Select Oyster Bar

4.9
1196 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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If you do not find the time slot you are looking for, give us a ring 857-239-8064.

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Jordan
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fab spot for either a girls dinner or a chic date night. The people who work there are so pleasant and make it an intimate experience. I have NEVER had a disappointing meal or drink no matter what I order. Exceptional in every way.

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vipjonespones
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent fresh fish, "cleanly" prepared, delicious sauces and purees to accent flavor, good enough ambience, unpretentious and comfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Our group went for my boyfriends 40th birthday, the food and wait for the food was no problem, pretty exceptional, but we were all extremely surprised (not in a good way) coffee is not available. Never been to a sit down dinner who could not offer fresh coffee! The server was prompt but hardly friendly or inviting, not personable or friendly to even find out that we were traveling from out of town and celebrating a birthday. First place in Boston we didn’t have friendly service so it was extremely below standard in this regard.

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ValerieB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oysters were delicious. The food and service was excellent.

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Moonshoal
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb ingredients, stellar oysters, great team as always

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viarun
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy Select has reopened. Fresh oysters. Great service. What else could you ask for?

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NancyK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding seafood. Nice people. Their Tuna tartare and octopus I would get every single time.

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PhoenixC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and he had a wonderful time! The food came super quickly and super fresh. The lighting in the back was lovely and the service as top-notch. Will definitely be coming back again!

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SuzanK
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Favorite restaurant in the past, especially the Lobster Salad with the recent food was a bit disappointing. Hopefully, this was due to the restaurant just reopening and not completely ready.

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vipmellen
New England
84 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy they are open again. Wonderful lunch outside on a sunny Easter Sunday. Excellent oysters and crudo followed by the delicious lobster salad and steamed mussels. Service also excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Truly an epic seafood culinary experience with friendly staff. This place will impress the most discerning seafood professionals.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the city by a long shot!

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vipJohn
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Learned last night that this restaurant is going into “hibernation” until Spring, due to Covid 19, along with its other newly-opened restaurant in the South End (Atlantico.) The owner previously shut Grand Tour on Newbury Street for the same reason. We are very fond of these restaurants and their staffs, and will miss all of them. We hope the staff stays healthy and safe, and that all three of their restaurants will re-open in the Spring of 2021!

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MPKB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best food and service here. They accommodated our children so graciously. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Est place ever I been there once and I come back again I’m not from Boston but I have it in mind always when I come to visit

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ColleenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Perfect service. Sorry to see not many people out in Boston on a Thursday evening. Perfectly understandable with the pandemic. I hope this place survives!

Order take out!!!

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DariuszD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

If you looking for seafood in Boston, this is the place.

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Moonshoal
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crudo, lobster, and octopus! So glad to be back

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Jordan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious and perfectly prepared. Cauliflower app and the halibut are an absolute must. Jumbo shrimp cocktail as well!

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vipDave
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place but had no been there since Jan so we were happy to be back

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vipAnnaswe
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience from start to finish. Can’t wait until next time!

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vipJeff
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, wonderful wine selections, octopus was superb. Overall excellent and consistent.

MS
MikeS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent. My date and I just ordered a bunch of small plates and it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only odd thing about the experience was the automatic 20% tip. The server called me 15mins after I had left the restaurant to tell me I hadn’t paid the full bill. I was sure I had and actually left an extra $10. I did return and discovered the server gave me the wrong bill, so I had paid correctly just the incorrect bill. I gave another extra $20 but after such a great dining experience, I now have a sour taste. I felt they were less apologetic for their mistake, especially when the bill was more than covered and they made another $20

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JeanineK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, spectacular service, exceptional wine

PS
vipPaulS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Here’s the deal. Great food. Good service. Absolutely annoying terms. First they stick you with a $25 per person if you no show. I’ve never done that but it’s not something many restaurants charge. Then the build 20% tip into the bill. Now a tip is supposed to be a tip, not a tax. We all know how to tip. I don’t see other restaurants doing this for parties of 2. Just kind of annoying. I might want to give more than 20% but when you award yourself that amount I’m not going to give more. Word is they might have some international patrons that aren’t familiar with the US percentages and that’s understandable but still, I don’t see other restaurants doing this. Still, food consistently good. So we just bear with their idiosyncrasies.

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JordanaS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabe the bartender/server was outstanding! I had the hamachi crudo, octopus and oysters and all were aboslutely delicious!!

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viarun
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Great food and service. It was needed and appreciated

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patty10
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch, as always. Wellfleet oysters were big and briny. Lobster with butter a real treat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food best seafood in Boston

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vipAltamura
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, cocktails and wine. Creative flavorful. One of the best meals in Boston!

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vipBostonfoodie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food!

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DonC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Voted best seafood restaurant by Boston magazine in 2019, we were disappointed in their execution. Everything was fine, but not exciting or with an award winning level of creativity. Some will debate its merits or our opinions, but for us there was not enough interest for a return visit, specially at this price point.
Visit to decide for yourself.

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Student
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service here were both excellent, they have a great selection of fresh seafood all of which was delicious. The restaurant is very nicely decorated and not too loud, very comfortable atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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bmag
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were delicious! The lobster roll delish. But the anckovie app was a must-go-back maker. Cute cozy spot. Vibe'n music.

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vipsvdddddd
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special place. The platter is special. The service is friendly and passionate.

WB
WillB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great to try a new spot for me and my daughter that loves seafood and oysters as much as I do! Ate outside due to the you know what and tables were appropriately distanced. Our server was friendly and informative, with the right amount of giving us attention. Food was excellent -- fresh and flavorful. Would definitely go back again when in town.

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vipRobertA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service with a great atmosphere! Been many times and will continue to go! Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great service and meals at Select!

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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 4.9 stars by 1196 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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