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B&G Oysters

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2443 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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 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 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. Tables listed as "high-top" are located inside the restaurant.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
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4.5
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBtobins
New England
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Fried oysters were delicious!
Lobster roll pretty small for 34.!
Great fries
Overall we enjoyed our lunch outdoors

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food: Oysters were okay, our fish dish was nothing to rave about, fries were memorable, clam chowder extremely watery. Shrimp dish was okay for dessert we shared a banana split cream tasted store brought. There are many other places you can spend $100 per person and get much better food and ambiance.

Service was great! Server was knowledgeable, warm and kept social distance.

Patio was different I was expecting the plants as shown on pictures. But ended up under two big umbrellas.

Overall value for money was not there and below what we were expecting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always the best ,my absolute favourite!!!

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Danielle
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Cod dinner was excellent but overall meal was a little pricey for what it was.

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AngelaM
New England
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night in the Covid world!
Outstanding in every way!

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Phary
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

When we first arrived they were very accommodating since we had arrived 30 mins early. We ordered the east coast oysters, clam chowder, and calamari as appetizers. For our entree, we ordered the fresh fried clams and lobster roll.

It took such a long time for us to get our food. They forgot about our clam chowder and calamari. Something was wrong with their printer and they gave ours to another table. Something wasn’t said until they brought us our entrees and the waitress had asked if anything else was missing.

I decided not to order the calamari. But still wanted the clam chowder. That was on the house, because of their mistake she said. Fried belly clams were salty but the batter was light. The lobster roll was bland. The bun was toasted but did not come out hot or warm.

Fast forward, we dined downstairs in their patio. So after we left, I went to ask the hostess that was checking in customers, if I could use the bathroom, and she looked at me and said, it was customers only. I told her I was and I had dined out back. She apologized and said she just started her shift. 🤔 right....

I wouldn’t be coming back here.

JR
vipJohnR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A glimpse of normal in 2020. This was our first Covid dinner date. We had a table on Waltham St, oysters, two lobster rolls and bottle of rose. Life was great. If you have been trapped inside for too long, I strongly recommend this course of therapy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at B&G this year. We have been long-term customers and despite current COVID-19 restrictions they delivered an excellent dining experience as they always do.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was great. I love dining in south end.

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vipBostonphotobill
New England
159 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster roll I have ever had! Great oysters, watch out for the hot sauce. Service on the street in these times was great. We were happy to dine on the street in the shade. Down in the patio there is little shade.

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vipStuP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters! Great lobster roll! Amazing service on the patio!

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AlexP
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering the circumstanced with social distancing it was a fabulous experience sitting outside and enjoying cold oysters we had been craving for quite some time!

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andrewm
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With outdoor seating and sanitation procedures in full force, B&G are doing a great job in making sure customers safety is foremost, whilst keeping up high standards of service and food. Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience dining out post quarantine and it was wonderful. It felt extremely safe and socially distant, but the service still felt so thoughtful and personal. Food was great! Especially the oysters and lobster rolls! Definitely a great place to go to kick off the summer!

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vipRobertS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal

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vipLovesgoodfood
Miami
96 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

It was not fun watching everybody clean up while I was eating. I should have gotten a discount. Food was just ok and Prosecco flat.

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vipfoodie
New England
92 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The vibe here is just great - like a subterranean diner...loads of fun with excellent service.

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PatrickO
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Food and drinks were very expensive and just not great

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Anna14
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. We were there for their dinner restaurant week menu and the crab cake starter was big and excellent. The pasta dish was very well done and tasty. Love that they have local beers on the menu. Overall, a great experience.

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vipMccc
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always exemplary!

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Shandy
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food is okay. The service and ambiance were very good. I don't know whether it justifies the price tag.

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JoanneW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Had the Lobster BLT special.
The sandwich was good but 1/2 the plate was French fries.
I would have asked to have a veggie substitute if I had known.

I ordered the Crabmeat app and thought I would get whole crabmeat but a crab meat dip came instead with bread.

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vipLeslieD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fried oysters ever!!

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Streetside
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our chowder, pretty common in N.E. was unusual & delicious. So was the snapper we shared. Our server was cheerful, helpful, & prompt. The space is nicely decorated, but too small with few windows & dominated by the bar. It's a very good location, across from the Boston Center for the Arts, but I hope they can move into a larger, more comfortable place nearby.

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DaivaC
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love going to B&G and seeing the same staff. It tells us they enjoy being there as much as we do. The food quality is exceptional and watching them cook our food right there at the counter is entertainment. The staff is very attentive and makes you feel like you attending a house gathering

JD
JDC25
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

B&G is amazing... food is perfect, service was great..

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thank you for the lovely review! We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again. Cheers, Team B&G

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Good service, food average especially for the price.

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WEB1
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service was totally excellent. We are making plans to return with more people

All of Barbara Lynch restaurants are fantastic

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 28, 2020

Bring the whole gang! So happy to hear you had such a nice time we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers, Team B&G

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vipFickleFoodie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent experienced service. They were particularly attentive to my pregnant wife, alerting us to the raw egg in the aioli, which never would have occurred to us. Food was top notch as always. Would like to see some variations in the menu - some different fish options for instance. But that's just because we've been there many times.

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vipjosh
New England
120 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent oyster selection. Lobster Bisque is very good. Moule Frites is good not great. It's very pricey for what it is, $209 for two with tip

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy, intimate restaurant with great local vibe. The oysters were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day prix fixe was way overpriced and underwhelming. Open raw bar was the highlight but not enough to save the overall experience.

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about your Valentine's experience. I have messaged you privately to discuss any further feedback that you have. Please reach back, if you wish, as we would love to hear more from you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Great service but the food was terrible. Not worth the money.

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 19, 2020

We are sorry to hear about your experience. I have messaged you privately to see if you would like to discuss your feedback further.

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betsyj
New England
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, Food and atmosphere!! Recommended by anila. So greatful!

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vipAlyceL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the last reservation of the evening. We were happily greeted and immediately seated. Our waitress was attentive and our food was very good. I had the lobster, clams, Saugerities and broth special. The sea food was fresh and tender and I enjoyed the broth. We will be back!

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for the lovely review! We look forward to seeing you again. Cheers! - Team B&G

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JerryG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have already recommended B&G to friends and family!

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thanks Jerry! Cheers, Team B&G

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AGoodDay
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the little things that count, and the staff at B&G are very attentive and made our evening special.

The oysters were fresh, perfectly shucked, and delicious, and each dish after was excellent as well.

We have fond memories here, and added another, thanks!

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you for the lovely review! We are so pleased to have shown you a wonderful evening and look forward to having you again soon.. Cheers!

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vipDavidB
New England
112 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming back to one of Barbra Lynch’s restaurants this place is truly wonderful for its craft seafood, decore and location settings. Can’t wait for outside dinning to return!

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 6, 2020

Hi David, We love having you back! We are looking forward to patio season as well. Thank you for the kind words. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience, would highly recommend!

B&G Oysters
Responded on February 6, 2020

Thank you.. we are pleased you enjoyed yourself. Cheers!

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B&G Oysters offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 423-0550.

B&G Oysters is rated 4.7 stars by 2443 OpenTable diners.

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