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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (99)
Special Occasion (79)
Neighborhood Gem (74)
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Casual (68)
Local Ingredients (68)
Fun (67)
Good for a Date (58)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Great for Lunch (41)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Comfort Food (36)
Bar Seating (34)
Cozy (33)
Worth the Drive (30)
Business Meals (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Hot Spot (27)
People Watching (27)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Kid-friendly (20)
Great Beer (19)
Romantic (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Scenic View (13)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Happy Hour (10)
Late-night Find (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Healthy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Spicy (2)
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Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I am usually cheap with the amount of stars I give restaurants and a place has to have something special in order to achieve a maximum amount of stars in my book. This place was great! The service was high caliber yet unpretentious and honest. The seafood main courses were all terrific and the wine was good. It is not cheap, but it is worth the expense.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

Lots of ambience; good basic sea food; down-to-earth service. Even if you don't like seafood, the pork or chicken entrees are good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitress was very nice and the food was good. Came out quick. The lady that takes check-in was not very friendly or helpful. It is worth the going for the food and for the feel of eating in America's oldest restaurant.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Simply, one of the best fish-dinner experience we’ve ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

Old and therefore unique restaurant. Reservation was for 4:30 pm but we had to wait 15 - 20 minutes before being seated, even though the upstairs dining room appeared to have plenty of empty tables. Seafood was fresh, and the clam chowder had a good amount of clams in it. The Lobster Newberg was tasty, but the traditional puff pastry was hard as a rock and not even vaguely puffy. Nevertheless, it's still a nice place to go and service was very friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was bland and expensive. There has to better places to get seafood in this city.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

The atmosphere and historical value are what bring you to the Union Oyster House. The food is okay, but you can get better food in Boston to be honest. You come here to say you’ve been.

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved it. Loud in a “hip” way. Not too loud that we couldn’t have a normal-volume conversation. Miike Snow tracks on playlist.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great atmosphere, good food
I went early so relatively quiet on a Thurs at 445

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Server ended up getting more focused on two other tables and barely stopped by our table after we ordered. The food was very basic. The place was cool and I had been looking forward to it for weeks. But it was a huge let down. My husband and I both agreed and bounced to a different place for dessert and drinks because we were so underwhelmed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Service was good. Lobster cooked perfectly but steamers were subpar (some smashed) and corn was a shriveled little cob. Expensive but it’s Boston. Not very accessible for elderly or handicapped. Overall a 4.5/5 for its type of restaurant.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Tourist trap! Service was poor. Waitress spilled the drink when placing it on the table and did not clean up the spill. She just said “oh I’m not good at this”and walked away. We got up from our table and found some napkins to clean the table. She did the same with the soup. I ordered the lobster Newberg. It was cold and not eatable. We were supposed to get cornbread with our meals and when I reminded the waitress she asked us if we wanted MORE! She didn’t even realize we never got any to begin with. Then she had the audacity to bring us cornbread in a “to go” bag when she brought our check. We were visiting Boston for a a Birthday celebration and this was the restaurant my daughter chose for dinner. Although the history and ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful , we did not enjoy our dinners.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Met friends for lunch. Food good. Atmosphere great. It was touristy, but it was fun just to be in a restaurant that old, look at the beams and floor boards and just enjoy the atmosphere. We didn't feel rushed. Service was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was great, I was right on the list and we were called promptly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly recommend if you are looking for authentic seafood and local history. Service was fantastic too!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We were in a corner so hard to flag down service. But the good was good and we enjoyed our meal overall. Nice stop on our Boston tour!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food and service at Union Oyster House were outstanding. My mom had a wheelchair, which was kind of a challenge, but the staff accommodated us very nicely. (They have a ramp outside the second entrance and we sat in the Freedom Trail Room. Our waitress and the other waiter were extra helpful in talking about the menu and helping us make our selections. We had lemondrop martinis and oysters on the half shell and clam chowder and lobster and more martinis...It's just a charming historic place with great food and really nice staff. I think the price of the raw oysters is excessive $17.50 for 1/2 dozen, but after a few martinis, who cares???

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Family holiday ... excellent option for a great meal, great service, great environment. Thanks!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Quick Bite, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Has Sam Adams beer that they don’t serve anywhere else. Seafood is amazing!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went on a Saturday night at 6:30. It quickly got packed with people, but the building is so incredible, the welcome staff and wait staff were friendly and efficient, and the food was good.We had a reservation but waited about twenty minutes past time. My family devoured the baked beans and the broiled seafood platter was very tasty. My son had the pork chop and mashed potatoes and loved it. I overheard a staff member say that seating at the bar and in the booths downstairs are open for first come first served with a limited menu - if you want to get in and out faster that might be an option. Be sure to watch the award winning shuckers at the historic oyster bar!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

You can't beat the history of the Union Oyster House. We go every time we come to Boston. The atmosphere is cool and we always get a great waitress who is very friendly. That said the food is good but not great for the price you pay. If you've never been you've gotta go though!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Although there was a 20 minute wait to get our 6 PM reserved table the food and ambiance made it worthwhile. The historic setting of Union Oyster House is interesting and educational. There are a variety seafood dishes offered. All meals ordered were cooked to perfection with ample servings. Would definitely come here again and recommend it to friends!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Had a dozen oysters, 2 cups of New England clam chowder, and an appetizer lobster ravioli for $72. Food was good but not great. A tourist stop for sure.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

first time in boston

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

For a 100$ meal....Not impressed. Food was very bland. From the fish to the burgers, overall it was sub par at best. This is most definitely a tourist spot only, go for the history, not the food. Ambience was incredible, server was genuine but it did not increase the outcome.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Historic but the food was mediocre. Our server, Justice, was awesome though!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We decided to sit at the bar. The staff was very friendly . The clam chowder was delicious it was served nice and hot with warm corn bread. The oysters were very fresh and some of the best I've ever had. The lobster roll had alot of meat but I would have been better if the roll was toasted. Great location fun night out.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great historic ambience with a good menu. Great service even though very busy.
A little too noisy at times!

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is far away from our expectation,especially the Oysters Rockefeller was already cold when it serves.
We feel sorry that they seems to be depended on their history too much.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is overpriced and not very good. Do yourself a favor and get a drink and oysters downstairs, check the box, and then move onto a restaurant that serves better food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awful food. I can't believe I wasted my time. I picked it because it looked like a well liked restaurant. Can't believe I missed that it's a tourist trap.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Birthday— one complaint, I spoke on the phone and confirmed there was a birthday, but they forgot

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place has great food. The drinks were okay. I called to see if reservations were required and the girl on the phone said no but they were booked for the night. I was online at the time and saw reservations were available so I booked a time. When I got there I was able to get a table and so were some walkins. I think they should train the staff better. The waitress and hostess were not so friendly. I would still give it one more chance if I were in Boston because of the food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious - oysters last night and we went back tonight so I could have lobster too! The clam chowder was also great. Probably cannot go wrong here.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was fifth time for me to use this restaurant. Always good. Good for food, and worker. I love to come again. Thank you very much.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Manchester)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Decent old school fare seed up in a building dripping with history.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Perfect Boston landmark to meet up with friends from Australia for lobster rolls and chowder. Great experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great experience. Would have given a higher rating if we would have had our drinks tended to and if they would have accommodated the request for the delivery truck beneath our window to turn off as the diesel fuel smell was giving me a headache .

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

In business for almost two centuries, this historic restaurant knows what it is doing!t

Tags: Local Ingredients
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