Ask anyone to name the number one most popular restaurant in Boston, and you’re bound to hear Neptune Oyster thrown in the mix. Quintessential New England fare, Neptune Oyster has always been known for its excellent oyster selection, the best hot lobster roll in town, and an unforgettable Johnny cake (just to mention a few!). There is always a line, and waits can easily stretch up to 4 – 5 hours. It’s not unusual to show up at dinnertime and to be told that the line is too long and no more tables are available that day.
And then Neptune’s Executive Chef, Michael Serpa, decided he was going to leave and open his own restaurant.
It’s no surprise that this opening has been highly anticipated.
Chef Serpa’s new restaurant, SELECT Oyster Bar, is finally here (grand opening was April 2015). I’m pleased to report that it’s fantastic. It’s everything I would want in a neighborhood seafood restaurant (too bad it’s not my neighborhood, boo hoo). Despite having ridiculously high standards (how can you not when it’s Michael Serpa?), I came away from my first meal extremely impressed and wanting to return as soon as I could….