Best of Boston

2013 Best Raw Bar

Neptune Oyster

It must be nice to be a pearl: just hang around inside an oyster for a while, getting shellacked until round and shiny. We feel similarly after a couple of hours at Neptune Oyster, quaffing glasses of chilled rose while surrounded by ridiculously fresh bivalves (plus a selection of just-off-the-boat crab claws and expertly dressed crudo). There’s a reason this place is known as a gem.

63 Salem St., Boston, 617-742-3474,