Union Oyster House

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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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SY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

They are kinda coasting on their reputation at this point :(

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food and service was just okay. The staff was kind and friendly, however.

T
Washington DC
153 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was fun being just a historical place but overall the food was not that great and I am sure there is better seafood in other restaurants.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Dishes were very ordinary. Nothing special. They ran out of steamers that I wanted. The catch of the day was sole and it smelled like ammonia. 49$ for a little lobster and pasta. Our server did come by often but she didn’t seem too interested in what we wanted but how quick she could leave and move on to something else. Bill was outrageous for the quality

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience. Friendly staff

BU
Key West
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Michigan. It was recommended that we visit the Union Oyster House during a recent visit. It was wonderful! Amazing history and excellent food! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are visiting Boston or if you live there and have never tried it.

HB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh oysters and decadent, velvety chowder. Their colonial beer is made in- house and is exceptional. Overall, a fantastic meal!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fantastic seafood all around! The ambiance is second to none. Seriously. Amazing setting for an old school Boston meal. Can’t wait to go back!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being the oldest restaurant in America, UOH could rely on that and it’s place on the Freedom Trail to attract visitors, but it doesn’t. Most diners who come are repeat visitors who come for the amazing food, excellent service, authentic ambiance and yes, a bit of history. In a period that’s seen some of Boston’s oldest restaurants (Locke-Ober, Jakob Wirth, Durgin Park) it’s great to see UOH thriving. Thanks Joe Milano for keeping UOH what it is...Boston’s best restaurant.

BG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

A tourist restaurant with indifferent food and very noisy.

PC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We waited for 45 minutes after ordering our drinks and appetizer oysters. Then our dinner came out but still no drinks or oysters. I ordered one of the daily specials which was baked lobster and it was mostly just soggy breadcrumbs. Our waitress was not accommodating at all, did not offer to discount anything, and didn’t check on us for more drinks until the meal was over. This was a special date for my husband and I and he was so crabby about the service that it ruined our date.

KC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed in food and service. Food is expensive for what you get. I had been looking forward to a nice seafood dinner, it was less than average.
Its worth visitong if your on the freedom trail but i would just walk thru and see building, visit gift shop.

OT
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tried the lobster roll and it seemed a little on the tough side. The pieces of lobster were large, which should have been nice, but they were a little tough to bite into or chew. The cornbread you receive when you first sit down was amazing! Everyone else I was with ordered something besides the lobster roll and said theirs was delicious.

DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Went here as we was recommended service was great but food only average better tasting restaurants in town for the price.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about union oyster house. The clam chowder was the absolute best!

JU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I drove from Long Island , NY for the clam chowder !!!! No other explanation needed!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We were an hour early for our reservation & they were able to accommodate us. Our server was somewhat forgetful, but eventually we got all that we ordered. Food was good.

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Highly recommended, highly disappointed!!!!

D
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Union Oyster House was great, but my reservation from Open Table didn’t show up on their reservation list.

BZ
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is very old-school. Quiet atmosphere, experienced servers, old, historic interior. The cornbread is out-of-this-world. Delicious clam chowder and baked beans. A little expensive, but the food is of a very good quality. I would most definitely return.

CM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed the clam chowder tremendously!!

JD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal!

JF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

The portions and overall quality of the food was incredible.

CR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was told dish would come with veggies, but didn't. Daquiri had olives???

RC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome!!!! Thanks for a great evening Liz!! Made us feel like old friends!!

LJ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

While our actual server was polite and helpful, the rest of the experience was horrid.

My party was seated while I was in the restroom. I was directed to the general area they were seated in, but repeatedly went back to the host stand asking for help - NO ONE would just walk me to the table, even though they knew exactly who I was looking for. Took several tries on my part to find them.

Once I did, the table was SO unbalanced that all our drinks repeatedly spilled all over the table.

Even worse, a table of college kids was in our section - they SCREAMED the entire time. No one from the restaurant staff asked them to quiet down, despite the discomfort of everyone in our area. We couldn't even have a conversation.

Our food was severely oversalted (someone should tell the cook there are other ingredients), the corn bread we were served was burned (but we were served it anyway - so we didn't eat it, but unburned bread wasn't offered) and overall, this was a nightmare.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was good. We did it more for the experience rather then the food.

A
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful meal and great service from Linda! The vibe was lively but laid back and all of the food was done to taste. Also had Anton the master shucker take the time to engage with us! Overall a fantastic dinner!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This place is super high volume so if you are looking for a nice seafood dinner keep looking. The food was okay. The lobster was cooked well but not really cleaned at all. The butter isn't butter, but some kind if oil blend. It really feels like a Denny's seafood place. The staff is very friendly and attentive.

D
Atlanta
70 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We had to take in TUOH as part of a Boston anniversary weekend. Drinks at the bar prior to seating - 1st Class. Heading upstairs to our table - we had asked in advance a Bette Table to celebrate our anniversary! We first presented a table at a open intersection. A brief discussion later -,we were provided a booth. The oysters are 1st Class. The scallops regretfully were disappointing Great waiting staff service with a nice anniversary desert

SZ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waitress is super talkative and friendly. I like the lobster Newbury. The fried platter on the other hand feels short, too much onion rings and French fries not much seafood. Overall I would recommend this place to try out if you want to explore Boston but don’t have much time

DH
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Well who wouldn’t want to go to the oldest restaurant in the US? So we did Bri g new to Boston and looking for that historic experience. The atmosphere was like stepping back in time and we enjoyed that part. The service was very good and our waiter was helpful and nice with recommendations for us newbies. We started with the famous clam chowder, which was delicious, and I would return there just to have a bowl of it again. We tried oysters for the first time. Ok. I can see the appeal for some. I would try them again. So, I thought it would be the perfect place for my daughter to try a whole lobster (she has had a lobster roll-yum!) We ordered a steamed large lobster at a whopping $69. (Make sure you ask the price ahead of time, we didn’t and probably would have skipped it if we had). The lobster was very disappointing. It was what I consider overcooked. It was chewy, the flavor so-so, and the butter tasted old.

Overall, I’d say you can find much better food at a better price. Take a picture out front and stop in for a bowl of clam chowder and delicious cornbread. Skip the lobster!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Visit to Boston. Old historical restaurant. Lots of fun.

MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was less than average. Compared to the other restaurants we ate at this week, this was the most disappointing

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still a classic! Took out of town guests here and they loved it.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! You'll never eat at another place like it!

Great food, atmosphere and history!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat and enjoy friends and family.
Food was fantastic and the service from Caroline was outstanding.

LS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited the Oyster House 25/08/19 was surprised to find it was less formal than expected. I had the ribs and was very pleased I did. My wife chose the Oyster House Lobster special. Was not up to expectations. Most of the lobster was removed and stuffed wth breaking concoction. Shirley had to ask for clarified butter and received a cold substance that appeared to be vegetable oil. Rather disappointed. Stick to the ribs.

DR
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic New England food in an historic setting.

j
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Solid seafood but it is heavily a tourist trap

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