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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $17.50 for 1/2 dozen, but after a few martinis, who cares???
We went on a Saturday night at 6:30. It quickly got packed with people, but the building is so incredible, the welcome staff and wait staff were friendly and efficient, and the food was good.We had a reservation but waited about twenty minutes past time. My family devoured the baked beans and the broiled seafood platter was very tasty. My son had the pork chop and mashed potatoes and loved it. I overheard a staff member say that seating at the bar and in the booths downstairs are open for first come first served with a limited menu - if you want to get in and out faster that might be an option. Be sure to watch the award winning shuckers at the historic oyster bar!
You can't beat the history of the Union Oyster House. We go every time we come to Boston. The atmosphere is cool and we always get a great waitress who is very friendly. That said the food is good but not great for the price you pay. If you've never been you've gotta go though!!
Although there was a 20 minute wait to get our 6 PM reserved table the food and ambiance made it worthwhile. The historic setting of Union Oyster House is interesting and educational. There are a variety seafood dishes offered. All meals ordered were cooked to perfection with ample servings. Would definitely come here again and recommend it to friends!
For a 100$ 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.
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.
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.
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