B&G Oysters

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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. 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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Sun 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon 2:30PM - 3:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Tue - Wed 2:30PM - 3:45PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM
Thu 2:30PM - 3:45PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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New England
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love garden

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SB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Small menu expensive for what you got.

PM
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ordered the lobster roll and I was disappointed. For $34 each I don't expect the heel of the hotdog roll.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pan fried halibut was too cooked, the dish was not accompanied of sauce or bouillon, therefore the dish itself was dry to the taste. The steamed clam was good but no more. The blue cod was very moist, accompanied by a very tasty sauce. We also had a lobster roll that was about average when compared to others in Boston
Overall we felt we did not get good value for the money we paid.

PF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food. Table seated at did not allow for enough space between me and the person behind me. Prices are high don't mind as food is good but for the price, I would like to have been comfortable.

GL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Attentive service. Patio seating nice. Great lobster; lobster salad too small. Very limited offering of US wines, malheureusement.

D
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our meal!!! Fantastic oysters to start the night followed by delicious entrees! Wait staff were fun and informative. We had a GREAT time ... highly recommend!

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi Duke! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you again!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Many items ob the menu were not available

EC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was wonderful, too!

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you EmmaC for saying so!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, but nMissing some of the variety the menu used to have.

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed your meal, and know that we are working on new and exciting dishes for the seasonal change! Cheers, Alex

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e
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Overpriced for what you get. And if you’re only going to serve fish you should know how to cook it. I’ve been here twice and both times my fish was dry and overcooked. The servings were small with only a tiny side dish. Overall the only reason to come here is the oysters.

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi elizabethm, I'm so sorry to hear that this was your experience! I've reached out privately to follow up. Cheers, Alex

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BK
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

great location. Quiet, friendly and clean. Food is good but portions are very small and very pricey.

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hi BKbk, I'm glad you enjoyed the food and ambiance, I'm sorry to hear that the value wasn't there! I've reached out privately to follow up. Cheers, Alex

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SA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll, coleslaw & patio!! Matthew was a perfectly attentive server & so kind! I can’t wait to come back to Boston just to come here!!

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks ShannonA! I'll pass that along to Matthew. Cheers, Alex

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CG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful services and food! A great local restaurant! I would highly recommend!

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks CindyG! We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorites!

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 24, 2019

We're very glad to hear it! Thank you for the high praise!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat in the patio. The whole fish was incredible. The service was attentive. Overall a wonderful evening.

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thanks Kim! We're glad you enjoyed the Branzino special we were featuring that evening. Cheers!

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i
New York Area
137 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The key word here is OYSTERS!

If you like oysters look no further! They are so fresh and delicious. I have been to all the oyster restaurants in Boston and hands down, this is my favorite!

Treat yourself to a glass of chablis while sucking down the pearls of the sea and fill up with some fried clams!

HEAVEN!!!

B&G Oysters
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thanks ibarbara24, we appreciate the high praise! Cheers!

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing! This little spot never disappoints if you're looking for the best bivalves, New England clam chowder and lobster roll. Impeccable service, warm and intimate dining environment. You'll definitely need reservations!

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thank you Deborah! You're very kind. I'll pass this along to the team! Cheers, Alex

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal! Tall stack of oysters, clams, crab, smoked mussels and king crab followed by steamed lobster. New England at its best!

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks for the compliment! Cheers! Alex

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i
London
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have a love-hate relationship with B&G. When it is perfect, as it was yesterday, the meal is just so good. My guest from the Midwest was on cloud nine. The lobster rolls were great, as the lobster had been freshly cooked, and the meat was moist and tender. The service was great. Sometimes, the lobster rolls are not nearly as good, with small pieces of meat rather than chunks. The French fries yesterday were superb, but sometimes they are quite forgettable.

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 19, 2019

I'm glad to hear we were hitting on all cylinders on your last visit! I'll speak with our kitchen team about your feedback. Consistency is very important to us, we'll give attention to the fries and lobster roll. Cheers, Alex

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SO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner!

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 19, 2019

We're glad to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for saying so! Alex

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OL
New England
57 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When a restaurant has a famous chef/owner you expect the food to be special and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing. Lobster salad appetizer was like nothing I’ve ever tasted. Fried oysters were delicious and beautifully presented. Roasted Brussels sprouts side dish was amazing and a generous portion. Halibut was perfectly browned on top but fresh & moist.

I was surprised that B&G felt more like a neighborhood spot than a pricey restaurant.

The wines that I sampled were just OK, expensive but nothing special.

Service was excellent.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

they had a particular seating area we requested ready for us and poured us a complimentary glass of pink bubbly. Our server was friendly, efficient, and fun ... and the oysters, octopus, and lobster salad was exquisite.

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 19, 2019

Glad you had a nice time! The Jansz Tasmanian rosé is one of our wines to pour (and drink ourselves). Cheers! Alex

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful & Food was good. Wonderful date night restaurant for seafood lovers.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely as usual.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I only just moved to Boston (from NYC), and this was my first dining experience ... B&G has set the bar and the tone for future Boston dining experience. It happened to be my birthday, and I was treated by my servers (on the sly) to a very yummy chocolate mousse dessert special! I will be returning often!

AM
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, B&G Oysters has the best fried clams in the world!!! Our friends enjoyed them too! Amazing!!!

SC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Clam chowder was good; however, I was shocked by the portion size of the $30 cod. 😫

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic dinner and experience. Recommended by friends and did not disappoint.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I will definitely visit again!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh oysters. One of my favorite places to go when in town

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible - waitress went on break and didn’t put in my entire order. Took me 30 minutes to get food and I ordered from the raw bar. I was quite disappointed with this place.

MC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Complimentary Prosecco and desert for our anniversary.
Shorty stack seafood tower was great, allowed us to substitute an item. Lobster bake and halibut were delicious. Great wine menu- Definitely coming back!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

one of our favorites!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

RC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food seemed to be not as good as it has been in the past. Still like the restaurant and the atmosphere but was a little disappointed in the quality of the food.

B&G Oysters
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hi Richard, Sorry to hear we didn't meet the expectations we'd previously set! I'll reach out to you privately, I'd like to hear more about your experience so we can not just meet but exceed your expectations on your next visit. Cheers, Alex

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R
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very small potions for such expensive lunch. was a little surprised as was there 2 years ago and was quite different, that's all

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I have very mixed feelings about our dinner at B& G tonight. We had 8 PM reservations, were seated promptly and ordered oyster appetizers and a bottle of rose. Service was pleasant and our dinner arrived quickly. As we were finishing we did not order dessert but were drinking our wine when the waiter asked us to leave at 9:15. It had started raining and they wanted our table to seat diners who were on the patio. We agreed to leave but felt pushed out.
Expect a quick turn over, not a place to relax and unwind even though our bill for 2 was $166 plus tip.

FP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - the food, service and setting.

AB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely late lunch at B&G Oyster. Service was prompt and courteous and the oysters were amazing.

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