Before Neptune opened 13 years ago, Boston had a not-always-deserved reputation for great seafood restaurants. Thanks to the high bar that this North End standby subsequently set and continues to maintain, we’ve since steadily closed that gap. It starts here with raw bar featuring at least a half-dozen impeccably fresh, perfectly shucked oyster varieties from New England harbors plus a couple from the Pacific Northwest, as well as uni, raw clams and seasonal delicacies like stone crab claws.
63 Salem St., Boston • (617) 742-3474
2014 Winner: Row 34
This Fort Point hot spot has seafood down cold, expertly slicing, shucking, smoking and curing...
- 383 Congress St., Boston
- (617) 553-5900
2016 Winner: Island Creek Oyster Bar
Duxbury-harvested Island Creek oysters are ubiquitous on menus across Boston, but somehow, they still taste best on their home turf...
- 500 Comm. Ave., Boston
- (617) 532-5300
2017 Winner: Select Oyster Bar
After helming Neptune Oyster for years, Michael Serpa went his own way with this intimate Back Bay solo venture...
- 50 Gloucester St., Boston
- (857) 239-8064