Union Oyster House

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$31 to $50
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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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OpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I went for Dineout Boston and the menu was good, but should have gone for the salmon entree instead of pasta.... That's my bad, but over all great food for the price

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MikaelaM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a place I will be visiting again when I return to Boston.

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vipKirkF
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The Union Oyster House was recommended, but our experience was less than expected. Granted, this place is the oldest restaurant in the country so the history is very interesting, and the visit was worthwhile, but if you are expecting great food, this is not your place. I would not skip a one-time trip to this restaurant, but I would go in with the understanding that you are NOT going to eat great seafood.

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JonH
E. Tennessee
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Fantastic place. We went late in the evening with amazing service. The menu was excellent, and our server was top notch.

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MatthewA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great experience dining in Americas oldest restaurant. Friendly and accommodating service. Best chowda and boston cream pie in the city!

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EssentialChowdah
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A must-visit place. My colleague and I showed up early and we barely waited any time before being called up. The waitress was diligent, friendly and engaging, and knew the perfect balance between when to ask for service and when not (i.e. no interruptions during an engaging conversation). A perfect five is befitting! The only noise level came from Boston Bruins fans next to us but then, who are we foreign guests to interrupt locals' fun? Thank you, Union Oyster House, for an overall great experience!

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Fooddoe
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Crab cakes we’re missing crab, 1st oyster tasted funny, not fresh. Just so so at best. Will not return!

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MelissaO
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. We had a corner booth with a great view. Food was great. Loved the experience.

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JenniferS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as well as the service. It was a very enjoyable lunch.

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CDub
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setting and decent seafood. I had shrimp ravioli and it only had 4 shrimp but they were larger size - would’ve been better with a few more! Our server was Stephanie and she was great - very attentive and friendly. Overall, we enjoyed Union and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Good resturant. Our waitress was great. The cornbread was really good. I ordered the french onion soup which was good. Not sure I'd go back as I'm not big into seafood but worth a visit once.

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vipfrtom
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was a nervous. I hadn't been back to the old Union Oyster House in years and some of the online reviews made it sound terrible. I needn't have worried. Yes, it's a place that caters to tourists. Yes, it's not the cheapest meal in Boston. Get real people, it's in the heart of an urban center and in an area where terrorists frequent. That said, the service was excellent, the fish perfectly cooked, the clam chowder just as I remembered oh, and the desert scrumptious.

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RobinH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Reservation was not ready upon arrival. My son ordered the Lobster Ravioli, which was cold and contained very little food in the dish. I ordered the Lobster Casserole and it was tasteless. The food was overpriced for the quality served. Extremely disappointed in the service and the food. I would not recommend this restaurant for the food or service; however, the gift shop and interior were quite lovely.

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JamesM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service, but very expensive, and pretty noisy at 7 pm. Overall, a good experience!

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KatherineW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Historic old location, but food was classic boring Boston. Nothing too interesting or unique.

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Luke
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal oysters and a great beer collection. The beer was cold and the service was excellent. A little bit pricy, but definitely worth it.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server has been at the resturant for 30+ years. She is a classic and made the evening complete.

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vipAntd
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I always take family members here when visiting Boston. It is old school and I haven't tried a lot of the fresh seafood, but it's fun and it's just something you should do!

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staffs were friendly and professional. Both fresh and grilled oyster were very tasty and smelled good, but expensive a little bit.

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kathleenm
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mattie (spelling ?) our server was excellent, very welcoming and nice without being too much. Food and drink was great.

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BarryN
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great, food and beverages wonderful as well.

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Dineinusa
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cosy place

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GeorgeG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great structure and very friendly service, but both lobster and steamers were overcooked which is surprising for a restaurant dedicated to seafood.

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vipdaynah
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited this restaurant late on a Sunday evening. We were never rushed and service was excellent. Our food was delicious and reasonably priced for the portions. We will definitely return

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AndrewH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nostalgia brings you in but the good food great service keeps you coming back. This is the oldest restaurant in the country, if your in Boston you should go.

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JGMJGM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. They were very very busy so service was a little slow..... server apologized.

Food and overall experience was great. Would recommend!!!!

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THNorthShore
Caribbean
32 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Wonderful service, energetic atmosphere but sadly food was far below expectations. As New England natives, we found the shellfish overcooked and under-seasoned and presentation uninspired. We tried the hot oyster house sampler, clam chowder and seafood newburg. Every bite was underwhelming and we walked away disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Worth it for the history that’s about it.

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Destiny
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Took 45 minutes to get our meals and our waitress barely came to the table, one of the other waitresses ended up helping us since the other lady was not doing her job.

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JMartCee
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Travel with friends and family

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CaseyM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our total bill was 120 for two meals one mixed drink and a soda. I got the lobster scampi and for the price of 50.00 due to market price the amount of lobster was subpar. I received a plate with a head on it and the waitress took it away when we lifted up the head there was green stuff that came out of it onto my pasta and it was disgusting tasting. The service was very slow I’m guessing due to Valentine’s Day and we were sat right next to an entrance/exit so many people walking by not what I would expect from an expensive restaurant

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ALV85
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful Boston Tradition!! Scallops and Oysters were delicious

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Oysters
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food is always cook correctly and served hot. We were never rushed between courses.

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RonW
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Long established dining establishment in the heart of old Boston. The interior of the restaurant likely looks as it did 100 years ago and gives a warm, cozy feeling. The service was very good and attentive. I expected the food to be outstanding, given the long history of the place, but it was just ok. I had the Seafood Newburg. It came to the table luke warm and the sauce wasn't what I expected, kind of bland. Portion size very good with large shrimp, scallops and pieces of lobster. Great experience for the tourists

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RobertC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, great service, prica as one would expect in fine dining.

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vipPatrick
New York Area
144 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

we dined toward the end of the dinner service; maybe that is what the hostess wanted to seat us at an awkward table (half in the aisle between rooms); fortunately we were finally seated elsewhere. Both the fish and clam chowders were tastier than most Boston fare; my wife's crab cakes were fantastic; my mussels wee heavenly! The Indian pudding was classic but served so hot that a la mode would have made it more palatable.

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vipBela
Savannah
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As an historic experience in Boston, I recommend to friends. In fact, this meal was with friends from California. They thoroughly enjoyed the food, the ambience, and the entire experience.

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fpulice
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is Fantastic. Every time I visit Boston I make sure to eat here. Service is terrific.

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CharlesE
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, had a really great experience there. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Boston.

RG
vipRobertG
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

broiled lobster was overstuffed with breading.Mistake to have ordered it. Service was really great.

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Union Oyster House is rated 4.4 stars by 6234 OpenTable diners.

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