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Union Oyster House

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Chowder, Seafood, 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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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
Stop by the for chowdah going to or coming from Logan airport

Man, this place has been around *forever*. I've been here several times but not recently. I do remember when the "big dig" was still going on and the traffic around here was a mess. Hopefully that has improved. One ritual I used to have was to hit the Union Oyster House for a beer and some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Herndon, VA
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Herndon, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Man, this place has been around *forever*. I've been here several times but not recently. I do remember when the "big dig" was still going on and the traffic around here was a mess. Hopefully that has improved. One ritual I used to have was to hit the Union Oyster House for a beer and some New England clam chowdah... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I really stopped here just for the historical value considering it is marketed as the oldest U.S. restaurant. We didn't eat food, but we did stop here for a beer. The interior had plenty of history on the walls so it was interesting to see. The staff was very friendly and took good care of their customers.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The oldest, in continuous service, restaurant in the USA. The building dates to early 1800s. Its walls and furnishings look like a museum. The food, as well as the oysters was excellent. The service was prompt, cheerful and NOT condescending. Reservations often needed for dinner but not so much for lunch. Given the quality of the food, the prices were... More 

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Painted Post, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Had fresh oysters and great conversation with oyster shuckers at the oyster bar. Had great thick creamy clam chowder and one of the best fried haddock sandwiches that I've ever had. If you like fresh seafood and informed staff with knowledge of the area and their food this is a spot for you. In the middle of your tour of... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

It is not very often that you get to dine in a US restaurant that is nearing 200 years old located in a 300 year old building. The food is what New England is all about - dine here top seafood like the famous Lobster dishes, clam chowder, oysters at the bar before you dine and even the well known... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Was here 4 years ago our son requested to go back. Was just as good as it was back then. Everyone enjoyed their meals.

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Morristown, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to get in on short notice; our concierge called in late afternoon and got us an early dinner reservation. Having been there, I would definitely recommend that you book in advance and not try to just get a table off the street. We all had lobster dishes and they were very tasty: lobster salad, lobster ravioli, and... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Lots of sea food choices. Very authentic New England food. Came for the Boston Creme Pie and it didn't disappoint. Make sure you visit the second floor to see the 'The Kennedy Booth'.

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This was the only place in Boston that gave us great service. It's a busy little place. The food is really good. Had a cup of the obligatory clam chowder.....and you should too!! If you want to sit in the Kennedy booth you need a party of 5 or 6 (and some luck I imagine). It's definitely worth a visit... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Ate here recently with a friend while visiting Boston. We sat at the bar while we waited for a table, and enjoyed trying the various Sam Adams brews that are only available in Boston or at Union Oyster House specifically. The atmosphere is very quaint and historical. The seafood dishes we ordered were fresh and filling. Prices were in line... 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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business
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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