Select Oyster Bar

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798 reviews
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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.
Visit our website for more information on our reservations.

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Sun - Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM

What 798 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very fresh and innovative seafood.

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TK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Service was great and oysters were good, but way over priced.

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G
New England
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem. The food is absolutely delicious. Select Oyster Bar is definitely one of my favorite restaurant in town. I recommend their Octopus appetizer which won me over! They also have the best cocktails to accompany oysters and other apps. Service is excellent as well.

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B
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Was very excited to give Select oyster bar a try for Valentine’s Day.

Unfortunately was very displeased with the service. Asked for recommendations on the oyster, and waitress looked at us as if we were crazy. She gave a very unhelpful comment about them and left. Although we had little help on selecting oysters they were plated nicely and tasty. When it came to ordering our entrees waitress was very unhelpful, and made bad pairing recommendations. It was almost like she had no clue what any dishes looked like. My take away from Select Oyster Bar is only go there if you want an overpriced glass of wine and some oysters. Out of all the seafood in Boston I think I’d rather wait in a longer line for something better.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique variety of delicious seafood. Always ask re: the specials! The wait staff is attentive, knowledgable, and helpful.

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L
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious. I like ordering a lot of appetizers (both cold and hot) and sharing them with my party. The salmon crudo, cauliflower with shallot aioli, beet salad, and avocado toast are among my favorites. I am never disappointed with the food at Select Oyster.

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W
New York Area
173 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and friendly service! Go for fresh and well prepared seafood!

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good selection of oysters. Attentive service. Convivial atmosphere. Over cooked and over garnished halibut.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I wasn't aware that they include 20% tip on every order. Didn't really like that.

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k
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely outstanding - oysters, dressed lobster, crab salad - and the drinks are excellent. Really tough to match the quality of their food. Loved it (as usual)!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Select is consistently awesome!!

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HD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought a special person in my life to Select for their birthday. They were extremely happy with the food quality and cost for all the food we got. My only complaint would be that I wasn't told my reservation was at the bar, not a table. Other than that it was a fantastic night.

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d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly service and cool vibe. We would definitely go back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

My wife got violently ill this time. Otherwise we are regulars and love it but something was off this night.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun night! Service is spectacular! Food was incredibly delicious. Atmosphere was lively fun

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KR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters 21st birthday.....excellent food and beverages!! Staff was awesome.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great service. Seafood was outstanding.

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tuna tartare and the bouillabaisse were outstanding. We loved our waitress too. The back room is a bit of a letdown but, at least, it was quieter.

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L
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food will not disappoint at Select Oyster. Recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers and sharing.

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I hesitate to say because I still want to be able to get a reservation. My husband and I dine often and this is the best meal we have had In years. I heard they are opening a new French seafood restaurant on Newbury next fall and look forward to that too. I should of taken pics of the food but was having too much fun. Had the oysters, salmon crude, octopus, and char and they were all exceptional.

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JF
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very nice. I am vegan so I am handcuffed by the Avacod Toast was very good.

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JV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food and servide

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HS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening at Select. As a warning, larger groups (ours was 6 people) tend to be seated in the back which is a bit chilly in the winter and could do with some acoustic help!

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n
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was as good as the food, which was quite good. Would recommend, just mind the prices. Wine list was very nice.

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SA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great find, but it's a bit pricey for what you get.

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Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was in town for New Year's Eve and went in for early dinner. Food was very good, staff was knowledgeable, professional and unpretentious and environment was casual. Enjoyed experience. Only critique is that we weren't informed prior to coming that they had a limited NYE menu in effect. Would have been helpful to know in advance given dietary restrictions of dining companions. Will try again to experience full menu.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Patio was too cold. 20% tip added on expensive wine is not ok. Food we very good. Would come with smaller group of max three and sit at the bar, that's a better experience.

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London
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was OUTSTANDING, thank you. The drinks (bourbon ... Lion-something) were so good. We were pleased with our dishes (halibut, cauliflower romesco, octopus, scallops sevice), but we weren’t blown away. And the items are very costly. So, we hope to be blown away. That said, it was very good.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Food was amazing. Highly recommend

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AA
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Came here to celebrate a birthday. The raw bar and drinks were delicious and high quality. Didn't find the staff to be very personable but overall would go back and recommend to friends.

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w
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food exceeded expectations. It was delicious and beautifully presented.

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W
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood with a lively atmosphere.

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M
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccably fresh seafood with a little bit of fine Spanish-dining interpretation added. Great wines and cocktails.

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BV
Orlando
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food however a VERY expensive wine list. The by the glass prices were extreme

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JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great spot with a perfect selection of seafood! Great selection of wines. Fantastic service. Loved every bit of it

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas celebration

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. The server was very helpful making suggestions on menus choices. We were put at shared table however which I did not anticipate. It would have been nice if we were given an option or heads up at time of booking.

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CV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation through Open Table for 2 and when we arrived we were offered seating at the bar with the explanation that tables were only available for parties greater than 2 and this was specified on the web-site. Unfortunately this was not listed in BOLD print and when we decided to leave, we were told we would be charged a "no show" fee. After some discussion we were able to get a table after all.
The pricing was listed as $ on the web but was actually $$ when we saw the pricing on the entres.

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WP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service consistently excellent: oysters, clams and octopus all excellent.

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The seafood is so fresh. Small restaurant and very busy. Staff is friendly and attentive.

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