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About Union Oyster House

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.

41 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(617) 227-2750

Website:
http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/

Parking Details:
We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (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.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. 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.

Private Party Facilities:
Private rooms are available for your convenience for cocktail parties, buffets and banquets.
Each room has its distinct personality!

Private Party Contact:
Dining Room Manager: (617) 227-2750

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Union Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (58)
Casual (46)
Special Occasion (44)
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Neighborhood Gem (39)
Good for a Date (36)
Fun (33)
Local Ingredients (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Cozy (27)
Comfort Food (27)
Bar Seating (24)
Great for Lunch (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Business Meals (17)
Romantic (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Scenic View (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
People Watching (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great Beer (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The historic value of this restaurant is lost if you dont spend time knowing about it before you go to dinner, the oyster bar, the authentic cuisine and the staff were all great, it was a fun night. We sat in the JFK booth and enjoyed seeing the tribute to our late President.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food is mediocre, but as the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the country, it’s a must see.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Just love this place - Been here multiple times... always get Lobster, oysters, steamers, chowder

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

First time to Boston from Hawaii, I visited the Union Oyster House with my then Boston girlfriend who is now my wife. It was New Years Eve, the people, the waitstaff, bar staff "everyone" was so friendly and welcoming to me. The food and drink were great.
When we moved to Boston last year from Hawaii going back to the Union Oyster is a place we share the memory of my first visit to Boston and our committment to one another.
Aloha Boston and Union Oyster House, you made this Hawaiian Boy feel at home, good food and great people.
Ross Ebanez and Joyce Foley

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great place to take our friends from out of town for some great chow-dah and history!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, John was our server super nice guy, very friendly not only to us but everyone walking by. Was going to feed us all the corn bread we could eat.

Tags: Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Recommended to us for the history of Union Oyster rather than the food although the food was good. I have had better clam chowder in Boston though. My lobster linguine presentation was the hit of the table as everyone had to take a picture. Waiter was extremely knowledgable about the history of the restaurant and gave us all literature about it.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great atmosphere! Loved the history and tradition aspect of the restaurant. Server was great and informative about history of the establishment. Was there on vacation and was our last meal there. Would go again!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The lobster had a sandy taste to it.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

So much history in this beautiful building. Close to Feneuil Hall and within walking distance to the TD Garden. Service was amazing and the food was great but a little pricey but your also paying for the atmoshere. We went for a birthday and were lucky enough to get the JFK booth. We will definetely be back nwxt time we're in Boston

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Late-night Find, Fun, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great dining experience in a lovely historic setting. Food was tasty and service very attentive.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very good 2nd time here. Will visit again OF COURSE next time I am in town

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great place

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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very Historic- interesting to see- Because it seems mostly tourists and 1 time diners they do not provide very good food. Had good beer.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Place was a bit loud and for the prices the food was just average. not great but not bad. server was not the best. vanished for periods of time and the place was not that crowded.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Made reservations, arrived 30 minutes early and was able to sit in less than 10 minutes. Requested a booth for a birthday dinner. We did get a booth and received free birthday cake without requesting it. Great service and waitstaff. Food was excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I went to the Union Oyster House for lunch. Loved my clam chowder. Went back the next night for dinner with my son and his girlfriend. We all enjoyed our meals. I had seafood newburg -- excellent. The Boston Creme Pie was yummy.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 25, 2018

Service slow and at that time not too busy.
Serving staff not very friendly.
Food was very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We've been to the Union Oyster House a few times and have always enjoyed it. I love the clam chowder!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Good place for conversation if you sit in a booth. Wait staff friendly.
I had fish tacos...were not at all what I expected, or have had many times in other restaurants. Grilled fish (that was good), but on a taco with a slice of tomato,lettuce and plain coleslaw...very boring! SIde order of green beans and carrots were way overcooked...looked like nursing home food.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My friend and I were in town to see the UFC 220 fights and we made a reservation at the Union Oyster House because of its reputation and proximity to the TD Garden. Beer selection was great enjoyed some Sam Adams and the Oysters were wonderful. I had the fried shrimp dinner which was pretty good. Overall it was a good meal and an enjoyable time.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Historic ambiance, pleasant and helpful staff, great meals and service was just right, plenty of time to enjoy the evening without welling like we were waiting or rushed. Was on vacation, only restaurant we ate at twice all week and second time was just as good as the first.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 17, 2018

They serves delicious food and friendly customer care. This restaurant is the America's oldest one. In the restaurant you can see historical story of Boston and restaurant. This is good for family dinner and also friends. Have a delicious time.

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 (Brisbane / QLD)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Visiting Boston for the first time and the restaurant is a historical must-see by itself. The seafood was hands down amazing and satisfying.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very friendly and knowledgeable service staff, and our food was prepared perfectly. What more can you ask for?

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great food. Great service. Love it here!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Deep fried seafood platter was classic as were the broiled scallops. Loved the house special UOH Sam Adams brew. Wonderful staff....personality and professionalism.

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The waitress was rushing our ordere and rushing to get us out. This was the only thing that we did not enjoy

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Over priced food for the quality of it. Had better seafood in more quaint and less expensive places. High prive for the name, nothing more.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

classic New England tavern with lots of history

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I came here for New Year’s Eve. The best part of the meal was the clam chowder and corn bread. After that, the entrees were disappointing and over-priced. My fried seafood platter was more French Fries than seafood, and the tasted greasy and not fresh- like something you could get from the frozen food section at Costcos. My husband’s broiled seafood platter was better but could have used more seasoning. Our server was very attentive, however, despite being very busy that night. Nearby guests appear to enjoy the raw oysters- we’re not raw oyster eaters so maybe we should have chosen a different spot. We would probably not return given all the other good seafood restaurants nearby.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was average - not bad but nothing great. Historically significant, but that's all.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a "daddy/daughter weekend" in Boston. Walked the Freedom Trail and dinner at the Union Oyster House. An awesome evening!

Tags: Fun, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Another great visit. We had Saturday reservations for 5 pm and were seated within minutes of that time. Server was prompt and attentive. Took our drink order, brought cornbread and took appetizer order then returned for dinner order.
The food was terrific. We ordered mussels and steamers for appetizers. The mussels were very good and the steamed clams were perfect. Two in our party ordered the seafood medley with rice (instead of pasta). Both loved it and the portion was large. Another ordered lobster ravioli which was delicious. Portion was not very large but he said it was perfect size due to the richness. I ordered the lobster scampi. You can upsize to a large lobster but I stayed with standard medium lobster and it was plenty. Not to mention delicious. Service was great. Obviously in an historic restaurant in Boston it can be a bit pricey which is why I rated 3 stars for value. You can get similar meals in NH or ME for less than $220 for 4 before tip ($22 for 2 drinks). So we spent 270-ish for 4 people. Totally worth it though. Take your time and appreciate the atmosphere and imagine dining st the very bar that Daniel Webster used to frequent or in booth #18 where JFK used to read the paper every Sunday afternoon. Great place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have been here 50 times over the years and always love the ambiance, authenticity and food. However, the food this time around was just good vs excellent. It was a crazy busy day nonetheless, when you are paying good money, there are no excuses.

I hope they get the message.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great Seafood !! Clams, oysters, lobster, etc.
Our waiter rich was fantastic!! Great recommendations, great service

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Bouffe très bonnes et ambiance avec le style du restaurant, je le conseil

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It’s what everyone says it is: touristy but a must.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I always take my out-of-town guests here, because this is such an historic place and good food to boot!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Must go place when in Boston. Love the rich history and delicious food. Definitely try the mussels - best we’ve ever had!!

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