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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown)
(617) 227-2750
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Ranked #339 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
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Price range: $20 - $40
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Transit: Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.
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Douglas, null, Isle Of Man
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

An amazing place, more reminiscent of the old world than the new. We went early, and got a table at the far end of the labyrinthine upper floor without a wait. I imagine later, you might have to wait. There's an oyster bar downstairs, that would pass the wait pleasurably. The oysters I had for an appetiser were fresh and... More

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Winter Garden, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

My wife had never been, so we had our dinner here, our first night in Boston. The server was wonderful. She was cheerful and personable and made our evening more fun! We were seated upstairs and chose scallops, and haddock. I also had a cup of clam chowder to start. The cornbread remains delicious! My wife enjoyed the chowder as... More

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GA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I was part of a group that were at a reception for my daughter that retired from the Army. We were served by a friendly bartender. The food were light and heavy appetizers, oysters, shrimp (that did run out early), meat balls, cheese and spinach puffs. All was good and everyone seemed to enjoy the food and setting in this... More

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PA USA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

You have to drink and dine in America's oldest restaurant. I love places like this. Original. Sam Adams brews an ale just for this place, and it's very good. The scrod and the sole were excellent. The chowdah was good. Did u know that Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston?

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Rockwood, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I very much enjoyed this National Landmark. Sure being the oldest operating restaurant and featuring a JFK private booth inside gives it a touristy feel, but it's just so historic and the food is actually quite good that you can't help but like this place. My lobster roll was the best i've had, the baked beans were great, and their... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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81 reviews 81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Sat at the bar and watched the ball game. Bartenders very attentive and took care of the customers. Food was delivered quickly and hot. Oysters were the best. Also had calamari (very good) and mussels. The lobster roll was well stuffed. Just wish it was located on the harbor.....

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Tampa, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Being so touristy I expected it to be overrated but I was WAY wrong. It was one of the best meals I have ever had and by far the best in Boston! We went to two other highly rated restaurants and they weren't even close! The atmosphere was fantastic too! My husband had oysters and he said they were some... More

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Benton Harbor, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Truly a nice experience. A little crowded but it was at 7:30pm and had no reservation. Bar opened up within ten minutes and was drinking Tito's and soda five minutes later and business associate was tipping a lager. Ordered mussels, grilled oysters and spicy calamari... all of it was awesome. Only complaint is younger bartender was slow early on but... More

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Natick, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest restaurant and it shows. The place is dark and rather dirty, our booth had crumbs all over the seat and a 1/2 package of "used" oyster crackers. Our waitress was very friendly but she was a bit of a scatter brain, we keep having to ask her for our drinks, utensils, chowder. The prices are VERY... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were starving and hot from the heat wave last week in Boston. We went to Union Oyster House because of the historical significance and were not disappointed. The building is fascinating and the food was great. Friendly staff welcomed and served us. The portions were large and the seafood was fresh. The salad was good also. John F. Kennedy's... More

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