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Union Oyster House

4441 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. The Boston fixture, housed in a building dating back to pre-revolutionary days, started serving food in 1826 and has continued ever since with the stalls and oyster bar, where Daniel Webster was a constant customer, in their original positions.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 227-2750
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private rooms are available for your convenience for cocktail parties, buffets and banquets.
Each room has its distinct personality!
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Private party contact
Dining Room Manager: (617) 227-2750
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Parking details
We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (sorry). If the Union Oyster House is on your right, the brick building STRAIGHT AHEAD OF YOU is the garage. Drive towards it, make a quick left (Hanover St.) right (Congress St.) and right again (Sudbury St.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours
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Public transit
Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.
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What 4441 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodie2015 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

MrPink33 (New England)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipFoodie (Miami)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

Joao (London)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

LaurelB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

JASMAN (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is mediocre, but as the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the country, it’s a must see.

Edatl (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Just love this place - Been here multiple times... always get Lobster, oysters, steamers, chowder

JoyceF (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

KateR (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to take our friends from out of town for some great chow-dah and history!

OpenTable Diner (Jacksonville)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, John was our server super nice guy, very friendly not only to us but everyone walking by. Was going to feed us all the corn bread we could eat.

vipSteve (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Recommended to us for the history of Union Oyster rather than the food although the food was good. I have had better clam chowder in Boston though. My lobster linguine presentation was the hit of the table as everyone had to take a picture. Waiter was extremely knowledgable about the history of the restaurant and gave us all literature about it.

Darius05 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great atmosphere! Loved the history and tradition aspect of the restaurant. Server was great and informative about history of the establishment. Was there on vacation and was our last meal there. Would go again!

vipmarcuscatherine (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The lobster had a sandy taste to it.

BrentA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

So much history in this beautiful building. Close to Feneuil Hall and within walking distance to the TD Garden. Service was amazing and the food was great but a little pricey but your also paying for the atmoshere. We went for a birthday and were lucky enough to get the JFK booth. We will definetely be back nwxt time we're in Boston

citycat (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dining experience in a lovely historic setting. Food was tasty and service very attentive.

OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good 2nd time here. Will visit again OF COURSE next time I am in town

OpenTable Diner (Calgary)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great place

happyeater (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Very Historic- interesting to see- Because it seems mostly tourists and 1 time diners they do not provide very good food. Had good beer.

Alma (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Place was a bit loud and for the prices the food was just average. not great but not bad. server was not the best. vanished for periods of time and the place was not that crowded.