Select Oyster Bar

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1178 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

WE TYPICALLY SEAT PARTIES OF TWO & THREE AT OUR DINING COUNTER.

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.

Visit our website for more information on our reservations.

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What 1178 people are saying
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Sheila
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipAnnaR
New England
9 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
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, spectacular service, exceptional wine

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vipPaulS
New England
9 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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vipviarun
New England
13 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.

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WillB
San Francisco
14 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
4 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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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters, shrimp and salmon crudo. Service was great and nice makeshift patio out front was very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh seafood and excellent service. It’s great that they will allow you to reserve outdoor dining it is the only way to go right now!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Plenty of space to keep distance inside. Great dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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vipMert
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always interesting, well-prepared, and delicious. You can't go wrong with Select!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! I really enjoy the food and the staff is great.

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viprayas
New England
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Boston!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pricey but perfect. Outdoor tables are on the street blocked off by jersey barriers. For this restaurant’s price point, I would wish that they tried harder to maintain some sense of ambience. The intersection right by them is very busy. If you’re looking for a romantic setting, there are other options in the area. Itnot so bad that it would deter me from coming back, as the food, service and wine selection were amazing.

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vipMarcoM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavor combinations for really clean fish based dishes. Excellent service. An A+

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vipTrentP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best and most underrated restaurants in the city. Impeccable service and execution. Great wine choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Select oyster bar was exactly what I was looking for on my weekend trip to Boston. The food was excellent and I CANNOT say enough amazing things about our server/bartender Gina. She was pleasant, had a great attitude, was absolutely wonderful at her job and she provided great conversation. She truly made our experience amazing! We will most definitely be back!

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vipTimG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. One of the best in Boston. Highly recommend.

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Chloe
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to Select for my birthday which has been a new tradition! The food and drinks were fantastic. We were a little disappointed that the oyster selection was limited but understand during COVID times. Please bring in some Maine oysters soon!

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vipPatrickC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place , it’s one of my favorite places to go

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vipJoeGreene
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. Well run business with people who care and you can tell.

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vipKris
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent spot for fresh seafood, wine and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bryant ( not sure if we heard him correctly through the mask) was amazing! Made sure we had everything we needed and made us happy to be out dining again. The entire staff was very friendly and accommodating. Will definitely go back.

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vipkennethllaw
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in Boston. The avocado toast is amazing the grilled octopus amazing and the staff the very welcoming .... welcome back!!!

FAQs

Select Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 239-8064.

Select Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1178 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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