Union Oyster House

4.4
6393 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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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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MeghanC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great overall experience. The hostess was great and accommodated us with an outdoor seat. Our servers Eason and Megan gave excellent service and sang Happy Birthday to my Dad. The food was really tasty. The whole staff is friendly and I was pleased with our experience.

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vipElizabethR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It’s a historical and interesting place and set up - food was ok. Fish was fresh but not hugely tasty. It was good, not great and basic. However, my partner said it was great clam chowder. Fish tacos were unremarkable. Fish & chips ok. Feel like you are there more for the feel not the food!

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vipRobertL
New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service in a nice outside dining setting. Food good as well.

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

1) Tourist Trap with very poor food quality. Box mashed potatoes and rice not cooked through.
2) very expensive and not worth the money.
3) we came here because we ate here about 10 years ago and the food was outstanding. Sooooo disappointed!
4) Boston baked beans were from a can.
5) waiter was good and told us we were right about the food. He admitted it was not always a tourist trap.

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Traveloften
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very wheelchair friendly! Good food! Very spacious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Chicken dinner was tasteless. Mash potatoes appeared to be out of a box. Had clams on half shell but the cocktail sauce was fermented.

Order lobster only because its impossible to screw up.

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Wants2csunshine
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Sad to have to say that despite being a loyal repeat guest on each of my Boston visits, that I was very disappointed this time. Server lacked attention to details like filling water, asking if we wanted apps or desert and overall didnt seem happy at all. Never smiled and barely welcomed us. Food was really mediocre in comparison to the past. Very sad.

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Masa
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

When you have travel.

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RueH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The shrimp & scallop dish was delish!😋The only reason I gave 4 stars was bc they really needed some nice bread to go along with it. The sauce was so outstanding, bread would of been nice to soak it in. I will go again and order the exact same dish. So good!

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CHRIS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful place with history, amazing oysters, and friendly service.

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vipRenataB
London
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A must go in Boston!! Oysters were fresh and soft!!

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Paul
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall experience was excellent. We had great service on a Friday night. The food was good however not exceptional. I expected a little better clam chowder (Ned Devine’s rocks). Definitely recommend if it is your first time to Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice. Service and food were excellent. No complaints.

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RobertB
Indiana
33 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the Oyster House! We were seated across from the “Kennedy” booth and that was special. The servers were fantastic. I can’t think of anything bad to say. Would go back in a heartbeat. We had a great time and really enjoyed your city.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Richie was genuinely nice and provided top notch service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bar tender/ waitress was awesome! Very nice and very attentive.

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JeffreyM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter welcoming and attentive. I had the 2 lb. Lobster boil and it was perfectly done while my partner had an excellent pork chop. We did have desert and both the Boston Cream pie along with the Apple Cobbler were a perfect end to our night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

worst dining experience in boston . old and traditional and that’s how they get you go in. food and service were horrible . i would not recommend to any tourist visiting boston.

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vipIwaoF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Boston. Amazing food and atmosphere. A must visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

While in Boston I made reservations for my husband’s birthday. The service could had been better yet it wasn’t terrible. My favorite are the oysters. I will definitely come back just for the oysters.

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VincentR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Boston landmark! So fun to try and the food was super tasty! A must do if you're visiting Boston!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Definitely worth a second visit.

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vipjohnf
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location might be in the thick of "tourist country", but not a tourist trap in any sense. Historic building serves up wonderfully tasty food...great cornbread, great chowder, and fresh, delicious seafood. EVERYTHING was excellent, even fries and coleslaw. And the chocolate cake was terrific as well. Not exactly cheap, but VERY REASONABLY PRICED for the quality of its food and its prime location. GO !!

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maysaae
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Bad service. The waiter took forever to come to our table even though the restaurant was not busy that night

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vipMe123
Indiana
51 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Service was excellent food awful except for the cornbread

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SamW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated at the Kennedy booth and it was amazing. Awesome good and great experience. Lobster was great , had crab cakes that were very good, and the chicken my wife had was even really good. Was a bit pricey but a great experience. I would highly recommend it.

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ChrisM
Boise
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and location, love the history and stories

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vipFoodie
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great historical place. Just a heads up...booth's are really tight. So if you are with more than one other or your guest are average or above size choose a table with chairs. I felt so bad my Mom was squished but embarrassed to suggest moving. Fortunately the very kind server suggested a more "comfy" booth option & it worked great.

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Notmykitchen
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Would be nice to have some more fresh options on the menu (instead of having to do breaded for those gluten intolerant) it’s seafood.. I’d love to see more options that are healthy/fresh/and not battered (like mussels etc). It’s was lovely that the potatoes didn’t have dairy in them! I could finally eat them!
The restaurant in its original form, the history is pretty unique-so no complaints about ambience.. but do not expect fancy!
Fairly simple place but the lobster didn’t disappoint. All in all.. a fun place to eat a quiet birthday dinner on a Sunday eve.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It wasn't anything to brag about.

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KristenF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service and so much history!

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SamuelT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to stop in on our way out of town and we were glad that we did. Excellent seafood and reasonable prices.

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JeanT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Used to love this place years ago. Sadly it isn’t what it was.

The service was very very slow. We ordered the fried clams/oysters/fish sampler. It was cold, overcooked, chewy, awful. Even the French fries were inedible. We paid the tab, left and went somewhere else for dinner.

I hope they get their act together. It would be sad to see the end of this institution.

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DonP
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal in a great/historic building in Boston. My service by Kathleen was absolute perfection, as the lunch time was not as busy as expected and she had a bit of time to chat and answer questions. There is so much to see on both levels, and I took some time as the end of my fantastic meal experience to check things out and take some pictures.
My entre' for lunch was the Fish & Chips, and I can easily recommend it to others. Fish was crisp and flakey, the fries/chips were really good, and the coleslaw portion was just right for me. The choices of beer should satisfy all looking for one to go with their meal. The few items I saw on the tables of others appeared to be plated quite nicely. With no doubt whatsoever, I intend to make a repeat visit to Union Oyster House then next time I'm in Boston. It really was that good, and Kathleen helped to make it a true dining 'experience'. As others have mentioned, the priced are a bit higher than some will find back home, but that it what makes this location experience different (in a good way).

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DSamT
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for Restaurant Week and it was a delicious piece of fish! Super fresh and tasty. Great ambience and exceptional service.

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Sena
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Not a big seafood eater just went due my sister wanted to try it

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Rawrrrr
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

2021 BOS Restaurant Week: 1st Stop

We randomly choose this most historical restaurant in downtown Boston as our first stop to start this year restaurant week adventure.

Restaurant week menu is not our favorite so we ordered regular dinner menu instead. Calamari doesn’t taste very fresh, rice is kinda hard, feels like overcooked, and the food is very pricy compared with their quality the offered. Plus, the service is not very good, the waitress spilled food on the floor and drink on the table, she also forgot our clam chowder order.

Overall, the decoration is amazing but very touristy. It’s good to take your friends here when they are visiting in town, however, I’m afraid we won’t come here again. Good luck!

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vipdiningdiva
New England
69 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as good as ever. They cook with such a light hand. Nothing overly breaded or sauced. The freshness of the ingredients really stands out.

MB
MichaelB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Rochelle was the best. Efficient and fun. Crab cakes are highly recommended. And of course oysters full of flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went here for dinner for our 10 year wedding anniversary. Much less fancy that I had planned for, but was not disappointed! Very inviting atmosphere and very friendly staff. Such a beautiful, historic restaurant! We were very impressed. We had raw oysters, the clam chowder (we are from the Cape and we loved it!) and the fisherman’s platter. Finished off with the Boston creme pie. Drinks were strong and the food was delicious!

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Union Oyster House is rated 4.4 stars by 6393 OpenTable diners.

Union Oyster House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/1493/union-oyster-house.

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.