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Select Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
1978 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 37 times today

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

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What 1,978 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. LD

    LynnD

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My favorite cauliflower dish just didn’t measur
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Select is among my favorite places in Boston. If you can, sit at the bar - service is fantastic and you can soak in the atmosphere. Fun place, great food - the Icelandic Arctic Char is the best fish I’ve ever had.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic night. Great food and wine.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! First of all the staff is incredible they are all so nice. The food is extremely fresh and tasty. The dishes have such a great spin with amazing flavors. The drinks were good and even when we ordered a a drink that wasn’t on the menu the bartender made her spin of what we asked for. Highly recommend this place
  6. C

    Carolyn

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food here is always fantastic. Quick and efficient service.
  7. JR

    JerryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, very satisfying and impressive.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    The food was fantastic, however we were only sat 30 minutes after our reservation.
  9. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time great service Solid restaurant Recommend it highly
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite date spots! Amazing oysters and one of the best martinis in town.
  11. M

    Marina1985

    New England

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, very attentive service ⭐️
  12. MJ

    MisulJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Dressed lobster was just cool. We had a reservation with Opentable but had to wait for a while in front of door. But It was not that long so Its ok. I think this place would be far better for drinks not for dining.
  13. KY

    KyYtT

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was exceptional, food was exquisite. Tiny place and they kind of pack you in, but it’s worth it for the exceptional seafood. Really lovey wine selection!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it ! Had a tough time deciding what to get but everything we got was beautiful and delicious. Lots of color and freshness on every plate . Loved the music . We sat in back room and it was a little crowded and loud but it was fine. Will definitely be back .
  15. d

    denised

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and amazing wine selection. A bit pricey. Wish they had dessert.
  16. B

    Billyh

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant continues to impress me always fresh service is outstanding
  17. L

    Lesaltska

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    My husband and I went here on New Year's Eve and ordered their prix fixe menu which included 3 courses for 125$. We were surprised at how small the portions were considering each course cost ~$40~. The first course was 4 pieces of sashimi with ginger. the second was a small bowl of pasta with some chunks of lobster and cream sauce, and the third was a 6-8oz piece of white fish with cream sauce and a few chunks of potato. Our bill ended up being 388$ for 6 plates of very tasty, high-quality seafood and 3 cocktails +20% gratuity automatically added to the bill (a 60$ tip! man I wish I automatically made that much money when I waited tables at Applebee's). Definitely not worth the price, I just don't believe in spending that much money on one seafood dinner.
  18. b

    bab36

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top of the seafood list and great veggies too. A winner!
  19. LB

    LBrooke

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The oysters were fresh, the shrimp cocktail, which is rarely a standout anywhere, was absolutely memorable and the octopus was exactly what I hoped it would be. The servers are attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend a visit.
  20. MN

    MichaelN

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality seafood, the Select tower is a must have!
  21. p

    peterh

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly delicious small plates and oyster!
  22. RV

    RyrVoch

    New England

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Possibly the best seafood bar in town. Exceptional oysters, thoughtfully composed starters... everything I've had has been excellent, and the staff are great.
  23. P

    Paulinha

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Ben was outstanding. Full of useful information, not about the food & menu but also about Boston itself. We sat in the back & it was a bit noisy. Food was outstanding & fresh, but wines are $$$$
  24. B

    Bechs

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, reasonable cost for food, slightly high priced wine list. Fun atmosphere but very loud, so more inclined to go again with a younger/friend crowd vs. our original goal of a family dinner.
  25. MM

    MariiaM

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters and amazing lobster!
  26. n

    nancyk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We were sent home with the bouillabaisse we hadn't finished, as we had asked, but the soup was out in the wrong container. It spilled out into the bag and onto my car's carpet. I love the smell if bouillabaisse, just not in my car. Great meal ended with a bad smell - literally.
  27. TT

    TinaT

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had the hamachi crudo, lobster salad and arctic char all beautifully presented and delicious but the charred Spanish octopus was outstanding
  28. R

    Ritayaya

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Avocado toast was delicious as was my Bouillabaisse. My friends also raved about their swordfish and lobster salad. The waiter was very attentive. Perfect evening!
  29. MP

    MarissaP

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food, services, and vibe (music & lighting) was a great experience! Thanks, John for the great recommendations and service!
  30. l

    laurar

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always spectacular food!
  31. DT

    DianaT

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific! Seated at the corner of the bar. Great attentive bartender. Loved the small plates. Delish food…who knew I’d like white anchovies? Will recommend. Thanks!
  32. JM

    JonathanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Select Oyster is hands down the best seafood anywhere in Boston!
  33. JM

    JMGR

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the freshest, most delicious seafood I've ever had. The team was outstanding, they made us feel welcomed and were extremely attentive. The grilled octopus was the best.
  34. s

    stiacs

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Definitely will be going back.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for our anniversary. We have been here many times before. The food and service are always top notch. Stephanie remembered us, even though we have not been there in at least 2 years (thanks, Covid). The grilled octopus is always a favorite, along with their oysters, of course. The swordfish was very well prepared. I have never had such tasty swordfish. I normally never order swordfish as they’re always so over cooked and taste dry and boring. Glad I took a chance with it and tried something new here. This is always a great place for us to dine as we know we will have a great experience. Whereas, we have tried new restaurants in boston and they always disappoint with being over priced and overly hyped up, only to have mediocre food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, except for the woman seated behind us who was either drunk and obnoxiously loud, or just obnoxiously loud. Cackling, screaming, awful.
  37. D

    Danb

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely. We will certainly come back. :)
  38. JF

    JoshF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the bar area so it was a bit noisier, but the service and food made this one of the most enjoyable meals we've had in a long time. We spaced it out with 3-4 courses but never felt rushed and our server was helpful and accommodating (nut allergy) with the menu. Can't way to go back!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sat at the bar, a little crowded but so worth it! Amazing mussels, tuna crudo…halibut…everything was superb!
  40. JL

    JeniL

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

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

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 1978 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 37 times today

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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