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Union Oyster House
41 Union St
Boston, MA 02108
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- Sun - Sat 11:00am - 12:00am
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4.1 of 5.0 from 90 reviews
price range:$26 to $50
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Union Oyster House Reviews
EXCELLENT FOOD!!! Definitly a must when in Boston. The history alone is fascinating! Waitstaff were patient, answered all questions with a smile, and food was brough promptly. This will be a favorite on all future trips to Boston!
I took a group of 30 people here, food was excellent. However setting up the menu through the function mgr was very unprofessional, I suoopse they are know for the food not the customer service. Pricey but the best seafood around.
I liked this place but very expensive. 75 bucks for four people to have small lunches not including tip. raw bar, however, VERY COOL totally bostonian.
This is one of the best restaurant's that I have ever eaten at. It is a must for anyone travelling to Boston Ma. C. Tornquist Orion IL
Oyster is in its name, but don't miss the clam chowder and make sure to BYO Pepper Sauce
by A&B American Style
If you enjoy eating with rats, you are in the right place!! It could be the oldest restaurant in town, however, it's infested with RODENTS in all levels of the the restaurant. Go if enjoy food w/ rats
by Magda C.
The apple cobbler is lip smacking delicious..
by Eduardo C.
Extremely friendly attentive wait staff.
by Eduardo C.
1/2 beer per 1/2 dozen. Easy math. Go!
by Scott G.
Get a table upstais. Wam, cozy, and ancient😉
by Mei Laarnee
Do yourself a favor- call in for reservations!
by Mei Laarnee
Cool environment and all my friends loved the seafood. Sorry non fish fans. If you think you can just get a side of fries to hold you over, think again. The fries are worthless.
by Eric G.
Legend and history explain popularity and the price! Not cheap but really yummy! Seems house white wine s not a good option, we had a Russian river, really good!
by Na H.
If you have Boston City Pass and the page of Union Oyster House, show it to the hostess and you'll get priority searing plus free clam chowder. And for the record, Shrimps and Scallops is really good!
by Hoang P.
Oldest beer on tap!
by Kelly L.
Delicious clam chowder, 20 min wait time.
by Kieu Trang H.
Locale meraviglioso! Sedete al bancone e ordinate ostriche, ve le aprono davanti gli occhi. Chiede poi "one cup of cream" resterete a bocca aperta!
by Giorgio G.
Try the Clam Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)
by Dan P.
Call ahead and make a reservation to dine in The Kennedy Booth and soak up a little bit of history.
I love to sit at the raw bar
by Cherry G.
The food is mediocre and thr service is horrible. Geez
by Mary B.
Good seafood in the oldest restaurant in America! Great building. Samuel Adams was a frequent visitor back in the day.
by Tim L.
If its dinnertime & you didn't check in an hour and a half before you want to eat: just eat in the 1st come 1st serve section with the "lighter menu"
Seafood Newburg was excellent. I recommend reservations, even on a week night they were very busy.
by Valerie W.
Clam Chowder...so good!
by Reinhard W.
by Sandra W.
Sit at the original wood oyster bar for good food and a show!
by Dana L.
Da Bruins, Game 2.
by Delyn S.
The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House.
by DV G.
Great chowdah (if you are into that sort of thing.)
by Joshua B.
The middle-aged Oyster shucker guy at the bar is a total asshole. I guess I would be too if I had to shuck oysters all day.
by Jeremy P.
Definitely tour the building. It is cool. But for eating - sit at the oyster bar downstairs and have chowder, oysters, and amazing corn bread. Don't bother with the other food here.
by Jason H.
Blackened Scallops are spicy and amazing. Clam Chowder is sooooo good.
by Nick D.
Excellent food. No one leaves hungry!
Bring extra toilet paper
by Joseph F.
Try to sit a booth 18 JFK sat here!
Believe the hype, the food holds its own against the fierce competition. Have at least a lunch here, for the rich history if not for the excellent food.
by John L.
Ripoff tourist trap, coasting by on reputation. Terrible food.
by James D.
My first oyster shooter. Delish...?
by Autumn D.
Corn bread is A+ clam chowder is A+ crab cake is A+. Oysters A+ Their cocktail sauce is also original and gets an A+ Tables for 2 are pretty small, overall great place even with the hefty prices.
by David G.
Southerners beware, the clams have fat bellies...but if you get over the shock they are truly delicious!
by Victoria T.
The clam chowder was so so. There are many other better chowders in Boston.
by Eric H.
Like other folks said, get the clam chowder. Also, swordfish broiled is pretty baller.
by Dale S.
Skip the butter, and have the boiled lobster with veggies!
by Stella K.
The clam chowder is really yummy!
by Yi W.
The sodas are not free.
by Weary T.
Go early and just get the chowder. Chowder is great, mussels were bland and our app with clams and oysters were over cooked not worth 90 dollars.
by Amanda B.
Check out the cool little artwork recreations of each stop on the Freedom Trail in the room off to the left when you enter.
by DJ F.
Check out the artwork display on the walls that depict the landmarks along The Freedom Trail.
by Ching Y.
Seafood Newburg generous and filling meal. Great service and historic restaurant well-preserved.
by Demps C.
Best oyster experience in Boston. Tiny little 10 seater bar and great company
by Danielle A.
Chowder soup is good but $10 for a Chardonnay???? Are you kidding me???
by Alicia M.
Try the New England Clam Chowder - The oldest restaurant with the best chowder on the planet. If its good enough for JFK n Daniel Webster it's good snuff for me. Since 1826. (via @Foodspotting)
by Kelly M.
Untouched colonial architecture... which is a rarity even in the heart of Boston. Worth a visit for that atmosphere alone.
by Stephanie D.
The oysters were yummy.
by Yami C.
Okay, the clam chowder hands down the best I ever had. The oysters not so much. The corn bread and local beer also a big plus. I would def recommend you don't eat too much here, just get the chowder.
by Flora T.
Come in and enjoy an ice cold colonial ale brewed only for the union oyster house by Sam Adams and some chowdah in America's oldest restaurant!
by Mike M.
Go for the classic broiled lobster!
by Lynn P.
Try the clam chowder & lobster. Will not disappoint.
Ask about special photo with huge lobster from pool opposite oyster bar. Great idea, thanks to staff !
by Andrey K.
Stick your nose in to say you've been there, but do not eat there or else you may never see the light again.... Avoid at all costs
Skip the food...
Must get chowder and Sam Adams Brick Red Ale (only available at a handful of Boston bars). ONLY get oysters if sitting at the oyster bar ( they preshuck them for the dining rooms)
by Vianna T.
Sam Adams Colonial
by Allison R.
The clam chowder is awesome! When you get more clams than potatoes, you know you're in Boston!
Don't get the baked stuff lobster - it's dry!
by Pamela V.
oldest restaurant in the usa!
Clam chowder + corn bread + Lobster + Beer = Heaven
Only place in Boston that has the Sam Adams Colonial Ale - good stuff
by Jack G.
Used to be good, but now the lobster tastes like ammonia and the service is slowwwww
Awful. The Union Special Lobster was hideous
by Kathryn P.
The function "open bar" prices may vary from menu prices
by Johanna L.
Ye Olde Garbage. TOURIST TRAP!!!!
by Jesse T.
It's a good thing this place is historic. The food is terrible!!
by Brandon A.
Try the lobster roll. Not on bar menu do ask for it! It kicks ass!!!
by Richard S.
Come to the Union Bar and grab some chowder and a cold, refreshing beer. Always a good time!
by Jon L.
Make sure you try the ONIONS!!!! - Mike Flamino
by Adam C.
Lobster was amazing!!!
by Kerwin T.
Try the Oyster Shooter - Best night cap. Spicy. Lemon & salty fresh. Big ups (via @Foodspotting)
An absolute must, especially for anyone new to Boston! Can't go wrong with just oysters and clam chowder!
by Stephanie M.
Don't go here, wait was ridiculous, food was whatev, service blah
by Jordan H.
The wait is HORRENDOUS and always longer than they tell you. Tourist trap. Food is sub-par at best. Stay away.
by Jason W.
Go somewhere else...
by Marc D.
Don't miss this bar- it is the best bar in America!
by Kimberly B.
Lobster roll. Yum!
by Bennett J.
Get the broiled scrod. It might change your life. A young Cod fish that is unique to Boston. Amazing tartar sauce too.
by Lauren H.
indeed, the clam chowder is great. So are the oyesters. The hot oyster sampler was just what I needed.
by LaVaughn B.
"Whomever said oysters are an aphrodisiac
by Sean O.
The Newburg was out of this frigging world.
by Paola V.
Unbelievable chowder! Best in town for sire
by Ian G.