Oak + Rowan

4.5
982 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Symbolism of Oak: Strength, Growth, Endurance
Symbolism of Rowan: Power, Vision, Mystery

These attributes struck a chord with Restaurateur Nancy Batista Caswell when she discovered 321 A St. Oak + Rowan, a 150-seat restaurant nestled in Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel, reminded Caswell of the lofty tree tops and youthful excitement of a tree house. The menu celebrates all things land + sea; with an emphasis on prime steak, locally sourced fish and oysters, sustainable caviar, handmade pasta and alluring desserts. All of this is executed to tell the story of our farmers, artisans, foragers and winemakers in a very personal way. We invite you to dine with us in a space embellished with distinct lighting, a sleek 22-seat bar and 2 private dining rooms, all secure under lofty ceilings reminiscent of those childhood tree houses. Our commitment at Oak + Rowan is to provide a atmosphere unlike no other, just as if we invited you into our home.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 982 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipConstanceSorrow
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We discovered Oak & Rowan during the takeout days and were delighted every time, so when friends announced they were coming into town for dinner, we were excited to snag an outdoors table for four on short notice. The cocktails (mezcal, Aperol) and the starters (oysters, smoked fish pate) were excellent, and the beet salad had us making yummy noises and trying to figure out what, exactly, gave the sauce its subtly umami depth. Our fish (branzino, salmon) was perfectly grilled, slightly crisp on the outside yet velvety and moist inside, and the presentation was lovely: shaved purple turnips, watercress, and a bright green coulis that also defied analysis. The one disappointment (for me, anyway) was that the glorious butterscotch pudding that was on offer during Restaurant Week wasn't on the menu. No water view, alas: The outdoor space abuts a parking lot, so there's traffic noise, but the lot itself is screened from the tables by greenery, so the seating area is pleasantly secluded. Definitely going back!

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vipmmsm1
New England
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Servers were incredibly professional while still being warm and friendly. Table was comfortable and it was easy to carry on a conversation while still not being too quiet or stuffy.
Our food was excellent. Two of us had Branzino, one had steak and the other two had scallops. We also all shared an order of Tagliatelle which was delicious, but would have been very heavy for a main course.
All in all, an excellent dinner. We will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Meagan (Anastasia) is awesome! 😜

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome dinner celebrating our anniversary. Our server Jason was wonderful, The manager sent over complimentary champagne for us to toast and the food was outstanding! Huge shout out to Chef!! This is definitely our favorite spot in Boston for ambience, food ,service and exceptional quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Ambiance was cool- seemed that they were unstaffed like most restaurants, waited 40 min for our first drinks. Branzino was good but small, I was still hungry afterwards, seems like all the dinners were very small portions. Staff was friendly

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baskim
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were happy to return after a long time with the pandemic. The food was delightful Bas always. Service a little choppy but fine with us. We understand restaurants are struggling and we're just happy to support them. It was good to be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and amazing food, great service, wonderful!

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JoJo
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great experiences and our waitress Megan was awesome! Can’t wait to come back and dining again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, beautifully served but portions were tiny... first time ever I left the restaurant hungry...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was at 30% capacity but they still seated us at the worst table. Service was sub par and the wooden chairs were extremely uncomfortable. Food was really good, but not worth the price.

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vipRicGj
New England
25 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

He food was good, but very small portions and still trying to figure out what the heck you did to the poor duck leg, that was just weird and unnecessary. The hostess was amazing and friendly but the server was a bit aloof.

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ChristianF
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks very good but a little pricey.....

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Noiseman
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, excellent food and attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience.

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vip3ladiesdining
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved loved the oysters, pigs in blanket, Branzino, beets. Amazing staff with knowledge and care for great service. Prices match quality and wish I could afford it regularly! Desserts are a must - Bridget is a true master.

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BrendaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would strongly recommend this restaurant! The service was amazing, some of the best we've had in years. The staff was attentive and knowledgeable and their food and wine suggestions were great. We took our niece out to dinner; she's been working with COVID patients as a nurse throughout the pandemic. The restaurant staff treated her like she was royalty and made her feel very special. We wanted our niece to have a good time and Rowan +Oak made that happen. It was a perfect night, perfect food, great ambience, amazing service, job done!

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MarcM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for amazing service per usual. This was our first real dining out post-vaccine and OAR delivered! Every beverage and plate was amazing. It’s obvious how much you value great service... we have been dining here since opening and hands down it’s consistently the best service in Boston (we dine out A LOT). Servers here do all of the little things that make people want to come back... keep that up!

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Noiseman
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, an excellent experience. Service is great and the food is always inventive and beautifully plated.

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sandra
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It was an overall mediocre experience. We had to wait approximately 15 minutes for our table despite reservations (reservations where I indicated it was my husband's birthday). When we walked in, there were at least 4 empty tables that we could see. Maybe they were pacing things for the kitchen -- if they were, it makes no sense that it would all be in the same section to overwhelm the one server in the area.

Which brings me to the second complaint. The one server for our area was clearly frustrated about something. She didn't say hi after we greeted her, abruptly giving us our water. It also took them about another 10-15 minutes after being seated to get our drinks even ordered.

The food was delicious despite servings being small for the price point. The service did improve as the night progressed. I was also confused on why they asked if we were celebrating a special event if they didn't do something about it. We didn't order a dessert, so we weren't looking for a free one, but even just a "happy birthday" would've been nice.

tl;dr Food was good, but overpriced. Don't go there to celebrate a special event.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were very tasty. I enjoyed the overall experience. Our waitress could have been a little more enthusiastic. She was very dry and to the point. Nothing wrong with that just preferred a warm welcome. We also had to wait for a plate we ordered but the manager brought it out. Overall I would def recommend the food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oak+Rowan hasn’t let me down yet! The evening was spectacular and the food was incredible.

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John
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Out of all three entrées, appetizer and dessert I would recommend only the salmon. Everything else was average or below average. Small portions for the $38 steak, bland and unmemorable pork chop. The manager was professional and did her best to compensation but we won't return.

Oak + Rowan
Responded on May 24, 2021

John, I am sorry to hear that our extra efforts in the pork chop concern wasn't enough to have you give us another try. thank your for your review.

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RWJ80
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first meal out at a restaurant since Feb 2020. AMAZING! great meal, great service, and lover outdoor dining experience. can't wait to come back!

Oak + Rowan
Responded on May 24, 2021

thank you very much for your kind words

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vipRobbro
New England
32 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this restaurant. The cocktails are great but the food is fantastic. I have the smoked fish, beet salad and scallops. I can't say enough about how delicious and fresh everything was. We had dessert #2, which is described as white chocolate, but it is a milk chocolate torta and so delicious ( I dont like white chocolate and my husband ordered it.. I ate most of it when it came out as regular chocolate)
Service was attentive. Vibe was hip but not crazy loud.. We will come back often.

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SarahL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a great experience! Our server Julie was so knowledgeable and informative and really helped us curate a great dinner and bottle of wine. Not only that, the owner was there working the floor and dropped off our initial cocktails. Everyone in our group was impressed that she was so involved. Great atmosphere, great kick off to summer weather! Can’t wait to go again.

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vipDinner
New England
99 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was as expected. Small portions interesting cocktail list.We left still hungry

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Booths were terrible

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were perfect. I’m still craving the beet salad and lobster toast on their brunch menu.

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gret531
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travelled from Newburyport to Boston for Oak and Rowan for Mothers Day. We are fortunate to be able to live by its sister restaurant Brine. The food and service were excellent . Loved the Seaport District . Enjoyed our meal and company

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

O&R is amazing. We have been for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and our anniversary. Great takes on common dishes like the Trout eggs Benedict, short rib hash and believe it or not the otherwise ordinary ginger muffin. Ambiance and service is impeccable.

While I love Barbara Lynch restaurants and Delfriscos, they are a both great back ups to Oak and Rowan.

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Silverlakejane
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

We got seated at a table in a dark area on Mother's Day when most of the tables are in a bright dinning room or outside. The area in the back near the kitchen was very smokey and looked like where they hide large groups with kids or brown and black people. Yes, I had that feeling. They got our first course wrong but gave us credit. Small portions for $24+ appetizers and $30+ entrees.

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Noiseman
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, excellent food and friendly service. A real gem in Boston.

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vipLessie
New England
51 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We’ve been here several times before the Pandemic and every time was great. So we took our friends with us to celebrate being vaccinated. The appetizers came for 2 of us but not the other two. Eventually after calling over the manager, the others got theirs. We had already finished. The main courses took quite some time to get to our table. They were lukewarm at best, small for the amount we were paying, and not particularly tasty. We were very disappointed in the whole experience and our friends said they’d never return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious drinks and food was superb!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very interesting, unique flavors and great attention to detail. Definitely a fun atmosphere and close to reasonable parking. Will definitely be back! Gin cocktail is delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent date spot. Menu is weak and wouldn’t feed a cat. Poor execution. $36 for 3 scallops.

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vipDebbieM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the French dinner special and the food and wine were absolutely amazing as was the staff!!!

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vipSamuel
New England
57 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely fantastic as well as the service. The chef is extremely creative and the menu was wonderful. One piece of advice would be don’t nickel and dime your customers by charging them a dollar for an extra piece of bread. You are not a corner diner and at the price point of your meals it’s a little ridiculous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and it was great for a big group!

JM
JenniferM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, very friendly staff and they all were attentive. Food was so fresh and delicious!!

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Oak + Rowan is rated 4.5 stars by 982 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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