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Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Seafood Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Downtown Boston, Boston
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  • Claudio
    "The oldest restaurant in America and also one of the best in Boston."(7 Tips)
    Dana L.
    "Sit at the original wood oyster bar for good food and a show!"(10 Tips)
    Divya M.
    "Definitely have the amazing oysters and clam chowder."(42 Tips)
    Rich M.
    "Fresh cod with New England mashed potatoes and cornbread."(24 Tips)
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  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorFebruary 11
    Extraordinary local oyster offerings and don't miss the grilled oysters (oysters grilled with cheese, a bit of wine and parsley), the gratis cornbread and the special Sam Adams colonial ale.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurOctober 31, 2014
    Loved it. Sit at the oyster bar. the oyster shucking guy was a delight. Even showed us a trained lobster! Definitely have the amazing oysters and clam chowder. We got complimentary corn bread too :)
  • Chris D.
    Chris DavisOctober 3, 2016
    I love history. And this place has obvi had a fair share of visitors in the past. It's really big for an old historic location. AMAZING seafood and not to mention love cared in a great part of Boston
  • Na H.
    Na HuangSeptember 13, 2013
    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!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MichaelJune 11, 2014
    The Asst Mgr, Sue, is awesome & knows superb customer service! Best damn "chowdah" I've ever had. Tons of history here & the ambience is like stepping back in time. Union Special Lobster! Do it!!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 27, 2016
    Try the New England Shore Dinner - 4th of 4 lobster dinners I ate in Boston, but by far the prettiest. Lobster, mussels, clam chowder, corn, potatoes and cornbread. YUM. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilesSeptember 25, 2014
    We really enjoyed this pub as the longest continuously operating eatery in the US. Oysters were fresh and chilled to perfection!! Sam Adams Lager (crafted for Union Oyster House) was refreshing!
  • David G.
    David GraciaDecember 30, 2012
    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.
  • Claudio
    ClaudioApril 19, 2015
    The latest lobster, the oysters and the shrimp were so delicious! The oldest restaurant in America and also one of the best in Boston.
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloSeptember 1, 2012
    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.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CAugust 17, 2014
    Oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. There was a bit of a wait (understandably) to be seated. Food was delicious (be sure to try the corn bread!) Service was friendly.
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيال
    Oldest restaurant in Boston. Loved the classic old atmosphere. Food was tasty but requires more attention to details & presentation skills.
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.May 18, 2013
    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.
  • Eric G.
    Eric GrayOctober 12, 2013
    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.
  • Vianna D.
    Vianna DornheckerJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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)
  • Bianca M.
    Bianca McLarenMay 11, 2016
    They have an off the menu shrimp scampi which is phenomenal - definitely order it to share. And their martinis can't be beat!
  • Hoang P.
    Hoang PhanSeptember 2, 2013
    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!
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyFebruary 14
    Hey, its history. You're in Boston. You don't wanna ignore history, do you? (The food isn't great but it's still worth your time, plus it's hard to mess up oysters).
  • Alexandre B.
    Alexandre BarbosaNovember 12, 2014
    The oldest restaurant in USA is also the best way to be introduced to the traditional New England cuisine. Must go!
  • DJ F.
    DJ FluxNovember 10, 2012
    Check out the cool little artwork recreations of each stop on the Freedom Trail in the room off to the left when you enter.
  • Megan S.
    Megan SimkusAugust 18, 2016
    Clam chowder is incredible - comes w cornbread and butter. Also there's a dark Sam Adams beer, Constitution, made only for them that pairs beautifully.
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MitchellSeptember 26, 2012
    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.
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuApril 23, 2016
    This is the best damn clam chowder that you will ever have in your entire life I suggest going asap.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleySeptember 13, 2015
    If the wait is too long just have a seat at the bar and have dinner. The bartenders were fun to speak with and had a lot of great suggestions.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    You can sit downstairs if you're just looking for bar service (oysters, chowder, beer) and skip some of the line.
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYAugust 26, 2010
    It has been open to diners since 1826 & is known as the oldest restaurant in the United States of America. In 1796 Louis Philippe, King of France in 1830, lived in exile on the second floor.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerMay 19, 2014
    If you're a history buff, request the Kennedy Booth. Upstairs on the back right, it seats 6 and was the preferred spot of JFK when he came to visit.
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™November 10, 2012
    Check out the artwork display on the walls that depict the landmarks along The Freedom Trail.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 18, 2014
    They may not have the best seafood but you come here for the experience. And when you do that, make sure to have a reservation. Otherwise wait could be long.
  • John L.
    John LFebruary 10, 2013
    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.
  • Qingxun
    QingxunOctober 24, 2016
    Oyster bar, shucked Brewsters, steamed 2-pounder lobsters and Sam Adams ale! Crowded every time!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousJanuary 27, 2015
    The oldest restaurant in Boston and oldest continuously operating restaurant in America is where you go when you're jonesing for a taste of New England. Read more
  • Q
    QJuly 7, 2012
    The clam chowder is awesome! When you get more clams than potatoes, you know you're in Boston!
  • K-Ro
    K-RoJune 30, 2013
    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"
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BellSeptember 19, 2012
    Untouched colonial architecture... which is a rarity even in the heart of Boston. Worth a visit for that atmosphere alone.
  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FosterJanuary 2, 2012
    The cornbread is fantastic as well as the chowder...BUT Avoid having to use the bathroom! Very tight and small and not very tidy...probably like it has been since indoor plumbing existed!
  • Magda C.
    Magda CarrDecember 27, 2013
    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
  • Dorotea P.
    Had a sea food platter for dinner and was quite disappointed. The portion is really big but the food kinda tasteless . Interior is really nice and cute though, friendly staff.
  • Ale
    AleAugust 9, 2016
    Oyster amaZing,mussels -I'm in love... Grate atmosphere..
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HartFebruary 6, 2012
    Get the broiled scrod. It might change your life. A young Cod fish that is unique to Boston. Amazing tartar sauce too.
  • Wally L.
    Wally LeChatApril 11, 2016
    Oysters and chowdah! An excellent diversion. 190 year old circular oyster bar a great treat.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BackusSeptember 13, 2014
    The corn bread and chowder are dangerously delicious. Don't fill up and miss out on the amazing entrées.
  • Nancy D.
    Nancy DeolMay 24, 2011
    Have a pint & get your Parcel 7 parking validated. Our $16 parking was magically transformed into a much improved $3 fare. Best part - The Colonial Ale!
  • Rich H.
    Rich HauckOctober 13, 2014
    Get the Sam Adams Union Oyster House Colonial Ale. It's the only place in the country that has it!
  • DV G.
    DV Green🌀May 26, 2013
    The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House.
  • hkevinchu
    hkevinchuAugust 9, 2013
    Call ahead and make a reservation to dine in The Kennedy Booth and soak up a little bit of history.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 16, 2014
    Oysters and chowder are great. Sit at the raw bar and let the staff educate you about Boston!
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WaltmanJune 18, 2013
    Seafood Newburg was excellent. I recommend reservations, even on a week night they were very busy.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MontielAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Drew M.
    Drew MDecember 27, 2016
    Crab cake appetizer, corn bread, and pan seared shrimp over rice were all good. Baked scrod was cooked well, but lacked flavor.
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