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Union Oyster House

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Downtown
Chowder, Seafood, Pub
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The oldest operating restaurant in the area

There is such history to this legendary restaurant that no trip to Boston is complete without a stop. Seafood is good and comforting in this legendary building

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Don W
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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you don't want your vacation ruined NEVER stop here! We had such wonderful experiences until we got here. Hot day and we wanted some drinks....sat at the bar. I wanted an iced tea...yes plain unsweetened thirst quenching iced tea but I was told rudely and sarcastically "beer, wine, cocktails" my daughter asked for a cocktail menu and was told... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is such history to this legendary restaurant that no trip to Boston is complete without a stop. Seafood is good and comforting in this legendary building

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Wooster, Ohio, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Dispite the fact that our server was great and the food was fantastic, the management person on our floor made the dining experience anything but relaxing. He ORDERED the servers and other employees around very tursley and very loud. He ran down aisles. He literally threw flatware onto the table next to ours. It is sad, but one unhandy individual... More 

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

As a person who really likes oysters, and wanting to see where Kennedy used to eat, I had to stop here before leaving this great city !!!! The service was excellent (for lunch), and the clam chowder was super, and the oysters, were clean, fresh and delicious. Great spot ......... had to try the oldest restaurant in America ........ next... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Make sure you stipulate you want fish in your chowder, sometimes it has been in the pot for sometime and it turns to mush. Also, it is served in small portions.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Union Oyster House is a must. Besides classic New England food, the place is full of history. You never know who be be there, from politicians and professional athletes.

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Highlands ,NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Touristy but fun and great cocktails .ha e the spicy Bloody Mary and crab cake Caesar salad.make a reservation it was jammed !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Had dinner here last night around 6:00. No waiting for a table for one. It took about 10 minutes for the waitress to come over and take my drink order. My beer was barely cool for some reason. I ordered clam chowder and fried oysters. The chowder was spectacular! Better than Legal's chowder. The oysters were just ok. Nice portion... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bartender and waitress both fantastic. Dinner good, but very, very salty. Children's selection standard safe fare--nothing special. Chowder good, but not remarkable. Gift shop was cute. Worth doing once, probably touristy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Yes, it is pricey and touristy. The type of place I would generally avoid. But the chowder is fantastic. No way around it. So pay for the chowder and drink a beer (Sam Adams: Colonial) in a historic landmark in Boston. While some may judge you for being a typical tourist, you won't care because the chowder is that good!

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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: Chowder, Seafood, Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business
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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