Restaurants in Boston: 5 Trendy Places for Oysters

It’s a craze; not a fad. Bostonians and oysters are a love story that has an ongoing happily-ever-after. Some cities have a love affair with cheese, others with pizza, in Boston it’s all about the oysters. Visitors, you’ve been warned, a trip to Boston without tasting oysters is like a trip to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower.

Ok, perhaps that’s a tiny bit extreme, but the point is that oysters are a major part of the culture of Boston and they are mouth-wateringly delicious. The only real challenge of eating oysters in Boston is knowing where to go, as the options are abundant. Today we want to share with you some of the trendiest places for noshing on oysters.

Where to Eat Oysters in Boston

1. Row 34

Row 34 is appreciated for its sophistication, enormous wine and beer selection, and of course, delectable oysters. The team behind the beloved Island Creek Oyster Bar created this hot spot located in Fort Point. You will enjoy the fresh oysters hailing from Wellfleet, Duxbury, Plymouth, Chatham, and other nearby oyster beds. 

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2. Neptune Oyster

Neptune Oyster is one of the few places where you’ll find people happily waiting, which speaks to the quality of the oysters and the expertly crafted menu offerings. Everything from the marble-topped tables to the raw bar is in high demand, so expect a wait. As far as the oyster selection goes, you’ll typically find Wellfleets, Cotuit’s, Island Creeks, and Glidden Point. Occasionally other oyster options are available such as Kumamoto. Oh, and try the lobster roll, it’s exquisite.

3. Select Oyster Bar

When you’re in the mood for wine and oysters, Select Oyster Bar is the destination. Located in a charming brownstone townhouse, it’s the epitome of a Boston oyster experience. Be sure to make a reservation, if possible, as it’s a popular spot located in the heart of the Back Bay. 

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4. Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar

Located in the Fenway neighborhood, near the iconic baseball stadium, is Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar. If you’re visiting with a group, try the suckling pig in addition to the oysters. One of the winning qualities of this spot is the moody ambiance and the impressive array of whiskeys; over 200.

5. Legal Harborside

Not just one, but three floors of oyster play await you at Legal Harborside. Sweeping views of the iconic Boston Harbor greet diners from every level. The first floor is the informal dining room where oyster-shucking is on full display. Journey to the second floor for a fine dining experience. The third floor is for private parties which you can bypass for the magnificent roof deck and bar featuring sushi and sandwiches. 

Don your oyster slurping outfits and get to work! You’ve got five spots on deck to explore during your stay, and these oysters are not going to eat themselves. In between oysters, retreat into a food coma in your cozy and luxurious room at Copley Square Hotel. Located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay and near all the trendiest oyster haunts, Copley Square Hotel is an excellent landing pad for a Boston getaway. Explore Hotel Deals >>

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