We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2406 (Allston/Brighton)
Update restaurant details
Ranked #324 of 2,784 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Allston/Brighton
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.
Reserve with OpenTable
The time you selected has already passed.
Write a Review

1,394 reviews from our community

62% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I started out almost (almost) ruining my appetite by eating a piece of the corn bread they served immediately after we received our drinks. Delicious. Two of us had the clam chowder ... delicious. One had deep-fried oysters on a bun. Very good he said. This place has lots of stairs ... 3 levels, and the tiniest washrooms ever ...... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Westerly, Rhode Island
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the country. The food here was very good and you are surrounded in American history as you dine here. They serve everything from burgers and sandwiches to full dinner menu and plenty of seafood as well.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It's a nice historic building. We loved the tavern. We stopped early and just had oysters and drinks. The service was excellent. Prices are a bit high, but on par for the location. Presentation of the oysters was very good. We would return for dinner on another trip.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Clifton Park, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Service was excellent. Being the oldest restaurant in the country the atmosphere is awesome. Other than that the food we got was nothing great and super expensive. Luckily we had a big lunch and were there early to beat the crowds so we weren't too hungry. Prices were ridiculous. Dinners were almost all at least $30. Kids split a Mac... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Potomac, Maryland
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The employees are great, professional, food is top notch, what's not to like? Boston monument to longevity and great food.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Bangor, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

On a recent getaway with my husband we enjoyed great seafood and the historic atmospere of Union Oyster House. We enjoyed oysters, scrod and scallops all deliciously prepared. The service was efficient and friendly. Nice for date night or family dinner.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ottawa, ON
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Union Oyster House lived up to its storied reputation. Loved the atmosphere in this pub - one of the oldest in North America. The service was fantastic and the food and drinks were excellent. Definitely stop by if you can.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Stamford, Connecticut
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Have been here numerous times, almost a rite of passage when coming to Boston. Usually sit at the Raw Bar. Very authentic, the local shuckers are very colorful and friendly, and the oysters are the freshest you can get. Only drawback is the expense, but you are paying for the experience. Two doz oysters, one drink, and tip was $93... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Huge place, we visited early on a Saturday for lunch and it was mostly empty and the service good. Our server was bright and happy and cheerful which always makes things better. The calamari was so perfect it deserves its own special shout out. Light coat, perfectly crisp! The other dishes were good but not fantastic, especially the clam chowder... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Well, it was not my first time at the UOH. But it was definitely my first time at booth 18, the one of JFK...we were five, we stayed on classics, a few clam chowders ( among the best ever tried), the lobsters, the Sam Adams...and a few other main plates. All excellent, the lobsters were "medium" but can't immagine how... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Union Oyster House also viewed


Been to Union Oyster House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Union Oyster House, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing