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Union Oyster House

#163 of 2,525 Restaurants in Boston
₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, , Seafood
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
+1 617-227-2750
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“cornbread” (541 reviews)
“oysters” (1,166 reviews)
“chowder” (652 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

On a bus tour and this was our lunch stop. Set menu for lunch and it was great. Chowder, cornbread, fish and slaw. Cold beer as an extra. After we ate we had time to wonder around the building reading the memorabilia and snapping photos....More

1  Thank bad4bob
Reviewed yesterday

Definitely a highlight on the Boston Food Restaurant area. The age of the place is mind blowing, Food was incredible and the staff was 1st class. Great location in the middle of historic Boston

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The oldest restaurant and the place to gather. Lots of dining areas like bars where they prep oysters. Lots of antiques and objects of interest. The scrod was good. The Indian pudding reminds me of pumpkin pie that isn’t set up.

1  Thank Patti Beth A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Do you go here for a top notch dinner? No, for crying out loud it's an oyster house and the 2nd oldest restaurant in America. Go for the ambiance and sit at the raw bar and get some oysters, clams or shrimp with a beer....More

1  Thank Clarkvara
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ask to be seated in the Freedom Trail Room--so interesting and nostalgic, as we had just come off of the Trail that morning. The crab cakes are perfection. Cornbread as appetizer (free) and so tasty. We split a meal, as the cost was not cheap,...More

1  Thank palovelady
Reviewed 2 days ago

Traveled to Boston to take a cruise. Husband always wants to eat clam chowder when he's in the area & thinks Legal Seafood is the place to go. We did that in the Philly area several years ago, & I said no. I wanted to...More

1  Thank Christi M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We thought we would try this restaurant after seeing it in passing. We liked the historic nature of the building. It is rather dark inside. They only serve Boston made soft drinks which was interesting. I had the orange salmon with potatoes. It was ok....More

Thank c-racer-2000
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Even though the historic taverns near by were not busy this place had a 1.5 hour wait for dinner in the main restaurant so go early or make a reservation if able. We we're lucky to nab a spot at the bar (limited menu) and...More

1  Thank millergal88
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Union Oyster House is one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. It is a sprawling structure and has great historic decor. The food could be better, stick with the fresh fish and oysters.

Thank Stuart S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Interestingly, on TA - 74% of reviews list this restaurant as either excellent or good. These must be reviews by tourists. We were with some people that wanted to go to this restaurant { lunch } even against my suggestion and recommendation. As it turned...More

Thank Burton R
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pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
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6 August 2018|
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Response from 299michaele | Reviewed this property |
You don't need to eat bread with oysters.
25 June 2018|
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Response from Marjorie S | Reviewed this property |
You can access their full menu on their website. Yes, they have more than seafood. My husband's steak was overdone and tough, and my haddock was also overcooked and tough. So I am not recommending, but that is the... More
Nathalie W
17 May 2018|
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
Hi sorry no there isn't any valet parking. Parking per se in Boston is a problem
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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