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Select Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
1937 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 239-8064

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Michael Serpa

  • Private party facilities

    Private functions for groups of up to 30 in our back dining room and groups of 60 for full buyout. Visit SelectOyster.com for private events information and pricing.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Between Newbury and Boylston Streets

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking as well as many lots nearby.

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Hynes Convention or Copley Square<br />Orange Line: Back Bay Station<br />#1 Bus, Mass Ave + Newbury; Airport Shuttle to Hynes Convention

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve at Select

    $125.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Join us for a special prix fixe to kick off the New Year. A selection of special cellar wines will be available by the glass for one night only. -3 course NYE menu $125 per guest- (participation of the whole table required) bluefin tuna tamari, ginger, lime zest, chili maine lobster strozzapretti fines-herbes, oyster mushrooms, lemon butter, parm halibut champagne fumet, sturgeon caviar, creamy leek & artichoke ragoût
  • The Feast of the Seven Fishes

    $150.00 per person

    Dec 23, 2022 only
    Join us for a special Italian Seafood menu from our team. This holiday tradition is the perfect way to celebrate. A multi course seafood tasting menu with a lineup of Italian wines available by the glass. Featuring: island creek oysters tuna crudo anchovies and artichokes baccala mantecato eel livornese maine lobster pasta roasted bronzino This is a tasting menu only experience. All guests of the party are required to participate. No substitutions please. We will do our best to accommodate all allergies. Please note: Bookings are for 2 hours from time of booking to allow us to comfortably accommodate all guests. Parties of 2 will be at the dining counter. We look forward to hosting you to this special event.

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What 1,937 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. JL

    JeniL

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single dish was outstanding! Great cocktails as well.
  2. AF

    AF777

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great seafood and cocktails, but bar seating was uncomfortable and packed.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Date beside the bar counter? I made the reservation and the environment was not that good. Only 6 kinds of oysters and expensive! 20% of service fee must be paid!lol
  4. KN

    KirstenN

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the custom craft cocktail to the scrumptious last bite, Bryant made sure our meal was special. Oysters, lobster rolls & grilled halibut: all perfectly delicious!
  5. AE

    AndyE

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed everything on our first visit to the Oyster Bar. We recommend it highly!!!
  6. SN

    ShellyN

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the best seafood in town, coupled with the best service
  7. LA

    LujicA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tips are included, which is not customer-friendly.
  8. CB

    CraigB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Great selection of oysters. Delicious lobster. Great ambiance. Friendly knowledgeable servers. Can’t wait to go back.
  9. DW

    DanielW

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, wine all excellent.
  10. JG

    JillG

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing!! From the beet salad to the halibut dish. We cleaned our plates! Our server Nick was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Everything about select oyster bar was great.
  11. D

    Dave

    New England

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was, hands down, one of the best meals I’ve had all year. The octopus was amazing, as was the ceviche, which was bright, crisp and mouth watering. My bouillabaisse was generous and delicious. The drinks were creative and also outstanding. Service was prompt, friendly and accurate. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their dishes.
  12. WT

    WilliamT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Great service. Great food. Packed room👎🏻 Way to many people stuffed in a small room. Noise level was recorded at 105db. And constant. For your servers? This level of noise is an OSHA violation to say the least. At a cozy 2 person table across from my wife. We could not even hear each other speak. The patrons were have to almost yell to each other creating noise competition in the small room. Food and servers were amazing. But for the price, it felt a little substandard compare to the little whale.
  13. K

    Kevin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent seafood- fresh and well presented. Sitting at the bar was enjoyable and encouraged some friendly banter. Only complaint was the cost, which was higher than expected. Tacking an automatic 20% tip on the bill is a bit aggressive. We appreciate the need to compensate servers however let us decide if the service is worth the premium.
  14. PO

    PeterO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service, portions may have been a bit small, especially since all the price points were high. II would go again and recommend to friends.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time in and had a fabulous experience. The grilled octopus was spectacular.
  16. LF

    LFP2022

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Essentially all seafood protein options without sides or any carbs. Expected a little more variety. Our server wasn’t the nicest and it’s so crowded in there people were bumping into me every few minutes. Oysters were great tho
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The bouillabaisse was mediocre, completely lacking in flavour. The other main course dishes were ok. Not worth the price point
  18. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was good, good service and good food, managed to fit an extra guest in last minute and it was fine.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and friendly service
  20. EC

    ElizabethC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Can’t wait to come back! Outstanding service and food!
  21. JM

    JosephM

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is really good! Love the uni crostini and all of the oysters! Staff were very friendly, going out of their way all the time
  23. TC

    TerenceC

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food! The Maine lobster salad is a must try. Best salad I’ve had in a while.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berlin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic ambience and food was amazing
  25. KS

    KeenanS

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Select is by far the best restaurant in Boston, and has been for some time
  26. w

    wolfcry

    New England

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Many reviews Mention the hamachi or salmon crudos. Delicious to be sure. But the star of the evening was swordfish with carrots and pomegranate. OUTSTANDING!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food. Amazing service. Love this neighborhood gem
  28. RG

    RickG

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Select Oyster is the best seafood option in the Back Bay, and maybe all of Boston. Oysters and all menu items are top notch!
  29. AR

    AshuR

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    spot on as always. you can taste the freshness and flavors in all the food you eat.
  30. MM

    MelissaM

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as usual! Can’t wait to go back!
  31. MF

    MercedesF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not good We were seated and ignored We won’t be back To many fabulous options on Newbury!
  32. A

    Andreas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, very good quality of the food, a refined selection of European wines (not just the regular stuff), and a very nice atmosphere. That makes me a regular guest in the future for sure.
  33. SS

    SamanthaS

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar. Food and service was amazing. I’m glad we had a reservation so we did not have to wait.
  34. SS

    SandraS

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very fresh and good. Very lively. The resto is popular and trendy. i recommande it 100%.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A long time favorite does not disappoint. Even though their prices have been going up, we find it to be a permanent favorite! Love the Uni toasts and the salmon crudo before the bouillabaisse! Great staff and great selection of Sancerre wines.
  36. HH

    HeatherH

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crudo was to die for, oysters delicious and staff very nice and helpful
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was delicious and carefully prepared. This restaurant pays attention to small details—perfectly clean wine glasses, perfect cook on the fish, water glasses frequently refilled. Haven’t had a meal this good in at least six months. Sitting at the bar us not my favorite but it means you get attentive service. The servers are bartenders as well !
  38. JK

    JanK

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievably fantastic, fresh seafood, excellent, attentive service - all around excellent!
  39. HY

    HenryY

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We’ve been here a couple times. Food is always good. Lively place with good service. Definitely recommend it.
  40. WB

    WendyBee

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always treated with such friendly and graciously. Dined with friends for their first experience and staff and cuisine did not disappoint. Can’t wait to go again !

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 1937 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Select Oyster Bar

50 Gloucester Street, Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Newbury and Boylston Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking as well as many lots nearby.

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Hynes Convention or Copley SquareOrange Line: Back Bay Station#1 Bus, Mass Ave + Newbury; Airport Shuttle to Hynes Convention

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Michael Serpa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (857) 239-8064

  • Private party facilities

    Private functions for groups of up to 30 in our back dining room and groups of 60 for full buyout. Visit SelectOyster.com for private events information and pricing.

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