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Apr 23, 2013 06:55 AM

Visiting Boston - Seafood/Raw Bar

Any good places? We have been to the Union Oyster House and the No Name Restaurant in past visits. We would like to try some place different. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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  1. You will find that two of the most favored seafood places on this board are Island Creek Oyster on Commonwealth Ave at Kenmore Sq and Neptune Oyster on Salem St. in the North End. Both are excellent. Island Creek is a large place that takes reservations. Neptune Oyster is a small place that doesn't take reservation so if you decide to go there I would suggest getting there early, going at an off hour or going for just lunch. They will take your name and cell phone number and call you when seats become available. You can stroll around the North End while you are waiting.

    A couple of other alternatives are the Summer Shack which has two locations, one in Boston and one in Cambridge and Belle Isle Seafood in East Boston. Belle Isle is a very traditional and very casual place serving mostly fried seafood but they also have what some people claim is the best lobster roll in Boston.

    Hope you enjoy.

    4 Replies
    1. re: RoyRon

      Thanks. I'll shoot for Neptune off hours.

      1. re: Builder3

        the only issue with neptune, is that it's deafeningly loud. they have subway tiles on the walls (and i think a tile floor). but the food is sooooo good.

        belle isle is cash only, so just be aware. and i didn't even know they had seating.

        1. re: eLizard

          Neptune may have subway tiles on the walls, but the only times I've found it uncomfortably loud are when it isn't packed with sound-absorbing patrons, and those times are rare.

          Here's my strategy for a Neptune visit: get there around 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday. That means the line hasn't formed enough by then to be daunting. By the time the awnings are lifted around 11:30, you'll be in prime position to snag a place at the bar. Once there, enjoy some perfect bivalves, a glass or two of muscadet, and some lovely Boston cioppino (add the lobster). It's the best our town has to offer.

      2. You might consider Legal Seafood on the Waterfront (ground floor). Nice views and decent food. Right near the No Name but may not have existed when you last visited.

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        1. re: Fort Point

          ITA with the oysters here. love them. unparalleled view. i know LS gets a bad rap sometimes, but i like this location.

        2. B&G Oyster also excellent.
          Many many non-specialists have great fresh oysters every night, if you just want to start with oysters and then move on to dinner.