There’s something opulent about feasting on a dozen or so fresh oysters. First, the elaborate presentation of pearlescent shells placed carefully on ice, with a variety of accents on the side. Then, the challenge of eating one in any sort of elegant manner. And finally, their sumptuous flavor as you engulf each one down in one fell swoop. As Hemingway put it, “I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture…” The oyster experience is one that presses pause on daily errands and list-making and puts overanalytical minds to rest.
So where in the world can you get such a satisfying array of oysters at all hours of the day? Boston of course! Apart from the Red Sox and the Cheers bar, Boston has a reputation for having some of the top oyster spots in the nation. Here’s a glimpse at some of our favorite oyster locales that top our list.
Worth the Wait
When there’s a line of smiling people out the door, you know you’ve come across something special. Neptune Oyster is one of those iconic oyster joints that seems to always have people ready to warm the next seat. Lookie-loos peering through the storefront window are attracted by the restaurant’s chic decor of white subway tiles, black and white mosaics, and marble tabletops. Simple, classic, and elegant. Head to their famous raw bar and select from over 25 different oyster varieties like Kumamoto, Island Creek, Kussh, and Hog Island.
Nothing pairs better with oysters than a fine glass of wine. Finding the right harmony can make all the difference in your flavor experience. At Select Oyster Bar in the historic Back Bay, you’ll be in the right hands with Chef Michael Serpa. The restaurant has received awards over the years for both its cuisine and its thoughtful wine menu. While Select has a long list of accolades, they don’t let this get to their heads. The restaurant itself has a casual vibe that was inspired by the neo-bistro movement in Paris, which focuses on high-dining in an approachable and relaxed setting. Along with plenty of oyster options, you can delight in a variety of other raw seafood like hamachi crudo and dayboat scallop ceviche.
Oysters for All
Legal Harborside is the oyster spot for the masses. With three floors that embrace entirely different concepts, the restaurant has plenty of space to satisfy your appetite. The casual first floor offers an oyster bar and market, where you’ll see people shucking their hard-earned meals in a no-frills atmosphere. Eat your oysters with a view of the Boston cityscape and the Boston Fish Pier – the oldest working fish pier in the country. Wander to the second floor, and you’ll come across a more high-end dining experience, perfect for that latest celebration. On the top floor is the swanky promenade deck which houses a rooftop lounge and bar. This space is adjustable to every season with retractable glass walls and copper fireplace.
The Best of the Back Bay
After filling up with oysters from all over the world, you’ll need a luxurious retreat to rest your head on your pillow. Copley Square Hotel is just the place. A boutique hotel with tons of Boston character, you’ll have the historic downtown donned with brick buildings and tree-lined streets at your fingertips. Copley Square Hotel is Boston lodging at its finest, offering up upscale chic decor without pretension. Check out their Experiential Map to see all the surrounding things to do in the Boston area.