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Union Oyster House

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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, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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  • 542
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  • 240
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  • 138
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tourist Trap But That's OK

Should be 3.5 but what the hell. It's the oldest restaurant in the USA. Clam chowder was excellent and although I am not an oyster aficionado I could tell differences in the 3 different local ones I tried. Not a cheap place but didn't care. Won't go back though. Worth it once. $74 for a dozen... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
twin123185
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Toms River, New Jersey
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this restaurant because it is an historic place and also because of the ambiance. This is why we brought some friends there. But we were also expecting to get great food. However we were very disappointed. The clam chowders were fine but what as expected in a such a touristic place. But the lobsters were quite bad.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've had 2 private parties here and they were BOTH OVER THE TOP! We've taken many out-of-towners there - everyone raved how delicious the food was and still is.

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Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Was traveling by myself for business and went here for lunch. Staff were very accommodating and seated me in a cozy little booth. Great historic feel - the age of this place is apparent and is part of its' charm. I ordered the catch of the day, broiled. It was fresh and nicely prepared. Cornbread was a good addition. Overall... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My second experience at this restaurant was not quite as good as my first. We are a late lunch during the summer and dinner in February. Lunch, we felt, was way worth the wait! Dinner, we wouldn't do again. Each of us ate a different entree. The cod was good, but not exciting. Salmon lacked flavor, the other entrees seemed... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What is it about this place? I grew up in Boston, moved away 16 years ago, but this place never changes. In a really good way. No matter when I stop by ; lunch, afternoon snack, dinner with family or for a late night just-got-in-to-Logan-and-need-a-drink stop, I can feel myself relaxing and getting the "home again" glow. The bar is... More 

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Aginbyte
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a Boston landmark, of course. The food and service are not the point, but it is like sitting at a table listening to an old-timer ball player talking about Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial. The food is just an accompaniment to the history. Around us we could hear everyone talking about JFK and TIP... More 

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in at one of the oldest restaurants in the country. At 3ish on this Saturday afternoon the place was slowing getting full. We arrived at just the right time. We were pleased with the service. We ordered the clam chowder and the cold appetizer plate. The food was good and so was the wine. Moderately priced. A great place... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been eating here every time I'm in Boston since 1982. America's oldest restaurant! The food is always good and I love the ambiance. My latest time was in January when my family was visiting Boston. We made our obligatory trek to the Union Oyster House and had a great lunch. I would definitely recommend. Great service as well.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Should be 3.5 but what the hell. It's the oldest restaurant in the USA. Clam chowder was excellent and although I am not an oyster aficionado I could tell differences in the 3 different local ones I tried. Not a cheap place but didn't care. Won't go back though. Worth it once. $74 for a dozen oysters, one cup of... More 

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Thank twin123185
Louisiana
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550 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time to eat at the Union Oyster House while in Boston. We are glad we did with all its tradition. I had the steamed long neck clams and my wife had the New England Clam chowder. Both dishes were very good. The service was good and the prices fit the Boston area. Overall a great lunch.

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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: Seafood, Soups, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings
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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Staying in Downtown

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Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.