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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B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

S
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
7 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
3 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
3 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!

PG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
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.

SW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the best dinner our I have had in a very long time. Everyone in our party was delighted with their meal. The service was excellent.

b
New England
141 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We haven't been to this restaurant in a while......always thought it was absolutely fantastic for past meals.

We met friends from Maine for lunch and we were a bit disappointed. The halibut was slightly overcooked even tho the waiter assured us that it was always cooked just right. We had to ask for bread and the first time it was warm and the next time it was cold and stale. We wanted to sit and "visit" for a while and were disappointed that there is no dessert, coffee or tea available at all. Should have chosen somewhere else.
Too bad.

We also were "warned" that we would pay $25 for a no show. There were four other people in the restauarant while we were there.

PS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crew were amazingly friendly and helpful, providing their recommendations and patiently waiting for us to decide on what to order. Oysters were so fresh and delicious! Appetizers and entrees were really delicious too. Meal was on the pricier side, but certainly well worth it! Great experience, would definitely be back if we are back in town.

LA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
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
42 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
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
18 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.

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