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Aug 31, 2010 11:04 PM

Where are good restaurants in Boston and Burlington, when you want to have oysters and lobster?

My husband and I live in CA and we are planning to visit Burlington, Lexington and Boston this October. And we would like to take my husband's elderly parents (they are over 80 though healthy and live in Lexington but hardly eat out) to restaurants in Burlington and Boston for five days and nights.
We know the East Coast is very famous for oysters and lobster, and we would like to have them as often as possible so that we won't regret it after we return to CA.
So, I really need your help.
Please advise us on good restaurants in Burlington and Boston where we can visit to have good oysters and lobster as well as other food.
It would be nice if you give us any level of restaurants, in terms of price, ambiance, location for lunch and dinner.
We are planning to stay in Burlington because it is closer to Lexington, but we'd definitely like to visit Boston for historical monuments and places.
We will have a rent-a-car, but we'll have to go back to Burlington every night if we have dinner in Boston.
I'd appreciate very much any advice on where we should go to have a good lunch and dinner.
Thank you very much.

East Coast Restaurant
1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

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  1. Check out Summer Winter in Burlington for seafood or if you're looking for something more casual, try Summer Shack in Cambridge. Its about 15 mins from Lexington. The pan roasted lobster at Summer Shack is delicious.

    Summer Shack
    149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

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    1. re: mgcmonkey

      Also Summer Shack has been running a 10 for $10 special of oysters, clams, shrimp, and crab claws.

      Summer Shack
      310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

      1. re: mgcmonkey

        $34 for a lobster with butter at summer winter. I dont think i could do it, knowing that same lobster is about $6 (cooked) at market basket up the street!

        There is also Legal Seafood in the Burlington Mall. They are a small local chain that some on the forum love, others hate. I find the Burlington Mall location one of my least favorites since 1) its in the mall. 2) it seems to be extra loud/crowded. But certainly a place that will steam a lobster correctly (likely not much less than summer/winter) and have decent oysters.

        The fish house in burlington may be a fine place for a lobster at a more reasonable price. Its an old school place, been around forever. I have not been in years myself...
        Nothing fancy, old place, but im sure they will serve you a lobster ok..

        I will also stick my neck out a bit here and suggest you avoid lobster rolls wherever you go and go with real in the shell live lobsters.. Even at places that sell both, the lobster roll meat is usually not freshly picked from lobsters and is sometimes frozen or almost always bought in bulk pre-picked. As much as a like a good lobster roll, if it was something i only had once in a rare while like this, i would want the genuine best thing.

      2. For a once in a lifetime experience, have the Lobster Savannah at Locke-Ober, a great Boston institution:

        3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

        1. In Boston, for one of your lobster dinners, I would suggest Chinatown, either Jumbo or East Ocean City, for Chinese-style lobster and oysters along with other Chinese-style fish and seafood.

          You didn't ask, but I would also suggest not planning on much driving in Boston. If you must drive in, pick your neighborhood for the day, park your car and leave it.

          Summer Shack is located across the street from the Alewife T station and garage, so if one day you were to ride public transportation into Boston, it would be a good place to dine on your way back to Burlington. (They do have their own parking lot if you're going directly there.)

          East Ocean City Restaurant
          27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: peregrine

            I don't think the 80 year olds in the party will want to schlep around on the train much.

            Neptune Oyster in the North End is exactly what you are looking for. It's a small place that gets crowded at night so I would recommend lunch if you aren't up for a wait. If you don't mind the wait you can put your name on the list and they will call your cell phone when your table is ready.

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

          2. Lobsters are at $3.99-$4.99 a pound here at the supermarket. Eating steamed whole lobster outside is a major rip off as far as I'm concerned. Maybe you can just do lobster New England style at home one day - corn on the cob, steamed lobster, white wine garlic mussels... all takes no time to prepare.

            I made a mistake by eating oysters about 2 weeks ago at Neptune. Now I'm not saying the restaurant is bad, but I should have known better that summer oysters are just not as great tasting. How funny that you coming from the west coast wants to eat our east coast oysters. I want to have Kumos over anything else at any given day :-) Second vote here for Neptune Oyster for one of your week day day time meal.

            If you really want, you can pack a case of lobster back to CA on the day you leave to extend your lobster feast. James Hook will pack them as a checked luggage, and they're kind of on the way to the airport.

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