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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2406 (Downtown)
617-227-2750
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Ranked #328 of 2,814 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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Hackettstown, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great history, and that's all there is. Had reservations for 5:30 PM July 12 for 5. When we arrived, the host was rude. And, it was downhill from there. Table service was extremely poor. Food quality was poor. Had a Large Lobster Union style for $65 which was dry, and almost tasteless. When we finally got our bill, the waitress... More

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Erlangen, Germany
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Bad waitress. Slow unattentative - no answers about food. Quality of food: so so.... Much better off if you go to Legal seafood...

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Coral Springs, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

So we sat downstairs at the bar for a late lunch meeting. Our bar tender (Jimmie Sullivan) was excellent and attentive. For our food we had the chowder which was okay, We had some steamers which were decent size and good. The order of trio lobster, crab and fish cakes were not so good. They were small and had no... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Hadn't been back to Boston for 4 years but remembered how good the food was here. Had dinner with my wife and mom. Clam chowder, broiled seafood platter, oysters and cherrystone clams. Yummy!

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San Antonio, Texas
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87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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7 helpful votes 7 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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