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  2. Distance: 0.99mi
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About Elm Square Oyster Co.

Elm Square Oyster Co. is a Modern New England Eatery with a beautiful custom Oyster bar. Our menu is fun, fresh and exciting with our Chef Michael Sherman’s interpretation of “New” New England cuisine. We will continue to work closely with local fishermen, farmers, distillers and brewers to provide a unique dining experience to the local community North of Boston. Behind the bar, we will embrace everything that is great about American craft beverages. Our bar will feature an extensive American Bourbon selection, all American wine list, small batch spirits & local craft beers from some of the best craftsmen in America.

2 Elm Square
Andover, MA 01810
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Bar: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Main St and Elm St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 470-2228

Website:
http://www.elmsquareoysterco.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking on site. Multiple Town Municipal parking lots within walking distance

Executive Chef:
Michael Sherman

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-Private dinner parties, business dinners, rehearsal dinners for up to 30 people. Cocktail receptions and holiday parties for up to 140 people.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Elm Square Oyster Co. Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (51)
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Good for Groups (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Healthy (8)
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Happy Hour (6)
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Tasting Menu (5)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We visited the restaurant because of overall excellence review in BONS Magazine. The restaurant was definitely overrated. The oysters were just so so. The remaining dishes were good, but not stellar. Menu choices EXTREMELY limited. We were informed that new ownership just came on board. Will possibly visit again if menu is updated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The restaurant was excellent! The food is all prepared on site and very tasty. Great service too!
Our only disappointment was that Zomato, where we started our search, had an old menu posted.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

very nice 3rs visit this month with family in the area

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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Being a weekday and not full we expected smooth service but that was the major hiccup of the evening. The food was well executed, textures, presentation, flavors, but the service was absolutely horrible from the get go. Hard to get an initial greeting and drink order, our waitress doesn't drink so had no clue on a basic martini order. I can't fault her, it's not spending time training their staff properly. She never checked it see if our meals were ok and waited until halfway through our meal for our glass of wine to be delivered , It doesn't matter how good the food is, if the service and timing is off, Im not inclined to return.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food and service was excellent, ambiance okay.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The service was incredibly slow, the food portions were unbelievably small, and everything was way overpriced. But I will say I had the best nine dollar miniature salad and best sixteen dollar tiny burger I've ever had.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We want to love this place but always have a weird experience when we go. This time service was excruciatingly slow- couldn't even flag someone for water. It wasn't that busy and We were there on the earlier side too.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Thanks for making the boss look good! The halibut was delicious, oysters fresh. Great service. We will be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The food was Excellent. Service was a little slow however. Drinks were pricey.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I have dined at Elm Square Oyster Co. at least a dozen times over the last year. The hallmark for this restaurant is its consistency in the quality of the food and the quality of the service. This past outing, we ordered a selection of oysters that were absolutely fresh and delicious. For entrees, I ordered a halibut special which was absolutely amazing. Light and delicious yet filling. My son ordered the burger and fries and there wasn't a bite left on his plate in very short order. The jalapeno infused martini with bleu cheese olives is another standout on the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food and atmosphere sublime whole visiiting quaint Andover. Highly recommend for visitors.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

This is my fifth time at Elm Square; I enjoy the foodie-esque entrees and it's centrally located for my group of friends to get to; parking remains an issue, but not a deal-breaker. Our server/bartenders (one was John) were great guys and made the night fun--we like servers who will banter and joke around with you vs. being stuffy and unapproachable;

I eat keto, so I was disappointed that the deviled eggs and stuffed olives are being taken off the menu! It's difficult enough to find no carb options in restaurants. I did order the chicken liver pate (and they substituted lettuce for the bread), but it lacked flavor a bit...needed more punch!

Most of my friends ordered the roasted carrot soup and raved about it. My pork loin/pork belly entree was delicious as was my friend's fish dish (Cod I think?). I always enjoy my meals here...just wish they'd update the menu to include fewer carb-laden options for folks like me! (and use veggies that are lower carb, which means fewer peas and carrots and more green beans, cauli mash or broccoli as an option). BTW, I drank TWO pots of Earl Grey tea...not sure which loose leaf brand it was, but it was a great way to end the night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Heather is a gem. We greatly enjoy the food, friendly service, everything about this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Everything was delicious. The oysters were spectacular. Great drinks. Excellent service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Not enough help - our waitress was good but she had too many tables to take care of. Food was good and drinks were good. We had an odd table - pillar close behind my husbands chair so people going by bumped into him constantly.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 3, 2017

As always. An excellent dinner and a great restaurant.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was outstanding!!
My diner was very tasty and hot!

Tags: Organic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Very good service , very attentive waiter ; my meal was excellent and the cocktails and oysters were great! Great first date atmosphere

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Our server was great! We had a very nice experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Love this place'

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

It was ok. The service was great. We were sat on a table for two opposite a fish tank which was comfortable and a pretty location but it felt a little like a corridor as people were constantly walking past us.

The oyster menu looked good. The rest of the menu was disappointingly not seafood focused offering only one seafood appetizer and 2 mains.

The food was presented really well, we had the tasting menu. We didn't get any oysters with that even though the waitress had said we probably would, that was disappointing.

The food was unfortunately a little bland, the cod appetizer was nice, the salmon crudo didn't taste of anything, we had burnt almonds in one of our dishes, the pork main was cooked ok but had very boring sides so just wasn't interesting enough to be on a tasting menu.

We will probably give it another try and focus more on enjoying the oyster menu. There were some lovely booths by the bar and I'm sure in a big group it could be really fun.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Good service, trendy space. But.... the portions were small, the food unremarkable, and the oysters fair. Not a good value.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We loved the oysters. Great selection. Also the crispy octopus. Wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Overall highly recommend!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Food\Ambience\Service was a 10!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Our first time at Elm Square will not be our last. Our evening started with the oyster special. Delicious with the special sauces they provide. My gal had the scallops. Perfect combination of crusty edges and velvet flesh inside. I had the pork loin with pork belly. Just wonderful with cubed butternut squash. To finish, we tried the chocolate dessert and were very impressed.
Our waiter, Heather, was fantastic. Great food and perfect service made for a fabulous evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I was disappointed in the limited entree menu. For a seafood restaurant, there was not much seafood to choose from.

There seems to be a pattern to poor seating when I make a reservation through Open Table.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Very pleasant Saturday date night. A small menu but with great attention to detail and excellent service. Very relaxed but sophisticated atmosphere in the local community. Excellent Oysters with a selection of differently spiced hand crafted sauces

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2017

We have had dinner at Elm Square Oyster a number of times and always enjoyed the high quality cocktails and food. The oysters are always first rate. One thing that has bothered us on more than one occasion, is the oddly slow food service. Cocktails/drinks, oysters/apps have always been quickly served. But when it comes to serving the main course, service has been oddly slow. Almost like they forgot about us. It would seem that service going in/coming out of the kitchen, and communication between the wait staff and kitchen could improve.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

AMAZING food. Servers were friendly and gave us enough space to enjoy ourselves but didn't forget about us either. The restaurant was very beautiful and cozy, the tables were somewhat closed together but didn't feel like we were sitting on top of each other. Wish there were more options for main courses but loved the ribeye (dinner for two). Would definitely come back again!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Heather was a great server. Oysters were great. Ambiance was outstanding. Oh, and the bar staff was very attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We had been curious about coming here for some time; the fact that they had availability on Valentine's Day was a plus. As a matter of fact, the staff accommodated us about an hour before our reservation and were very gracious about it. Our server was informative and made really good oyster selections on our behalf.

The food was delicious and the quality was readily apparent. As some have mentioned the portions were small; portions were South Beach & NYC small. The quality was on par with those places but I was in Andover, MA.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband I went on Valentine's which was a last minute booking due to changes in our original plans. I was pleased that they did not have a limited menu as some restaurants do on that night and we choose the 5 course tasting - unfortananetley there was a long lag between courses dinner taking 2 1/2 hours and other than the amuse bouche of Cod beignets the courses were forgettable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Although the rib eye for two was very good I felt the menu was limited. Oysters where very good and server was knowledgeable and helpful in making choices. We will definitely come again.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2017

The food is so fresh, creative and delicious!
We started with oysters. Followed that with crude and crab salad for appetizers. Main course was the scallops and the black cod. All amazing. Dessert was a lemon meringue!

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Table was unstable and partially collapsed with our drinks on top. We caught it just in time. Server cleaned mess and adjusted table but yet it felt like this was an everyday hiccup. The flank steak was horrible. The seafood tacos for appetizer was dismal. For the price of the meal, we left disappointed with lack of follow up and concern by management about food and table incident.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We love this place. The burger, simply outstanding, is back on the menu. We are always well cared for and have a great meal. We will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The night was fine. 3 out of 4 people ordered the flank steak based on my previous experience. Unfortunately this dish wasn't good as the first time. The steak was well undercooked and lacked seasoning. The shallots weren't as good and spinach. The only piece of the dish which was still amazing were the roasted smoked potatoes. Get the desert. Out of everything the lemon meringue is out of this world!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

First time here, and really enjoyed the environment and food. Oysters were awesome-nice variety and sauces creatively displayed and tasty. Entrees are on moderate size-which I prefer. Updated casual dining. Lemon desert and donut desert were both very good.

Tags: Casual, Organic, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Excellent with gluten free options, separate fryer for GF items!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2017

This is an excellent place to dine and sit back after long day. Service was impeccable. Atmosphere was spot on. Love the decorative pig in the kitchen. The food was awesome. Everyone in my party were beyond impressed with the not only the flavors and freshness but the options presented to them. Thanks for a lovely dinner. I forgot about desert and the only word that come to mind is WOW

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