Select Oyster Bar

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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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Sun - Fri 4:30PM - 5:30PM

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, no nonesense or attitude service. Great ambiance. Overall fun Boston back bay restaurant. Currently my favorite fish restaurant. Going back soon

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! We enjoyed chatting with the bartender who graduated from the same college as my husband. Small world as we are from Cincinnati!

H
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was incredible! Only negative would be that seating at the bar is tight... we had people next to us on both sides and kept getting bumped by their elbows.

DD
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding fresh seafood in a lively bar setting. Friendly and knowledgeable servers.

BF
New England
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great vibe. Great fun. We love this place!

JR
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good but not outstanding. Very overpriced. Although it does have a great atmosphere and vibe.

HW
New England
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Great service and inventive food.

M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus, sea bream and sword fish were all very good. The wines are rather expensive, but at the lower end the Bourgogne Pinot noire was quite nice.

CH
London
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I like the quality of the food and the service but it is becoming a little stale. The menu has not changed in years although they generally offer a couple of daily specials (one app and one entrée). For an expensive restaurant, one should expect a little more. Perhaps the owners have a short time horizon and are simply milking the (successful) formula.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Convenient location in Boston. Oysters were outstanding with a great selection. Dinner was great but the lobster salad was a major disappointment. Attentive service. Expensive but worth it!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! The best seafood ever!

NW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put, the team at Select Oyster nailed it. Every part of our experience for our party of 10 was fantastic.
Standout from the experience:
-The chef/owner himself greeted us, introduced some menu items, and check in on us frequently.
-Every bit of food we ordered was fantastic, the tuna tartare, oysters, and the hake dish on special were all exceptional.
-The Service was friendly and efficient from start to finish (which can be challenging for a large group)
-Our 8 guests, all from out of town, had a unique, fun, and memorable dining experience in Boston which was exactly what we were hoping for.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

M
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal all around. We thought it odd that they did not serve dessert or coffee.

B
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters, great food, great wine, great service and atmosphere.

LF
New Mexico
55 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Some of the freshest seafood I have ever tasted. Excellent service too. My only complaint is the excessive noise level, which seems to be par for the course these days.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent seafood in a fun, albeit bustling, atmosphere. No dessert, no coffee. Just "seafood and booze" as the waiter put it. Highly recommend.

CG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I thought this restaurant was overpriced. While the fish was tasty, mine was cold when it arrived and needed to be returned. In addition, they do not serve coffee or dessert. Diners should know that they automatically charge 20 percent service fee.

MC
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was wonder. Food was great. Awesome!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a party of 2 we were seated at the bar which was fine. Service was great as was the selection of oysters. The other raw/shellfish options were great - got the tuna crudo, hamachi and crab. Wine list was solid as well. No coffee or desserts, but the prudential mall is right across the street so you can grab something there to finish the night.

OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambience and staff

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfection. Food is some of the best anywhere!!!!

OT
Greensboro
73 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and plentiful. Pricy. Don’t know why we got the far back table in the back room with no wiggle room and one chair facing the wall. Very, very loud in the back.

AS
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible and I loved the environment there! Highly recommend

RA
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A lil pricey but food is always on point! A must whenever I visit Beantown!

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fish and oysters I can remember. Fresh and perfectly prepared. The server was excellent with a great sense of dry humor.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - we’ll taken care of!

KT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to Boston and this was the first restaurant we tried and Oyster Bar did not disappoint—it was amazing!! Delicious food, excellent service, and the perfectly crafted Old Fashion👌🏻 Andrew was our server, and he was fun, engaging and took excellent care of us! With SO many places to eat in this great city-we all want to come back here for more!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! The food was delicious and fairly priced. The staff were really wonderful. Definitely will go back next time I am in Boston.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Everything was okay overall but the servers were definitely on the rude side and the food not nearly worth the price. We were not given a seat our reservation time, while several other parties were seated. After that, the food was of good quality but the presentation and flavor was lacking. Combine that with indifferent and rude service and you have quite the overrated establishment. Look elsewhere!

P
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent dinner of three small plates -- a crab salad that was actually crab-dominated; scallop ceviche; and an 18-piece selection of three types of oysters. All of it was first-rate. Not inexpensive, but we knew that going in. We ate at the bar on a Friday night, and reservations were necessary. This being early-to-bed Boston, the crowd thinned out considerably after 9:30 or so. Bottom line: highly recommended.

p
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot of those who like Oysters. Our server was very helpful and pointed out those he thought were the best including the oysters someone who had not tried raw oysters previously would enjoy.
He was on the market. We ordered a selection for the table and they were really good. Our novice liked them well enough to have 3 or 4.
The entrees were just as good. We had halibut, Swordfish and a lobster salad. The halibut and swordfish were cooked perfectly. The cuts were thick but the preparation did not dry them out. The lobster salad was good but the one negative was that the lobster was cut into tiny pieces that was almost lost in the lettuces and other greens.
The beer and wine we had was good and the pre-dinner cocktails ere expertly crafted.
The place is not large. We had a large table right in front.
Overall, Select Oyster is 5-star worthy. Nice ambiance. Great service and Outstanding seafood. And drink.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb! Friendly service, a casual but classy atmosphere, and an interesting array of dishes. Presentation and flavors were both delivered well!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Friends had suggested for us to go to Select so we did. Sat in the back room felt like we were in the cellar. Noise level was off the charts. Food was good maybe too much sauce. The waitresses were nice and helpful but wasn’t enough for us to go back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely fresh fish, full of flavor. Service was excellent! Love the wine!

MM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had the Hemingway and it was terrific. Will definitely be back when we next visit Boston.

k
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and Service were wonderful. Not conducive to a large group. Seating choices limited and very loud

LM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, creative cuisine. Absolutely delicious! Will return again and again. Service was outstanding. Make a reservation to avoid lines!

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