Union Oyster House

4.1
6686 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Overpriced for little food received. Butterfly shrimp were not butterfly and small. Both entrees felt like appetizers and overpriced. Many other better options in city.

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vipSuzanneV
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the Union Oyster House. Our server was so nice and she gave us excellent service. She said she had worked there since 1982. Wow that says a lot about this restaurant! Great local food to experience the taste and history of Boston!

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vipShel327
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not impressed. Small portions. Very expensive for size of portions. Dirty. Cobwebs on wall/shelf. Waitress going through the motions as if we were tourists.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food prices and ambiance were not worth the value of this restaurant. They did not have a great selection of beer since they were out of craft beers. Food was tasteless. Left after the appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justice, our server, was so nice and the food was absolutely delicious!

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MakenzieB
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We had tons of people tell us we must visit UOH on our vacation to Boston - it is definitely a staple location! We loved the atmosphere and location. The service was slow but it was a busy Saturday night. Glad we had reservations since the wait times for 6pm was 1 hour and 45 mins. I had the clam chowder which was good and my husband had the shrimp and scallops which was really good. Complimentary cornbread was a nice touch. Overall, wouldn’t come back a 2nd time but it was a fun experience for our first trip to Boston!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter, Justin, was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and made the experience great.

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CherylW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate lunch outside. We had the fresh catch of the day (haddock, blackened) and a cold lobster roll. Both were delicious. I love eating outside, so we did that - but if you do, be sure to also take time to go inside, based on the history of this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and environment!!!

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SusanB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Was not impressed. Historical restaurant serving mediocre food to tourists.

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PattyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Oysters were fresh but food was very average. Would not recommend for dining unless you really want to do the tourist thing and say you went here.

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JeffC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was everything we expected but better. To sit inside history and eat where some of the founding fathers walked was exciting.

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vipMitch
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t this level of food: meh.

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Ednap2106
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Make a reservation! Request a booth if you’re skinny enough. Clam chowder.

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MalL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The historic value was fantastic, and our server was so helpful and kind. The clam chowder was delicious, but the lobster was over cooked for the lobster rolls and the seafood plate could have handled more seasoning. The kids (10 and 12) were not impressed with the "kid menu", so they ordered off of the main menu. We had a great time visiting with family from the area and our daughter made some great birthday memories. She loves history, so just being at the Union Oyster House was a huge gift for her :-)

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

As a party of two senior people, we felt a big ignored as the waitress focused on the much larger party.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for an earlier dinner (5pm) and everything was delicious! Absolutely would recommend to others and return.

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ElizabethC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very accommodating and the food was good! Excellent service. We will go back!

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vipDavidG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was fabulous!

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LauraK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant and the history surrounding it. Clam chowder and oysters were super but they did not have Saltine’s for my oysters. That’s the way I was taught to eat them....on a Saltine cracker! They were good though.

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KateL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great! So glad I made a reservation. I got seated right away when I arrived. My waiter, Justice, was absolutely awesome. He deserves a raise!

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CraigM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great service, reservations are a must if you want to get in.

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DeniseA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wellfleet Oysters we’re outstanding! Service was prompt, courteous and professional. Prices were in range of other eateries. Only a minor issue was the crumb topping on the Boston baked scrod was a little too wet.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was ok. I have allergy to shellfish so obviously could not enjoy the dish for which the restaurant is known. Picked pan seared scallop and shrimp with tomato sauce over rice and the clam chowder. The flavor was bit on the bland side for these two dishes. The staff was friendly and the ambience for outdoor seating was relaxing enough and good for people watching. Overall a bit overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! The food, history, service, and atmosphere was superb!

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BillinHouston
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our seafood dinners at this historic restaurant. Had an early reservation (4:15) and were able to sit in the Kennedy booth, so that was an extra plus!

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JamesC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This place has been around for a long time. Dinner reservations are a must. Order the special of the the day or risk disappointment. Lobster roll was the worst I had. More roll than lobster. Drinks and service was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

I think we had the worst table in the whole restaurant which is a little disappointing because it was our first time there and as we walked around the restaurant was not full and yet we had a table with no view very cramped looking at the kitchen door

The only bonus to this is we had the very best server her name was Linda and she made our whole night so I guess sitting at the crummy table was a trade off for having the best service

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Historic restaurant with friendly staff and delicious seafood.

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Laurie
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The scallops were perfectly cooked and the clam chowder was flavorful, but did not overpower the clams. I highly recommend the dish that has the tomato cream sauce, but cannot remember what it was called!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was horrible we were ignored food menu was very limited huge disapointment

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was my first time visiting Boston and was recommended union oyster house given its history. Had high hopes for its price point but the food + service was terrible. The restaurant was practically empty but our server found a way to take forever and chat baseball with another couple. Chowder was dull and the sampler was misleading on the menu. We figured not everything was fried, but indeed it was. Our server asked us how everything was, we shared our disappointment and he shrugged and walked away. Thanks Bud! We packed our uneaten food and ended up throwing it out. Do yourself a flavor, walk by or pose in front for your history instagram posts, just don’t go inside!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great clam chowder and lobster roll. Very nice server who gave us a tour at the end.

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KatherineP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Excellent waitstaff. Ok bathrooms. Food was yummy

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vipedlarybeth
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Typical tourist spot, Lots of memorabilia and history. the food was boring, and not that good. Our server was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not at all worth the wait or price. Over rated and a Mecca for tourist.

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vipRhondaG
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Molly was our server. She was very attentive. We had the clam chowder that was very good and a lobster salad. The chowder was very good as well when crumbling their sweet cornbread in it. Highly recommend looking at the memorabilia hanging on the walls.

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BostonMarathoner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great. Drinks and food delivered in great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful waitress! Food was really good! Thanks for a great meal.

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Judy
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our favorite Boston restaurants, always visit when in town

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 4.1 stars by 6686 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.