Massachusetts: Neptune Oyster
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (4,541 reviews)
> Address: 63 Salem St., Boston
Customers regularly wait in line (no reservations are accepted) at this small seafood bistro for the well-reviewed clam chowder, lobster roll, and Neptune johnnycake — a kind of fish pancake topped with smoked fish and caviar.
Michigan: Mr. Paul’s Chop House
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (247 reviews)
> Address: 29850 Groesbeck Hwy, Roseville
Steaks and a few Italian dishes aside, Mr. Paul’s offers plenty of seafood choices, including Chesapeake Bay oysters both raw and Rockefeller, broiled shrimp Caesar salad, sauteed Lake Erie perch, and macadamia-nut-encrusted walleye. Gulf shrimp or frogs’ legs may also be added to any of the steaks.
Minnesota: The Capital Grille
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (298 reviews)
> Address: 801 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
This steakhouse chain has 59 locations and features abundant seafood on its otherwise meaty menu. Lobster and crab cakes, tuna tartare, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and citrus-glazed salmon with marcona almonds are just some of the fish and shellfish dishes served, and there is a seared tenderloin with butter-poached lobster tails for what the restaurant calls “the ultimate steak and seafood experience.”
Mississippi: Half Shell Oyster House
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (786 reviews)
> Address: 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
Yelpers love the Royal Red shrimp here (“like mini lobsters hiding in shrimp clothing,” writes one), and the oysters get good reviews, too. One of an 11-unit Gulf Coast seafood restaurant chain, this Half Shell, like the others, also serves crab and shrimp dip, fried crab claws, herb-crusted grouper, and a good assortment of other fish and shellfish dishes.
Missouri: Broadway Oyster Bar
> Yelp rating: 4.5 (1,446 reviews)
> Address: 736 S. Broadway, St. Louis
This casual Cajun/Creole seafood restaurant and music venue serves oysters 10 ways, along with Gulf Coast peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster po’boys, crawfish etouffee, blackened ahi tuna fajitas, and more. Yelp reviewers call it “a definite must” and “weird in a good way.”