Summertime in Boston is all about slurping on dozens of briny bivalves collected hours earlier fresh from the ocean. Whether you prefer to enjoy them with a glass of wine by the ocean on a beautiful sunny day in the Fort Point Channel or need to get your fill in Kenmore Square before a Red Sox game, we have rounded up five of the city’s best oyster bars. Here’s a look at the hautest spots in Boston you need to check out right now.
1 Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar
One of the latest (and greatest) newcomers to the oyster scene is Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar that combines a taste of New England with Latin America (think spiced up jalapeno-infused tequila cocktails meet deliciously fresh blackened swordfish). The neighborhood restaurant, which can get loud at night due to its high ceilings, has fun with its oyster creations. Sure, you can get them on the half shell, but why stick to tradition when you can opt for oyster ceviche topped with pineapple, mango, pomegranate and habanero or fried oysters served with a side of sriracha lime aioli? We recommend pairing it all up with a side of grilled street corn topped with garlic and chili mojo sauce and cotija cheese.
412 West Broadway Boston, MA 02127
2 Island Creek Oyster Bar
Over in Kenmore Square, it's all about simplicity at Island Creek Oyster Bar where the Duxbury, Mass. farm raised oysters take center stage. They aren't the only oyster selections available from the raw bar here. You can also find a nice sweet and salty variety from New England, including a few favorites from Cape Cod. Be sure to try the crispy oyster sliders served on brioche rolls topped with lime chili aioli for the ultimate oyster indulgence.
500 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215
3 B&G Oysters
Barbara Lynch is revered as one of Boston's best chefs, so it's no wonder Bostonians flock to B&G Oysters for a delicious sampling of her finest creations. Pair up a glass of champagne or Muscadet with a dozen East or West Coast bivalves (there is a daily selection of more than 12 different types) at this South End eatery. Golden fried seafood is a summer staple here in Boston, but Lynch does it best with her offering of crisp fried oysters served with a side of creamy tartar sauce. Summertime never tasted so good.
550 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
4 Row 34
Row 34 has been making waves in the Fort Point Channel with its wide selection of fresh seafood and when it comes to oysters, they know what's best. The rotating selection of local picks include Island Creek of Duxbury, Ichabod Flat's of Plymouth, Beach Point and Moon Shoal from Barnstable and Sippican Harbor from Marion. If you are looking to venture astray from the local flavor, try the sweet and buttery Summerside Oysters from Prince Edward Island.
383 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
5 SELECT Oyster Bar
SELECT Oyster Bar was one of the best additions to Back Bay for the after-work crowd looking for a quick oyster fix before heading home. Belly up to the raw bar, grab a stool and order up a glass of wine from an impressive curated collection to unwind with a half dozen briny bivalves. Start off with a sampling of fresh oysters, but don't stop there. We recommend the spicy hamachi crudo, Peekytoe crab salad and dayboat scallop ceviche for a delicious seafood fix.
50 Gloucester Street Boston, MA 02115