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Union Oyster House

#62 of 2,355 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2750
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Today
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful restaurant with history, got to see the Kennedy booth and after we were finished with our meals we decided to do some of the freedom trail. Our food was delicious and we loved the cornbread. Could not ask for a better time.

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Four Oaks, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The service was very good, however the food was very disappointing. I am allergic to seafood, so I ordered the pork chop dinner. The porkchop was not thouroughly cooked through and had absolutely NO flavor. The potatoes, I believe, were instant mashed potatoes. In all fairness, the asperagus was good. I personally would not choose this establishment again for eating.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have eaten at the Union Oyster House multiple times. It is a must stop, both for history, the food and the atmosphere, all of which are just great. I have always had lunch here. there has never been a time when I did not go away happy. the seafood is as fresh as you can get it and the... More 

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Danville, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So initially when I arrived with a group of 6 people we went to the hosted who took our name and told us there is. 30 min wait, others in our party went to the hostess upstairs and got seated immediately. So, why two hostesses? Then you can only order one drink at a time, and then the menu downstairs... More 

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Cromwell, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First visit to Boston in a while - always enjoy a popular and historic destination. Good service. Ice cold beer. Oysters on the half shell were very fresh and the sauce was excellent. However the scrod, fries, and slaw were just mediocre - quite disappointing. But we would return - lots of things on the menu we would like to... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The reputation of this restaurant led us here, but our meal was very disappointing. We waited quite a while for a table, even with a reservation and were seated by the kitchen door and had to request to be moved. Our request was honored and our table was much better. However, our meal took a while to be prepared (there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food; great service. You have to check out this place if you're in Boston; I think it is a law! They serve really good, fresh seafood, but don't expect a bargain.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The hotel concierge tried to steer me away from here, calling it a tourist trap. I didn't listen and was so happy I didn't..the oysters are fresh and delicious..the atmosphere sitting at the counter is great. The Chowda is the best I've had in Boston. A historic and fantastic place.

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East Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is a must, simply for the history. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful as well. I can't wait to make a return visit!

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Monroe, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the perfect place to stop and have some fresh seafood. Friendly staff, great beer and AWESOME oysters. They have the best clam chowder in Beantown. We went twice in three days because we couldn't get enough. A must do during any trip to Boston.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $40
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Meals
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, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Union Street 41, Boston, MA 02108
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

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Downtown
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.