Select Oyster Bar

4.8
1399 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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vipBostonTraveler
Nashville
42 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was great but the food was just okay.

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vipWhereRMyGlasses
New England
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fresh fresh fresh. Delicious delicious delicious. Not complicated, just well prepared.

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Meaghan
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent, reliable service and food. Some of the outdoor tables don't have much ambience but they can only do so much right now.

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vipYummy2
New England
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I ate here two weeks ago and it was wonderful. But last night was a different story. The cauliflower appetizer was not cooked enough, raw and not that tasty. The swordfish was mediocre. Very disappointed as I usually love this restaurant.

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vipACP13
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was fine but none of the dishes were particularly flavorful or remarkable. I was expecting higher quality overall.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lost order
All
Meals came out except one
Not a real apology from staff

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PaulH
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My visiting nieces wanted to go to a seafood restaurant. They'd never had lobster or oysters. Why not start at the top? Simply amazing. Service was great as well.

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vipFoodieeInMiami
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service best of Boston!!

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Jack
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - fresh, meticulous, creative. Not cheap but overall good value. Friendly, warm and intelligent service. Only problem is that the noise level in the back porch, where we were sitting, was unbearably high - could hardly hear each other across the table.

JK
vipJeanineK
New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Select Oyster. Great food great people. Spectacular experience

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vipDACG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always good, on the pricer side though, one can’t have a meal for two with wine for less than $100 per person 🤨

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samanthas
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, so many flavours in each dish! Highly recommend

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RandolphK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious oysters! There were two people in my party who didn’t think they would like raw oysters. I convinced them to order a few from the a la carte menu. They liked them so much that we ended up ordering a platter.
Wait staff were very friendly and solicitous of an older disabled woman in our party. This restaurant has a welcoming, friendly vibe, and the food is great.

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vipTK11
New England
65 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good quality seafood and oysters. Ceviche and octopus were delicious and prepared perfectly. Cauliflower salad was beautifully presented and delicious. Lobster roll is good, but not worth the money.
Overall, nice experience, pleasant staff. Would go back.

MB
MiriamB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exquisite seafood in a cozy and laid back ambiance. Fantastic wine list and great cocktails. Wonderful selection of local bivalves. Exceptional service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food continues to be excellent and creative. One of the best oyster places around with other excellent crudo, tartare and shellfish options. Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Service was exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent local seafood - special occasion hosting our west coast family. Seafood towers are amazing. Everyone loved it.

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vipGregoryG
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oysters were fantastic….swordfish was out of this world…great bar service a d wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love it here. We got the small seafood tower and a couple glasses of wine. The recommendations were all outstanding, can't wait to come back!

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vipjoelawyer
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Both the food and service are excellent.

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DarrylM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Oysters are unbelievably good!

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vipmmpc
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Too cramped. Very loud. Tiny four tops. Main entrees were good not great. Oysters were great.

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LuciaL
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in town!
Restaurant has a wonderful vibe and food is excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal.

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Monkmayfair
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have a wide selection of fresh, cold, best quality oysters from both coasts & Canada, shucked to perfection with great sauces. Great service, knowledgeable wine assistance and good vibe. Indoor opposite bar seating a little tight for 4.

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SalB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ceviche was overrated , it should have been much better compared to other food served.

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AudreyW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh food. Wonderful service, very accommodating with dietary restrictions.

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FattyDaddy
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside. Great waiter and accommodating service. Oysters were the star. Fish was solid. Maine uni delicious. Expected a little more for price, nothing outstanding. But overall good time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston, never had a bad experience in at least a half dozen visits

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vipDRWILLIAMW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was awesome, very helpful and informative, the staff was very accommodating to my injury, super friendly, and attentive to my needs. Food was phenomenal. Couldn’t have been a better experience honestly. Thank you

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MYSY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and Ben gave us outstanding service. He was attentive and knowledgeable and the fresh seafood was incredible. We enjoyed every starter and the raw oysters were delectable. The restaurant does an amazing job of serving the fresh items very chilled, which was refreshing.

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anonymous
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Sat at the bar. Outstanding, knowledgeable service from Ben. Shrimp and oysters were outstanding. Jonah crab salad had shells in every bite and the lobster salad had cartilage in it although it was supposed to be “dressed.” And no matter how much butter you drown the lobster in, if it’s dry and overcooked to begin with, it doesn’t help much. I’d like to think this was an exception, but Sunday, 8/22, was a really inexcusably bad day in the kitchen.

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AllisonW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Love the food however, the drinks for the prices are all crushed ice no drink. Asked to have less ice in my drink which is served in a lowball glass & my drink came less then half full in the glass. Dine out on a regular basis & have never received a drink in a lowball glass that is served less then half full - by the way it was a mezcal margarita??
When most of your entrees on the menu are $40 plus & house cocktails are $15 this is unacceptable.

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vipMattParis75018
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Pricey. Limited choices in the menu.

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DanielC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that we ordered was flawless, from the oysters to the appetizers to the main courses. Superb, fresh seafood prepared with love. Wonderful service and pleasant atmosphere. Definitely a little more pricey than I’d like but I guess you have to step up if you want the best!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service and ambiance was amazing. The raw seafood was fresh and delicious and drinks were great! Some of the apps and mains were too salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Sea bream was excellent. $58 for a so-so ribeye was excessive. The halibut sauce was watery. Swordfish didn’t taste fresh.

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vipNeile
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This review isn’t simple. Food was excellent. We had the lobster salad and the halibut. Wine was excellent as well. The reason I gave the restaurant a 4 instead of a 5 was two factors:
-price. I thought $40-$50 for an entree was a bit excessive and over by about $10
-mask-less. Our server was maskless (as were all other servers that I saw).

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BertJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent wine, exceptional service. Dining outside was great; inside looked "closer than comfortable" for these times. Prices are fine for special occasions, but a little high for frequent return visits. Overall I would recommend.

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KaleemA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service. Fish was outstanding as always, but all (but the uni dish) were borderline-unpleasantly acidic - menu could do with more balance. Great spot, but probably overpriced.

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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 4.8 stars by 1399 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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