Neptune Oyster

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Photograph: Elan Fleisher
The North End

Opened in 2004, Neptune Oyster is a delightful paradox—at once exemplary and exceptional. This place looks and feels exactly as an East Coast raw bar should: tiny, lined with pressed tin, subway tiles and etched glass, it possesses retro gleam and unmistakable charm. If the daily oyster roster is definitive, the rest of the menu is startlingly original. The fearless locale will try just about anything—pairing fried oysters with pickled beef tongue, say—and so will the adventurers they've made of their fiercely loyal regulars (of whom there are many—expect long waits at peak hours). Grab a marble topped table or a seat at the bar, and you're in for a treat.

Venue name: Neptune Oyster
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Address: 63 Salem Street
Boston

Cross street: at Morton Street
Opening hours: 11.30am-11pm Sun-Wed; 11.30am-midnight Thur-Sat
Transport: Orange line to Haymarket
Price: Main courses $15-$34
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