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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2406 (Downtown)
617-227-2750
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Ranked #321 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $40
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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San Antonio, Texas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Fun place that has kept much of its historical feeling. Great clam chowder. But the really fun thing about going here is getting a seat at the oyster bar and watching them shuck clean and serve the oysters. Friendly service and easy to find.

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Southeast Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The "Oldest Restaurant in America" is a piece of Americana that everyone should visit when in Boston. There is a gift shop so there is no excuses not to go in and visit. It is close to Fanuel Hall (within walking distance). Make reservations and eat in the dining room upstairs and spend the extra. Its worth it. However, If... More

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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I was looking forward to a fried seafood dinner from the iconic Union Oyster House as we walked the Freedom Trail. First off, the service was great. Our server was attentive and prompt. My wife enjoyed her crabcakes served with fries and cornbread. Yes, the cornbread was decent. My seafood plate consisted of six whole clams, three small shrimp and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

It is an historic restaurant with an interesting history. But the food is only ok and the prices are steep. Worth going for a few oysters and a drink to take in the atmosphere, but there are better places to eat.

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Lubbock, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The food was ok. I had one of the chef specials. It was good, but not the best I've ever had. However, you really go for more of the ambience. It's the oldest restaurant in Boston. I mean, come on. It's definitely a tourist spot. Our waitress was also WAY rude. Also, make sure you make a reservation.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The food here is 4-5 stars, but the management needs to hire more staff! Our waitress was excellent, but didn't spend enough time coming back for refills and to check on us. NOT HER FAULT - she was trying to keep up with several more tables than she should have been working. I hate to see this at a restaurant... More

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Binghamton, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had a delicious lunch on a busy Saturday afternoon in Boston at the Union Oyster House. The corn bread was amazing!! We allied enjoyed our meals, from chowder to burgers to salads and of course oysters!! The service was great also!!

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Cornbread was delicious. Appetizers were fine. Had the stuffed Lobster, which I felt the Lobster was overcooked and seafood stuffing not edible. The inhouse made Gingerbread dessert was delicious, better than the Boston Cream Pie. Fun to eat with friends in the oldest restaurant in town.

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Orchard Park, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took my three daughters and husband here for dinner. Ordered the lobster special dinner: which included mussels or steamers, clam chowder, and a lobster; stuffed lobster, fish and chips, and shrimp ravioli. The food was nothing special. the service was less than attentive. And it was more expensive than our amazing dinner experience at the Daily Catch the night before.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What can I say, it's one of those "must-do's" for the city of Boston. It's documented as the oldest continuously running restaurant/tavern in the Country. For those on the other side of the pond, I can hear you yawning; I understand. For those in this Country, anything older than the mid-1800's tends to be pretty old and quaint and this... More

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