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Union Oyster House



41 Union St
Boston, MA 02108

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(617) 227-2750

  • Sun - Sat 11:00am - 12:00am

Cuisine: American Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants

View more restaurants at exit 21 (16.5) on I-93.


4.1 of 5.0 from 90 reviews


price range:$26 to $50

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  • mkmora1 reviewEXCELLENT 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!

    44444 by mkmora1


  • schubert_d reviewI 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.

    22222 by schubert_d


  • maryeats reviewI 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.

    22222 by maryeats


  • pataky reviewThis 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

    55555 by pataky


  • A&B American StyleOyster is in its name, but don't miss the clam chowder and make sure to BYO Pepper Sauce

    55555 by A&B American Style


  • Magda C.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

    33333 by Magda C.


  • Eduardo C.The apple cobbler is lip smacking delicious..

    55555 by Eduardo C.


  • Eduardo C.Extremely friendly attentive wait staff.

    55555 by Eduardo C.


  • Scott G.1/2 beer per 1/2 dozen. Easy math. Go!

    33333 by Scott G.


  • Mei LaarneeGet a table upstais. Wam, cozy, and ancient😉

    55555 by Mei Laarnee


  • Mei LaarneeDo yourself a favor- call in for reservations!

    33333 by Mei Laarnee


  • Eric G.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.

    55555 by Eric G.


  • Na H.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!

    55555 by Na H.


  • Hoang P.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!

    55555 by Hoang P.


  • Kelly L.Oldest beer on tap!

    55555 by Kelly L.


  • Kieu Trang H.Delicious clam chowder, 20 min wait time.

    33333 by Kieu Trang H.


  • Giorgio G.Locale meraviglioso! Sedete al bancone e ordinate ostriche, ve le aprono davanti gli occhi. Chiede poi "one cup of cream" resterete a bocca aperta!

    55555 by Giorgio G.


  • Dan P.Try the Clam Chowder - (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Dan P.


  • kChuCall ahead and make a reservation to dine in The Kennedy Booth and soak up a little bit of history.

    55555 by kChu


  • Cherry G.I love to sit at the raw bar

    55555 by Cherry G.


  • Mary B.The food is mediocre and thr service is horrible. Geez

    11111 by Mary B.


  • Tim L.Good seafood in the oldest restaurant in America! Great building. Samuel Adams was a frequent visitor back in the day.

    55555 by Tim L.


  • K-RoIf 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"

    33333 by K-Ro


  • Valerie W.Seafood Newburg was excellent. I recommend reservations, even on a week night they were very busy.

    55555 by Valerie W.


  • Reinhard W.Clam Chowder...so good!

    55555 by Reinhard W.


  • Sandra W.Great chowder!

    55555 by Sandra W.


  • Dana L.Sit at the original wood oyster bar for good food and a show!

    55555 by Dana L.


  • Delyn S.Da Bruins, Game 2.

    55555 by Delyn S.


  • DV G.The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House.

    22222 by DV G.


  • Joshua B.Great chowdah (if you are into that sort of thing.)

    55555 by Joshua B.


  • Jeremy P.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.

    33333 by Jeremy P.


  • Jason H.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.

    55555 by Jason H.


  • Nick D.Blackened Scallops are spicy and amazing. Clam Chowder is sooooo good.

    55555 by Nick D.


  • BobExcellent food. No one leaves hungry!

    55555 by Bob


  • Joseph F.Bring extra toilet paper

    11111 by Joseph F.


  • LeeTry to sit a booth 18 JFK sat here!

    33333 by Lee


  • John L.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.

    55555 by John L.


  • James D.Ripoff tourist trap, coasting by on reputation. Terrible food.

    11111 by James D.


  • Autumn D.My first oyster shooter. Delish...?

    55555 by Autumn D.


  • David G.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.

    55555 by David G.


  • Victoria T.Southerners beware, the clams have fat bellies...but if you get over the shock they are truly delicious!

    55555 by Victoria T.


  • Eric H.The clam chowder was so so. There are many other better chowders in Boston.

    33333 by Eric H.


  • Dale S.Like other folks said, get the clam chowder. Also, swordfish broiled is pretty baller.

    55555 by Dale S.


  • Stella K.Skip the butter, and have the boiled lobster with veggies!

    33333 by Stella K.


  • Yi W.The clam chowder is really yummy!

    55555 by Yi W.


  • Weary T.The sodas are not free.

    33333 by Weary T.


  • Amanda B.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.

    33333 by Amanda B.


  • DJ F.Check out the cool little artwork recreations of each stop on the Freedom Trail in the room off to the left when you enter.

    55555 by DJ F.


  • Ching Y.Check out the artwork display on the walls that depict the landmarks along The Freedom Trail.

    55555 by Ching Y.


  • Demps C.Seafood Newburg generous and filling meal. Great service and historic restaurant well-preserved.

    55555 by Demps C.


  • Danielle A.Best oyster experience in Boston. Tiny little 10 seater bar and great company

    55555 by Danielle A.


  • Alicia M.Chowder soup is good but $10 for a Chardonnay???? Are you kidding me???

    33333 by Alicia M.


  • Kelly 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)

    55555 by Kelly M.


  • Stephanie D.Untouched colonial architecture... which is a rarity even in the heart of Boston. Worth a visit for that atmosphere alone.

    55555 by Stephanie D.


  • Yami C.The oysters were yummy.

    55555 by Yami C.


  • Flora T.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.

    55555 by Flora T.


  • Mike M.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!

    55555 by Mike M.


  • Lynn P.Go for the classic broiled lobster!

    55555 by Lynn P.


  • BonobosTry the clam chowder & lobster. Will not disappoint.

    55555 by Bonobos


  • Andrey K.Ask about special photo with huge lobster from pool opposite oyster bar. Great idea, thanks to staff !

    55555 by Andrey K.


  • NinaStick 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

    11111 by Nina


  • NinaSkip the food...

    33333 by Nina


  • Vianna T.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)

    55555 by Vianna T.


  • Allison R.Sam Adams Colonial

    55555 by Allison R.


  • QThe clam chowder is awesome! When you get more clams than potatoes, you know you're in Boston!

    55555 by Q


  • Pamela V.Don't get the baked stuff lobster - it's dry!

    33333 by Pamela V.


  • mishkaoldest restaurant in the usa!

    55555 by mishka


  • albertClam chowder + corn bread + Lobster + Beer = Heaven

    55555 by albert


  • Jack G.Only place in Boston that has the Sam Adams Colonial Ale - good stuff

    55555 by Jack G.


  • LaurenUsed to be good, but now the lobster tastes like ammonia and the service is slowwwww

    22222 by Lauren


  • Kathryn P.Awful. The Union Special Lobster was hideous

    11111 by Kathryn P.


  • Johanna L.The function "open bar" prices may vary from menu prices

    55555 by Johanna L.


  • Jesse T.Ye Olde Garbage. TOURIST TRAP!!!!

    22222 by Jesse T.


  • Brandon A.It's a good thing this place is historic. The food is terrible!!

    33333 by Brandon A.


  • Richard S.Try the lobster roll. Not on bar menu do ask for it! It kicks ass!!!

    55555 by Richard S.


  • Jon L.Come to the Union Bar and grab some chowder and a cold, refreshing beer. Always a good time!

    55555 by Jon L.


  • Adam C.Make sure you try the ONIONS!!!! - Mike Flamino

    55555 by Adam C.


  • Kerwin T.Lobster was amazing!!!

    55555 by Kerwin T.


  • PaulinnateTry the Oyster Shooter - Best night cap. Spicy. Lemon & salty fresh. Big ups (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Paulinnate


  • Stephanie M.An absolute must, especially for anyone new to Boston! Can't go wrong with just oysters and clam chowder!

    55555 by Stephanie M.


  • Jordan H.Don't go here, wait was ridiculous, food was whatev, service blah

    11111 by Jordan H.


  • Jason W.The wait is HORRENDOUS and always longer than they tell you. Tourist trap. Food is sub-par at best. Stay away.

    22222 by Jason W.


  • Marc D.Go somewhere else...

    11111 by Marc D.


  • Kimberly B.Don't miss this bar- it is the best bar in America!

    55555 by Kimberly B.


  • Bennett J.Lobster roll. Yum!

    55555 by Bennett J.


  • Lauren H.Get the broiled scrod. It might change your life. A young Cod fish that is unique to Boston. Amazing tartar sauce too.

    55555 by Lauren H.


  • LaVaughn B.indeed, the clam chowder is great. So are the oyesters. The hot oyster sampler was just what I needed.

    55555 by LaVaughn B.


  • Sean O."Whomever said oysters are an aphrodisiac

    33333 by Sean O.


  • Paola V.The Newburg was out of this frigging world.

    33333 by Paola V.


  • Ian G.Unbelievable chowder! Best in town for sire

    55555 by Ian G.


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