Boston

Boston’s oyster scene really makes it easy to enjoy and appreciate New England’s best bivalves without the fuss.

There’s so much good stuff here that you’d be hard pressed to find more than a couple West Coast options. Who would bother with those anyway when the wealth of the Cape is right at your fingertips? (The answer is: you don’t bother. Unless if you absolutely must have a Kusshi or whatever.) For the most part, Boston’s top oyster bars are run by knowledgeable, passionate, and professional individuals, who either have direct or near-direct experience with oyster growing themselves. Having access to such a spectrum of top quality New England oysters in super chill, laid-back settings, for reasonable prices can and will spoil you forever. So visitors, beware.

 

best places to eat

 

Union Oyster House Downtown

Read about my experience here.

 
  • Oyster variety: 3-4 East Coast, Local

  • Ambiance: Old School, Historic

  • Oyster pricing: $16 for half dozen

  • Perfect for: down and dirty slurp fest, shucker hang out

 
  • 8

    Oyster quality
  • 8

    Shucking quality
  • 7.5

    presentation
 
(617) 227-2750
 

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Row34 Waterfront

Read about my experience here.

 
  • Oyster variety: 8 East Coast, Local

  • Ambiance: Neighborhoody, Contemporary

  • Oyster pricing: $2.25 - $3 per piece

  • Perfect for: trying new oysters, oyster & beer pairings

 
  • 9.0

    Oyster quality
  • 8.5

    Shucking quality
  • 8

    presentation
 
(617) 553-5900
 

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Neptune Oyster North End

Read about my experience here.

 
  • Oyster variety: 12 East & West Coast

  • Ambiance: Neighborhoody, Old School, Intimate

  • Oyster pricing: $2.50 - $3.25

  • Perfect for: oyster & wine pairings, visiting oyster lovers, date night oysters

 
  • 9

    Oyster quality
  • 7

    Shucking quality
  • 8

    presentation
 
(617) 742-3474
 

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