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B&G Oysters

4.6
4.6
2708 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
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. The cuisine and wine program have received many accolades over the years, including Best Seafood by Boston Magazine.

Please note that much of our seating is outdoors and weather dependent; in the event of inclement weather, we may not be able to honor outdoor reservations and will reach out to all guests if we are not able to seat the patio. PLEASE NOTE: tables listed as Standard are located inside the restaurant.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-0550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Barbara Lynch

  • Catering

    Please contact events@barbaralynch.com for more information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For your next private or corporate event, B&G Oysters offers a stylish setting for a casual cocktail reception or seated lunch or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (855) 402-2243

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Waltham

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Back Bay Station, Orange Line & MBTA

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 2,708 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. N

    Nick

    Miami

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. Start off with oysters and I HIGHLY recommend the fried clams. If the weather’s nice, sit outside for great ambiance. Of the two desserts the chocolate mousse was our favorite.
  2. R

    Robin25

    New England

    60 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    It’s hard to review this place without starting with our arrival. We arrived at 6:28 for our 6:30 reservation and there were 2 parties ahead of us. It took the host about 10 minutes to find the reservations and seat us all. He never smiled, never made us feel welcome, and never explained what was taking so long. He had 2 different iPads that he kept clicking through without ever engaging with the customers at his host stand. It was like being in a line for flight rebookings at an airport. We asked if there was a problem with the reservation system (a cue for him to explain what was happening) and he just said no. That said, our server Kate was the exact opposite. She was warm and helpful, and showed up every time it seemed we might need something. The food was good but not extraordinary. We had raw oysters, fried oysters, steamed mussels and a green bean and shrimp salad. Given the lousy experience with the host, we can’t imagine we will be returning.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Although I had specifically requested outdoor seating- when we arrived we were told it would be a 20 minute wait - so we’re forced to eat inside. So much for Open Table reservations- useless!

    B&G OystersResponded 1 day agoThank you for your review. From time to time some of our guests will dine much longer than their generously alotted time slot. When this occurs we do our best to work around them which sometimes results in a slight wait for reservations following them. This does not happen often but when it does it is a less than ideal situation and we work hard to find solutions and options for our valued guests to ensure the best experience possible. Thank you again for your visit and comments.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    From the apps to the entree every item was divine. Drink menu is fabulous and the oyster selection is great. It’s tight little spot so keep in mind you will be in close quarters with your neighbors but the outdoor patio is really beautiful
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fresh meals with excellent wine pairings. The patio is small, but nice. Won’t work for anyone with access issues, due to the steep stairs. Will definitely go back!
  6. B

    Becs

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We hadn't been in a long time so thought we would try it out again. Unfortunately the quality has gone downhill in recent years. (1) Wine list is dull and uninspired. (2) Food execution wasn't what it used to be - seasoning and plating was lacking. (3) Service was delayed and disengaged - and we weren't asking for much. We won't go back as there are much better options for high quality seafood available.
  7. CR

    ChadR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had not been to B&G since we moved away from Boston 5 years ago. It was better then I remember - easily in the top 2 fried clams I have ever had. The best tartar sauce on the planet and the snap pea salad was incredible as well. All the staff were super friendly and accommodating to our party - can't wait to come back.
  8. AN

    AmandaNH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely. Food, service and atmosphere was five stars. I look forward to going back.
  9. EB

    ElaineB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We’ve eaten here many times pre-pandemic and always loved it. This time the menu for lunch was very limited and the food was overpriced. The very expensive lobster roll was not much bigger than a finger roll. Very disappointing.
  10. SL

    SageL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    B&G oysters is hands down my favorite restaurant in Boston. The seafood, salads, and wine are FANTASTIC. everything tastes SO fresh. I come back here again and again. Will never let you down. Run, don’t walk!!
  11. BG

    BostonGuy

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I love oysters and B&G did not disappoint, however the seating at the bar was unbearably cramped and the fried clams left something to be desired. My drink was good and our bartender was outstanding. Looking at the overall cost analysis, not really worth paying top dollar for a bar seat with less room than an economy ticket on spirit airlines to have decent seafood.
  12. PF

    PaulF

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    It has changed, as all things have. Disjointed service between several servers. Requests for more lemons met minimally twice. Unhappy hostess. Oysters good, calamari great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters!!!
  14. SP

    SteveP

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Stopped in B&G Oysters with my son for a lunch and food was excellent. We split a dozen oysters (2 of each, all local shellfish) & we split a clam chowder. I had the fried calamari appetizer as an entree & my son had fish & chips. The food was uniformly good and the oysters were fresh & excellent. The chowder was awesome with well done chunks of bacon...very, very good. I've had better calamari, but it was fine & a healthy portion. Fish and chips were standard. The negative is the cost. A dozen oysters were $43.80 ($3.65 ea). The calamari was $18. Fish & chips $22. Clam chowder was $18 for not a huge portion. They split it into two bowls & I wondered if they increased the price by doing that...but there are no prices on their website. So, $18 for a not-so-big bowl of clam chowder? Another pet peeve of mine. We each got an iced tea that came in smallish glasses heaped with ice. So, there was not a lot of tea in the glass...no refills offered. I didn't want to ask for a refill because if they had charged for it, I would have gotten into an argument. One iced tea? $4. That was about a penny's worth of tea jacked up to $4. So, $117.49 for lunch for two people (not including tip) that was basically two appetizers, a dozen oysters and one lunch entree. A little pricey. Ambiance is nice...ate outside in the courtyard, though the tables for two are kind of small...had a hard time fitting all of the plates. Service was excellent except the hostess who barely acknowledged that we were living human beings after we checked in. Nah, she didn't acknowledge us until she took us to she took us to our table. That was kind of rude. Would I eat there again? Yeah, if the stock market rebounds a bit. But the oysters were all good. Five stars for the food...three for the cost...so a four star review.
  15. n

    none

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places. I lived in the neighborhood 15 years ago and I come back every time I visit.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at B&G — amazing food and a great patio.
  17. A

    Adriana

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience3
    Incredible expensive for what it was.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was nice. Love the outdoor. Service was great. We were there for a bday. We didn’t get a candle in the desert. 🫠😢
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch! Amazing food and service 🥰
  20. a

    astrodaniel

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent oysters, whole branzino and lobster rolls.
  21. t

    theaterlover

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was quick and helpful with suggestions. All elements of the seafood tower were very tasty, and the fried clams were also excellent. The snap pea was different from anything I've ever had before and so light and delicious. The place is small so tables are cozy with people close together, but that did not diminish our enjoyment.
  22. M

    Mike

    Charlotte

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Oyster selection was great. Had scallops, lobster roll and branzino…all excellent. Best thing was champagne selection!! Had a brand not easily found in the US-Roger COULON
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went pre-Calderwood Theater matinee, ate outside, and were delighted!!
  24. f

    foodie

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This is B&G oysters. I never thought I would be served mussels that were not fresh.
  25. JB

    JakeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio, and had a lovely time. The ambiance out there was very nice and relaxed, and there were even heaters to keep the temperature comfortable on a chilly evening (probably around 55 F with light jackets was comfortable). Inside looked a little more crowded and high-energy. The waiter was very nice and service was quick but not rushed. As for the food, we had some of the best oysters I've ever had! My dish, Whole Branzino, was likewise amazing - the whole fish was lightly fried with a crispy skin and perfectly-cooked meat - be prepared to eat around some bones, of course. My partner's dish, the lobster roll, was okay. The lobster meat itself could have been more flavorful but I'm sure that's dependent on the day's catch. The side of fries were particularly tasty.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Friendly staff.
  27. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed perhaps the best lobster roll and fried clams EVER! We loved sitting at the bar, watching the magic happen, and talking with the very friendly staff. The food was fresh and delicious, and the drinks were great. We'll go back soon and maybe sit on the lovely patio outside.
  28. EF

    ElliotF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best oysters ever
  29. RE

    ReginaE

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    menu is somewhat limited. The setting is a bit too enclosed
  30. J

    Juancho

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Oysters
  31. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We read in many other reviews and from a friend who had been here that this restaurant was able to make their fried oysters/clams/calamari gluten-free and that they were very accommodating for gluten allergies, so we came specifically for that. When we asked the server, he acted like he had no idea what we were talking about and said they couldn't do any gluten-free fried seafood. We ended up getting a shrimp cocktail, salmon entree, and scallop entree to split between two of us. We were both still hungry after as the meals were very light and portions were small. The food tasted fine but we probably will not go back.
  32. LG

    LuisG

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic oysters
  33. B

    Budman254

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was very tasty. Wellfleet otters were very good as were the proscuito topped sea scallops over puréed peas. My wife had the the Blue Cod and it was very good as well. We ate inside near the oyster bar, and we liked watching the various dishes come out of the kitchen. Space was tight though, and it was loud. We thought portions were decent and price wasn’t as bad as some of the other reviews on here. We spent $140 for both of us after tip.
  34. g

    gourmet

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Service slow for dessert Seemed they had forgotten
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food
  36. BD

    BosDiningDude

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Even with a reservation we had to wait forty (40!) minutes for our table; the host was unapologetic and seemed totally unconcerned. Never offered us anything by way of apology, a glass of wine, anything. The service was brusque and indifferent; no welcome or warmth whatsoever. The food was good but at white-tablecloth prices I expect better than diner service. I live nearby and hadn’t been for years, and was really excited. What a disappointment! Barbara Lynch’s restaurants have a reputation for excellence; this was not excellent.
  37. D

    Dejan

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Really enjoyed the ambience and oysters were amazing.
  38. DB

    DomB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A friend’s birthday.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great experience. Good food. Good environment. Good service.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    For a restaurant with such a good reputation we were very disappointed. We ordered the seafood tower and the lobster role. Would not go back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from B&G Oysters using the Order Online button.

B&G Oysters is rated 4.6 stars by 2708 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for B&G Oysters

550 Tremont street Boston, MA 02118

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Waltham

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Back Bay Station, Orange Line & MBTA

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Barbara Lynch

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-0550

  • Catering

    Please contact events@barbaralynch.com for more information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For your next private or corporate event, B&G Oysters offers a stylish setting for a casual cocktail reception or seated lunch or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (855) 402-2243

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