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Union Oyster House

4.4
4.4
7216 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Parking details

    Parcel #7 Garage: Not clearly labeled (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.) 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.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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What 7,216 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sat at the oyster bar. It was very cool. Food was good. Good ambiance.
  2. KK

    KarenK

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Interesting place and happy we tried it but very high prices for the portion and quality received. We had the lobster ravioli which while good was not served hot. I had the “special” which was haddock and the portion was what I would expect for a child’s serving. Again glad we went as I have always wanted to try and our server was very nice but not worth the price.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great service . Clam chowder was amazing and the oysters were fresh. 100% recommend
  4. BB

    BillinBoston

    New England

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place in Boston to have a boiled lobster in the dark-paneled ambience of a great Boston tradition.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Food was not good. Too overpriced.
  6. KW

    KenW

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    It was not busy, but our food was cold. Fried clams and fries aren't good when they aren't warm. Shrimp and scallops were good, but not hot. Bar downstairs was excellent!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great informative and pleasant wait staff! Cornbread to start was amazing and all 5 dishes we got were wonderful. I’ll be back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food overpriced for the portion and quality, very disappointed and clearly a tourist trap.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here. Excellent all around. Setting is so cool.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great, but the portions sizes were small and it was expensive. Definitely paying the tourist price for the experience, but the atmosphere was very cool.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing history and ambiance was surpassed by the delicious seafood and fantastic service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Terribly overpriced fried and precooked food. The steamed lobster was cold on the inside. Precooked that day? The clam chowder had no clams. Lobster salad sandwich was $46. Somewhat ridiculous experience.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Mediocre food, historic/tourist friendly but not great food.
  14. V

    Vijay

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Love this place for the historical significance. Wish the menu had better seafood options.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The corn bread was so good! We ordered the raw bar sampler and the baked Mac and cheese special… so good!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Seafood here is great, but skip the steak!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fresh oysters and lobster. Fried oysters and warm clam chowder on a cold raining day is spot on.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    I had never tried a worse lobster like I had here. I ordered a broiled lobster and they brought us an overcooked lobster and with cornbread on the top that I didn’t expect it. Such a bad experience!! I just recommend it if you want oysters, otherwise it is not worth it at all!!
  19. JO

    JenniferO

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Server was really nice, but kitchen was a bit off tonight. Totally not the usual….
  20. C

    Carrie88

    Nashville

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, friendly service. Amazing seafood sampler and the Salmon Caesar paired well with their cold seafood! Gotta get the Boston Cream Pie with a cup of coffee to end the amazing meal experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Terrible service
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant with history and excellent service
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Colonial beer was best I’ve had. Oysters, all 36 of them, perfect. The corn bread amazing !
  24. SM

    ScottM

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was top notch, service left less than to be desired. Server was distracted and not very attentive thus an over lengthy dinner.
  25. AL

    ALLE

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They were so accommodating for our party and it was busy too. We had a party of 5 and originally sat in a booth and honestly we are big people and had to ask for a table. They were so nice about it and it only took a few mins. The staff is very welcoming even when the place is jumping. The food is great too. We all enjoyed out food. We take visitors coming in from out of state there all the time.
  26. CC

    ChristinaC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Oysters were great. Ambiance is nice. It feels authentic inside. Service was great.
  27. EF

    EricF

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome. The haddock was flaky and perfectly done. The broiled scallops and boiled lobster were excellent. Service was prompt, and the atmosphere was totally New England. I always eat here when I am in town.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Lobster!
  29. s

    sarddoc

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Exceptional ambience, fascinating and historical location. Food was OK. Quite expensive.
  30. D

    Disappointing

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great food, and terrific service! The hostess went out of her way to let our kids hold live lobsters and teach them interesting facts - we even got a holiday oyster ornament! Really fun holiday meal experience.
  31. DS

    DianeS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    An interesting place to go/see but the food was mediocre and not to the quality I would have expected.
  32. IU

    IgnacioU

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice food and exceptional attention. Very quick service.
  33. A

    Anonymous

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Historic restaurant with corresponding decor and ambience to remind you of its heritage. Booths downstairs were cramped and we were barely able to squeeze between the table and the seats. But that's just part of the charm.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Union Oyster House is a must eat at restaurant in Boston. The restaurant features historic maps and a great atmosphere that gives it an old-timey feel. The food, albeit quite expensive, was worth it - I got the lobster roll, which was excellent and came with a generous amount of sides. The restaurant is quite historic and is also one of the stops on the Freedom Trail. 4/5, recommend to all who want a good seafood lunch (but be prepared to spend $40-50 a person for some entrees).
  35. m

    missey

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Our main server (we had 2) was very unprofessional! Very rude and not pleasant!! Our meals; especially portion size were unexceptable. Will not be dining here again. I feel it's just a tourist trap. Years ago it was VERY GOOD!!
  36. NH

    2NHEaters

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    The Union Oyster House has seen better days. The fried oysters were unremarkable and the portion size ridiculously small for the price. The tossed Salad? A joke. $10.95 for bagged lettuce and four cherry tomatoes. Not happy for our annual birthday/holiday meal.
  37. KH

    KevinH

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Fish was good but pricey. Not many choices for sides. Nothing green! Beer selection was limited. Friendly server. Noisy. Lots of plate’s clanging from the bus staff and baby’s crying. Great chowder,
  38. DR

    DanielleR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Expected better food and atmosphere. Food was just okay and definitely needs updates
  39. TA

    ThreeAmigos

    West Palm Beach

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Been going there for years. Historic, good food, warm atmosphere
  40. C

    Caroline

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    It’s a little weird that a place framing itself as an oyster house has only two kinds of oysters available? Quite disappointing. Service was phenomenal though and I loved the French75 cocktail!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 7216 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Faneuil Hall

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parcel #7 Garage: Not clearly labeled (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.) 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.

  • Payment options

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

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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