marky90

                              Get a Boston Cream Pie donut for breakfast at Dunkin's, much more widely consumed than the pie itself.

                              Get steamers and fried clams for lunch at the Summer Shack, Dolphin, or Legals.

                              Go to Neptune for dinner and get dessert in the North End, maybe at Cafe Vittoria.

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                              Summer Shack
                              310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                            2. Neptune for sure, but more than four people is tough there, especially at peak times.

                              I love Summer Shack Alewife in Cambridge for festive atmosphere, great raw bar, lobsters, and basic fried stuff, along with good drafts and fine cocktails - but it's probably farther afield than you want to drive to.

                              With a rental car, Moulton's in Medford would be perfect (google map it, however- not simple turns to drive to even though close to I-93) - it will take 15-20 minutes to drive there, parking is easy (lot behind it and on street nearby) and they have room for a group even though it's a modest, casual family spot - the prices are right, the portions are ample, David is an awesome server, and it's the finest fresh seafood around - beer/wine only.

                              Kingfish Hall is upscale nice and reliably good, but always quite pricey - and you're at Quincy Market, a fun place to walk around before/after eating.

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                              Kingfish Hall
                              188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109

                              Summer Shack
                              149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                              1. re: rlh

                                Isn't there a new Summer Shack in Back Bay? I thought I saw signs for it a few months back.

                                1. re: nsenada

                                  The one is Back Bay next to the Hilton is fine as well, I just enjoy the livelier atmosphere at Alewife more.

                                  1. re: nsenada

                                    It's been there for a long time and certainly is usually more convenient than Alewife. And not sure how much livelier Alewife is from my one experience but I haven't hit either of them more than 3 times.

                                2. You may also check into Mike's Pastry in the North End on Hanover Street for a lobster tail. It's a flaky pastry with yellow cream, ricotta and whipped cream inside. It's big enough to share.

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                                  Mike's Pastry
                                  300 Hanover St, Boston, MA

                                    1. re: lizziee

                                      I may have to run over for lunch..:) Nice to "see" you.

                                      1. re: 9lives

                                        9 lives- have 2 orders of fried clams - one for me. Nice to "see" tou, too.

                                    2. I agree with everyone that Summer Shack is great! For a take-out counter kind of a place that serves some of the best lobster rolls, fish and chips, and whole-belly fried clams in town, try Court House Seafood in Cambridge. The fish and chips and clams are very lightly battered and are sooo good! Kitchen is spotlessly clean! Three brothers run a fish market next door (Court House Fish Market) and they run this take-out counter too. They go to the fish piers daily themselves. You won't find better in town!

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                                      Court House Seafood Restaurant
                                      498 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

                                      Summer Shack
                                      149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

                                      1. Get a cab to Belle Isle Seafood at the neck in Winthrop (not far from the airport, and now tunnels).. get a lobster roll - ask them to hold the mayo.

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                                        Belle Isle Seafood
                                        1267 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128

                                        1. Legal Seafood is about it. The fish entrees at Bistro du Midi are stellar.

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                                          Bistro du Midi
                                          272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                                          1. re: scotty27

                                            summer shack: get the pan-fried lobster; it is great!

                                            roger

                                          2. Thank you for all your comments! We had a great time in Boston. Our flight arrived at 11am and it was a beautiful day! Another 50, 000 people thought so too so it was crowded when we arrived. I guess it was a holiday weekend ? Patriots Day and College stuff going on downtown. Neptune had a line out the door, so we went to Union Oyster House and had some great Chowder and the best Oyster's I have ever had. Served by Linda( she was a real gem!) Then off to Mike's Pastries..Best pastries too! Back to Fanueil Hall (Salty Dog) where we wanted to have some cocktails and more seafood appetizers and denied to order as we would not be ordering entrees?? What is up with that? Our bill would of been about 100 dollars for a short hour..So we left.. Had fun at a beer pub at the end of the hall and on the water taxi back to the airport.. I love your city and will be back..Thanks again

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                                            Union Oyster House
                                            41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                                            1. re: marky90

                                              I've never been to the Salty Dog and am surprised they wouldn't serve you drinks and appetizers. I can see them wanting you to get food at lunch time, seems odd that it had to be full entrees.

                                              1. re: Joanie

                                                Many Yelp reviews say the same thing. Even a few where half the table was getting full meals and the rest wasnt and they were told they had to leave. But based on the other reviews it sounds like they did you a favor.

                                              2. re: marky90

                                                I have enjoyed the Salty Dog, have recommended them in the past, and am sorry they pulled this nonsense with you. It is a good central location and so I guess they get difficult.

                                                Glad that you had a good time.