Select Oyster Bar

4.8
1333 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.


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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What 1333 people are saying
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4.8
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jael
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on every way, great service and fantastic food

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Alex
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service5ambience3

The seafood did not taste fresh. The lobster roll was over price and lacking flavor.

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vipFoodfav
New England
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 2nd time at Select. We went a few years ago and it was good but it has since exceeded our expectations. The food and service was excellent. The menu has a nice variety. From our appetizers to our entrees, each dish was created with beautiful detail in mind to flavors. Possibly now one of my favorite Boston restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

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joheca
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh flavorful and delightful to eat. Excellent!

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vipLesR
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, drinks & food.

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RichardM
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food Great. Service Adequate. Noise level seated outside was fairly high

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant! The seafood tower was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best swordfish I ever had. Crudo was also out of this world and the wine pour sizes were way better than average. We love this place!

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MichaelT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood- an oyster lovers dream
Reservations recommended

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Nipi
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is fantastic, brought guests from overseas and they loved it. Seating outside was a little uncomfortable due to extreme noise from a truck...but with COVID I still appreciate the ability to eat outdoors. Would come again for certain and highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Food and service was great but it’s so crowded and loud in there

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vipSimon
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific place. The food was phenomenal, and so were the drinks (Negroni) and the wine (Chablis). The only criticism is that they had no dessert on the menu, which I think is a missed opportunity for the restaurant and a drawback for those customers (me, for example) who have a sweet tooth.

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vipOpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome seafood tower! Great drinks. Outdoor seating with amazing weather. Outstanding service - all pretty much wraps it up!!!

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vipstacyc
New England
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food and quality!!

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vipAudsf
New England
66 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

GREAT FOOD ALWAYS! GREAT SERVICE ALWAYS! Fun to eat outside!

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vipMimi
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Select is our favorite oyster bar and so much more: Fantastic wine list and cocktails, great seafood with a few things for carnivores,

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OpenTable Diner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just superb in every way. Best seafood in Boston

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal from start to finish. Food and service were excellent.
One of the best places in Boston for fresh and tasty seafood.

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KellyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Tisha
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We celebrated my sister in law’s birthday and had a great time. Food was delicious, everything was very fresh and well seasoned. A place to recommend.

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TammyT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters was fresh and the sauce was good. Was very pleased with everything we ordered.

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vipJessica
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Select has been around for a while and while new places keep popping up, we keep coming back. They have the freshest selection of oysters and seafood, the cocktails are creative and delicious, and the wine menu is incredibly well curated. The staff are always friendly and helpful. Diners with food intolerances: I have an annoyingly long list of them (gluten, dairy, the alliums) and they are always happy to accommodate. The inside feels like you could have stepped into the original Select in Paris. It's loud on a Saturday, but you always have the option of their indoor patio out back or their street patio, which they will hopefully continue having even after covid. Go check it out! Highly recommend!

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vipMichelleP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Disappointed in Oyster quality. Had much better oysters in several other Boston restaurants. Tables for 2 are too small for two people and food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good vibes for sure. I splurged on raw seafood. The ceviche wasn’t my favorite but everything else I had was great. I would good back but nothing compelling me to go every time I want seafood if you know what I mean.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the freshest seafood and overall amazing dining experiences in Boston!!! Ben was amazing and we can’t wait to go back!

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Dinnerwithmom
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Restaurant is too noisy. Was placed at the bar with 3 people and so we explained it is hard to talk. We were moved to a table. Felt restaurant did not space out the seatings more efficiently. Always saw empty table. Especially the long one in front for 6 people was vacant for over an hour. Very expensive!

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RichardF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional and as always the wine list was exactly what you need for a mid day raw bar pairing

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was good. We did not receive one of our appetizers and the table was way to small for our group.

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Nipi
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dinner! This was probably one of the better meals I've had around Boston in the past years. Fresh, delicious and the service was superb. Would highly recommend this for a special event

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and Drinks were delicious and great ambience. My only complaint is that the chairs were not comfortable!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I shared several small plates. The seafood quality is outstanding. The server - Katie D - was very attentive. Select was hands down our best experience while in Boston.

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vipJoanneR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bar, menu, people!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding, no doubt about it. Fresh seafood and you must try the yellowtail crudo! The passion fruit in the dish makes it explode with flavor. We tried several items on the menu and all were delicious.

It is a small space. Had a party of three and were seated at a two person table with an extra chair. We kept bumping chairs and arms with the tables around us and felt cramped in. Other than that, food and service were great and worth the visit to Select!

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vipEddie32
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. From tie cocktails to perfectly shucked fresh oysters Great selection of fresh shellfish

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bar, oysters, entrees.

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vipJeanineK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love select oyster. Great food. Wonderful staff

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Norbert
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Mass production is never good in a restaurant. Your shredded lobster salad is a disgrace. The halibut was not cooked well and it had too much garnishment.

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YY601
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great as always. First time back since the pandemic. A little disappointed because they charged an upfront 20% service fee. I have seen restaurants did that with large parties. We were only a party of four. I always paid a 20% plus tips. But an upfront charge felt differently.

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 4.8 stars by 1333 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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