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Union Oyster House

Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown)
(617) 227-2750
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Ranked #316 of 2,833 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $40
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Seafood
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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Edison, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest restaurant in America. It's inspiring to see the photos on the wall depicting the restaurant from it's earliest days to the present. Seeing a favorite table for John F. Kennedy also gave pause. The atmosphere is casual with wooden booths upstairs. I had the clam chowder and haddock main course. Both courses were delicious. The service... More 

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Me and my partner have been visiting Boston from the UK. This is our second visit and wished that we had tried this place last time. We weren't disappointed, the service and the food was incredible but the barmen really made the visit (sorry I didn't get his name but he wore a cap). Thank you for making our visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Like the title says, It was ok. The food was decent. A bit of a let down. I was told I had to eat at the oldest restaurant in America. It is pretty cool from that aspect. Kind of a tourist trap. Really cool old structure. Service was good.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The concierge of my hotel recommended it to me as wonderful. My expectations were high. The lobster roll is ok. Small chunks of lobster. Nothing special. The appetizer was ok. Fried oyster with rice. Clam shower was Campbell's style. And the Indian pudding was awful. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It is so expensive for what they offer.

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140 reviews 140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We had lunch at the Union Oyster House and would rate it as average. My husband had the clam chowder, which was served in a fairly small bowl, and he thought it was so-so. He also had the seafood trio, which again, was middle of the road. I had the fried whole belly clams which were fine, just nothing to... More 

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Houston, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fresh seafood served in an atmosphere that was quaint and charming, the Union Oyster House did not disappoint. This was our first stop of a 3 pub crawl so we shared the Hot Seafood Sampler. Variations of oysters were incredible even if you are not a huge fan of oysters. Great service. Charming through and through!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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117 reviews 117 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

I recommend that you skip the hostess' pressure to send you upstairs to eat and even maybe skip the oyster bar (unless that is all that you desire), and proceed to the bar area (four steps up) where the service was great and you can eat at the bar or at the tables there with great service. We went there... More 

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Ontario, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Food is so so. We ordered a dozen raw oysters and four bowl of clam chowder. The clam chowder hardly has any clam and is just ok taste. Oysters are fresh but not that kind of interesting. This is a restaurant to place a visit for its history but not its food. Not worth for the money spent here.

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Liverpool, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Ate dinner here on Thanksgiving weekend. It was packed!! Made a reservation on Open Table and had no trouble when we arrived. We were seated within moments. Very lively, friendly, efficient staff. Not too much food was left on anyone's plate: lots of lobster! cook perfectly; grilled scrod was a big hit; fettuccine alfredo with lobster comes with a lobster,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had booked but they initially tried to give us a terrible table. When moved to a better banquette service was hit and miss and similarly the food. The bread is horrendously sweet (don't think of biting in unless you like madeira cake before meals), food overly seasoned. Reasonable wine list. Trading on its name and past glories.

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Additional Information about Union Oyster House

Address: Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: (617) 227-2750
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Seafood

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