So in the interest of research and science, I decided to check it out and compare.
Neptune is more expensive, but it’s a sit down restaurant and not a takeout seafood store in a shack. They don’t take reservations, and on a Saturday night the wait can easily be two hours. I went on Sunday afternoon just before 5pm and the wait was 45 minutes.
While I waited, I played tourist and walked 3 or 4 blocks to Paul Revere’s home.
You’re spared that, since they don’t allow photographs inside.
When they had a place at the bar open up they rang me on my cell phone, I was already back at the restaurant and standing outside.
I was seated in the window, in front of some seafood, and ordered a light, dry chenin blanc.
To begin, Hamachi ceviche.
And then “Neptunes on piggyback” crispy oysters, Berkshire pig, golden raisin confiture, pistachio aioli.
They have a detailed oyster selection.
And here’s what I came to try, challenged by several readers.
The lobster roll was ordered hot with butter, you can also order it cold with mayo instead.
One reader found the lobster roll too buttery, but that’s a choice and frankly I preferred it over the ‘white sauce’ version at Belle Isle Seafood the day before. But I don’t like mayonnaise. The lobster itself, though, was a bit overcooked while the day before it was cooked separately. Neptune’s version was $25, compared to $19, although when factoring in transportation costs the seafood shack was actually more expensive.
Verdict: Belle Isle’s lobster roll is slightly better, it’s less convenient, and I prefer butter and warm over mayo and cold.