Couldn't stay for the entire meal because the hostess seated an enormous party surrounding our table. There were literally 4-5 tables that were seated all around our table (their chairs rubbing up against our chairs) after us. The party was hosting a team meeting/party/celebration. We couldn't even hear ourselves talk and the people were rude, loud and kept making obnoxious toasts. We asked to be moved (again, we had been seated there for 30 minutes before the huge party was seated next to us) and they claimed they couldn't move us to another table. We even had a reservation. So we left, without our dinner.
I brought my fiancé here because he has always wanted to come and he LOVES seafood. He was more than pleased with his meal. I personally don’t like seafood so I had the onion soup and Caesar salad, which was very good. There are options for everyone whether you’re a seafood lover or not. Another great part was the environment. Oldest restaurant in America. I am so glad we came because you can see and feel the history when you’re inside. It’s the coolest looking restaurant I’ve ever been in. Seafood lover or not, I’ll be back!!!
Very cool location with loads of history. Our server Stephanie was excellent. She guided us through the menu, was very funny and outgoing. Next time I’m back in Boston I’ll be back at the Oyster House.
Bar and dining team did a great job. Thanks!
Service here is amazing! Danny was a fantastic server, and the food was beautiful and delicious.
Excellent evening. Service was great...didn't rush us. Was very helpful in recommending appetizers for those out of town guests who were no t as familiar with New England food. Ambiance is wonderful and just a fabulous experience overall.
We were here on business/pleasure and this restaurant was highly recommended. Who wouldn’t want to visit an historic restaurant! Amazing service. Delish oysters and lobster. A unique experience
Service was Terrible
Had to wait despite reservation and was pushed to order from the bar first. Seemed like a Mgmt directed ploy. Then sold a NOT value for money main course.
Very enjoyable time. Food was great.
The ambiance is definitely really cool but the food was just ok. We set upstairs and I can’t remember our servers name but she was very nice, good at her job and attended to all of our needs. The bar was definitely a cool place to grab a drink-just wouldn’t go back for the food.
I took my boyfriend here during our stay in Boston and his first time visiting. I think it gets a bad wrap for being touristy, but for anyone's first time in the city it's definitely a must just for the experience alone.
This is by far my favorite restaurant in Boston! They have the best lobster roll, delicious oysters and some unique beers. The kids are more than welcome and have a great menu selection. On top of that, you get to meet some of the nicest waiters in Boston. I definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area!
Very disappointed in the food. It was alright but I have had much better.
Wonderful. Atmospheric and old-timey New England.
I am from out of town. My daughter and I went here for a good seafood dinner. It did not disappoint. The wait staff was wondeful- very friendly and happy. Our meals were delicious and the clam chowder had big chunks of seafood in it. The historic building itself was worth it, the food was the cherry on top.
It was great being in such and historic restaurant like the union oyster house. The food was great as was the price but the history was even more incredible!
Great chowder and fish tacos!
Even though the locals feel this is a tourist trap, I have always liked it. The raw bar is fantastic and the old building is very cool. I binge eat when here: chowder, cherry stones, oysters and lobster.
Great atmosphere, great food. Definitely a place to visit while in Boston.
Food was bland and didn’t seem fresh. The steamers were the worst I’ve ever had. No taste at all and very rubbery. Mussels weren’t good either. Clam chowder was fine. So was the cornbread. But the meal was a big disappointment and a waste of money. Don’t recommend.
Awesome experience! The service is amazing, our server Justice was so knowledgeable and very cool to chat with. Best seafood around. We will absolutely be back!
The flavors of their seafood are generally on the lighter side compare to other seafood restaurants in town. Nice decoration showing the history of Old Boston.
Amazing spot with awesome history. You can’t go wrong with any of their seafood. Drinks are good but nothing special. Pretty cool to read the random facts written on the walls and booths. The chairs can be a bit uncomfy but that might be because they are several decades old.
I’ve been in this restaurant many times before and it’s always great!
I had a wonderful dinner with my daughter, and Troy is a most gracious host.
Very disappointing dinner. Boiled lobster was chewy and overcooked. The lobster Newburgh was mainly sauce and rice with very little lobster. Bezt part of tge evening was the server, who was funny with a great personality. Howeb8 she wasn't enough for me to ever want to return. Definitely a tourist trap.
Food was tasty. Atmosphere was great. Our waitress Stephanie was wonderful!
I’ve had great meals here previously and decided to take a client. Clams had a strange smell. Took back and replaced with another app but still charged. Drinks came slow. Food not great. It is a tourist trap. Off my list. Not again.
Very good seafood with history of Boston! Great for a night out before a show!
Linda's service was amazing.
1st time here.
Food was amazing.
Bathroom needs tlc. It's ugly...
We were encouraged to eat here because of its historic nature, as we were tourists in Boston. The ambience, the building and architecture were interesting. We sat in a booth next to the "Kennedy booth", where JFK supposedly preferred sitting. The waiter was quick to get us anything we asked for. We arrived early so didn't have to wait for a table, and it wasn't too crowded overall. The food was good but very plain and basic. My son got chicken tenders (he doesn't eat seafood), and they were very tender but tasteless. Our broiled seafood platter was good, but again, tasteless. They use no seasonings in the preparation. Still, an interesting and historic place to eat.
One is really going here for the history and ambiance of being in a historical restaurant. Simply gorgeous once inside - make sure to sit upstairs. Food is fresh albeit highly forgettable.
Venerable Boston institution which hasn't lost its character. Seafood is always fresh with many side items that are Boston traditions (baked beans, Indian pudding etc.). Quite busy on the weekends, but we were seated on time (always make a reservation if it's a busy time like weekend or Summer) and the service was very cordial and attentive. Have been here many times in the past and will continue to do so.
I honestly expected this to be a tourist trap - all atmosphere with mediocre food. I was surprised at how good the food was. The clams on the half shell were some of the best I’ve ever had. We had the scrod, lobster scampi and clam chowder. All were excellent. You can feel the history of the building as soon as you walk in. I will definitely return the next time I’m in town.
Full of historic memorabilias on display creates nice ambiance, and the staff are friendly. Perfect for out of town guests like us visiting our kids in college in town. The kids never visited here before, and enjoyed it with us as well.
Lovely ambience but very average food and service. My waiter was great but overworked and the other staff weren’t helping at all. Overpriced for what it is.
The historic value of this restaurant is lost if you dont spend time knowing about it before you go to dinner, the oyster bar, the authentic cuisine and the staff were all great, it was a fun night. We sat in the JFK booth and enjoyed seeing the tribute to our late President.
The food is mediocre, but as the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the country, it’s a must see.
Just love this place - Been here multiple times... always get Lobster, oysters, steamers, chowder
First time to Boston from Hawaii, I visited the Union Oyster House with my then Boston girlfriend who is now my wife. It was New Years Eve, the people, the waitstaff, bar staff "everyone" was so friendly and welcoming to me. The food and drink were great.
When we moved to Boston last year from Hawaii going back to the Union Oyster is a place we share the memory of my first visit to Boston and our committment to one another.
Aloha Boston and Union Oyster House, you made this Hawaiian Boy feel at home, good food and great people.
Ross Ebanez and Joyce Foley