Select Oyster Bar

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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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
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.

NY
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

c
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome oysters and seafood. The octopus was fantastic.

C
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
New England
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

CL
Cologne Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

SW
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.

OT
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
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.

OT
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.

MD
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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

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

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
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.

J
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.

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

Great service!
Fantastic food! So fresh and creative!

R
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.

VL
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.

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

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

B
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.

OT
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.

S
New England
15 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
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

FB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

As people who know how Cerviche should be served with corn and it was not. Next, my mussels did not come with the proper fork but more importantly no spoon! How does one enjoy the broth without one. Lastly our bill included a 20% gratitude for only two people. I do not agree. Overall, not convinced to go back based on prices and service.

LS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best seafood dishes in Boston! I could go for more oysters right now.

MK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No better seafood anywhere in Boston. None. Boston Magazine was right.

... and the Oysters!

b
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best seafood in Back Bay. They offer a somewhat limited menu but do everything well.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Simply incredibly overpriced. Some of the food is excellent (the octopus with roasted green tomatoes is a must), the rest is just ok but at this price range, you expect a lot more. Despite very good service and a nice ambiance, we will not go back

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overpriced

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great food, good ambiance what more do you want!

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice find in the Back Bay. My go-to before a BSO or Berklee event.

n
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We went to Select for New Year's Eve.  I will start with a positive -- the food was good.
I called quite a while prior to making our reservation to make sure you could order from the regular menu and I was assured you could -- we have one very fussy eater in the group and two with food restrictions/allergies so that was a must.  We got there and there was a fixed menu of three courses, no choices, for $75!  One diner got up and spoke to our phenomenal waitress, Elizabeth T., and she was able to have them make concessions for us.  If she had not been able to we would have had to leave.  
The fussy diner was able to get a steak.  The price, with no additional courses, was $67, $15 more than what that steak costs on the regular menu, so a  large upcharge.  I was able to substitute two medium-sized shrimp for the raw tuna in the first course, and the other diner was able to get artic char as a substitution for the scallops in the next course.  Both of those courses were quite small.  The wine list was very small with not a cabernet on it. 
The entree was branzino.  The food was all very good, but the first two courses were meager and the entree was small but adequate.  There was nothing else included in the $75 charge - no dessert, not even coffee.  
I forgot to make a reservation for New Year's until fairly late and there were few restaurants that still had openings.  Now I know why this one did.  
Bottom line, not bad for a regular evening if you like the "no atmosphere" type of place, which is why I said I would recommend it.  Seating was not particularly comfortable, but at least the noise was not overwhelming.  Definitely not for a person with any walking disability - the rest rooms are a stairway down.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Amazing. Fresh. Our food was flawless. Octopus, bream and oysters some of best we have had. Great service.

AO
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Nothing special, over priced, crowded, and loud. Recommend either Legal Seafood or Island Creek Oyster Bar - both have a better atmosphere, higher quality oysters, and superior service. I don’t recommend.

OT
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. Our go to place in Boston. So much better than the tourist traps on Boylston.

RI
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely. Back room/porch was warm and initiate and service impeccable.

BT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Select for both lunch and dinner, but the fact that it is open for lunch is a huge plus for taking clients out. Everyone there really cares about delivering a fantastic experience, and food and service are always top notch.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The warm lobster roll and crudo special were delicious.

JC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From Andrew and Gina’s warm greetings and exquisite, spot on recommendations thru some of the freshest seafood anywhere, Select Oysters is in our Hall of Fame.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, food, service, and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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