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Union Oyster House
Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.unionoysterhouse.com
  • Phone: (617) 227-2750
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Private rooms are available for your convenience for cocktail parties, buffets and banquets. Each room has its distinct personality!
  • Private Party Contact: Dining Room Manager (617) 227-2750

Getting there

  • Public 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.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (sorry). If the Union Oyster House is on your right, the brick building STRAIGHT AHEAD OF YOU is the garage. Drive towards it, make a quick left (Hanover St.) right (Congress St.) and right again (Sudbury St.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours
A word from Union Oyster House
The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. The Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to pre-revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a constant customer, in their original positions.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great server. She was fun and fast. I think we ordered wrong because of the three dinners only one was good (fried seafood platter).The rest was almost in edible. Everyone around us had lobster so that must be their specialty. We probably won't return though. Too many restaurants to choose from!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "From the moment we walked into The Union Oyster House, the ambiance was exciting. We were drawn to the restaurant because of the history. Unfortunately, our expectations fell flat thanks to the terrible service and mediocre food. From the hostess to the the wait staff, it really ruined the experience. Special requests were not met, staff was rude and dismissive, and the top it off, the food is really not great. I would not recommend this spot to anyone."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Having a reservation means nothing, staff is completely indifferent, food is mediocre at best, spend your time and money elsewhere. There are a lot of great restaurants in Boston, Union Oyster House is not one of them."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great people great Place Great Food!!! How can you beat dining in the oldest restaurant in the US. there is a reason they have been in business for 150+yrs."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The crab cakes are amazing never disappointed. Also love the clam chowder. All I have eaten there but truly great food. It is a cramped restaurant but historic and fun to visit if you are in Boston. Best seafood in town and worth the expensive price. :)"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I'm Boston born and raised. I live on the west coast now, but come back home about every 5 years. This time, I brought my kids (16 & 13) to experience New England & Boston for the 4th of July week. How could I not take them to the Union Oyster House? The nostalgia... the history. I've come here many times over the past 45+ years. Last time was about 5 years ago, and our waitress was INCREDIBLE! She was such a joy. I felt like I was "home" with my grandma. This time around, I was actually embarrassed. I even apologized to my kids, asking them to just trust me that it was once an incredible experience. Food was just "ok", nothing exciting. And the service was incredibly poor. Next visit, I'll go without. Many other choices available now."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed a good bowl of New England Clam Chowda. In the heart of it all. Near Faneul Hall and Little Italy. Charming oldest restaurant in the USA."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food and service are very good, but it's too dark in the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I had low expectations for Union Oyster House. But the experience was a hoot. Initially the bartender was gruff, but kept topping off my martini quite generously. The portions of lobster and boillubaise were enormous and very, very good. I had the lobster of my life (3#) and it was delicious. We had a great night. Don't go if you're in a hurry or turn your noses up at the tourists. Fun in a historic atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Excellent food, atmosphere and service. Our overall experience is always "OUTSTANDING""
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Fun place to stop and grab a bite to eat...especially if you love history and want to experience where history took place!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Took my son and his girlfriend first timers to Boston. Fourth of July weekend. Great service! Great food! Open table reservation right on time! Couldn't ask for anything else. Will be back next time trip to Boston!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "great food and very cool ambience. Oldest restaurant in the states and provides a unique feel to eating there."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food was good but it was a typical menu that you can get anywhere. The service was very good and very friendly, but the coolest part of lunch was just probably the historical aspect of the building."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "What a fun place to take 3 generations! Eating at one of the oldest restaurants in America, sharing a variety of good food, fabulous wait staff, made for a delightful evening on July 4th. Some may consider it a tourist trap, but we loved the chaos that the heavy rain produced. It was a magical evening for Texans and Wisconsinites!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We came here for lunch on a busy holiday Sat. We had a reservation & had to wait about 10 mins. to be seated as place was packed. Just like last yr. when we were here, the clam chowder was outstanding & the place teems w/ history. However, the service was slow & inattentive, & the waitress forgot to bring back my CC w/ the check. However, I'd come back again for the aforementioned chowder & ambience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "If you are in Boston you have to make time to stop by, you will not regret it"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Bar service was excellent, the rest of the evening was disappointing!!!!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A place that made the history, lots of tourists need a fast service so the level of it can't be very hight"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This place has a very warm and comfortable environment. It's as though the entire neighborhood was built around it. Our food was excellent and you could absolutely taste the freshness. Cornbread was a pleasant surprise and the crab cakes and oysters were the best ice ever had! Our waitress Linda, made the whole evening out best in Boston! She was fun and personable!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "If you are going to Boston don't miss going to the Union Oyster House. Not just because it is an historic location but it has excellent food. I had the Seafood Newburg and it was very good and they have lobster. The waitress was very good and knew their menu and gave excellent advice on what to try. Try it you won't regret it"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We were put at a table in the back right next to service bar. Was loud and had a lot of traffic. When ordering beer you have to wait a long time for it to come up from downstairs. The waitress was very attentive and nice although we lost her for awhile. Apps were good, dinners just average. The shellfish is very good."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "If you ever go to Boston, you must make a stop at UOH. Service is fst and friendly, or as slow as you'd like. The star is all the seafood optins. I expect their land offerings are also good. A must eat for Boston."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We ate at Union Oyster twice during our 5 day stay in Boston. The lobster is cooked to perfection, side dishes are overly big, desserts are reminiscent of revolution days (gingerbread and indian pudding). - Oysters were sweet and briny - just as they should be. Ambience is fitting for a restaurant that predates the revolution. History surrounds the diner. I come here whenever I get to Boston."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I enjoyed my meal very much and the chef accommodated my special preparation request. I ordered the haddock special with seafood stuffing, new potatoes and asparagus. I thought it was cooked perfectly, just enough stuffing to add flavor and complement the fish, vegetables cooked to perfection as well. My fiancé was very happy with his spicy seafood medley as well. When if came to the kids menu the experience was very different. I have children with food allergies and didn't feel their allergies were addressed in an attentive way, they were served a side they are allergic to. Their meal was grilled cheese (with broccoli I added instead of fries) their sandwiches were white bread with American cheese. Children deserve quality food, not this."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was attracted by the 'oldest restaurant in America' label. The food is ok, nothing special. The setting is good, from a historical perspective. Otherwise, its just a pricey trip to tell your kids that they have visited Boston."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The booth was exceedingly small and if you were a little overweight would not be able to fit comfortably, if at all. Food was a little disappointing the lobster stuffing was wet and for the price small. The wait staff made the evening enjoyable and they were wonderful. With all the fine dinging in Boston this would not be a first choice to go back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The restaurant itself was cool.Food was awful. Server spilled drinks all over me and didn't apologize at all."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is America's oldest restaurant, with a wonderful and storied history, and the seafood lives up to the reputation. I had not been back since I was there with my parents when I was a child, and it lived up to all my old memories and more after perhaps 35 years. The service was friendly and quick, and the lobster was wonderful. I love oysters, and the dozen I went through on this visit were some of the freshest and sweetest I have ever had. I was happy to bring my own 9-year-old twins to see and enjoy dinner at this excellent restaurant and living piece of American history."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First night in Boston we choose Union Oyster House for the uniqueness. The building is very old and it feels more like a ship than a restaurant. Their claim to fame is that they introduced the tooth pick to america. The place is busy being on one of the main tourist drag and the decor is in keeping with the age of the restaurant. The food was good the wine list was ample, our sever was very friendly and all in all a very good experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good claim chowder but I found the rest of the food to be average with a very expensive price tag. Your definitely paying for the ambiance not the food. Service was ok."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at America's oldest restaurant. Excellent clam chowdah!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Oldest restaurant (and the first to sell toothpicks) is a must for anyone visiting Boston. The food is delicious. We had the lobster, shrimp and chowder. Our meals were perfect and the market prices were very reasonable, so don't be scared off when you see that on the menu...just ask before you rule out a delicious meal."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "if you like seafood and you are in Boston and don't go here......well, your just un American."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "our trip of a lifetime. And we visited this restaurant when we arrived and again before we left. It was wonderful. Thank you everyone. You were all so nice to us and the food was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food is good, not great but good, though way too expensive for what it is. The service is terrible. Even though we were a party of 10, it should not have taken 30 minutes to get our appetizers, which were 10 cups of clam chowder, an order of greasy calamari and a sloppy bowl of Boston Baked Beans (that tasted no different than Bush's canned beans) and didn't arrive until after we had our meals. We were in no rush but were hungry. However, the reason to go to this institution is because it is the oldest restaurant in America and that novelty does make it worth going, even if it is decent food at gourmet prices. It would be nice if the service were up to par and the waitstaff were friendly, rather than treating you like an annoyance."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my 4th visit to the Oyster House in two visits to Boston. As the oldest restaurant in the country, the original charm is still there. A great place to sit at the shucking table with a cold beer and watch them work their magic. Friendly staff, great drinks...I recommend the Dirty Grey Goose Martini!! Some of the best clam chowder I have had. Bought the cookbook so I could make it at home and it turns out just as good! Nice variety of seafood, but plenty for the non seafood eater. A must do at least once when in Boston!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Worst dining experience I've had in awhile - avoid at all costs! Small portions, bland food and slow service. This place is nothing more than a tourist trap on the Freedom Trail. For seafood I highly recommend Summer Shack on Dalton by the Hilton."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This is a very fast paced and noisy place, which isn't always a bad thing. My only gripe was that the announcement system was going off the whole time "Bob party of 5" etc, over and over again. The lobster roll was very much worth the purchase. Staff seemed very friendly. I wouldn't recommend this place for a romantic dinner, more of a family or relaxed dinner. Overall a good experience!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Well we were expecting a lot, the restaurant is a National Historic Landmark and toots their own horn a LOT on the menu, walls etc. the food was below average, 90% of the seafood was fresh but the 10% did not make for a good experience. WAY overpriced, 4 star pricing with 2 star food. Avoid this restaurant"
    Dined on 6/21/2014