Union Oyster House

Union Oyster House

Seafood Restaurant, Bar, and American Restaurant · Downtown Boston
41 Union St (at Hanover St), Boston, MA 02108, United States
Open until 9:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    "The oldest restaurant in America and also one of the best in Boston."(6 Tips)
    Rich H.
    "Get the Sam Adams Union Oyster House Colonial Ale."(6 Tips)
    Dana L.
    "Sit at the original wood oyster bar for good food and a show!"(8 Tips)
    Jose V.
    "Best clam chowder and crab cakes in the world!!!"(38 Tips)
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  • oysters
  • shellfish
  • restaurant in america
  • lobster
  • cornbread
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  • scallops
  • crab cakes
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  • Imen

    👌🏻lobster ravioli was ok

    Imen · 1 week ago
  • M T.

    Clam chowder and corn bread is a must! Darn good.

    M Taf · 2 weeks ago
  • M T.

    Amazing clam chowder. Just getting a cup is too small!

    M Taf · 2 weeks ago
  • Andrea E.

    The Unions Favorite is expensive and the crab cakes are mini.

    Andrea Egremy · 2 weeks ago
  • Laura C.

    Don't make a reservation, go early and sit at the bar! Order chowder and oysters!

    Laura Conti · October 17
  • Patrick H.

    Try the Sam Adams Colonial beer which is brewed solely for this restaurant and not sold anywhere else.

    Patrick Haley · September 13
  • Patrick H.

    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.

    Patrick Haley · September 13
  • Zeynep T.

    I highly recommend fried oyster & clam.

    Zeynep Tümerdem · August 31
  • Kaitlyn B.

    Only place you can get Sam Adams Colonial.

    Kaitlyn Burns · July 20
  • Nick M.

    The corn bread and broiled scallops!

    Nick Montalto · July 7
  • Denis B.

    One of the oldest pubs

    Denis Belanger · June 10
  • Alan M.

    Friendly and non-rushed service. Food was fresh, simple and tasty.

  • Claudio

    The latest lobster, the oysters and the shrimp were so delicious! The oldest restaurant in America and also one of the best in Boston.

    Claudio · April 19
  • Jason M.

    Incredible clam chowder!

    Jason Martin · April 14
  • Epicurious

    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

    Epicurious · January 27
  • Andrew B.

    It's worth it for the history! The chowda is great!

    Andrew Bestafka · January 18
  • Garry T.

    Chowder. Chowdah!

    Garry Tan · December 30, 2014
  • Mike M.

    Oysters oysters and oysters. Delicious!

    Mike M. · December 4, 2014
  • Alexandra M.

    Great staff

    Alexandra Mottern · November 30, 2014
  • James C.

    Expensive but really good food.

    James C · November 23, 2014
  • D B.

    Good chowder. Oysters are ok, but I would pass. Fried seafood platter was just ok too.

    D B · November 23, 2014
  • Daniel T.

    The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House. Read more

    Daniel Tewfik · November 21, 2014
  • Alexandre B.

    The oldest restaurant in USA is also the best way to be introduced to the traditional New England cuisine. Must go!

    Alexandre Barbosa · November 12, 2014
  • Maru E.

    Great service, food and drinks are good

    Maru Escandon · November 7, 2014
  • Divya M.

    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 :)

    Divya Mulanjur · October 31, 2014
  • Claire G.

    Disappointing food. Overpriced. We wasted a whole evening on this place.

    Claire Gillan · October 26, 2014
  • Rich H.

    Get the Sam Adams Union Oyster House Colonial Ale. It's the only place in the country that has it!

    Rich Hauck · October 13, 2014
  • Mike M.

    Everything including the amazing ambience

    Mike McDonough · September 30, 2014
  • Jeffrey G.

    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!

    Jeffrey Giles · September 25, 2014
  • Melike

    Thank you Jim after send the wrong plate ,send the correct one and accept that was your mistake and because of this do not charge the second beer and play Tarkan two times.

    Melike · September 17, 2014
  • Craig D.

    Oysters and chowder are great. Sit at the raw bar and let the staff educate you about Boston!

    Craig Desmarais · September 16, 2014
  • Tim B.

    The corn bread and chowder are dangerously delicious. Don't fill up and miss out on the amazing entrées.

    Tim Backus · September 13, 2014
  • Gwen C.

    Oldest restaurant in the United States! Delicious chowder and a fun place for history buffs

    Gwen Cummings · September 8, 2014
  • Benjamin S.

    Tom says is cool and along Freedom Trail

    Benjamin Standefer · September 6, 2014
  • Neal R.

    Lobster of course :-)

    Neal R · August 29, 2014
  • Hiroaki T.

    Lazy man lobstar

    Hiroaki Tsumori · August 28, 2014
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    Check out Union Oyster House as seen on Food Paradise Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Sabrina S.

    Clam chowder and lobster ravioli was amazing!

    Sabrina Stoltzman · August 25, 2014
  • Harumi U.

    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.

    Harumi U · August 18, 2014
  • Monica C.

    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.

    Monica C · August 17, 2014
  • Kevin C.

    Chowder is fantastic as is the corn bread that comes with every meal. It's also the birthplace of the toothpick

    Kevin Chupka · August 16, 2014
  • Muhammed B.

    The oldest restaurant in the USA. I had eaten oyster there but I do not like it.

    Muhammed Bulut · August 11, 2014
  • Cindy C.

    Awesome New England Clam Chowder!

    Cindy C-E · August 7, 2014
  • Chris G.

    The Chowder, the Cornbread. Calamari was delicious. Decent beer selection.

    Chris Gauvin · August 6, 2014
  • PinkMohawk C.

    Food was pretty good. Chowder was good, scallops were tasty but only 4 half dollar size for the meal is a bit light for the price.

    PinkMohawk Chance · July 28, 2014
  • John Z.

    Very casual great historical significance

    John Ziemblicki Sr · July 21, 2014
  • Maureen S.

    Historic and interesting... Food wasn't that great.

    Maureen Soules · July 9, 2014
  • Janelle B.

    Call ahead of time and ask for Stephanie to serve your table! She knows the meaning of "exceptional service"

    Janelle Bridson · June 22, 2014
  • Christopher M.

    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!!

    Christopher Michael · June 11, 2014
  • Kristine S.

    Eat the grilled oysters!

    Kristine Smith · May 26, 2014

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