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“great atmosphere, average food”
Review of Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House
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Ranked #75 of 3,227 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Transit: 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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great atmosphere, average food”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

I'm a Boston are resident who hadn't been to Ye Olde Union Oyster House in over 20 years. The restaurant gets an A+ if you are into atmosphere and charm. The back of the menu gives you the history of the restaurant and the area. This is the oldest continuing operating reataurant in the US, has the Kennedy Booth where JFK ate, the low ceilings, very very charming if you like old New England. The first floor has a bar where you can eat, great for kids who can checkout the lobster tank, even has a TV which was in use for March Madness while we were there. Beer drinker in the group liked that there was a Sam Adams brew made especially for this restaurant. There is also a special Sam Adams brew for all the restaurants on the Freedom Trail (red bricks making walkway in sidewalk.) This restaurant is geared to tourists. Food is average quality and pricey for the quality. Service is very fast, obviously geared to turnover. Our son, who has lived in Boston all his life, loved it and said his friends from other parts of the country would love it also. It's a good place to go if you are walking the Freedom Trail or in Quincy Market and want to sit down for a bit. This is not a gourmet restaurant, and prices are not cheap. But if your budget can handle $60+ for 3, and you like atmosphere, this could be a could place to go. Focus on seafood. If you go, walk around the first floor where there are lots of interesting wall displays on the history or the restaurant & Boston. Agree with another reviewer that cornbread was excellent.

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“oldest restaurant in america”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Great Atmosphere, Great Service. A bit pricey for what you get but this was all about the experience of eating in the oldest restaurant in America. I guess I am used to oyster prices in the south because I had sticker shock at this and other places in Boston. Cornbread was awesome! Fast and friendly service coupled with good local draft beer selection made up up for the bill. A fun stop if you are doing the freedom trail.

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank ebedford1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good FOOD”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

Lobster rolls, clam chowder, oysters, and the fastest and friendliest service ever. Everything was served with a smile and authentic Boston accent. We sat at the bar, no need to wait for a table. Knowledgable about all the local sites and willing to share information as your drinks are refilled, right on time - before you finish your current glass. Eat, drink and make merry in this place with historic charm. I hope to visit again on my next trip to Boston. Can't get more local than this.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Helen W
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“Great service, OK food”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We had an excellent server. Clam chowder was OK. Cornbread was good. Lobster casserole was good. Fisherman's platter was OK. Good fish and scallops. Just OK calamari shrimp and clams. Poor onion rings and fries. Broiled fish may be a better choice. Lots of history...if I were a tourist, I would go and soak it in.

1 Thank BCKL78
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“Sit at the bar, order the chowder, beer and corn bread”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Great clam chowder, great Sam Adams beer on tap brewed just for the Union Oyster House and great time sitting at the bar. I am a tourist but enjoyed my beer, oysters and chowder along with the entertaining conversation from the bar tender.
Was not doing the Freedom Trail but the food and beer trail. ;-)

  • Visited March 2013
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