B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters

B&G Oysters

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bandgoysters.com/
  • Phone: 6174230550x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chef Barbara Lynch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: 9 At Home offers unique and exclusive catering from No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, and Sportello. Please call 617-423-4200 or visit www.9athome.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waltham
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking beginning at 5:00pm every evening.
A word from B&G Oysters
B&G Oysters is a modern yet classic take on the oyster bar. Located in Boston's South End, B&G Oysters has a decidedly neighborhood feel, combining polished but friendly service with fantastically fresh seafood dishes and food-friendly wines. B&G Oysters has received many accolades over the years for its cuisine and wine program including "Best Seafood" in 2007 and 2008 by Boston Magazine.

This subterranean spot draws energy from its open kitchen which is surrounded by a white marble bar. In warmer weather, enjoy drinks and more on the stone patio; a favorite outdoor dining spot in the city. Please note that all reservations are for the interior of the restaurant. Our patio is available solely on a walk-in basis.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
B&G Oysters reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (122)neighborhood gem (103)great for outdoor dining (84)special occasion (50)hot spot (46)great for lunch (37)romantic (31)notable wine list (28)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (14)great for brunch (11)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The food quality was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The food quality was excellent. I would have preferred more seafood items without all that frying. I wish there was more traditional seating without the high tabletops and chairs. It was pretty cramped in there for four persons up against the side wall. The music was too loud. It was hard to hear and talk over the background music. I don't know if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FANTASTIC seafood! And amazingly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    FANTASTIC seafood! And amazingly efficient service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been there 4-5 times
    KellyVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    I have been there 4-5 times in the last two months and the service has been consistently poor. I love the food at B&G but am tempted not to return simply because the service has gone downhill so much.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at B&G Oysters was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The food at B&G Oysters was fantastic. We loved the baked stuffed lobster (with a delicious chorizo stuffing, accompanied by black truffle mac & cheese), and the lobster BLT was a revelation. We also enjoyed the large selection of oysters and the cool gray, softly lit space. We were a bit disappointed by the limited dessert menu, but the only thing that would make us hesitate to return was the service. Our server was knowledgeable, but curt, and she was so reluctant to provide information that we had to press for help choosing oysters and wine. But overall, B&G Oysters was a really enjoyable experience, and we would almost certainly go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great destination for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Great destination for lunch - lively and fun with excellent seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is sophistically prepared
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Food is sophistically prepared and presented. LOBSTER BISQUE is a must try. My 14 years old daughter likes this restaurant. One comment is about our waitress, she pulled only 1/3 of glass of white wine for me, and charged me 'a glass of wine $12.00)'. She didn't introduce 'Today's special', as other waitresses did to other customers adjectent to us. She was still well tipped, and she should thanks for the chief.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good but the
    JackVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    The food was good but the oysters were a bit puny in size.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am glad I found this place!
    Sherry
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    I am glad I found this place! I love my Food & Wine magazines, which is how I found this chef's restaurant. I would go back. This is my first time in Boston. I'll be here training until May 16 & would like to go back. The lobster and oysters were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch seafood and oysters.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Top notch seafood and oysters. Nice informal atmosphere and concept, but pricey.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B&G Oysters is a little too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    B&G Oysters is a little too hectic as diners get caught up in the rushing around the small restaurant by wait staff and cooks that prepare all meals only feet from the patrons. The food is excellent though and would go more often if the pace wasn't so frenetic and the music level was dropped several notches.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent. Great service.
    ACKSummerResident
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Excellent. Great service. We stayed for four hours and were never rushed. Food is incredible, as always. They're doing everythng right, so I have no improvement suggestions (OK, maybe add 1-2 more entrees?) I picked B&G for someone from out of town who wanted fish. I sent them to Legal for some chowder at lunch, but no way was I taking them to Legal for dinner when B&G was available!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it. they even gave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    loved it. they even gave us 2 baseballs caps with their logo on them. we thought for sure we'd have to pay! recommend highly. such fresh good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was special. Even yhough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Food was special. Even yhough we were seated a little late for our reservation, Eli-the GM - kept us updated ,got wine and brought a fried oyster snack that was so good we ordered more once seated. We were still talking about the meal the next day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, the food was terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    As always, the food was terrific and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    Food and service were fantastic. Music was a little loud when we first arrived, but was softened a bit. We had a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eating at B&G was enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Eating at B&G was enjoyable with its vast selection of oysters. We enjoyed having the chef decide on our selection. Our appetizers of bibb salad and squid carpaccio were delicious however we were disappointed with our ocean perch. While the fish was cooked well, the description on the menu was not clear as we did not know that the fish would be served on a salad of spring vegetables. The dish was a bit bland as most of the flavours came from the fennel puree. However others in our party immensely enjoyed their entrees such as the bolognese. The service was good/fair as our server often could not be spotted but was attentive to our needs when she saw us. However she did not ask about our entrees and we didn't want to make a fuss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great. Tables by
    DMK1122VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Food was great. Tables by the door are cold; people inquiring about table avialability stood in the doorway with the door open and it was cold out. Valet service was slow.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been to B&G many times
    winegeekVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    I've been to B&G many times and keep going back, which is a testament to what I think of the place, not to mention the owner. A tad expensive, but it's worth every penny. The fish is always done to perfection, the fried foods are the best anywhere, the wines match the food, the oysters are the best/freshest I've had anywhere in the world, the lobster rolls are sublime. I could almost get too effusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fabulous. One complaint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Food was fabulous. One complaint -- if you make a reservation well ahead of time, you should be seated at a table -- not the bar (as we were)!!! (Or this should be made clear from the reservation itself).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In spite of having a reservation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    In spite of having a reservation, we waited 20 minutes for our table. Service was wretched. Food is good, but poor service was hard to overcome for overall impression.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was attentive but
    Meems
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Service was attentive but slow. Lobster roll was very chewy. Superb wine selection. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place has an offbeat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/17/2008
    This place has an offbeat ambiance. Decor is minimalist; the room is long, low-ceilinged and compact: it feels like being on a boat. It's noisy and crowded with patrons and staff squeezing down narrow aisles, and voices bouncing cacophonously. But despite the almost overwhelming bustle, we found it cozy and comforting. The service was exceptional, and disarmingly friendly. And the food: utterly fresh, utterly delectable oysters and other seafood prepared in the open kitchen, beautifully plated and served icy cold or steaming hot. There's no mystery here, and no messing around. Only drawback is that restrooms are at the bottom of a torturous spiral stair (again, like a boat). If your eyesight or balance isn't perfect, beware!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • server was very pleasant and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    server was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the oysters and menu, she took the time to explain the differences between the various oysters. she clearly had a love for food and wine and enjoyed educating us about it. she went out of her way to help us get taxis and took very good care of us. the food was delicious and fresh and the decor modern and tasteful. my dining partners were impressed with the quality of the decor, staff and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our waitress was very nice
    Winthrop6VIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Our waitress was very nice & friendly. She took care to note that we were celebrating a few things & even brought us a comp dessert! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried Clams were like rubber
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Fried Clams were like rubber and portions were small for the price. I don't think it was worth $267.00 for a party of 4. I like the music but it was extremely loud and we couldn't hear each other speak.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were seated at the counter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    We were seated at the counter facing the fryolator, so we had a good view of all the preparations. While this is intersting to a point, we didn't find it particularly relaxing. At this price point, we're looking for a different atmosphere. We probably wouldn't go back, but the service was very pleasant, our reservation was honored, and the food was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great oysters, appetizers,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Great oysters, appetizers, wine list, entrees, and service. Still wish the dessert options were as tasty as everything else, but B&G is always fun and a guaranteed memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just O.K. Not what I expected.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    Just O.K. Not what I expected. Not to happy that they don't offer any juice. Not a drinker so was forced to just have water...need to offer juice...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good but
    Bcorkey
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    The food was very good but our party of four was seated at a table for two. Not very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not much food on the plate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/28/2008
    Not much food on the plate give the price of the meals.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've never had a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/26/2008
    We've never had a bad meal at B & G! Tiny restaurant which is consequently a bit loud but that's really part of it's charm! Excited that B & G takes online reservations...used to be tough to call the "day of" and get a res!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a sure bet ... very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/24/2008
    Always a sure bet ... very accommodating, and excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very good. While
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Food was very good. While the lobster risotto had nice large pieces of lobster, it was a bit bland. It needs a little something to give it some zip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server was great but service
    Tmc210
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    Server was great but service was slow due to kitchen mix up. 1 hour and 45 minutes for lunch was not acceptable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B&G is one of the best restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    B&G is one of the best restaurants in Boston...it as it all. Barbara Lynch delivers a consistent experience, every time I go, which is very often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week menu was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Restaurant week menu was great. Freshest Oysters I have ever had in Boston!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it was a tight fit, my husband
    pinkyVIP
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    it was a tight fit, my husband is 6'5" and I would not take him there. some rude people stood holding the door open for about 5 minutes and it was freezing but the host didn't say anything to them, very annoying, had to put my coat on. otherwise service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was pleasant and most
    2diners
    Dined on 3/18/2008
    Service was pleasant and most accommodating. With food fresh and tasty, we enjoyed our first time at B & G.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellant. I ate there twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2008
    excellant. I ate there twice in the 3 days I was in Boston. Once for lunch and once for dinner. I will return on my next visit in April. I have already recommended it to frineds who will visit Boston in July.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best selection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/2/2008
    One of the best selection of oysters anywhere. Rest of the menu is really good for those who don't like oyster but the oysters are the reason to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet