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North Square Oyster, Boston, MA

North Square Oyster

4.4
4.4
238 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
North Square Oyster is a ten seat oyster and wine bar* co-located with our sister restaurant, Ciao Bella at 5 North Square.

We serve oysters and raw bar, lobster rolls, fra diavolo, and a burger at high top seating in front the oyster bar.

Our wine program showcases natural wines from around the globe.

*Please note we are an actual oyster bar, with high-top, bar stool seating .

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 829-4975

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Pierce Boalt Juckett

  • Private party contact

    Mike Wyatt: (617) 829-4975

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Prince Street

  • Parking details

    Located within walking distance from Sargents Wharf and Lewis Wharf Parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Located a few blocks from Haymarket T station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, View, Wine

What 238 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. J

    Jaaaay

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place is great. Fantastic wine list, creative menu, delicious oysters, and wonderful service. Such a little hidden gem in the north end. Lobster roll was better than Neptune in my opinion.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We went to North Square Oyster and they didn’t have our reservation. They said they don’t take reservations and they were confused about the fact I could have made it on this app. We couldn’t eat at North square Oyster, and every other restaurant at that point was already full or booked !
  3. N

    Natalie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    After a long period of renovations, I was so sad to see how it changed :( I hope it is for the best, but my favorite hang out spot and ambience from last summer is no longer there.
  4. c

    cb8it

    New England

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The reason we keep returning to this neighborhood gem is the people: staff is charming and warm. Service is informal and attentive. Best bets/perennial outstanding choices at North Sq Oyster: Awesome lobster roll. Damn delicious burger. Transcendent fries. Oysters, (esp. that time a grilled oyster special appetizer was on offer); Inspired cocktails. Well-chosen wine list. Together these elements keep us loving and coming back to North Sq Oyster.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was incredible. Great food. Great service. Phenomenal.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This was my 4th time at North Square Oyster. I love this location. Their decor, ambiance and staff are wonderful. Their oysters and cocktails are sublime (ahem...martini service). The quality of the food we ordered was decent but I was so disappointed to see the menu changes that had occurred since my last visit. I want to see the adventurous, unique menu they had in the past instead of Mac & Cheese or Steak Tips. Bring back the lobster bolognese!! Will still visit for cocktails & oysters, but not for dinner unless the menu changes.
  7. LC

    LowCarber

    New England

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Don't go to a seafood restaurant and not order seafood. That was our mistake. My husband had Bacon Mac & Cheese and it was just OK. I had Beef Capriccio and it was OK and Onion Soup that was missing the cheese and tasted too much like beef stock with onions thrown in. We were disappointed since the review were great. On my way out I talked to the bartender and she said I should have told my waiter and he would have done something about it. If I return I will order oysters and seafood dishes only.
  8. s

    sorrow

    New England

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed that they don't have composed oyster anymore.
  9. RO

    RobO

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I honestly would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. The actual facility is nice and well appointed, but to me, that is where the positives end. We had a party of four and three of the entrees had to be sent back because they were stone cold (two salmon and one pork). We were given the excuse that they had a new line cook, who was messing up their timings. Our waitress seemed inexperienced (uneven wine pours, we had to keep asking her to comeback to the table for questions...) and not attentive to our requests--especially after three of the four entrees were sent back. When I plan to go to a restaurant, I don't expect to hear excuses from the staff--I just want the errors corrected and us, as patrons respected and made whole. I didn't feel like I had that experience at North Square Oyster.
  10. K

    Kels

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    new menu is more like a bar/pub menu than what it used to be. Limited and not very creative.
  11. SB

    StaceyB

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Oysters good rest mediocre.
  12. m

    midmom

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Good was very good but the place was dead so ambiance was just OK.
  13. JW

    JWEats

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Really mediocre food and terrible overpriced wine list. Disappointing
  14. LK

    LisaK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The freshest clams and oysters -- this New Yorker grudgingly admits they were fantastic. Charming restaurant on even more charming North Square. Will be back on our next visit.
  15. RH

    RichH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner, wonderful service! One of the best meals I have had in Boston. Go for the meal, stay for the decor and cocktails! A 10!!
  16. KM

    KaitlinM

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall restaurant was great! Very quaint yet trendy spot with a limited but delicious menu and a wide variety of local oysters. Food and service were spot on, only complaint would be the teeny tiny tables. My boyfriend is 6ft and a bigger build and felt he was going to break the chair! We had three plates and 2 drinks on our table which we were nervous we would knock over. I’m guessing that’s the Boston norm.
  17. CM

    CarlyM

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Everyone else’s meal was fantastic but mine was ice cold. Oysters and lobster roll were great
  18. LL

    LivelyLunch

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing seafood. Have the buttered lobster roll and the mussels. We were visiting from LA and a friend recommended it. Great choice. It a block off the main drag of the North End, so easier to get to.
  19. SO

    SallieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lobster rolls were excellent .... Our grandson said marinated steak was delicious and our granddaughter said the hamburger was very good
  20. B

    Brad

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Accommodated our party of 10 easily. Oysters and house lager are fantastic. Highly recommend North Square Oyster.
  21. NH

    NancyinHawaii

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. Very good food. Lobster Roll, oysters and clams were worth a second trip.
  22. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a super cool place. Excellent, fresh seafood.
  23. AD

    AbbyD

    New England

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We went to the restaurant on a very quiet night (Tuesday night, first World Series game at Fenway) and were seated upstairs. The staff was very friendly. Our oysters were very good and they gave us lots of extra horseradish as requested. My lobster roll (warm version in melted butter) was delicious and very buttery. The side salad (replacement for fries) was very ho hum, though. Another of us ordered the chowder and green salad and again, the salad was kind of pathetic and the chowder just fine. A bit more consistency to the food would make this place really great.
  24. JZ

    JasmineZ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Amazing food!
  25. E

    Eddines

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A pearl in Boston’s North End. Great seafood, friendly helpful service and a winning atmosphere in a cozy setting. And they take reservations!
  26. t

    tigergal73

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both food and service were spot on. Maybe the best eggplant I've ever had from the appetizer list. There were three of us who ordered very different menu items and all were equally delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Little Rock

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the Lobster Roll! It was awesome!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time! The oysters were delicious and my fish and chips were perfect! I love coming here!
  29. l

    lovegoodservice

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw the restaurant as we followed the Freedom Trail and decided to book for dinner that evening. We were very happy we did. Fantastic clam chowder and fresh salad followed by the most delicious fresh lobster rolls. Absolutely wonderful food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Will definitely return the next time we are in Boston. Only slight regret was the pricing of the wine, which was more expensive than we expected.
  30. PA

    PAL1022

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The best part about North Square Oyster was the raw bar. The oysters and cocktail sauce were outstanding. I also liked that they sourced many ingredients locally. We did have some glitches with our entrees however. Two of us ordered the whole branzino with head and tail removed and to be fileted in the kitchen. We were not served the fish that way and had to send it back. The fish was amazing when we did receive it. The lobster roll was a skimpy portion - the plate was mostly french fries. Drinks were slow in coming and the service was mediocre. There are way too many outstanding restaurants in the North End to bother coming back.
  31. HN

    HamedN

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was an experience, in the sense that the food was good and that you got a nice sense of the history of the place. But even though the oysters and drinks were good, for the price they were really not that impressive. Especially knowing that there are numerous places with better prices and similar tasting oysters. I would recommend going at least once, but probably no more than that.
  32. MG

    MGrandz

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were directed to the North Square Oyster restaurant after not being able to get into Union Oyster. So glad we got to go there! The oysters and overall food were way better and a lot less expensive. Very cozy and lovely and thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience.
  33. C

    Chris

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome spot in the North End Boston. Great choice of oysters. Nice service with friendly staff.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're looking for fabulous oysters & cocktails, this is your place!
  35. ET

    EleanorT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Wonderful meal. Oysters were wonderful. Service was great.
  36. m

    michaelt

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service, quality food. Reservations a must. Recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall incredible experience! Pretty sure we got the best seat in the house, a cozy corner nook, overlooking the historic streets of Boston. Great ambience. Red, our waitress, was outstanding! She was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu, she provided great suggestions throughout evening. She started our dinner off with a complimentary champagne toast in honor of my birthday. We had beautifully made cocktails and all of the food was delicious, my favorite being the oysters and the lobster roll. Our meal ended with a tasty s’mores dessert. Will definitely be back very soon and would 100% recommend!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff - we had an unbelievable waitress. The food was excellent - very fresh.
  39. JB

    JamesB

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The service was quirky. Table was very small but the food delivery was all at once. We ended up with dishes on the window sill. Either change the tables or improve kitchen performance. The waiter who took the order could not control it's delivery (or so she said).
  40. PS

    PeterS

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Our first impression upon entering was very positive. The hostess was welcoming and friendly. The decor is typical of the Boston North End - elegantly restored old architecture. Dinner, however, was a little different. The oysters, while fresh, were pricey and looked like they had been shucked with a ball-peen hammer. The shells were all broken and the oysters were filled with bits of shell. At $22 each, the lobster salad was very disappointing. We ordered it to share and when it arrived at the table, I thought, "How nice, they split it for us." Wrong! About 4 bites and it was gone. It was delicious, but not worth the price. Maybe this is what the North End has become - a place to fleece the customers.

FAQs

North Square Oyster is rated 4.4 stars by 238 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Prince Street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Located within walking distance from Sargents Wharf and Lewis Wharf Parking lots.

  • Public transit

    Located a few blocks from Haymarket T station which is accessible by the Orange and Green lines

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pierce Boalt Juckett

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, View, Wine

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