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B&G Oysters

4.6
4.6
2837 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
B&G Oysters is a modern yet classic take on the oyster bar. Located in Boston's South End, B&G Oysters has a decidedly neighborhood feel, combining polished but friendly service with fantastically fresh seafood dishes and food-friendly wines. The cuisine and wine program have received many accolades over the years, including Best Seafood by Boston Magazine.

Please note that much of our seating is outdoors and weather dependent; in the event of inclement weather, we may not be able to honor outdoor reservations and will reach out to all guests if we are not able to seat the patio. PLEASE NOTE: tables listed as Standard are located inside the restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-0550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Barbara Lynch

  • Catering

    Please contact events@barbaralynch.com for more information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For your next private or corporate event, B&G Oysters offers a stylish setting for a casual cocktail reception or seated lunch or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (855) 402-2243

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Cross street

    Waltham street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Back Bay Station, Orange Line & MBTA

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 2,837 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. S

    Surfdogs

    New England

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    All the food was super. It's a small restaurant, and it gets noisy, so be ready for that. We had trouble using our gift card, and ultimately had to pay with cc. Not sure how it is possible to purchase a gift card, give it to someone, and then not have it work. Not B&G's fault - probably the Barbara Lynch network of restaurants has a problem with gift cards, so be careful if you are buying one for somebody.
  2. AB

    AmyB

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was just OK. The overall experience had positives (good service) and negatives (premises need some updating).
  3. D

    David

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Oysters and lobster roles were excellent. Service (kudos to our server April) was outstanding. The noise level was variable- very high when we got there but then settled out toward the end. We will be back.
  4. P

    Peaks

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    B&G Oysters today was amazing again. The New England clam chowder is my favorite anywhere, and my friend said it was the best she ever tasted. The spices and texture and fresh ingredients give it a wow factor. I've had great service there before, but the service today was over the top. Some unforeseen circumstances resulted in our running late for our reservation and tight on time for our 2 p.m. matinee play at the Huntington's Wimberly Theatre across the street, so I called ahead, and Tyler, the manager, happily shifted the time on my reservation. Then, when we were just a few minutes away, I called Tyler again and pre-ordered our food over the phone, so that it could be ready when we got there. As we walked in the door, Ahmed, the bartender, placed our steaming hot chowders in front of us at our seats at the bar. After our salads, we even had time to share their wonderful chocolate mousse for dessert. We are so grateful for all of their accommodations. The whole experience was terrific from beginning to end. I've been to B&G before and loved it and will definitely be back.
  5. WP

    WilliamP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters! Very good bouillabaisse and mousse au chocolat !
  6. HF

    HaleyF

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Need to go back to try more
  7. SH

    ScottH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Could not ask for a more attentive staff, simply a perfect place for a relaxing afternoon lunch, started with the oysters of the day followed by the Ispwich Clams and Fish & Chips. The wine recommendation was just perfect to tie it all together. Already planning on heading back for dinner!
  8. JC

    JenniferC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience, sat at bar. Food was incredible.
  9. ED

    EmilyD

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Intimate environment. Food was fantastic - we had oysters, scallops, lobster roll, and chocolate mousse...I would recommend each of those things and would go back and do it all over again. Staff was kind and friendly as well!
  10. I

    Ish55

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Maybe it was a slow day but we were disappointed by B&G this time. We've been so many times before and it has been one of our top favorite seafood restaurants but this time it was rather deserted and the quality of the food was much lower than we're used to. First thing that we noticed besides the lack of a crowd was that the menu has been significantly pared down. I ordered the fried clams and while the clams were fresh, they were somewhat underdone so that the batter was a bit mushy and not crispy. Maybe their fryer hadn't gotten up to temperature but they should have just waited rather than going ahead and cooking. My wife ordered a salad that they seemed to forget about and when she finally got it, it was missing some of the ingredients listed on the menu. What's going on B&G? You were such a great place. Has the ownership changed? We fear that they may be on a downward slope towards possibly closing?
  11. KC

    KatieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite spots in Boston! Amazing oysters. Perfect for a date night!
  12. B

    Bicoastalguy

    Costa Rica

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While it has been a few years (we are no longer residing in Boston), B&G's did not fail to delight as always. From seating is at our favorite table (where my wife and I sat years ago on a first date) to their delicious lobster bisque, scallops cooked to perfection, and a chocolate brulee that makes me wish everyday was a gym cheat day, B&G is one of our favorite restaurants even living now halfway around the world. We will be back.
  13. S

    Spindoctor

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 43rd anniversary with an excellent meal, superb service and a very pleasant evening at B&G. The gift for a 43rd anniversary is travel and wouldn’t you know the couple sitting next to us told us stories of their trip to Croatia that may spawn a trip if our own!
  14. BD

    BobD

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebratory business lunch with a partner. Great to be back at B&G for lunch…awesome food, wine and staff!
  15. GN

    GreatNight

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic. We loved watching the chefs make our food right in front of us.
  16. P

    Philbert

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Awfully close to our neighbors at the same table top, a bit disconcerting these days. However, our fried clams were delicious, the chocolate mousse wonderful, and our server very efficient, friendly, and helpful. She even poured tastes of two different wines for my wife when asked for a recommendation.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Good food and ambiance but they kick you out after 2 hours. We were just about to order dinner (we had been lingering on apps and drinks) and we didn’t know about the 2 hour limit. That was not great.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Having been to B&G many times in the past, and having an all around excellent experience each time, this visit wasn’t up to par. Food was mediocre, but service was pretty good
  19. DB

    DianaB

    New England

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner and service. The food and drinks menu were very complementary. Wonderful evening. Thankful that the servers didn’t hurry us for our food / drink selections or push us to finish our meal.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fantastic service and retro “diner” ambiance. Loved B & G
  21. FP

    FPessac

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This restaurant was too cramp for my taste. Too many different waiters checking on you, while picking up orders for others at the bar. The bar was only half full, yet it felt excessively busy. Adding the fact that you are eating in a small basement with an uninviting backstreet entrance, this was not the relaxing experience I was looking for. Fortunately, the oysters were very fresh, but no price was shown on the oyster selection, which made me hesitant to order more. In fact, the price was fairly the same as in any other place around, $3.25/oyster. But you don't know that until you pay the bill. I will probably not return to this oyster bar in the near future.
  22. EE

    EugenE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was a fantastic early dinner before we headed back to Switzerland. Great oyster platter and all other food choices were super! We will recall this place again
  23. A

    Annie

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Very disappointed in the food. We been going to B&G for years! Always consistent Great food. Not this time. We always order the Fried Calamari it came out dark in color not the light calamari, oysters not as good as we are used to. Beet salad not much taste, chowder not that good, and chocolate mouse 👎 Service was very good. Not sure if we will go back.
  24. AT

    ArthurTheAquaBoy

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Arrived at 12 noon on a Wednesday. Was the only guest. They were very accommodating, but there was no atmosphere at this time. Fried Oysters and Lobster BLT were both great. Have dined here many times before when it was backed, which was more fun.
  25. MD

    MichaelsDad

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Neighborhood favorite
  26. JE

    JohnE3

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a long layover at airport and decided to grab a quick ride into town. Could not have been a better lunch experience! The Oysters were fresh and firm. The New England Chowder was rich and smooth. Fish and chips were light and crispy and that Lobster Roll!! Delicious!! Staff was amazing. Thanks Francisco and the rest of the staff!
  27. BT

    BostonTechGuy

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The raw bar was excellent, but the entree selection was limited (no fish & chips?), and the service was surprisingly slow despite it not being busy. The lobster roll seems to be the one top-notch dish, and the other entrees are less inspired.
  28. DG

    DavidG

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  29. CH

    CHILL

    New England

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and friendly waitstaff at B&G Oysters. Lunch was fantastic! Seared salmon over Cobb salad. The fried oysters were fantastic too! The fish and chips is very fresh. The best fish and chips in Boston!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good! Food was perfect!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars at B&G. Two blocks from our condo. In the past six months there’s been a major staff change and more extensive menu. All very positive. Food portions are slightly smaller, and prices have been kept down, whi
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Colleague from Chicago came to Boston for Lobster rolls!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Just thought it was fair after having gone here many times. The service was also just fair, especially at the price point. Think I saw the waiter twice - to get our order and then give us the check.
  34. CD

    ChristineD

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite and never disappoints. Delicious food if the highest quality and helpful, lovely staff. Can’t wait to return.
  35. R

    Robert

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably good food and a friendly atmosphere. the Oysters are always excellent: Fresh and a great variety.
  36. H

    Hemul

    New England

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service are always great. I am not sure I would order the peach salad again. I was expecting a slightly grilled fresh peach not something that had been done ahead of time
  37. PS

    PhilS

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lobster roll and oysters. Love going there for a Saturday lunch.
  38. MM

    MichaelM

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant for some of the best seafood in Boston in a very eclectic setting. Wine list by the class could be expanded but everything was great. Service was top notch!
  39. EG

    EllenG

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. I had a selection of raw oysters followed by bouillabaisse and my friend had the clam chowder and the whole branzino. All delicious and worth the price. This is a long time restaurant for me and I was delighted my friend from NYC loved it too!
  40. SF

    StephanieF

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Unfortunately everyone had stomach issues immediately after. Quality of food was pretty disappointing for Barbara Lynch, especially the clam chowder.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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You can order delivery directly from B&G Oysters using the Order Online button.

B&G Oysters is rated 4.6 stars by 2837 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 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for B&G Oysters

550 Tremont street, Boston, MA 2116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Waltham street

  • Neighborhood

    South End

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Back Bay Station, Orange Line & MBTA

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Barbara Lynch

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 423-0550

  • Catering

    Please contact events@barbaralynch.com for more information on catering.

  • Private party facilities

    For your next private or corporate event, B&G Oysters offers a stylish setting for a casual cocktail reception or seated lunch or dinner.

  • Private party contact

    Heather Kilpatrick - Private Event Manager: (855) 402-2243

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