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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!"(9 Tips)
    Rich H.
    "Get the Sam Adams Union Oyster House Colonial Ale."(6 Tips)
    Divya M.
    "Definitely have the amazing oysters and clam chowder."(40 Tips)
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  • 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 :)
    Upvoted May 3
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 3
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 27
    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.
  • 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!!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 28, 2011
    Building dates to 1714-17. UOH opened here 1826. Almost 1/2 of items on current menu were on 1st menu. 1st toothpick used here. Booth 18 upstairs is JFKs (who was a regular). More info in blog. <LINK> Read more
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Vianna D.
    Vianna DornheckerJuly 27, 2012
    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)
    Upvoted May 3
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Bianca M.
    They have an off the menu shrimp scampi which is phenomenal - definitely order it to share. And their martinis can't be beat!
  • Harlan E.
    Harlan ErskineApril 25, 2010
    Don't eat here. Such a tourist trap I loved the history of the building but the food was boring, bad & overpriced. It might as well have been a red lobster. Skip their food & just get a drink or two.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Tina Hui T.
    Tina Hui Tina HuiJuly 11, 2010
    Get the BEST oyster, clam chowder, lobster ravioli, corn bread and broiled lobster ever at America's Oldest Restaurant est. 1826. Definitely one to try.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • Mario M.
    Mario MartinezNovember 8, 2010
    Try the clam chowder (with oyster crackers, of course) after a long, cold, rainy day touring the city. It will be the best you'll ever taste!
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuApril 23
    This is the best damn clam chowder that you will ever have in your entire life I suggest going asap.
  • 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!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    King Louis-Philippe of France once lived on the 2nd floor. JFK was a regular. John Kerry is a regular. The oldest continuously operating restaurant in America is quintessential, historic New England.
  • Amanda B.
    Amanda BoutinNovember 17, 2012
    Go early and just get the chowder. Chowder is great, mussels were bland and our app with clams and oysters were over cooked not worth 90 dollars.
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™November 10, 2012
    Check out the artwork display on the walls that depict the landmarks along The Freedom Trail.
  • Ryosuke F.
    Ryosuke FNovember 27, 2011
    The food is excellent, but the service is horrible. Try the oysters, clam chowder, and lobsters, but don't expect any comfortable dinner time.
  • 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.
  • Q
    QJuly 7, 2012
    The clam chowder is awesome! When you get more clams than potatoes, you know you're in Boston!
  • 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.
  • @swemeatballs78
    @swemeatballs78March 2, 2011
    Go for the bluepoint and oysters here, best served across the seafoodbar. Also try the seafood platter if struggling to choose.
  • Rosanna W.
    Rosanna WangMay 13, 2011
    Interesting historical setting, but if you're here for oysters, save your money and head over to Island Creek Oyster Bar instead.
  • 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
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleySeptember 13, 2015
    Try the Sam Adams Colonial beer which is brewed solely for this restaurant and not sold anywhere else.
  • Connie L.
    Connie LuAugust 23, 2011
    Oldest restaurant in America and great lobster ravioli, definitely a must visit even if you're not a tourist.
  • DV G.
    DV Green🌀May 26, 2013
    The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House.
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WaltmanJune 18, 2013
    Seafood Newburg was excellent. I recommend reservations, even on a week night they were very busy.
  • Janelle B.
    Janelle BridsonJune 22, 2014
    Call ahead of time and ask for Stephanie to serve your table! She knows the meaning of "exceptional service"
  • 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.
  • Vaughn B.
    Vaughn BFebruary 1, 2012
    indeed, the clam chowder is great. So are the oyesters. The hot oyster sampler was just what I needed.
  • Victoria T.
    Victoria TuckerDecember 21, 2012
    Southerners beware, the clams have fat bellies...but if you get over the shock they are truly delicious!
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