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Union Oyster House

#65 of 2,377 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had dinner here with some friends. Great historic restaurant. Lots of history. The food is very average. Lot better places in Boston if your looking for fresh seafood. The restaurant was busy and the service was terrible. The waitress had an attitude and wasn't very good. Waited 20 min for her to come to the table. The food is average... More 

Thank Boxman43
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a few people, so we had high expectations. I made a reservation thinking it would be crowded (it was not) and were excited to try out this spot. When we walked in the downstairs, the oyster bar was crowded. We were taken to our booth upstairs. The booth was very uncomfortable. I ordered clam chowder... More 

Thank Cmf719
New York City
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You may have read negative reviews about this restaurant which is the oldest restaurant in the USA in continuous service. However, if you sit at the Oyster Bar and order raw oysters and clams, you will taste the freshest that New England waters have to offer. The New England Clam chowder is AMAZING. They will even give you a copy... More 

1 Thank David L
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall mediocre and I'd never go but it's so historic!! Food was over cooked and seating was crowded. Thank god for the cornbread!

Thank umass1994
Portland, Maine
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Union Oyster House would get five stars if it were only up to history and atmosphere. The place is absolutely awesome, all manner of historical craziness, old photos, giant lobsters, boat models and even John F Kennedy's favorite table! The enthusiasm of the staff ranges from ebullient to almost miserable, and you can't help but sense massive chaos beneath all... More 

2 Thank Ayuh04108
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have eaten at Union Oyster House at least 20 times over the years and it will continue to be one of our traditions when we come to Boston. The staff is terrific. They go above and beyond which seems to me is becoming a rare quality in the service industry. Always enjoy the fresh oysters on a half shell... More 

1 Thank travelman08
Surprise, Arizona
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40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must if only to say you've been. It's a must simply for the historical elements. Clam chowder was outstanding but I found the oysters and clams to be pricey and average. Definitely a venue to enjoy with adults as my son although adventurous has not yet expanded his palette to suit this menu. Ambiance and history is to notch.

1 Thank Creeperbait2013
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome clan chowder & oysters. Loved the Ambiance of the resturant. Food was very tasty, including the yummy Bloody Mary. Great place to eat & enjoy slice of Boston life.

1 Thank Mary Anne N
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal here while visiting Boston. The restaurant is old worldly and charming, the service efficient and friendly and the food was divine. The lobster ravioli knocked our socks off and we also really enjoyed our first ever clam chowder!

1 Thank KathleenPot
Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just stepped in for lunch. Had the New England clam chowda (of course) and their homemade gingerbread. Everything tastes great! Loved seeing the old pics. The booth we sat in was a little tight, but don't know what you would expect from a 190 year old establishment!!!

1 Thank SRQLiving

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Families with children, Kids, 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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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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