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Union Oyster House

) #66 of 2,435 Restaurants in Boston $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
+1 617-227-2750
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“cornbread” (459 reviews)
“oysters” (1,025 reviews)
“chowder” (644 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a top notch place for seafood. We tried a variety of items, such as Fried Calamari, Clam Chowder, Raw Oysters and all were outstanding in freshness and flavor. We shared the large Broiled Seafood platter, and the variety of fish, scallops, shrimp, etc....More

1  Thank PhilViking
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The oldest continuous operating business in the United States. Bring your wallet but the atmosphere and bragging rights are worth it. Do not take a table! Sit at the raw bar and watch the gentlemen work.

Thank Alex B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Loved the corn bread and loved the chowder! Everyone at our table loved their food. My nephew had steak and it was wonderful, my sisters lobster was delicious! No wonder it's still around after all these years the food is wonderful. The restaurant is small...More

Thank Nanney12
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Omg awesome clam chowder. My daughter had it 2 days in a row to go! They give you warm corn bread too! Fantastic food and great history.

1  Thank a b
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very good food and service (at the bar). The fried clam strips were a real treat as was the chowder. The old fashioned gingerbread was a colonial era throwback and a highlight. The restaurant was very crowded for a Monday lunch but, happily, the full...More

1  Thank TouringLawyer
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent oyster bar, just about 10 steps from the Freedom Trail in Old Town. When in Boston, I try to make a stop here, for the oysters and the history. It's easy to get to on foot, and very popular. Long waits normal, but going...More

1  Thank verdiron
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the oldest restaurant in America -- you can't miss this! The food was good, but didn't knock our socks off. Crispy fish and chips. The NW clam chowder was tasty. Service was average. It would be charming if the servers offered some history...More

Thank CarrotSoup67
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Clam chowder excellent! Waitress seemed pissed off entire time and so rude like most Boston restaurants. Oysters expensive but large and delicious! My husbands lobster roll was just ok. My crab cake sandwich same thing-just ok. I would go again for the bowl of clam...More

Thank amy3323
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sat for lunch where JFK would eat. Beer good. Chowder bowl and mussels app very good. Lobster roll great. Fries not hot and mushy. Server was great. Not cheap but eat here at least once while visiting. Historic

Thank Jackman1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Union Oyster House is one of the oldest restaurants in Boston, the food is exceptional and the service is the best.

1  Thank Joseph T
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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28 July 2017|
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Response from Veronica B | Reviewed this property |
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2 October 2016|
Response from Lois H | Reviewed this property |
Sunday through Thursday open til 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday open til 10:00 according to their web site. I would go online to: the restaurant online reservation service and make my reservation through them. Easy, free... More
25 October 2015|
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Response from trvl60601 | Reviewed this property |
90 days in advance I believe
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
  • Public Transportation: Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-2750
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