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About North Square Oyster
North Square Oyster is an American seafood restaurant located in North Square of Boston’s North End neighborhood. The menu is seafood focused with an emphasis on New England seasonality. It consists of a raw bar section (oysters, clams, crudos) small hot and cold plates, large entrée style plates, and a section “on bread” with lobster rolls and sandwiches. The beverage program features New England distilleries on the cocktail menu, local beer and cider from Massachusetts, and a seafood friendly wine list.
Boston, MA 02113
Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner 7 days a week 5:00-11:00 PM. Late night menu 11:00 PM-12:30 AM
Friday-Saturday Lunch 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM
Sunday Brunch 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, midday menu 3:00-5:00 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located within walking distance from Sargents Wharf and Lewis Wharf Parking lots.
Located a few blocks from Haymarket T station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
North Square Oyster Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our dinner was average at best. Nice that they brought us glasses of bubbly for our anniversary. But the food was rather disappointing. The tuna crudo was way too salty and they had the kitchen sent out s new one. Lobster rigatoni was lukewarm and lacking flavor. The tempura fish & chip was the freshest but that too lack flavor & seasoning. Only thing that couldn’t go wrong we’re the oysters!
Working my way through the top 25 NEW Boston restaurants (according to Boston magazine)... this one deserves its spot! We sat at the bar rather than the dining room. Bar has about 8 seats and the bartender was terrific. Started with some interesting cocktails that were very good. Oysters and Tuna Poke were both excellent. Highly recommend the poke. I has the lobster and oxtail bolognese that had great flavor even though it was a bit light on the lobster. My friend had the swordfish - perfectly cooked and the surrounding veggies and polenta were delicious. Bar has a cozy, intimate feel and you can watch the pedestrians out in the square. Great spot.
Oysters were definitely the highlight as they were really good. The soup was a disappointment as they tried to create their own version of clam chowder that didn't work. The main dish Cod was good, but not great. It's a newer place, so would give them another shot.
I liked the ambience, the food we ordered was good,and our server was attentive. However, menu felt limited, and it took a lot of time for cocktails and food to arrive. As I said, our server was great and attentive--the things she had control over like water and wine came quickly--everything else was just really slow. You almost felt like one person was mixing drinks, shucking oysters and making the entrees. So perhaps a few kinks to work out, but food and drinks tasted good and I like the vibe. Also like the selection of local vodkas and gins.
nice server. nice location. But the oysters were expensive and no better than the ones cheaper places serve. My small plate was VERY small and not particularly tasty. Rather run of the mill. Lobster roll was better, but again quite pricey. Chairs not comfortable and all hard surfaces making it noisy. Quite casual given the prices. We wanted to try it but we won't be back.
The oysters were but our main dishes were not that great. The mushroom risotto our waiter raved about was too soupy (watery almost) and very sweet, almost as if it had maple syrup in it. The lobster and oxtail bolognese also seemed overly sweet. My husband’s cod was nice but didn’t make up for the rest of the meal.
Great location, quaint and intimate--a nicely designed space. The cocktails, appetizers and oysters were outstanding; the entrees were just okay. Good service, good music. They were very accommodating to the dietary needs of someone in our party. if you want a good meal in North End, off the bustle of Hanover Street, this is a good option.
Great food (delicious), reasonable prices, fabulous and friendly service, and they provided a dessert for my wife "on the house" for her birthday.
Outstanding. If I had a quibble, it would be that the main dining room is accessible only via a long, steep staircase, which my wife could not climb; therefore, we sat in the first floor, more casual dining area. I realize that providing access for people who have difficulty with such steep stairs in such an old building would be a challenge. If only....
Enjoyable Experience. Walked over after unpacking some of daughter's belongings in her new apartment in the North End. Lovely location and great large windows in the restaurant. Had small plates of crudos. Excellent wine and food recommendations. Expensive but would love to return.
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