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Union Oyster House

4.3
4.3
6774 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Union Oyster House, located on the Freedom Trail, near Faneuil Hall, enjoys the unique distinction of being America's oldest restaurant. This 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 132 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 227-2750

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (617) 227-2750

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Parking details

    Parcel #7 Garage: Not clearly labeled (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.) The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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What 6,774 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Most Booked

  • Boston

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was OK, nice historical building. Food was about two notches above red lobster.
  2. BS

    BryanS

    Charlotte

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katie was a great server and the character of your building was excellent
  3. m

    mrandmrslivingston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love having dinner at Union Oyster House when we are visiting Boston. Always quality service and food! Such good chowder!
  4. GZ

    GaryZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food😀 would highly recommend this place are second time eating here and never a disappointment. Service was amazing along with all the other staff.
  5. F

    Fabulous

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Amazing…. Our waitress
  6. LB

    LindsyB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Cool building and vibe. Food was just mediocre, but glad we got the experience.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was cold. Way overpriced. Very average food. We were in Boston for four days. Would not recommend. Spend money elsewhere. Like buttermilk and burbon or chart house.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Half dozen oysters 5/5 Lobster ravioli 4/5 Hot lobster roll 4/5 Our server was great 5/5
  9. A

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were only in Boston for a short while so we wanted to have lunch at someplace iconic. Everything was great, friendly staff, fast service (with reservation), great food. More pricey than I would have liked is my only gripe.
  10. e

    elinord

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Over priced with poor food quality ! No taste .. could have long Jon silvers
  11. GM

    GeneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great restaurant to learn more about American history. Very authentic feel inside! Good food, average pricing. Only complaint was that our waiter forgot to bring the cornbread, but gave us some to go instead. Glad we visited this landmark!
  12. MM

    MissM

    Oklahoma City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a time at the bar prior to being seated in a lovely booth. We had a tremendous server! I believe her name was Debbie.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. Must try!
  14. SM

    ShaliniM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Union Oyster House had a wonderful, historic feel to it. Food was good but the ambience is unforgettable!
  15. M

    Marpal

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I recommend this restaurant for its oyster and clam bar but I wouldn’t recommend it for dinner. The quality of the food we ordered for dinner was not good. The chowder was very milky and the cod was mushy. The staff is very polite.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation good spot next to Kennedy booth
  17. JR

    JenniferR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very well versed in food allergy management. Little noisy but the fish was fresh and chowder delicious.
  18. JB

    JacquelineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything enjoyed the food and our service was great
  19. KD

    KevDeb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife’s 65th birthday and she saw Union Oyster House on TV so we went on a day trip. Restaurant history is amazing and it was everything we had hoped it would be. Lobster roll was awesome, Baked Scrod was perfect and enjoyed a piece of Boston Cream pie for dessert. Waiter was very attentive and made the experience very enjoyable.
  20. RR

    RR84

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The service was excellent but the salad although fresh lacked but the cherry tomato and 2 slices of cucumber with tons of lettuce and red onions so boring. The claw chowder was barely warm and lacked flavor. The cornbread was dry but the oysters good per my honey. The place is old obviously and musty, not very comfortable and the menu lacked any originality just fried e everything which I’m not a fan of.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Very disappointing. Been coming to your restaurant for 40 years, the menu changes got rid of house favorites (seafood newburgh, broiled seafood platter, grilled swordfish, ye olde fish and chips and shellfish bouillabaisse). The menu as it exists today is uninspired and my husband and I were hard pressed to find a dish that spoke to us. While we understand me y changes are inevitable we are saddened that you got rid of some of your best. I’ll gladly pay for historical ambience and slow service if the food was on par. This time it wasn’t.
  22. GR

    GuillermoR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Everything was very good. Ambient : air conditiner inefficient in our area (box 9) Atention: very good
  23. SB

    SeleneB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've never had a bad experience here and the saga continues. John was our server and he was phenomenal. The prices haven't gone up too much since the supply chain and economy issues, so it was still super reasonable for the best quality seafood. We ordered 6 oysters and 3 bowls of chowder, and all were fantastic.
  24. J

    Jane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The service was slow, waited for food for over an hour. The waiter gave everyone but us complimentary bread and didn’t bother to apologize for the wait.
  25. KG

    KylieG

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable food and service! Union Oyster House was the highlight of our Boston trip. We sat at the bar and had great service. The oysters, hot lobster roll and chowder were amazing.
  26. A

    Amallama

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Historical value is fun, and the food was fine, but it is very expensive for what it is. The host was not over busy but forgot about us after we checked in for our reservation. Service saved by our friendly waiter. Thought there'd be more oysters on the menu.
  27. VQ

    ValeriaQ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    No fue lo esperado, nos sentaron en una mesa alta donde detrás mío acumulaban los platos sucios, el mozo atrás mío a los gritos hablaba lo que se es que no vuelvo más ahí y NO LO RECOMIENDO
  28. KS

    KristinS

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Our waiter was absolutely terrible but the waiter for the other table, Justice, was awesome in that he was picking up our waiters slack.
  29. BN

    BridgetN

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    It is cool because JFK ate there but the food was not hot and only average in taste and flavor.
  30. MW

    MWilliams

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Casual dining place. The fried oysters were tasty and the service was good.
  31. SF

    StevenF

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience in a historical venue. Service always great.
  32. TK

    TaryK

    Naples

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary get away from Naples, FL to Boston started with a terrific dinning experience at The Union Oyster House. The history and ambiance of this landmark rest. is enchanting. Very attentive & pleasing service. Oysters were the freshest I have ever had. Clam chowder & included cornbread is a must. Our seafood entrees were tops in quality and quantity. All made for a very special & memorable evening for us.
  33. HP

    HenryP

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The man stationed at the front was very rude to me, I get it Boston attitude, felt like walking out. The lobster was a little tough but a good one. Chowder and Cornbread were average. The lobster wasn’t served with everything they used to be and likely not the menu said. Not as good as it once was would be my review. But perhaps supply chain issues etc.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great experience for a first date. Enjoyed the oysters and really good service!
  35. B

    Bethany

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The only thing special about this place is the history. Our meals were nothing special and overpriced. Our waitress appeared to rather be anywhere else.
  36. j

    jmwdo

    Oklahoma City

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We stopped for lunch while walking the Freedom Trail. This historic restaurant is fascinating to look around. Service was excellent, food was good. Definitely recommend.
  37. AJ

    AngieJ

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was my birthday but it just didn’t feel as special as I think it could have. It was my first time in Boston and I heard so much about the Inion Oyster House and it just didn’t live up to the hype per say. I didn’t get my appetizer but they made up with it by comping my desert but it was just the over all experiences that made me rate it lower.
  38. BS

    BrookeS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the history. Waitress was great. Fried shrimp beer delicious!
  39. MD

    MonicaD

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The food was delivered cold to room temperature instead of warm/hot. There was confusion on how many sides you get. I had to ask for my drink twice. The lobster was way over priced for the size. Overall very disappointing.
  40. AS

    AnnaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, and fast service! A must-see when in Boston. Lobster rolls and clam chowder 10/10.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 6774 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 132 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Union Oyster House

41 Union St Boston, MA 02108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parcel #7 Garage: Not clearly labeled (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.) The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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