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#109 of 1 862 Restaurants in Boston

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US$25 - US$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We've been to Union Oyster House once before - many years ago when we first started traveling in earnest so it's not like we had to come but Cliff and his wife had never been so we did. Afterwards, I was left asking myself why?...It was a rainy Sunday and we walked in and the hostess was instantly aloof. She said it would be a 45 minute wait so we put ourselves down on the waitlist and walked around the North End for a little bit. We got a lobster tail (pastry, not seafood) from Bova's which may have been the best thing we ate that evening. 45plus minutes came and we decided to just check the hostess ourselves instead of waiting for the text. Aloof again, after checking ourselves, a text from the hostess magically came saying our table was ready. Our server seemed relatively inexperienced and service was a touch spotty. Me and the missus ordered drinks, Cliff got an iced tea. Not too many suggestions from the server so we just picked the things on the menu we wanted. We got a dozen oysters and a dozen clams to start. Cliff's wife wanted the lobster roll and soup. My gf wanted the butterflied shrimp. Cliff and I both got the fried seafood platter and clam chowder. The server forgot Cliff's drink until we reminded them. The raw stuff came and was actually really good. The server then brought the cornbread which was mediocre. TBH, cornbread from BBQ's in NY is better. The server then brought the clam chowder for me and Cliff's wife but forgot Cliff's until we reminded them. After we finished the raw stuff and our cornbread and clam chowders, the server brought the entrees. My fried seafood platter was pretty bad - almost like everything was fried previously and then sat there waiting for someone to order it. Unfortunately, those 2 someones were Cliff and me. During dinner, another table asked the server if the Boston baked beans were authentic and our server deserves praise for being honest and they said no unequivocally. While the food was blah, we did eat a ton leaving no room for dessert. Terrible hostess, spotty service, worst food on this trip - stay away from Union Oyster House. Our Revolutionary War heroes would want no part of what claims to be America's oldest restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife & I visited Boston for the first time over Memorial Day weekend and had lunch at Union Oyster House on the recommendation of a friend. We were glad we listened. The atmosphere inside "America's oldest restaurant" was perfect- historical but not shabby or...run-down. And the food was fantastic. Excellent clam chowder to start, then my wife had a shrimp & scallop dish that she couldn't stop talking about, while I had delicious blackened fresh catch (haddock). Our waiter could not have been more pleasant or helpful. Will definitely be back the next time we return to Boston.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in town on a trip. Made a reservation and enjoyed no wait. Clam chowder was outstanding. My son loves chowder, loved this. We did the seafood feast and split it. Fed both of us. Lots of variety My wife and other son split...the crab cakes and baked beans. Crab cakes were full of lumps of crabs. Our waitress was very nice and came by a lot. The history of the place made this so coolMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I went to celebrate being together 30 years / really nice place with lots of history / enjoyed talking with very friendly staff, food was excellent (Dalmon and crab cakes)!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch was delicious. We shared the clam chowder and fisherman’s platter. The corn bread is award winning . Seafood was fresh and good

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Horrible experience, was seated outside with my wife on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 noon time to be told by host that restaurant manager would not allow us to seat were we had already been seated outdoors...BAD, BAD BUSINESS 👎 👎 One would think that in...these times, especially restaurants would want any business they can obtain....Guesses NOT with this Place, good thing a restaurant just down the way had much friendlier service by far, btw will be reposting this review in many media outlets, Good DayMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lobster was cooked to perfection. The oysters were perfect. The service from Richelle was outstanding. My wife wants to be part of the family.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 5 May 2021

Had dinner here on Friday April 30. Service and food was average. Nothing spectacular. However, really enjoyed the atmosphere and history. It's worth it just for that.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 9 April 2021 via mobile

Staff was very accommodating to my mother in a wheelchair. Wheelchair friendly bathroom. Good food! Server brought us info on the history of the restaurant. Very cool! Fried seafood platter was yummy!

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021

A very pleasant visit. It is a historic building, where the booth that President Kennedy preferred is preserved. The ambiance is very nice, with friendly staff. And the oysters are to die for! A must for any Boston visitor.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Response from mercynurse62 | Reviewed this property |
No I didn't need a reservation-Just showed up!
11 January 2019|
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Response from Lcbluize | Reviewed this property |
Sun–Thurs 11:00 am – 9:30 pm Fri–Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Union Bar 'til Midnight
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Response from luv2travel4evermore | Reviewed this property |
It's a very old building with close quarters, but I did see one room that appeared to be more spacious. I recommend calling the restaurant directly.
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Union Oyster House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4