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Union Oyster House

#65 of 2,365 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
(617) 227-2750
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had lunch here with some friends from out of state, they very much enjoyed the ambiance and old colonial architecture - like going back in time. The lazy man's lobster and clam chowder were very good. The service was very good and the staff friendly. If you have a chance try to sit at the bar and try some... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were waiting in line for a table when we decided to just eat in the bar. It had a limited menu, but offered everything we were looking for. Clam chowder and fish n chips were great. Very good food!

2 Thank Karley K
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food there is sooooo good. Everything was cooked perfectly and the service was great as well. Was highly pleased with everything

1 Thank cgsmith4
Portland, Oregon
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dined here after waiting for 45 minutes, but well worth the experience. The food is good and the ambience is terrific. Take time to view all the wonderful pictures on the walls. Find JFK 's favorite booth and let all the years of history envelop you!

1 Thank PapaOregon
Bauru, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whether you are drinking on tap drafts or margaritas, one has to try different types of oysters and lobster sandwich. The place is fantastic with a old colonial style architecture and art pieces. Go for the oyster bar for a personal attendance to begin, then take a time watching the photos at a table on upper level.

1 Thank CelsoSO
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Almost a must see/do for anyone visiting Boston. America's oldest restaurant. Food is very good and it's within feet of the Freedom Trail. I had a lobster, she had a salad with lobster. A lot less work with her entree.

1 Thank skyman96ll
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to make a reservation at this historic Boston restaurant and it did not disappoint. Oysters were wonderful. My friend had lobster and I went for fresh catch. Of course we had to start with the the clam chowder and every bit as good as proclaimed. Make the trip to this unique restaurant my fellow travelers. It will... More 

1 Thank Traveler30316
Hudson, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our group consisted of three couples vacationing together. We noticed this restaurant while exploring the downtown waterfront area, and saw some good reviews online. The building looks very old, and the restaurant claims to have been in business for about 150 years. The menu is heavily oriented toward seafood, but also offers a variety of other items. We were all... More 

1 Thank FishBob49
Charlotte, NC
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156 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved the look of this wonderfully old restaurant. Toted as oldest restaurant in country. Best seafood, great art on walls and history lesson via articles, more art and displays. Had the chowder and lobster roll friend had lobster scampi - both delicious. Staff friendly. Make reservations!

1 Thank Cindy H
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Food was very good and service. Despite being wildly busy, our reservation was honored on time and in the area we requested.

1 Thank bobk1717

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
  • 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

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Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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