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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown)
(617) 227-2750
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Ranked #331 of 2,817 Restaurants in Boston
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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Santa Barbara, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Our server, Stephanie, who you can tell loves her job made our dinner at Union Oyster House a treat when we visited Boston! In fact, everyone there was great! Sure it's touristy but what do you expect when you go to the oldest restaurant in the US! The food was fine! And the prices were not out of line with... More

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My sis and I came here while our cruise ship was in harbor. The food was great. My sister got lobster. She said it was the best lobster she had ever had. I had the butterfly shrimp and it was also excellent. Our waitress was very good, very helpful. We received food promptly. Would definitely recommend this to everyone. Bathroom... More

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Orlando, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

An authentic Boston meal served by a true Bostonian in a historical building. The staff had been working there for years- that always speaks in volume. The only thing lacking was the bar staff- no personality and not willing to serve anyone who was not seated at the bar.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

union oyster house is an old and historic restaurant. george Washington may have eaten their. fresh fish every day. oysters shelled as you watch. fried claims are fantastic as is the claim chowder. all fish and lobster are excellent a restaurant not to be missed .

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This was the only restaurant we knew for sure we wanted to try because of its history and famous clam chowder. We went on a Thursday evening thinking we would beat some of the crowds. The unfriendly hostess informed us it would be a lengthly wait - up to an hour and a half - but we could get limited... More

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Brunswick, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We went for lunch but I didn't think it was all that. It was tasty, a little pricey, but nothing spectacular. The building was cool. The bathrooms were super stinky. Our waitress was fun though. And the cornbread is AMAZING! I would say give it a try it is a historical place and neat to look around in.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My friend and I had oysters and a 2 lb lobster each! It was good. Service was also good. Not cheap; and certainly touristy, but...good.

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Mansfield, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

The crab cakes, fish cakes and swordfish were excellent. We loved the historical significance it was very interesting. Night time is extremely crowded so I recommend going during the day when you can look around the restaurant.

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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The food was ok. Really kind of bland. And the servers could not care less. After asking for water twice, I filled out glasses myself. It is the oldest restaurant in Boston. They know tourist are coming. The building it's self is worth seeing. The downstairs bar service is better than the dining room.

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Salisbury, Maryland
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51 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Was really looking forward to this as had heard a lot about it- the server was very nice but the food was a major disappointment. Lobster salad -the lobster was non-existent. The fish chowder- could have come out of a can. My husband had a platter of fried seafood- he said it was awful. And so expensive- lunch was in... More

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