North Square Oyster

4.4
188 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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 and medium plates for sharing, large entrée style plates, and a “between bread” section with lobster rolls, a burger, 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Tuesday - Sunday 5:00-10:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday Lunch 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM


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Phone number
(617) 829-4975
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pierce Boalt Juckett
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prince Street
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Parking details
Located within walking distance from Sargents Wharf and Lewis Wharf Parking lots.
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Public transit
Located a few blocks from Haymarket T station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 188 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Love the location and very friendly waitress
Kitchen produced items erratically and very random order one entree never arrived.
Menu items were not available and drinks arrived erratically and all in all a bit chaotic.
We had a fun evening despite this- special friends reunion.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

North Square was lovely! The hostess and bartender were so great with us and uber friendly! We had oysters from local areas and I had a lobster roll which was divine. Cocktails were fanstastic. The windows open on the lower level and it’s so much fun to people watch!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Fabulous food, great raw bar options, and really nice comfortable setting. Fabulous A/C in the summertime :) The lobster roll was good, but small for the cost.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food was declicous, drinks were perfect, space was impeccable. In a great historic location close to everything Boston has to offer.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The lobster roll is the reason to come here. It’s made with warm butter on brioche toast and it’s delicious. It is a bit smaller than others you can get in the area but it’s still quite good.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

North square oyster is an excellent restaurant with very good food, fast service and delicious drinks. I recommend the lobster roll!

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We came late on a Sunday evening and they served us with a smile despite our late arrival. Food was amazing and service was top notch. Would definitely recommend the steamed lobster roll (as opposed to the cold lobster roll), can't say enough good things about the rich buttery flavour and the soft texture of the lobster!

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Had a great time but the service was a little slow. Didn't have much attention from the waiter. Also, small portions for an expensive menu...lobster roll came with no sides for $29.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I ended up waiting for 30min for the lobster roll. The meal was good once I got it, but the other two people at my table received (and finished) their food before mine even came to the table. The roll was comped which was good, but the overall experience left a sour taste in my mouth.

The space is beautiful and the location in the North End was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Thank you my friend from Belarus for being our waiter. We really enjoined our dinner. Dziakuj!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

There was some construction as you walk up so you have to be careful. Once inside it appears very small, but there is seating upstairs. The food is amazing, and delicious, you will not be disappointed. We started with the clam chowder, then fresh oysters, and lobster rolls, they offer 2 types and a must try.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The service was slow. My husbands food came out 10 minutes before mine. Food was ok nothing special

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This place definitely does not live up to all the hype. We went for a date night and ordered several small plates to share. Some of the food was great, but some was very disappointing. The oysters were poorly shucked with bits of shell everywhere. The swordfish was cold and flavorless. Also, the table was so small, and the meal was clearly poorly timed by our server. The food runner brought over everything all at once, and there wasn’t enough room on the table. Instead of coming back, she awkwardly stood over us (clearly annoyed) and waited for us to finish one of the dishes so she could put the last plate down. It was horrifying. I would never come back here.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Creative dishes, well-prepared. Cute place.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent food, waiter attentive, highly recommended

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

NSO, the best kept secret in Boston. It’s like being in a french huitrurie in Paris. Great cocktails, friendly and attentive staff and the food did not disappoint, it was delicious!

The best homemade hot sauce in Boston!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Great food (lobster rolls were amazing), the service was impeccable & the cocktails were expertly crafted. Food is a little pricey for the portion, but that's expected in the area. Overall great experience and highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Muggy / hot day ....wish AC was working better - but that's the only complaint .

Food and Service were great !

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2.0Dined on June 25, 2018

My daughter and I opted for this tiny restaurant based on location and other diner positive reviews. Unfortunately, our dining experience was not good. The restaurant itself is pretty cool inside-the bar and a few tables are downstairs with more seating upstairs. We sat upstairs and the noise level was fine, but it was not crowded. I think if it was crowded, it would be loud. We ordered the tuna tartare and was served alone with a 1/2tsp size of caviar. It was good but for $21, was overpriced and I regretted ordering it. For my main entree I ordered the fish and chips ($21)and my daughter ordered the Dolente whole fish($31). We each had 2 glasses of wine. The problem arose when i received my entree but my daughter did not receive her entree for another 20 minutes. By the tom hers arrived mine was cold. Several times different servers/hostess walked by and I inquired about her dinner and was told it was coming. When it was finally served, our waiter asked if we needed anything else and I stated my annoyance at the delay. He apologized and made an off hand comment about a small kitchen then ran away. He was back in a few minutes and offered each of us another glass of wine “on him”. My daughter was driving so declined and my glass was still full from my 2nd glass. Strangely enough, there was a party of 6 seated near us and I noticed they all received their entrees within 5 minutes of each other. I’m not sure why this happened to us but it was pretty annoying-especially when i got the bill and the waiter did not make any accommodation for my cold food. Hopefully the manager reads these reviews because when crowded, I can’t imagine how long it will take to serve food in a timely manner.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The environment was classy and cool, the service was friendly and positive, the food was tasty and well-made. This restaurant was the highlight of our weekend in Boston.

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2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Food was good, nothing earth shattering to the palette, but overall good. The oysters were fresh and both of our fish dishes were very good. The brussel sprouts were too sweet for my taste. Our cocktails were disappointing. In addition, it took forever to order anything and there was a huge lag in between food delivery to the table. It took roughly an hour for us to receive the 4 smaller dishes we had ordered. After more than half an hour, our waitress told me that she should have explained that it was tapas style but I still thought it was quite a wait in between dishes. Very rarely do I finish one dish and still have to wait 10 minutes or more for the arrival of other dishes in a tapas style restaurant. It was quite noisy which made conversation rather difficult although that may have been all due to the rather large party seated behind us. Lychee sorbet for dessert was refreshing. However when the bill finally arrived, it was quite high given the overall rather disappointing dining experience so I would not recommend this place to a friend.

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3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

food was quite good, but server seemed inexperienced, food came out erratically, and needed to remind server about a missing drink, and a missing dish.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

air conditioning was not working. on a hot night. but the food was great.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This place intends to be a high class restaurant but failed it’s goal by missing many details, such as cleaning the table while the customer went to use the restroom, offering the customer the suggestion but later found out that option is not available and a long wait time for the meals to come even just for raw oysters. Also the little neck clams I ordered were with $2 charge for each but the size of the clam is extreme small- I can’t help but comparing with all the other restaurants I went to in the same area. In brief, don’t go there if you are hungry and need to eat right away, also don’t go there if you want to have a good amount of food with reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Oysters and food very good. Service on the slow side.

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1.0Dined on June 8, 2018

The upstairs was very hot (about 85 degrees) and the food was bad and overpriced. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates seafood.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great Oysters. Good service. Dined upstairs.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The night we got engaged we just wanted a quiet little spot to relax with some quality oysters (it's our favorite thing) and North Square delivered! Oysters were great, ambiance was great, cocktails were great! Memorable evening for us and we'll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Oysters and service were great! I had the offshore account cocktail which was easy drinking.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Fresh oysters on the half shell served properly chilled. Great meal overall

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Outstanding experience from the food to the service to the ambiance. Great oysters, of course, and very interesting menu.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great small plates, love the ambiance and overall food is great. Would like more diversity on the large plates and cocktails but I've also just been there enough to try everything so don't take that as a slight.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The best seafood and oysters in the north end. Crab and avacado app was epic.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Great people, ambiance and food!

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The service was terrible and the food were overpriced for what you get. Will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Lackluster ambiance, with pretty tight quarters and a busy dining room where servers brush by your elbows every minute or two. The lobster roll was tasty but for $29 you could go to any other restaurant and get something double in size. Every other portion was extremely small for the heft price points. Overall, very disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food and great for family style dining!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.)

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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.

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