B&G Oysters

4.7
2283 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FAVORITE place in Boston!

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RS
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and personal, attentive, unhurried service ... even at a barseat

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M
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great selfish and our waiter was very helpful and efficient

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place I’ve ever been to in Boston. The menu is simple, but pretty much everything is executed perfectly. The seafood is beyond fresh and expertly prepared. The steamed lobster was the best lobster I’ve ever tasted anywhere. Support this place, they deserve it!

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PT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun restaurant with quality food, the waiter was awesome!

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was friendly and the food tasted fresh. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and experience at B&G! I look forward to my next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great clams

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J
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Varied selection of “usual & not-so-usual” oysters that were excellent !!
Very well-prepared plates, it rather smallish portion for the price, hence the mid-value rating.
Fairly-priced wine options...
Very recommended for the quality.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

we have eaten at BG several times and of course like the food or would not return.
I did however find my fish a little dry and overcooked.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and service

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San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always recommend B&G to any friends visiting Boston, and people we meet while we're in Boston.

This night's meal was really great! The octopus was yummy, the raw shellfish so fresh, the Roederer champaign perfect... and the lobster BLT? Fantastic!

Thanks Hillary!

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GT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, ambiance and food!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and delicious experience!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My clam role had very few clams in it and waitress forgot to deliver fries for the table. Otherwise food good but pricey for lunch.

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1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hilary was one of best wait persons we have ever had - and there have been thousands. It was our 25th anniversary and she made the evening perfect! Go to this restaurant and ask for Hilary!
Oh and the oysters, crab legs, and crab cocktail were spectacular. Wine list is outstanding...

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. We were there for a romantic birthday celebration. Relieved to be seated outside as volume inside was much too loud.

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New England
46 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have had dinner at B&G previously but today was lunch for an out of town friend who wanted a lobster roll. It did not disappoint.

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B
Minneapolis
74 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was very helpful and fun! We had a sweet table for six that provided coziness. The oysters were spectacular! We also enjoyed the octopus and crab and sweet potato appetizers. None of us particularly liked our entrees, which we all found just so-so: lobster rolls, halibut, bouillabaisse. The French fries were awesome!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

B&G always surpasses expectations. A regular stop when we’re in Boston.

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RC
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, seated quickly and the wait staff were excellent

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ME
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Cramped quarter, service not up to par with prices

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NO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose B&G because I was in the mood for the perfect lobster roll for my birthday. B&G did not disappoint! We are a family of five with varying tastes and there was something for everyone. We sat outside which was a fun, urban atmosphere. We started with the Tower which was an excellent collection of seafood apps. Hubby had the octopus which was presented beautifully and was very tender. The youngest devoured his fish and chips while the eldest loved her crab salad. Oh, and the fries are the best ever. We took the left overs home and were told they reheat well. The coleslaw was a perfect combination of thinly chopped cabbage and light but creamy dressing however, I wanted just a bit more of the subtle flavor.

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MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful friends night out at B&G oysters. The place always inspires me with its thoughtful and fresh array of seafood, choice wines and festive atmosphere. Definitely try the lobster blt. It’s our favorite. We enjoyed the swank seafood tower with a side of fries and it was plentiful and delicious.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

the best place ever for oysters, always changing the variety, and the quality of flavors are excellent. They are shucked perfectly. The wine selection is unique and the servers help with descriptions to find a wine you will like.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mother’s Day celebration!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

For. 9:30 pm reservation for six we were seated at 10 pm. However they were so nice to forcefully sell us a bottle of wine while we waited standing outside! We didn’t know we were going to be standing there for half an hour. Once seated our service was very slow and the server kept missing things. We had to ask for utensils like spoons as we shared the food probably five times. For waiting half an hour there was no apology or attempt at comping anything. Food wise, underwhelmed by their choice of oysters, lobster roll was bad, and warm bread pudding Was just plain terrible. We tried more stuff but nothing worth mentioning.

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NO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, but the service was top notch. We made a reservation, but were not seated for almost 20 minutes afterward the start time. They were apologetic, kind, accommodating while we waited, and then gave us a few complimentary sides to turn a negative situation into a really nice one.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a perfect reunion with a friend from university.

The lemony roasted brussel sprouts were perfectly prepared and lemony without being too sour. The lobster roll was an extravagant treat and the squid was grilled to perfection.

Our only disappointment was the shrimp ceviche. Unusual prep would have been fine but we both found it to be too milky and not as satisfying as the rest of our meal.

I cut my teeth in the fine dining world as a Gramercy Tavern waiter in the mid to late 90s and I believe Barbara Lynch is Boston's Danny Meyer. No other Boston restaurants meet his standards for excellence in service and food flavor & quality.

I love the Meyers & Chang husband & wife team but their establishments are a different beast all together.

Thank you for a delightful meal!

-Mary Beth

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

New England clam chowder is not classic ;too salty and not creamy. Lobster bisque tasted good however.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal as usual.

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AV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Shared oysters & the chowder was amazing. Also had the crab & sweet potato salad which was really good!

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

B&G is an incredibly consistent, great experience. Service is fabulous, the oysters are always tasty and they have the best lobster roll in Boston. Two thumbs way up for B&G.

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TF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this lively local restaurant. Our food was excellent and the service was terrific. We'll be back!

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

We, 2 sisters had a reservation but were seated in a table which was less desirable than 2 different tables given to two couples who did not have a reservation. Should those with reservations not expect the bests tables before those without? I’m interested in opinions of others.

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GC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal meal. Everything was excellent. One of the best Lobster rolls I have had. Lobster BLT was also excellent.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was fresh, tasty, well presented. Service was good- the restaurant has a very knowledgeable staff. Will be back for sure!

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DB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Whenever I come to Boston I always pay a visit and gobble up a dozen oysters with a glass of Champagne and a glass of Muscadet! Brilliant!

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SJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our servers were fantastic and super friendly. Had the Halibut and assortment of Oysters and both were delicious!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I originally had set a reservation for 7 PM on a Monday to celebrate my fiancées birthday, but I had to attend a wake unexpectedly and coupled with the rain and rush hour, wasn't able to make it until 8:30. B&G was extremely helpful the whole time and was ultimately willing to allow us to arrive when we could make it. I'm not sure if this is the case always, but it was a very kind gesture, and it's much appreciated.

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s
New England
68 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So tough to get a reservation here, but it's worth it--if you love fish. It's always good, service is great, good wine list and generally charming atmosphere, with a true South End vibe. The patio out back is a bonus.

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