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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown)
(617) 227-2750
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Ranked #353 of 2,816 Restaurants in Boston
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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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Madisonville, LA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were here right after a big snowstorm and found it very cozy Chowder was very tasty and hot. Oldest restaurant in US supposedly Future King of France, Louis Philippe, lived there in exile in the 1700s before returning to France to reign as king. Kennedy booth interesting. Daniel Webster was also a regular. More of an attraction than a... More

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Nice location, very historic, great and friendly service! Should have taken my server's advice and had something else for lunch. Bland sandwich with too much bread filler. My wife's fresh fish sandwich was very good. Sam Adams makes a special brew for this place. Try it out by all means!

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Toronto, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The price is average, though food is below average. The actual restaurant though has a lot of history and I hope visitors continue to support this place. It is apparantly the first Restaurant in America. Lets talk a little bit about the food - it's not... the greatest... service is great! While you're waiting 1-2 hours for your table, they... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Arrived on time with our party of 6 and were seated immediately on Labor Day Saturday night. We were seated upstairs which is kind of compact, but nice area that did not feel crowded. We were treated to the booth where john kennedy sat, which was commemorated with a sign and medallion. The only minor irritant (I thought it was... More

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Whidbey Island, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Great restaurant! Lobster and Oysters! Make sure you ask for upstairs dining in the "old room". Classic ambiance coupled with good food and a great location.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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119 reviews 119 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

If for no other reason, you need to go here because of the history. The restaurant is very authentic. The food was good (lobster roll, salad with chicken) and the service was very good.

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Hollywood, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This was the restaurant I was looking forward to all week prior to our trip to Boston. It was very disappointing. Not what I expected. I have bad legs and they had no elevator. Lot of stairs and bathroom is located by stairs only. We sat in the JFK booth. Historic but right in front of the kitchen. The food... More

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a friend and I'm glad I took the advice. The service was great as was the meal. It also has lots of history if you are interested in that sort of thing. I recommend making reservations as people were walking up and having to wait a considerable amount of time without them.

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Liverpool, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Although they say they are, it is almost impossible to get in which a wheelchair!! Food was interesting--oyster stew was bland with a lot of potatoes but not a lot of oysters; Had the 3-oyster sampler that was really strange, but the lobster was good. Unable to order my beverage of choice by the carafe 'Because they only use carafes... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Along with the history , the person at the oyster bar was friendly,and gave great recommendations as to which ones to try. The bartender in the dining room was welcoming as well. Will go back next time I'm in Boston.

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