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“Not a repeatable offense....”
Review of Mine Oyster

Mine Oyster
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 1 July 2012

Food: They were conveniently out of the less expensive oysters 1.50-2.00/ shell, but had Glidden point (which we soon learned were local) on "special" for $27/dozen. Come to think of it...their website advertises these for 24/dozen (which I realize now). Also got a pound of mussels. Mussels were plentiful, but I think that they sat in the window for a while...they were dried out and a touch rubbery. Oysters ended up being very good, but I suppose our oyster palate is not yet refined. We found them just as good as much less expensive oysters.

Service: From the moment we walked in, we didn't feel overly welcome. They were setting up for a wedding, but otherwise we were one of 3-4 parties in the place. The server decided it would be a good idea to bring things to us in multiple trips...food, silver, saltines...you get the picture. It took a lot longer than raw oysters and mussels should take. I would hate to be here when it was busy!

Verdict: There are multiple less expensive options a short walk from here. I understand this place was vacant for a while and I DO give the owners props for filling the storefront...now to work on keeping it open. We wish them luck, but we won't be back.

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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Nothing spectacular about this restaurant. We go to Boothbay Harbor each year for the past twenty five years and try a new restaurants when we go. There is always turnover here in the restaurants because people get the idea that their restaurant is the one everyone has been looking for only to find that the tourist season is very short and bills are year round. This particular place has reinvented itself as an upscale oyster bar. Far from the image they'd like to portray as soon as you walk in, this restaurant is a bit beat down. Carpets don't lie flat, unfinished painting needs to be done and the furnishings are a bit outdated. We went to the second floor to overlook the harbor for a drink and the oysters. They do have a variety of oysters, so selection was fine. I tried the Glidden Point oysters and they were quite delicious, that is until the last one. I bit into the most foul tasting, disgusting oyster. I called the waitress over and asked her to smell it. She said: "It smells like poop!". Then she said "Oh well, sometimes you get a bad one". Now, I can certainly understand getting a bad one from time to time, but the restaurant was not busy, early in the afternoon, so the oyster shucker certainly had time to examine, or even smell the oyster for freshness.The waitress never offered to replace the oyster, or even take it off the bill. At around three dollars an oyster, that can get expensive, especially with drinks. I emailed the owner of the Glidden Point Oyster Farm and the manager of the restaurant about the experience. The owner of the oyster farm emailed me immediately (within 30 minutes) expressing her concern for my bad oyster experience and said that before it leaves her farm, each oyster if checked. She also said that once it leaves her place she has no control over them. I was impressed that she took the time to email me. What was not impressive was that the manager never emailed me bad to, at the very least, apologize for the bad experience and invite me back to try again. This is a tourist town, so the feeling I am left with is that he was only after the tourist dollar and didn't care about quality control or disappointed customers. As I've said, we visit every year, so next time we will pass this place up. There are much better places, like Kalers. As for Glidden Point Oyster Farm, I will eat their oysters again, only not at Mine Oyster.

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