Neptune Oyster

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The North End

Established in 2004, Neptune Oyster is exemplary in its East Coast raw bar perfection. The simple, subway tiled interior gleams with retro charm. But if the daily oyster roster is definitive, the rest of the menu is startlingly original. The fearless eatery will try just about anything, from crispy oysters with Berkshire pig, golden raisin sauce and pistachio aïoli to Nantucket striped bass with heirloom tomato sofrito and roasted jalapeño. Even the classics get a seafood twist, such as the yellowfin tuna “steak frites” and the house burger with a fried oyster. If you can grab a marble-topped table or a seat at the bar (be prepared for a wait), you’re in for a treat.

Venue name: Neptune Oyster
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Address: 63 Salem St
Boston

Cross street: at Morton St
Opening hours: 11.30am-9:30pm Mon–Thu, Sun; 11.30am-10pm Fri, Sat
Transport: Orange line to Haymarket
Price: Main courses $15-$34
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