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Union Oyster House

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Downtown
Chowder, Seafood, Sushi, Pub
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Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108
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.
(617) 227-2750
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood at its best

Not only is the seafood outstanding but this is the oldest restaurant in Boston where much of our Independence was discussed. Ask to sit in the Pine room or one of the other older historic rooms. And the food was great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Sharon C
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West Linn, Oregon
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West Linn, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Not only is the seafood outstanding but this is the oldest restaurant in Boston where much of our Independence was discussed. Ask to sit in the Pine room or one of the other older historic rooms. And the food was great.

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Chicago
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The oyster bar on the ground level is a time worn classic. Have a beer, a plate of oysters and a bowl of chowder while you enjoy chatting with the guys working the counter. It is amazing to watch them work through dozens of oysters, picking out only the best to shuck and serve.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We were told it would be and hour wait, we kept checking with them and she kept telling us 30 more minutes. Over 2 hours later we had secured a spot to have drinks at the bar and the bartender asked us if we were supposed to be eating upstairs sometime soon because he thought we had really been there... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Best oysters I've ever had and a very charming and funky atmosphere at the oyster bar on the lower level. A must go place.

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Vermont
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This place has seated so many famous people. You can just feel the past all around you!. I had fish and chips with malt vinegar, an old English family favorite. Before lunch a basket of delicious corn bread and butter was delivered to our table. They had a nice variety of beers and it was a pleasant experience. The walls... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This Antique bar is the oldest pub in Boston. It has a few great window seats to watch the crowds pass by, so nice on a summer day . The chowder is some of the best I have ever had . we had lunch we split the fisherman's platter very tasty and plenty enough for two. We spotted a Man... More 

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Woodbine, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We had reservations but still had to wait a bit. They would move us from floor to floor while we waited so it didn't seem that long. The building and decorations are so fascinating to look at. Everyone loved the claim chowder, Im not a fan so I wouldn't know. The food is all good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Great place to stop for lunch on sight seeing day. Crab cakes were good. Loved the complimentary sweet cornbread. Hubby had baked cod which was very good.

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Minneapolis, MN
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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We sat at one of the oyster bars and LOVED it - so fun to see the oysters being prepared and experience the way the workers interact with everyone. We had a couple half dozens of oysters and beers and it was the perfect afternoon snack. This place is on the freedom trail and very close to all the sights.... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Ya have to come here at least once in your life. You go for the history and you soak it all in before the bill comes and they return the soaking. All kidding aside its a bit expensive, I wonder if the Puritans in 1826 had AmEx Gold cards. I prefered the Cherrystones over the oysters. Their soups are great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (617) 227-2750

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Sushi, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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