Select Oyster Bar

4.7
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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.
Visit our website for more information on our reservations.

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

What 1072 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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PG
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was phenomenal. Server left a bit to be desired. He did not earn the automatic 20% gratuity that the restaurant adds to the bill.

LA
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a great addition to the Boston restaurant scene. Absolutely fresh and delicious fish and seafood in a gorgeous and romantic setting.

CE
New England
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch, food was delicious. The Persimmons sauce on the Hamachi crudo is one of the best sauces I have ever tasted!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. People are packed in pretty tightly so it’s fairly loud but that’s just part of the ambiance here.

GG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing entrees, oysters are yummy, excellent wine list...really enjoy Select...

CV
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar, halibut and swordfish were wonderful!!!

o
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb! The food is outstanding!

s
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters are amazing
Mussels are great
Four other dishes were just average

AO
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday dinner. Really fresh selection of seafood. Great service. A bit pricey, but worth it.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good but they rushed us which was super annoying and rude.

PS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff!! Friendly, great guidance, so welcoming!!!
Best meal of our visit to Boston!!

SM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy ambiance great service and delicious fish. Enjoyed our evening very much.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent cocktails, and delicious, healthy meals. Highly recommend it.

CH
New England
149 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible evening. Our server, Michelle was absolutely top-flight. Attentive and super knowledgeable about all things alcohol and food. Can not wait to return. Michelle even had a little birthday cake for our friend. So great!

DC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really fantastic! Plus the place was quiet.

JA
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was great. It's awful though you have to wait 30min while you actually have a reservation...

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always perfect.

F
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food and specialty drinks!

BB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sooooo good!! The food was absolutely perfect and our server was wonderful!

We love this place!!

J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food5service4ambience1

Where do I start. Too tight seating. Virtually no aisle space anywhere. Overpriced, the only Chardonnay $19...really! Tip of 20% added to bill...really? Restrooms downstairs right next to kitchen...really!?!

L
New England
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Select Oyster is one of the best restaurants in Boston, in my opinion. Their dishes are always creative and very delicious. My friend whom I introduced to Select Oyster doesn't eat seafood, and thought that the non-seafood items we ordered were delicious. The only thing I wish the restaurant had is more table seating. It's hard to talk to people when seated at the bar.

RS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly. No frills service and great food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Great wait staff. Funny. Really top food. Not very Boston.

OT
London
200 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally awesome. Served at the bar, which turned out to be great! The halibut and the whole bream - - - can't remember a better quality fish experience! Flavor, presentation, portion, preparation - EVERYTHING just wonderful. My new GO TO spot in Boston. One of the best of the best!

RB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and friendly chef/owner.
Great staff!! A neighborhood gem.

PG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful, attentive and informative. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the ambience of people coming and going around us. The freshness of the seafood was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Y
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, this oyster bar is excellent in terms of ambiance, taste, and location. Space is a little too small for a group.

J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was a bit uneven. Last few times I was here, the food was uniformly great. This time some dishes were disappointing - the swordfish was a bit boring in design, and also overcooked and dried out. The Sazerac was overly sweet. Other dishes were great as before. Service is great as always.

BO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fresh seafood. Service was excellent. Not cheap, but totally with it.

LB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, small space that served up amazing ousters & seafood. The wait staff was pleasant and very helpful. The scallop ceviche was DIVINE!! Can’t wait to go back.

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love it and keep coming back. Great oysters, great fish.

S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Birthday Celebration

NT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. We were seating promptly and our server was helpful and attentive. The food was delicious and all enjoyed in relaxed environment. Well wort visiting!

MR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another awesome meal at Select Oyster House. I try to eat here every time I’m in town.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood, I ate the whole ocean. Clams and oysters were spot on. The crudo was on the money, bluefin toro all day.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were awesome, our waitress/bartender Sarah made our experience that much better! She was busy but very attentive to us as well as the rest of the bar.

LV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food- I went twice in 3 days!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Although we had reservations we had to wait for almost 40 minutes

JB
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a good meal here and this weekend didn't disappoint!

J
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Select Oyster Bar gets a lot of press, so has a lot to live up to. It exceeded our expectations. The food is spectacular, the portion sizes are ample, value is great, and the service is fantastic. It's a small place, crowded and noisy, but that, I suppose, is the price of success.

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