Great food and great for family style dining!
Knew we were in trouble when we were offered the “lovely” table next to the stairs to the kitchen. Bad table right under a speaker. Restaurant was pretty empty, but when it filled up and we had not seen food for an hour after watching plate after bowl after plate going to other tables - all PASSING us, I complained. To their credit, the manager insisted on comping our meal, which was not our goal. The food was really good. We had oysters and small plates. Our favorite was the tender fat mussels. But it took 2.5 hours to eat four small plates. So I’m not sure I’d go back. (On the other hand, lunch service at Legal Harborside was arguably worse and more expensive. I definitely would not go back there.)
Food was excellent. Very fresh and innovative seafood. Heartily recommend if you want a change of pace from Italian at the North End. But it was a tad pricey if you want appetizers. We are not raw seafood people so didn’t have the famous oysters but I would definitely recommend the crab and avocado appetizer - my two favorite foods expertly blended together into one heavenly platter! The clam chowder was also delectable with clams in the shells for a twist floating in a very rich yet not too heavy broth. My husband had the hot buttered lobster roll which while not huge was heaped high with fresh tender meaty lobster. I had the clam bake, with lobster tail, mussels, clams, chorizo sausage and potatoes in a heavy stoneware bowl. The broth was very tasty but the lobster was slightly overcooked.
Good for these folks! Giving us something fresh and sophisticated in the North End that is not pasta and sauce! We came for the raw clams...yum! Service could not be better, great view from upstairs on North Square, and food was inspired.
Our anniversary! It was incredible
The service was excellent and the food was fresh and delicious!!
The staff are very attentive, the atmosphere relaxing, and the food amazing. We had a round of oysters, roasted brussel sprouts, and the crab and avacado. Everything was perfect, I'd gladly have it again.
We were so disappointed. This used to be our favorite neighborhood restaurant -- just six months ago. But now the place has gone downhill precipitously. The warm lobster roll used to be a culinary work of art. Now, it is barely edible, filled with little bits of lobster meat instead of the chunks bathed in brown butter of yesterday. The French fries used to be crisp, crunchy the best around. Now, they are pallid and listless.
We live in the neighborhood and brought friends for a special dinner. The waiter forgot to our friend's fried clams. Instead he brought a clam appetizer on a bed of salt. Our friend was repulsed by the dish and the presentation.
We waited forever for our food, even more so when we had to wait for the fried clams. No matter. We laughed and had a good time even as our big night at North Square Oyster turned out to be a big bust. Too bad.
Delicious and fun! I’ll definitely be back.
Second time eating here, nice night with friends. New menu setup is a little strange with the group pricing, our table thought it was weird the chicken was the same price as the beef. Drinks were great, tuna crudo a little too salty for my taste, scallop special was delicious. One member of our party ordered their second cocktail and it took almost half an hour to arrive, and one of the appetizers we ordered never came (but admittedly we also forgot we ordered it). Other than those little hiccups very nice server. I haven't tried brunch here yet so would probably come back again for that.
First time here and we will for sure be back! Food was so fresh and delicious. Had a great table upstairs.
Chef and menu changed and it was a total disappointment. My husband and I stayed just for a plate of oysters and ordered 2 appetizers which were the avocado crab (mush avocados topped with mushy crab mixed with too much mayonnaise and the grilled octopus which was suppose to be a "medium" size tapa--it was one tenticle that was charged and chewy at the end) I would not recommend this place.
Codfish and Chips (pictured below)
Clambake (menu photo (left), actual (right) pictured below)
Excellent seafood for starters, especially raw bar. Bouillabaisse was not special, but tasty. Our waiter was very friendly and had good recommendations.
Entree-prices for small plates, with even smaller portions. From eating at other small plate restaurants, I was ready for the plate down-sizing, but what was served was ridiculous, especially for the money. Service was also uneven for the price-point. Quite a shame since the food was tasty and well prepared. Disappointed that lobster bolognese was not on the menu.
It was my sister's birthday
Pricey but well worth it, will definitely be back.
Rawbar platter excellent...
Wonderful house made Tabasco sauce.
Was not told I was ordering a half of a stuffed lobster ...and waited moretime than necessary.. not up to the cost. Slightly disappointed and had to leave early....
Terrible food served at outrageous prices...never again.
We went for Valentine’s Day. The food was good!
Limited but interesting menu with high quality food
My wife and I come to North Square Oyster quite often. Every time we come is always warm and welcoming. There were several parties sat in the upstairs seating area (very cozy and intimate) but my wife & I tried sitting downstairs this time. Two pretty different dining areas depending on your taste. The oysters are always as fresh as can be and service is always on point. They were offering a shrimp scampi special that sold me right as I saw it. They offered a half and full portion (brilliant) and you could tell the pasta was made maybe even minutes before I had got it put in front of me. Interesting and creative wine list as well, these guys know what they're doing.
We were surprised to find a bar area as well as an upstairs seating and second bar area! We had a great time and were impressed by the host and waitstaff. All were knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Our party started with Oysters--excellent and we appreciated the choices of accompaniments with the oysters--we all got what we wanted. The menu choices were plentiful plus specials, but not too many or overwhelming. My husband and friend had the oxtail and lobster bolognese . It was an interesting combination. Although delicious (I got to taste my husbands') we all agreed that it would have been great without the lobster. The warm seasonings were totally geared towards the oxtail and it really didn't need the lobster. We still enjoyed it. The Shrimp Scampi special was what my other friend and I had and it was super lemony which I totally loved. Our only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, just a comment, was that my friend and I got a different amount of jumbo shrimp in our portions. Consistency would have been great, but again, it was delicious. We would definitely dine there again and look forward to seeing where they go with the menu. The staff were chatting with us as we were leaving, and shared some of the ideas they had for the menu in the future and we look forward to going back .
A wonderful treat. The location is beautiful in North Square. The oysters are excellent - large selection and the "special" oysters are delightful. I had the scallop special - they were perfectly seared on a lobster broth risotto. The service was excellent - the wait staff have been served the food on the menu and the specials so they are knowageable and able to make educated recommendations. We had a table in a bay window overlooking North Square which was great. I strongly recommend Boston Oyster and I and my friends will be back.
Great food and service. Large selection of oysters. Good seafood menu besides oysters.
Went for a 25th bday with friends - wonderful service, ambiance and food- thank you!!
Place is a nice upgrade from previous Italian joint. We got a dozen oysters right off the bat and devoured them! They were very fresh and selection is wide. My wife got the crab & avocado to start and I got the French onion which was out of this world. For entrees I got the pan seared hake and my wife got the brown butter lobster roll. Everything was cooked to perfection and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. We will be back!
Got a variety of oysters, all delicious as well as the accoutrements. Clam Chowder was hearty without being overly thick and creamy. Lobster and oxtail bolognese was my favorite part of the meal. The rigatoni were perfectly al dente, and the spices mixed in with the sauce made the dish warm and and perfect for a cold night. Would definitely recommend to a friend.
Great food, great service. Super charming spot and always a really good time. My favorite restaurant in the North End.
This charming restaurant offered a good variety of food and of course seafood! However the service was not the best, the server seemed to be forgetful and was not on top of things. When I told him it was a birthday dinner, he later on brought out a little cake for us.
The restaurant was freezing and empty. We should have taken it as a bad sign. The oysters were pretty good but I am struggling to find anything else nice to say about this restaurant.
Have been here multiple times. Seems cost have increased while portions decreased. $5 for 1 regular shrimp?? Very poor value.
We were early and this may have been the issue. Overall disappointing. Food arrived not as ordered, both in sequence and choice. The chips were incredibly salty. The good bit was the oysters. If just looking for oysters would have been a different experience. We were in a hurry and everything took so long. Not what I expected at the price it was.
Creative seafood dishes that are superb in freshness and flavor.
Food was amazing, server was betty friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely going back!
The fact that the place was deserted should have been a warning sign. Poor service and food that was mediocre at best made this an unfortunate choice in an area filled with so many better dining options.
I was super disappointed by North Square Oyster. Two of us ordered the tuna poke which was $15 for a couple chunks of tuna with a soy/fish sauce that was so salty it was nearly inedible. The lunch menu is small and so were all of the portions. Not at all worth it for the price. I could see ordering a sandwich or burger here and maybe having a better experience, but I would suggest going elsewhere.
Menus can make food look amazing, and this place has that going on. in fact, the food is pretty mediocre. the pasta was overcooked. the lobster roll with brown butter was nothing special. and it took a LONG time for the food to come out. disappointing to say the least.
For the North End, this is a good restaurant. But, if you're expecting the kind of sophisticated cooking that North Square shows on their website, you'll be disappointed. The lobster pasta (shown on the website as a rich, foamy sauce sprinkled with chives and peas and topped with lovely claw meat) was dry and basic, with small chunks of lobster and oxtail mixed in with under-cooked pasta. We actually asked for olive oil just to be able to sir the sauce around a bit. French onion soup was wildly salty.
They seem to do better with the basics -- raw oysters were great, as were the lobster roll and fries. The salad was good and easily enough for 2. If you find yourself in the North End, this place is better than most. But given all the new places to try in and around Boston, I won't likely be back soon.