Union Oyster House

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Seafood
The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. The Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to pre-revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a constant customer, in their original positions.
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TT
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great historic spot. Wonderful seafood wonderful service.

TD
Omaha
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Over priced, extremely small servings, and definitely a tourist trap. Service was great though.

AL
Miami
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente clam chowder el mejor que he probado en Boston .
Las ostras deliciosas
Ravioles de langosta
Combinado de mariscos en crema con cherries 👍🏼
Espectacular restaurant de mariscos !!

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by our server Stephanie and it was her birthday! Food good, pacing of meal good. We enjoyed our experience!

T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The clam chowder is AMAZING. We also had the fish and chips and they were the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. 10/10 would recommend the Union Oyster House!

F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Tourist trap. Salmon was overcooked. Shrimp was like rubber. Got sat at the worst seat in the joint. Asked to move and got sat at an even worse seat.

CC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food. our waitress was super attentive, friendly. a great experience. glad my family and I were able to experience this wonderful restaurant. recommend it to anyone who is looking to experience Boston.

RO
Miami
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been her 3 times in my life and twice in the last 2 months. I live in Maryland but love coming to Boston and in Boston it is a true destination restaurant, food, ambiance, people plus a great historical site. Love the place everyone should check it out and see for themselves

L
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried several times before, when in Boston, to get a reservation. We finally succeeded. It was wonderful! Such a historic New England vibe and excellent food! And Karen, our server was sweet and accommodating! We will definitely be back!

DB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great cornbread and chowder always! Tried the blackened halibut this time. It was a little pricey for the portion but spicy and tasty! Fun great old world ambience. Will go to again definitely for the chowder, cornbread (which is free mind you!), and the ever so delicious oysters!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was awesome, cute place and definitely felt historic. Food was good and liked the gift shop afterwards

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, and ambiance that can't be beat. Best seafood place I've been to in Boston.

L
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Boston staple! Oysters and all seafood is fresh and tasty!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, Boston trip with the boys ended on a high note there

j
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both excellent! the only problem was the $40 parking fee.

DT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great. Love the atmosphere! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Boston.

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointing meal ... With the charm of an iconic restaurant, we expected a superb seafood dinner. Clam chowder was mushy, ceasar salad not crisp, clams were overcooked. Suffice it to say, we have no reason to return.

M
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Historical restaurant worth visiting once. Food quality need an update. Service was very good.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

成人式の記念に伺いましたが、雰囲気以外にもコーンブレッドが何より美味しいです◎

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EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Disappointed visit. Did not get appetizer, forgotten, and never came to table during entire meal so no drink refills. My dinner was at 4:30 so not busy at all. Coming from out of town for a special dinner was very disappointed. Will not come here any longer.

WW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here expecting it to be a touristy restaurant with okay food. The food was delicious! We ordered the cod sandwich, lobster roll, crab cake plate and clam chowder. Hearty portions too. All very well done, we ate every crumb.
After dining we walked through the restaurant and went all the way to the top floor to check out the decor. We were lucky it wasn’t very busy because we saw everything! The art work, the history.
Loved everything about this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

AM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out with family. Food was superb and service was excellent.

b
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good food! Nice colonial setting. Good drink choices.

s
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Yes for the ambience! Our server was a little rude and there really is nothing on the menu for vegetarians, except for ONE DISH (not even salads). The swordfish, at steep market price, was dry and flavorless. But aside from that, the ambience can't be beat, and there's really no other restaurant that you can wander through and get totally lost in. By far the best part.

J
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was absolutely outstanding- while unfortunately I do not remember her name. The food was delicious and service was quick! We always stop there every time we visit Boston.

KP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The Oysters were excellent but not enough at all. The salad was small and so was the chowder so if you are really hungry do not go. The food tasted fine but tiny portions.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A total surprise and the best meal we had in Boston. We are definitely coming back here! The fries are some of the best we’ve ever had. So crispy and soft on the inside! A must is the trout pate and if you’re into the claws, eat the lobster knuckles with grits!!!! The service was fabulous. Our server Gabriel was sweet, attentive, and cheerful!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

New year’s eve dinner

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great spot. Service is wonderful as well

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The fish had bones in it , at first she brought me the wrong meal she brought me fried clams and I had ordered fried shrimp and when I got my plate the french fries were cold. I guess bottom line is a very disappointing New Year’s Eve meal

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not our 1st time, an open table diner for 20 plus years. Got there at 12:15, place was 1/2 empty. Seated in front of bus station and servers station. Booths which didn't face that, all empty. Food was just okay. Won't be back.

CB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn’t been to the Union Oyster House in many years and have such nice memories of the place that I wanted to take my daughter and son-in-law who live in Boston now. We had a wonderful time and it was as good as I remembered. Excellent quality food and service. I highly recommend it!

RD
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing venue with exceptional service.

Great customer experience especially for veterans.

TS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Obviously historic old building, and made for a really cool experience. The clam chowder was the best I’ve ever had. The mussels were just okay, I little too chewy. The baked beans were really good as well, although I would say not worth the money spent on them. We were very rushed by our server and not given any explanation of the menu. I would go back and I do recommend going here for the experience.

FC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was ok. A bit over priced for what you get.

LK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very good restaurant, highly recommended. The service was exceptional and we loved the food. We’ll be back the next time we’re in Boston.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by our waiter, great food, and great ambiance.

l
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Full of history and a tourist staple in Boston. Food never disappoints and is relatively inexpensive. For a piece of history with decent food it’s a must do

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Graduation

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