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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.

5 North Square
Boston, MA 02113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Prince Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 829-4975

Website:
http://www.northsquareoyster.com/

Parking Details:
Located within walking distance from Sargents Wharf and Lewis Wharf Parking lots.

Public Transit:
Located a few blocks from Haymarket T station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines

Executive Chef:
Douglas Rodrigues

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

North Square Oyster Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (7)
Scenic View (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
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Authentic (4)
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Great Beer (3)
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Notable Wine List (2)
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and service. Large selection of oysters. Good seafood menu besides oysters.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Fun, Good for a Date, Organic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Went for a 25th bday with friends - wonderful service, ambiance and food- thank you!!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, great service. Super charming spot and always a really good time. My favorite restaurant in the North End.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Have been here multiple times. Seems cost have increased while portions decreased. $5 for 1 regular shrimp?? Very poor value.

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 (London)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Creative seafood dishes that are superb in freshness and flavor.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was amazing, server was betty friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely going back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food, Chris the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Def recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious. Service and setting were great. Will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We really enjoyed our special seafood dishes. We wished the menu had better indicated the size of each to ensure we ordered enough food, though.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Beautifully designed restaurant and delicious meal. Service was slow for the first drink and appetizer, but waiter was apologetic and the delicious salmon crudo made up for the wait. Swordfish and steak were great. Would love to come back and try brunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Incredible food, drinks, service and ambiance. Plate composition was not only beautiful, favors were incredible, unexpected, and oh-so-fresh. A must on my repeat list

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was super salty.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very quiet night. Food was excellent but service was lackluster.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This new north end spot was simply delicious with outstanding wait staff. We shared a dozen oysters ; and split the lobster/boar bolognese and tempura battered fish & chips. All beautifully presented and amazing flavours. We will be back! Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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 (Key West)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Rather than waiting in line for a crowded seat in Neptune or other North End "famous" restaurants, you definitely will be surprised by their fresh oysters and fish!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

LOVE that aged bone broth onion soup with chili oil. Wow. Best onion soup I've ever had.
Lobster roll is good but slightly small. Fab fresh French fries, though. Great bread, great service, even great chowder. Super good restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Saw the restaurant on tv. Service was slow. Food wasn’t all that. Lobster roll was smaller that legal crossing and for the same price. French onion had hardly any cheese.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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....

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Ambiance was cool. Food was fantastic. Service needs work.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Hot lobster roll was the hit of the night!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rather Loud, like many places in the North End, and why is it so DARK in this place?

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Crab and avocado dish was good. Lobster roll was ok but not 30 dollars worth.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The waiter was very attentive and gave great recommendations. The food was phenomenal. Highly suggest getting the oxtail bolognese.

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