Boston Trip: Neptune Oyster

Prior to our trip to Boston, I did research on restaurants to visit in Boston. Neptune Oysterwas one of the first restaurants that came up on my search on Yelp. I didn't read reviews, but I should have because what happened during our Neptune Oyster experience was interesting.

Jack told us Neptune Oyster has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp with over 3000+ reviews which is tremendous. We arrived on the street of Neptune Oyster Bar and made a reservation which we found out would be a 4 hour wait, so we had to come back before 7:30PM.

We went to our hotel, walked the Freedom Trail, got ice cream, sight see, and sat in a cafe until 7:15 and found out the wait was until 8-8:30PM, so stretch that to approximately a 5 hour wait. We got a call around 8-8:15, but when we arrived we still had to wait for a seat.

The restaurant is very dark and dim. It's also very tight and small inside. I definitely think a plan to expand their space would be best. The staff here are very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful They made us felt welcomed.

We started off with appetizers:

The Fried Ipswich Clams came with a tartar sauce and was market price: $21.00 which isn't expensive at all. The fried clams were fried to perfection, but juicy and full of clam deliciousness inside. I liked the tartar sauce a lot because it was rich. We also had Razor Clams which I thought was excellent and delicious. Jack, Will, and Katy also ordered oysters from the raw bar and I ordered a shrimp cocktail since I am not a fan of cooked or raw oysters at all.

Wellfleet Clam Chowder
We got two bowls of the Wellfleet Clam Chowder ($11.00) , one per couple. The clam chowder is a popular menu item, but honestly I thought it was alright. It's definitely very filling because there's a lot of cream and chunks of potatoes. There's a good amount of clams in the chowder, but I just felt it was okay, not the best.

Maine Lobster Roll
Another popular menu item at Neptune Oyster is their Maine Lobster Roll ($29.00) - toasted roll, available hot with butter or cold with mayo (available without roll). We both ordered it hot, but little did we know that it wasn't the best route. 

The lobster and roll were both submerged with so much butter that it was too overwhelming. However, the lobster was delicious and so were the fries. The butter did make Will feel slightly sick, so he wasn't able to finish his half of the lobster roll.

All in all, I feel the five hour wait was definitely overboard and an experience I never want to experience again at any restaurant. Was the five hour wait really, really worth it? I feel like it wasn't because the food wasn't five stars in my opinion, maybe 3.5. Would I return? No, because a five hour wait is crazy and it can definitely drive a person nuts. I've definitely had better seafood dishes before without having to wait so long.


  1. Eek, a 5 hour wait?! No thanks. You're a much more patient person than I am. I would have given up after an hour or so, haha.

    1. Yeah, not doing a five hour wait again. Once was too long already.

  2. I've definitely had better seafood dishes before without having to wait so long.

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    1. Yeah it was my first time having to wait so long, never again.


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