Union Oyster House

4.3
6738 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. Please be aware that beginning January 15, 2022 the city of Boston has issued the following mandate for restaurants: People age 12+ mush show proof of one dose of vaccine. 2/15/22: People age 12+ must show proof of full vaccination. 3/1/22: Children age 5-11 must show proof of one dose of vaccine 5/1/22: People age 5+ mush show proof of full vaccination

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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 6738 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I would recommend this place for lunch. My partner and I wanted a nice seafood dinner, and this is a great touristy spot neither of us had tried before. The fried food was okay, the salmon was flavorless, and the cocktails felt like I was drinking straight shots. (

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BNColoradan
Denver
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town from CO. Remembered great food from a visit s few years ago. Food was excellent, Bobby was great!

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PMEChief
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was acceptable, historic location was fantastic! Great service. Glad we went.

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vipVictoria
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, seafood was fresh and prepared delicately. John was an exceptional server answering our questions efficiently, provided suggestions, and introduced us to the history of the restaurant. Definitely will keep on my list to always visit on my future trips to Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted promptly. Service was amazing. Food was good.

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Briles
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our server was amazing. She surprised my nephew with a birthday cake and a little gift when she found out it was his birthday. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful, but the food just wasn’t very good, especially for the prices.

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vipTORREN
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food2service4ambience4

The food was nothing special. The historical value of the restaurant was the drawing point.

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EastWind
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food2service4ambience4

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten here and it was nice to return to relive memories of good times with good friends. With the exception of the food, everything lived up to my expectations. The food was not of the same high quality as I’d expected. The clam chowder was just ok ( Legal Seafood has better chowder) and the hot lobster roll was cold. The lobster was flavorless and the roll was dry. Legals has as better lobster roll as does Luke’s. Not sure what’s happened but I sure hope things improve. It’s too iconic of a restaurant to just serve mediocre food.

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RalphC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only one other table with diners staff was attentive but lackluster and made the special occasion (birthday)not so special

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JeanetteD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not just a touristy restaurant, food is legit! Had a couple drinks too, delicious!

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated in the very back of the restaurant where few customers were.
Service was the kind where you ask for something (when they finally look over at you) & they run over & say yes! I’ll get that for you right away. And then you still have to get their attention to remind them that you needed something & that they were going to get it RIGHT AWAY….uh, no…. This happened several times during our 45-55 min dinner. Again - quiet - no ambiance. Clam chowder had a good taste but it was lukewarm. We tried to get our waitress over but to no avail. The food was mediocre at best. Definitely better crab cakes elsewhere.
When we were leaving, they walked us through a couple of areas where several customers were seated & there was a delightful ambience …
…the one star was for the cornbread - my husband said - this taste just like that kind out of the box you make sometimes….yep Jiffy cornbread mix from a box. So the boxed cornbread is the only reason we even gave them a star…
Tourist trap & they must have an incognito ‘reviewer’ on staff - because we could only find good reviews’.

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vipCarlosA
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

El lugar muuuy bonito y la comida deliciosa.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best clam chowder I’ve ever had. It can be a bit expensive but soooooo worth it!! Highly suggest getting the oysters and clam chowder to start, gotta try the salmon as well. Cooked to perfection.

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AGgonuts
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere food was delicious even if it was a little over priced. Parking voucher was key!

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vipPamF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Classic Boston restaurant with great seafood. Clam chowder was excellent and the crab cakes were perfectly prepared. Great ambiance and fun history lessons on the walls. Super friendly staff!

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vipKarinF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food & service were very good. But the (ladies) restroom was a complete dump! Both toilets were clogged and hadn’t been flushed all day. Really disgusting and unsanitary…especially in current Covid situation where clean is everything! Will rethink ever returning here.

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MARISKA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - expensive and plentiful. One couple was super loud and annoying

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JohnF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always one of my favorite places to go

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good waitress

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CynthiaL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Rushed us through New Years Eve dinner. They should not take 9:15pm reservations if they don't want to service you. Food wasn't worth the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Oystahs evah!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The stuffed clams are amazing

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Marc
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

For such a historic building, it’s a shame that the service and ambiance felt like stepping into an Applebee’s.

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Caro
Montreal
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Historic place is a must do restaurant in Boston

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It was great food but overly priced. I wish there were better options for seafood that wasn’t fried. The oyster bar wasn’t available for most of the patrons

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AchillefsD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We went for the Oysters, and they didn’t have oysters…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friendly waiter. Food just average for the price. Disappointing that the Union OYSTER House was out of Oysters! Compared to other restaurants we visited during our stay in Boston, the food was just average for the price. We would not recommend if we had friends visiting Boston and we would not go again if we visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so cute!

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TDub
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I’m glad I went to say I’ve been to this classic, but everything was mediocre at best.

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StephenR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of good choices on the menu and everything we ordered was excellent. Waitress was there when we needed her and put no pressure on us to order extras.
We have no complaint with the prices or the portion sizes. Food quality was great!

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JunieT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Classic rustic and all things goodness. Food was impeccable. The only complain was that the table next to us was literally scream talking. Noise level was not the best controlled in this setting. Food was just wow. Corn bread as the appetiser already got us drooling and we even ordered some to takeaway without any costs. Woo Hoo!

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SHAZ
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

For the historical value, this place was great. However, the food was only fine - the shrimp cocktail was ice-cold, for example, and the seafood platter was fried (not mentioned on the menu). Staff was great.

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SueN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was uneven...appetizers and soup were good but the main courses were almost unedible. They were cold and mushy and flavorless. Service was ok... but this is not a fine dining establishment and the prices are way too high for bad food.

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DeannaS
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Food was cold, service was awful. We sat and sat waiting for food, drinks , refills and butter. I came here as a kid a few times every year. But I’m not sure I’ll come back as an adult.

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh New England cuisine with the ambience of the 18th to 21st centuries. A delicious and historical experience.

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vipWedDiner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had a much better experience when we last visited several years ago.

Food quality and taste has gone downhill. Has the lazy man’s lobster — plenty of lobster but flooded in breadcrumbs and served with choice of rice (ok), carrots, mash potatoes (with lobster!!!), or fries (and it wasn’t the kids menu).

This place is living off its name and location.

Won’t be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm graduate student and my babe came to see me recenly. I planned a nice dinner and my choice to be here was great. My babe loves to eat oyster and she said this is the best oyster ever. The salmon is good as well.

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Bets
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live up to our expectations! The food was delicious. The waitstaff was kind. I would recommend this for an outstanding Boston experience.b

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MonicaB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food was good, . Had the backed scrod, classic basic recipe well done. The server was attentive and we enjoyed a 2.5 lunch with out feeling rushed.

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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 6738 OpenTable diners.

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.