Select Oyster Bar

4.7
1449 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.


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What 1449 people are saying
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CarysL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food. The staff was engaging and so nice. Love this place and highly recommend!

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vipJona
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

good food - oysters were great and so was the bouillabaisse. Its a very small space so we sat outside and it was too cold.

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SuzieJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crudo special was spectacular, the oysters lovely, and the cocktails delicious. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great view from the window seat, great waitstaff!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was exceptional. High quality, fresh ingredients. We came to Boston to visit our college student daughter and brought her here as a special treat. We could not have been happier with our choice. Yes, it’s pricey, but oh, so good. If you’re looking to splurge on amazing seafood, this is your place.

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KimberlyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Very good food. Super pricey for modest amount. Excellent oysters.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, lovely restaurant and super lively on a Thursday night!

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Iloverestaurants
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service has really become poor. It used to be such a great place! We walked out with a bill of $450, for just 3 people and only a couple drinks. The wait staff was very rude, especially for such a sneakily expensive restaurant.

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WilliamW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last vacation lunch

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vipLouise
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal at Select was outstanding. Delicious oysters, tuna tartare, swordfish and sea bream. Shout out for great service to Ben.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
156 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

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vipWaylandmom
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined there three times now and will go back next week. Really fresh seafood. Tried various things over three times and all are delicious.

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CynthiaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, loved eating outside. The tower with island creek oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab, sushi was incredible.

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jmort
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptions quality seafood and service. Excellent energy from patrons and employees. Received great recommendations on Oysters and fish dishes.

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ThinkFr33ly
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best restaurants in the city.

JK
vipJoannK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh wow. What an experience. The food was exquisite and every dish exceeded our expectation, in terms of flavor and technique. Very good service and attentive staff! We will go back, again and again…..

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vipAltamura
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

best creative seafood menu in Boston! Excellent wine & cocktails.

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Poleneater
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fab time!! Great food and great oysters. The anchovies/ tuna/ salmon-

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Phenomenal oysters but apart from that the lunch menu was so limited with few mid price options. We did some apps and all the options were tasty but would have loved something between an app and a dinner entree.

AJ
AlexandraJ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Select oyster bar never disappoints! The best oysters ever, I like to get the sampler. The ceviches are also so delicious and they have some of my favorite cocktails in Boston!

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vipVzls
Fort Lauderdale
100 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great seafood menu. Excellent service

JR
vipJaclynR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, great service!

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BrianB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and staff excellent! Outstanding oysters. Great seafood. Nice wine list.

AJ
vipAndyJohn47
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent oysters and crudo.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family trip to Boston- delicious oysters….we don’t get ones as fresh where we live! Such a treat!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood! The best crisp we have ever had!

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thought4food
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch in the sidewalk seating space was delightful, without excessive traffic noise. The seafood was fresh and delicious and the service attentive without being intrusive. The high prices were not out of line for the quality of the ingredients and the high rent location. Would recommend this for a special occasion.

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vipMatty
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Boston. Service is Amazing.

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vipChris
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced with mediocre food, service and drinks. For the price, the wine pours were quite small and the cocktails were filled with shaved ice.. Looked more like a snowcone with minimal liquid. This is a bit frustrating for a $16 drink that has three sips worth of liquid. The food overall was okay (Shrimp and crab claws were good) but the avocado toast was the worst ive ever tasted and seen. It tasted and looked like they took the Guac from Chipotle and spread it on to a piece of wheat bread. I wouldve expected better... Service was okay, bar tender was sort of friendly when he gave us the check but seemed irritable up to that point. This place has a great rep amongst others, but i will not be going back.

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vipDisappointedDiner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, delicious and fresh seafood. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service - knowledgeable and patient.
Amazing fresh delicious food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great as was the service. However, the noise level was high. Difficult to have a conversation.

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NicholasV
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday oysters at 5:30 pm. Great selection fun and knowledgeable staff. Great location. A real hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service in a super slick and cool spot. Fantastic oysters and wine. We had a great time!

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Lovelobster
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was amaaaazing! Everything delicious, but be prepared for high noise levels. This is not romantic evening of whispers, this is shouting and laughing across the table while eating the best raw bar around.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service at the bar I’ve had in years. An absolute dream team!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding mixologist. Oysters were fantastic!! Didn’t want to leave!

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vipAltamura
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood preparations in Boston. Excellent cocktails and well chosen wine list. Become a regular!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing oysters and seafood. Very good drinks!!!

MD
vipMichDon
New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Select. Kate (our server) was awesome! She’s the best. The food was yummy and she picked out great oysters. The lobster roll was super yummy!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Select Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Select Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 239-8064.

Select Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1449 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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