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Union Oyster House

#66 of 2,368 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
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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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had such a lovely meal with my husband, had catch of the day which was gorgeous and the famous clam chowder. I heard so much about the clam chowder you have to try it! The decor is so amazing and UOH is steeped in history. The waiting staff are so friendly and you really feel like you are taking in... More 

2 Thank Little-lou08
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

From the 1800 's one of the oldest establishments It has nooks and crannies and lots of oysters . We loved the New England clam chowder and the fried clams Many many tourist but they have learned how to handle them Make a reservation to make life easy

3 Thank JeffreyFireIsland
Newark, Delaware
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We sat in the Kennedy booth! I am a huuuge Kennedy enthusiast so I did call and reserve the booth. We started with clam chowder and raw cherrystone clams which were both amazing. Finished with sea scallops and fried oysters, both of which were fantastic as well. The place is really old and is a cool place to just go... More 

2 Thank Angela P
Lebanon, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Union Oyster House won overall for the best lunch experience based on my simple reqimrements for location, parking, food and service. We were seated quickly, service was friendly and reasonably quick. My family had a great time. Cozy decor right in the government district of Boston. We will definitely go back next time we're in Mass.

2 Thank lgs1814
Rosemount, Minnesota
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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Union Oyster House is a must. Fantastic food plus the history of the Resturant. A little pricey but it is Boston. Enjoy!!!!

1 Thank JMikeTh
Dover, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We new that the searing was tight and not so comforting going in. Very historic place lots of history. Food just average at best. The cost is no worth it. I would not mind spending if it were a great meal. Service not great either. Glad I went but would not go back.

Thank Susan C
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice restaurant, the food was fine, even my expectation were higher..., but the local mood is the best part of the experience! It is located in the best area of Boston!!!

1 Thank Antonio G
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92 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

don't sit in a tiny booth...a throwback to many years ago, belly up to the oyster bar..watch the staff schuk the oysters right in front of you...the place is quirky, old, not spacious..very historic and a treat for a real boston experience. Yes..ask for the JFK booth if you wish. If you love oysters, go here!

1 Thank peekie
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing experience in a a beautiful setting. The place is old but well maintained which give it a great vibe. We have tried the mussels as an appetizer and they were good. The mains "Fish and Chips" as well as "Salmon" were out of this world. The best ive had. We ended with a Chocolate Lava Cake which was... More 

1 Thank Ahmad N
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great visit to the Union Oyster House. We enjoyed the clam chowder, lobster, and lobster ravioli. All were excellent.

1 Thank Brenton S

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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
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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