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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.
Boston, MA 02108
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:0am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We Validate Parking for the Parcel #7 Garage. Note that it is not clearly labeled as such (sorry). If the Union Oyster House is on your right, the brick building STRAIGHT AHEAD OF YOU is the garage. Drive towards it, make a quick left (Hanover St.) right (Congress St.) and right again (Sudbury St.) … in other words, around the brick building to the other side is the entrance. The fee after validation is 3.$ for 3 hours
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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