Union Oyster House

4.3
6531 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 6531 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service3ambience5

It is a landmark and I am glad we visited but food is overpriced and service average at best.

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JohnP
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the experience - seafood is great, value is ok. Night live outside is fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent!

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Angie
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!!
Linda was the best waitress ever!!

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Shadowdc1
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday dinner for the wife

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Pretty substandard food. Almost everything lacked seasoning or was overcooked. Should have known the food would be more akin to theme park food.

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BethanyF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oyster House was great atmosphere, great food and great Service. We had a reservation for 630 but were in the area earlier and they switched it for us - no problem. highly recommend.

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CaroljoC
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Huge & delicious oysters, and the best we’ve had on vacation. The rest of the meal was just so-so. Prices were high for such a poor presentation of the entrees. My husband had the tasty crab cakes with lukewarm, unseasoned mashed potatoes in a small bowl. It was a sad looking plate. My lobster roll was my third on this New England vacation and ranked a distant third. The fries were good and I think the menu mentioned coleslaw, but it was a no-show. The pickle was actually an unpickled cucumber-strange. The clam chowder was mostly potatoes and came late with the meal after I reminded the server. Overall it was ok for a touristy restaurant, and it had a relaxed ambiance and good, cold beer for the rainy day we were there.

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LesBall
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good fun and a fun visit for our friends from Arizona.

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Elizabeth
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but not quite worthy of the price. Service was okay, fairly slow but personable.

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BarbaraS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I thought the service was excellent-Justice was our server. Staff all very friendly. The food just isn’t very good. Too much butter in everything.

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Niners80
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time at the Oyster House. We have been everytime we visit Boston. Great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience5

Disappointed in this restaurant. Our server was new and she made a mistake on our oyster order. She ordered two dozen instead of 1 dozen. They brought the order to our table and we had already reached for an oyster when it was discovered too many were ordered. Instead of just letting us keep the extra d

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The building itself is cool. That's the highlight...period. The service was terrible and the good was over priced. The best part of the meal was the Boston Creme Pie. I could have skipped the rest.

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BobC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Small portions for the prices, service was adequate. Won't rush back anytime soon.

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AugustoV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, good service, good price, I will return to eat more hehe

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SarahC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best service! Pricey food. But a must for the history and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and food that we experienced in Boston!

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Mona
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was good a little overpriced and we didn't love the fried meal we ordered but besides that it was good experience. Our waiter was incredibly friendly. THE CHOWDER WAS AMAZING.

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VirginiaB
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoyed coleslaw and the fries. Fish sandwich was quite good, hamburger was slightly tough to chew. It was a good experience.

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MIRANDA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Boston! Ever since I first dined here back in 1990, I have never been less than totally satisfied--super fresh seafood (such as oyster--my favorite!) and otherwise very tastely prepared seafood dishes! Staffs are very friendly as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Clam Chowder, Oysters from Cape Cod and frozen lobster roll were delicious!

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Wilson
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The oysters weren’t cleaned and my clams in the chowder had dirt in them.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great every time!

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AndrewE
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We should’ve left after soup but decided to stick it out. Both had fried seafood entrees. Came out rubbery and disgusting. Touristy as ever.

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KatyC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service and awful food. Very disappointed with our waitress.

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AlyssaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Bad service (slow). Put 5 of us in a small booth that only fit 4. One person had to sit on the end with a chair. Expensive for what it was. Tourist trap.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Just average seafood, uncomfortable seating, average service. Prices do not reflect the food quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food offerings were great and everything we had tasted even better. The staff were welcoming and amazing at their jobs. This is a must do while in Boston. Highly recommend reservations.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious corn bread and clam chowder

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Hehe
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have to say I was a little disappointed the food was OK the Cajun scallops and the Cajun fish was way too hot and we were told it wasn’t that hot. The race I came with it was hard and very Bland. The fried clams were good but what a very small portion for a very expensive price for all the dishes. The waitress was amazing so sweet and attentive that’s why I’m giving it three stars.

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vipMichaelA
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance great and historical. Service was crisp and friendly. Food, withe exception of the fried components, was fine. Fried portions of the meal were poor

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MollyP
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s a classic seafood restaurant with an incredible history. The building has been used continuously as a restaurant since 1826, with the oyster bar dating back about as long. It has a lot of different seating options, inside and out. It has been well maintained and nicely designed. Staff were friendly and accommodating. The cornbread starter is a nice change of pace. Wait staff didn’t tell us what types of oysters were available but we asked on the way out (they were from the Cape Cod area). Ours was a light meal (soup, salad, baked beans)…all items were good but wouldn’t call them outstanding.

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ChannaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

What a disappointment this historic place has become! 42 years ago, when I was last here, it was still a pearl. Now it is an expensive greasy spoon.

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Edumas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The place is fun, and it is a tourist attraction that must be visited, but the restaurant is well aware of their historic landmark status. The food is just extremely mediocre seafood that is priced ridiculously high. The calamari were extremely breaded, with barely any calamari in it, and most dishes were plain and uninspired (while still charging $33 per main plate). The highlights were definitely the samuel Adam's beer uniquely made for the oyster house, and the oysters were pretty phenomenal. The servers were lovely people, and our waitress joselynn was super kind and quite funny. All other dishes were just a deep fried mess, or a heavy dish that makes you feel incredibly bloated. Not the place to eat dinner, but instead much better for having a few oysters at the bar while trying the sam Adam's beer. Tourist trap absolutely

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great take before the Bruins game. The oysters and scallops were super fresh and sweet.
Casual, fun, a Boston classic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Service! Overall, very nice!

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vipMASAKI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm sure this is a pretty nice restaurant! Great seafood quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal! Hadn’t been here in 25 years and it was just as good as I remembered. Love the building too. Wouldn’t be a trip to Boston without eating here.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Union Oyster House using the Order Online button. Union Oyster House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 227-2750.

Union Oyster House is rated 4.3 stars by 6531 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.