In the Raw: The Top 5 Raw Bars in Boston

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When you live in New England, you have to take advantage of the outrageously fresh seafood available year round. There may be no greater way to do that than to take advantage of the variety of raw bars scattered throughout the city. So check out Boston’s raw talent with Haute Living’s Top 5 raw bars…

1 Neptune Oyster

The only way you could get a fresher selection than that at Neptune Oyster is to join King Neptune in the deep depths of the ocean floor.  Why piece meal your raw bar choices when a plateau is so much more encompassing and just sounds like fun to order – select from the smaller Triton Plateau or t=go wild with the Neptune Plateau.

Neptune Oyster is located at 63 Salem St., North End, Boston 617.742.3474

2 East Coast Grill & Raw Bar

Every great raw bar selection needs an ideal setting and a perfect cocktail to go with it and East Coast Grill can provide both. It may even remind you, perhaps, of that spot in Key West or the Caribbean that seemed so simple from the road but provided a surprising array of culinary delights inside, not to mention a night full of now legendary stories.

East Coast Grill & Raw Bar is located at 1271 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge 617.491.6568

3 Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard sets the standard for presentation and the ohh and ahh factor for their raw bar. While their ceviche is hard to pass up, an E.S. Shellfish Platter is the perfect option for sharing in the raw goodness together. After all, who wants to enjoy the aphrodisiac benefits of oysters all by themselves?

Eastern Standard is located at 528 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston, 617.532.9100

4 Summer Shack

Don’t let the shack in their name fool you, though the atmosphere is casual, the food here is anything but. Claiming to host the largest raw bar selection in the city, they also offer some of the tastiest combinations. We recommend the oyster shooters served with chilled Stoli or with tequila and sangrita.

Summer Shack is located at 50 Dalton St., Back Bay, Boston 617.867.9955

5 Gaslight Brassiere du Coin

Ah, to experience a touch of Paris in the South End is really a delight for those times when you just can’t squeeze in a trans-Atlantic flight. But besides the cozy ambience, there are delightful options to select from on the raw bar menu. Our recommendation is the blue crab cocktail. Words cannot describe.

Gaslight Brassiere du Coin is located at 560 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston 617.424.0224

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