Eating at Neptune can be annoying: There’s usually a wait, the tiny dining room (only 42 seats) is crowded and noisy, and the staff seems constantly harried. Just remind yourself that it wouldn’t be so crowded if it weren’t so good. This is the best seafood place in the North End—some say in all of Boston—and the quality doesn’t flag even on the busiest weekend night. Start with oysters, enticingly displayed in the window on beds of ice. Move on to anything that sounds good; even the burger is terrific, but I prefer to concentrate on the seafood specials. The signature dish is the lobster roll, served either cold with mayonnaise or hot with butter.
63 Salem St (off Cross St.).
Our Rating Neighborhood The North End Hours Sun–Thurs 11:30am–9:30pm; Fri–Sat 11:30am–10:30pm. Reservations not accepted. Raw bar closes 1 hr. after kitchen. Transportation T: Green or Orange Line to Haymarket Phone 617/742-3474 Prices Main courses $16–$35; lobster market price Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Neptune Oyster
Map63 Salem St Boston
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