Select Oyster Bar

Restaurants, Seafood Back Bay
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 (Photograph: Courtesy Select Oyster Bar/James Rose)
Photograph: Courtesy Select Oyster Bar/James Rose
Select Oyster Bar
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Photograph: Courtesy Select Oyster Bar
Seared hamachi at Select Oyster Bar
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Photograph: Courtesy Select Oyster Bar
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Ceviche at Select Oyster Bar

Chef Michael Serpa broke hearts when he left Neptune Oyster, only to swell them anew with his first solo venture. The townhouse-like enclave—a much-needed addition to the surprisingly wanting Back Bay dining scene—marries New England seafood with Mediterranean techniques for one of those must-return dining experiences. It starts with oysters, of course, both East and West Coast, best enjoyed as ensemble players astride razor clams and dressed lobster on one of the seafood towers. Dinner continues with simple yet impeccably executed dishes like blue prawns a la plancha and whole roasted sea bream; the surprise of a terrific wine and cocktail program—look for a few orange wines and a seafood-friendly sparkling roseonly adds to this spot’s allure (the “no reservations” policy helps). As for lunch, the star is undoubtedly the Maine lobster sandwich, done up in aioli instead of your standard-issue mayo. 

By: Meaghan Agnew


Venue name: Select Oyster Bar
Address: 50 Gloucester St

Cross street: at Public Alley 443
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm & 5-10pm; Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm
Transport: Green Line to Copley
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