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B&G Oysters

4.6
4.6
2749 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

7:00 PM


Booked 47 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 2,749 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. PM

    PatMc

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Our server kept forgetting about us as he was working the patio outside as well. Pricing for what we received were high. Lobster BLT $39 and a small portion of fried clams (maybe a 10-12), which we were told was a decent size portion was $34.
  2. S

    Stavros

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    B&G Oyster is one of the classic seafood places in Boston. Set in the middle of the South End, it has always had a pleasant back patio, and now has some tables in a deck on the street. My mother, a great francophile, says "it's as though we're in Paris!". You come to B&G for two things: * Beautiful simple seafood platters -- oysters, clams, shrimp, etc. * Nicely composed fish dishes combining perfect ingredients in creative ways. Though they do a fine job with basic broiled / fried / baked / poached fish -- especially for lunch -- there are cheaper places where you can get that. Their lobster roll and fried clams are probably the best you'll find without driving to the North Shore or beyond. The wines are very well selected and most go for around $60-70/bottle. Prices in general are on the high side, as you might expect.
  3. EB

    ElizabethB

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the outdoor patio, which was lovely. The waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. The food was so delicious, and the everything was timed well. I would highly recommend this restaurant for delicious oysters and other seafood.
  4. BT

    BobbyinTexas

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful and casual outdoor terrace below ground level, good service. We enjoyed fried oysters, mussels, and we split the generous branzino.
  5. A

    Andrew

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Main course was average. I got my entree before my boyfriend’s. I was eating slowly, and was done by the time he got his entree. Not happy. I told the waitress as well as the attendant, when I was asked. Disappointed.
  6. E

    Eatingoutonight

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    food menu needs to change. Salmon was average at best, no taste. Striped Bass was average. Pea salad was good, but not great. Best part of the meal was the french fries. Will not be back, better choices around that have great food.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was great. The food was excellent.
  8. BF

    BostonFoodLover

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum! Great meal
  9. EM

    ElenaM

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had calamari, oysters, and the lobster roll; which was easily the best I have ever had in my life. Excellent service, excellent cocktails, excellent food. Highly recommend.
  10. H

    Hazel

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great staff
  11. s

    steakfoodie

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent food with fresh seafood
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very average.
  13. AA

    AlexA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great seafood for a great value. Superb summer salad with burrata and watermelon. The cold lobster roll is a must have for visitors.
  14. j

    jodiantiques

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The oysters were outstanding! My son had the clams and they were moist and delicious. I had the lobster roll, yummy! Our service was very good, they were very attentive. Can't wait to go back!
  15. PO

    PeterO

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Little disappointed actually. It was a slow lunch service and it took forever to get our food. I got the fish and chips and the batter was crazy thick and soggy. Watermelon and tomato salad was great and the oysters were on point. But other than that, it was just meh.
  16. HC

    HesterCo

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious. We sat at the bar and had excellent service there and helpful recommendations on oysters and wine.
  17. MB

    MerB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great starters, uneven entrees. Striped bass was overcooked and practically inedible. The lobster roll was so-so. Prices are very high. But worst of all, the air-conditioning was substandard. For those prices, one should be able to eat in comfort.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Substituting ingredients for allergies was easy. Waiter was great!
  19. BJ

    BJP57

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    We have not eaten at a Barbara Lynch restaurant in some time. Most notably Sportello and Menton were among our favorites in the city at one point. We have also eaten at B & G a number of times before, all pre-COVID. While the service and our server was excellent, the food was a major disappointment and certainly has come down a notch or two since our last visit. We had oysters, clams, mussels and the tomato/watermelon salad. With the exception of the oysters the remaining dishing were all disappointing . The fried clams, which were pricey, were quite dry and not particularly sweet and the tomatoes not of the quality that are available in any farmers market right now. I do not see us going back any time soon unless we see better quality.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    I have been coming to B&G for 15 years. The service over the last 3 months has gotten continuously worse to the point that I will likely strike this place from my to go list. I spent a boat load of money at B&G, going more than once a week every week for years. But ultimately, it seems that customer service has become a foreign language. We had 2 servers, and those 2 servers were two too many. Our second order for oysters was completely forgotten. When we said something, they brought the oysters out in the middle of our main course and proceeded to take the plates away while we were still eating. I mean, really? And no apology at all. What made B&G special, is no longer there. The neighbourhood joint where they knew your name is gone. Management was not visible or does not seem to care. The old management welcomed us. In the past, management stopped by every table, acknowledged old friends, greeted new comers. It had a welcoming atmosphere. Wine was poured and you could try it. When something went wrong, there was acknowledgement, and the high quality of servers tried to fix it. I do not need somebody to pour water up to the rim into my glass. That is neither appropriate nor necessary. I do however expect a halfway decent service, that is polite and efficient. This has been the third time in the last 3 months where one could tell that the management did not care, and I am finally putting this down in writing. It has become a fast food joint. And to be clear, I do not need a monetary compensation. But an apology would be nice. I cannot believe I am saying this, but I will not go back anytime soon. Considering the prices, this is not worth it.

    B&G OystersResponded on July 25, 2022We thank you for taking the time to give us feedback. We are sorry that you have not enjoyed your recent experiences. Please contact us at info@bandgoysters or call Matt at (617) 423-0550 to set up a time for us to chat personally regarding the issues you mentioned. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your concerns.

  21. DG

    DaciaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, an amazing experience. Interesting and delicious food preparation and wonderful service and ambiance.
  22. MJ

    MariaJ

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I really enjoyed our visit. We sat at the bar, service was great. The only thing I would add would be a cocktail menu.
  23. F

    Faulkner

    Miami

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster club is to die for
  24. EB

    EricB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was great. Service was horrible, waited nearly an hour for our entrees while tables around us that ordered the same thing got served.
  25. CR

    CurtisR

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Great food but terrible service. Hostess was disorganized and flustered. Oyster and shrimp cocktail didn’t come for 50 minutes until after our entrees arrived.
  26. d

    debraf

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I were staying in the South End during a visit to Boston. After a little research, I made a rez for our first lunch at B&G. We sat outside in the covered garden. Everything about B&G far exceeded my expectations. We shared a lobster roll and Frank Family Chardonnay. It was the best cold lobster roll I’ve ever had. Not gloppy with Mayo but lightly and thoughtfully seasoned with lots of fresh lobster meat and herbs and lemon. Our waiter was very professional, attentive enough but not pushy, and charming. The setting is delightful. Definitely will go back.
  27. DD

    DrDre

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great dinner out! The raw oysters are always expertly shucked. This time we also got the fried oysters which were amazing!
  28. NA

    NormaA

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    food and service were good. No air conditioning on one of the hottest days of the summer! Go in the winter!
  29. S

    Sarahsmom

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. The pea salad with homemade cheese was delicate. Branzino was delicately fried and flavorful,
  30. F

    Foodista

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fresh, clean shucked oysters that were honestly the best oysters I have ever had. I ordered the Duxbury, M
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Bathrooms subpar sorry, food amazing
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    So so loud in here. Food was good but I don’t think spectacular, especially for the price. Lobster roll had. A lot of lobster but was very bland. Clam chowder was watery.
  33. WA

    WorththeAnnoyance

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Inside the restaurant was loud and a bit airless. The patio was lovely.
  34. M

    Momof2

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great meal at a lovely understated restaurant with attentive service.
  35. LF

    LuvFood

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Supremely high-quality and focused dishes. Service superb. Unforgettable real-Ipswich clams and barely-adorned, perfectly-cooked lemony lobster.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food great service. Yep
  37. NH

    NateH

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had the Lobster BLT, it was amazing. Fried Oysters were average, the outdoor dining set up is great too.
  38. MM

    MeghanM

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No better patio in the city of Boston. Combine that with top notch service and incredible food, and it’s a definitely favorite!
  39. p

    peterv

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything is great, but skip dessert, only low point :)
  40. BY

    BeeYummy

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent. However, they crammed us in a corner, next to (and really close to) one of only two occupied tables. Strange in this COVID era.

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 2749 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • 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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