Select Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Select Oyster Bar, the first solo venture from chef Michael Serpa, is a neighborhood oyster bar & seafood restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Select offers fresh, local seafood with Mediterranean influences in a cozy brownstone space. A carefully curated raw bar, creative crudo, and thoughtful fish entrees round out the menu. A seafood centric wine program feature classic pairings as well as off the beaten path selections is the center of the beverage program, alongside artisan cocktails and craft beer.

Food & Wine America's Best New Wine Bars, Boston Mag Best New Restaurant & Best Wine Program, Improper Bostonian Best Seafood.

WE TYPICALLY SEAT PARTIES OF TWO & THREE AT OUR DINING COUNTER.

After 15 minutes past reservation time, we may seat your table. Please call us if you are running a bit late.

If you do not find the time slot you are looking for, give us a ring 857-239-8064.
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LisaK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant never disappoints! Seafood is fresh and inventive, and oysters are perfectly shucked!

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KTDG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time as always. And Catherine was the best waitress! Her recommendations were great!

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Kelly
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a few mixed cocktails, each a generous portion, and made quite well.
We spilt 3 appetizers. The raw oysters were of top quality and perfectly shucked. The baby clams with a somewhat spicy chorizo was also excellent.
However the avocado toast was really subpar. The “toast” was not made from a decent bread, and the avocado was extremely lemony. We couldn’t even eat it — a 1 out of 5 stars.

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vipHenryF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Lobster ROLL S im town!! Great Location !!! I will cone back

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NancyT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious !! Thumbs up all around . Highly recommended

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Seated in back room which is was terrible.

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vipRitaRMP
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Had 2 entrees (lobster roll and bouillabaisse) for 4 of us, along with many starters including dozen oysters, beet salad, petit clams, scallops, white anchovies - all were delicious and served hot. Tip included with bill, was surprised by that, but appropriate amount. Did not like requirement to provide credit card information when making reservation.

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Andrewd
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always, but the service is what puts this place over the top. Andrew was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience3

No desert - I couldn’t surprise my husband with candle -desert

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Juliana
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, will be happy to go back again soon!

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vipFrankR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish in Boston by far.....and the service is always warm and friendly!!!!

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vipRonP
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Seafood, Oysters, Octopus and White Anchovies, were all delicious and very fresh. Beer and wine list were quality. It was a little hard to hear the bar tender and for them to hear us. A good vibe. Very expensive!

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vipBostonGirl151
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What a lovely restaurant! Dined with my friend on Saturday. We were greeted at one point or another by all the staff as we were waiting for our seats. Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly. The restaurant is a bit small, and there’s not exactly anywhere to wait without being in the way. We shared the Hamaki crudo, three different kinds of oysters, and the halibut and swordfish. The oysters were my favorite. The fish portion on both entrees was very generous and the flavors were creative. I believe you get what you pay for, and this place is worth it. My only comment is the oysters are a little pricey.

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vipMatthewK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in Boston. Food is fresh, creative without being overwhelmed by the seasoning. Wonderful food and the best staff anywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Seafood not very fresh. Cuisine taste is moderate. Heard about this restaurant run by ex-chief of Neptune Oyster. Yet hard to compare with it. Not a good experience for foods at all.

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NYCVisitor
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was very good food and nice ambiance but not sure why they tack on a 20% gratuity automatically. The service isn’t amazing and the prices are high. Glass of wine $18. Entrees are overpriced.

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cdc228
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome oysters and seafood. The octopus was fantastic.

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Chefjim23
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room is dynamic and active. The food was a welcome update to the traditional fish house fare. Excellent!

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vipMerlin
New England
26 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Two main concerns I had with this meal. The first was the overall price was much higher on average than comparable restaurants. Secondly, the food was just average. While the fish quality was excellent, every dish we had was lacking salt, acid and flavor.

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vipCarterL
Cologne Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my 3rd or 4th time at select. absolutely love this place and had the best cocktails!!

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StephenW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey but the menu and plates were very well thought out, flavors outstanding and the service impeccable. Venue is small but don't be fooled there is a lot here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , need better bar seating. The seats were far too uncomfortable especially given the high end prices.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. Reservation was for 9pm, we got there and only waited for 5min. All staff was attentionate and knowledgable. Food was amazing. Portions were perfect. Great wine selection and amazing quality of fish.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out with my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day and they did not disappoint very good food and service highly recommended.

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MichaelD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice dinner with fresh and interesting sea food, but somewhat expensive.

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vipHarryW
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Great fresh food, wonderful people.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly and efficient staff, excellent food and a great evening out.

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vipsvdddddd
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always make a reservation each time I travel to Boston. The specials are truly amazing, the menu is spot on and the wine selection is inspired. Service is fun and knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go again. Reservation needed.

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Jsco
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started with the oysters, which our waiter helped us with. The James River oysters were delicious! If I ever find them again, I’ll take a dozen for myself.
2 additional appetizers - octopus and cauliflower- did not disappoint. We ordered up haddock, swordfish and the whole sea bream. All quite good and we achieved clean plate club status.
Would have enjoyed a dessert, but none are available.
Overall - great service and food. It’s our 3rd time eating there.

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vipadgski
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!
Fantastic food! So fresh and creative!

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Reviewer
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience3

While every other restaurant seems to have figured out how to take a reservation, Select Oyster Bar called me before our night out to let me know I would have to leave in time for the next reservation at my table. Then we sat in awe as the table next to us was asked to leave, for another reservation was coming in. So all we thought about was hurrying through the meal. Food great, service terrific; terrible experience eating out.

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vipValL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go-to place for oysters. Both my father-in-law and I love them, and we go to Select a few times a year to share a few dozen, a bottle of wine, and some salad afterwards. (They don't have a green salad on the menu, but will bring you one if you ask for it.) There are no cheapie oysters here, but it's all extremely good quality. Catherine is a wonderful server, who even knows us by name at this point. We usually go for lunch, when it's quiet and we don't feel rushed.

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YakDriver
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If this isn’t the best seafood restaurant in Boston it ought to be!

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vipBreadinfrance
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I was slightly disappointed that there was no acknowledgement of my birthday, which was indicated in the reservation notes. However, the food was exceptional. Some of the best fish I’ve ever had.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad bite at Select Oyster. This. Last visit was a larger group. Service was team oriented and super efficient. They read the table and allowed our group to enjoy each other’s company and meal without unnecessary interruptions.

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vipScale
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Catherine and the bartender were knowledgeable and so hospitable. We live dining with you. The seafood is so fresh.

MM
vipMarionM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We didn’t know that when u make a reservation you don’t get a private table

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FoodiefromBoston
New England
2 reviews