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Union Oyster House

#67 of 2,370 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
+1 617-227-2750
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped by after reading reviews of how long it's been around and that no matter where we went in the city we always saw the iconic union oyster house sign. Great clam chowder and grilled oysters!

1 Thank sabrina h
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156 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been recommended to go this restaurant by friends who have been in Boston 3 times before. The setting and ambience is really nice. We shared a starter of crab cakes was lovely but it went downhill from then on. The waitress didn't have much personality and didn't bother clearing our starter plates before bringing our mains. Our mains... More 

2 Thank Tsturgess
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here our first night in Boston. The food was delicious. It is not an inexpensive restaurant with appetizers, wine and dessert. The staff was attentive. We had lobster medium size for $37.00 and shrimp and scallops for $29.00. It has a lot of history associated with it.

1 Thank Caroline C
Mount Prospect, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had high expectations of this place but, even with a reservation, we were seated on the upper floor right at the back next to the serving area. The food and drinks were OK (the vegetarian options were limited) but nothing to write home about plus the waitress was all business - she only thawed a little at the end... More 

2 Thank Dedgehog
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Never miss this place when in Boston. Yes, lots of other tourists. But the food is always great. Corn bread, baked beans, scod, seafood medley, mussels--just everything is really good. We have never been disappointed here. Lynn is a great server by the way--she has been our server last three times here. And you have to love the history!

1 Thank David A
Carmel, Indiana
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99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Able to have a wonderful seafood meal with friends and business associates. The location on bay and the fine food and service attracts locals, tourists and business types. Further the location of this place is right into the area of fine tourist attractions: Faneuil Hall, Paul Freedom Trail (Boston Commons to Bunker Hill), etc. Open for lunch and dinner and... More 

1 Thank ralphwilhelm1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great meal with friends during a couples trip! Must try. Such history here. Great food and great service! I had the lobster, of course. We also had oysters, clams, clam chowder and linguini! You will NOT be disappointed!

1 Thank Lisa P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a favorite of our when we're in Boston. The food is always good, the service is excellent, the selections are varied, and the atmosphere is to our liking. If you like a super modern feel, this is not for you. If you like a classic, historic setting and great seafood, I recommend it.

1 Thank I_LV_travel
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this place with huge expectations about the food and oysters to be specific. Unfortunately the oysters were stale and service was less than satisfactory. I am sure this is a heritage property and has been around forever but they seem to be complacent and quality of food isn't great. I don't think I will or have recommended this place... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Boston, this is a must visit, but don't expect excellent cuisine. This is a place for tourists who usually fill the place and the food is basic and not overly well presented as one would expect in a place where there are so many people. The atmosphere is most definitely... More 

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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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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: +1 617-227-2750

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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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