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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.
    Upvoted May 10
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™November 10, 2012
    Check out the artwork display on the walls that depict the landmarks along The Freedom Trail.
  • 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.
  • 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"
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ale
    AleAugust 9, 2016
    Oyster amaZing,mussels -I'm in love... Grate atmosphere..
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Wally L.
    Wally LeChatApril 11, 2016
    Oysters and chowdah! An excellent diversion. 190 year old circular oyster bar a great treat.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Valerie W.
    Valerie WaltmanJune 18, 2013
    Seafood Newburg was excellent. I recommend reservations, even on a week night they were very busy.
  • 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.
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KuznetsovAugust 14, 2012
    Ask about special photo with huge lobster from pool opposite oyster bar. Great idea, thanks to staff !
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleySeptember 13, 2015
    Try the Sam Adams Colonial beer which is brewed solely for this restaurant and not sold anywhere else.
  • 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
  • A&B American Style
    A&B American StyleJanuary 27, 2014
    Oyster is in its name, but don't miss the clam chowder and make sure to BYO Pepper Sauce Read more
  • Victoria T.
    Victoria TuckerDecember 21, 2012
    Southerners beware, the clams have fat bellies...but if you get over the shock they are truly delicious!
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 8, 2014
    Oldest restaurant in the United States! Delicious chowder and a fun place for history buffs
  • Demps C.
    Demps ChongOctober 24, 2012
    Seafood Newburg generous and filling meal. Great service and historic restaurant well-preserved.
  • 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.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MathiasFebruary 29, 2012
    An absolute must, especially for anyone new to Boston! Can't go wrong with just oysters and clam chowder!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Laura C.
    Laura ContiOctober 17, 2015
    Don't make a reservation, go early and sit at the bar! Order chowder and oysters!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChupkaAugust 16, 2014
    Chowder is fantastic as is the corn bread that comes with every meal. It's also the birthplace of the toothpick
  • Swemeatballs ..
    Swemeatballs .March 2, 2011
    Go for the bluepoint and oysters here, best served across the seafoodbar. Also try the seafood platter if struggling to choose.
  • 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.
  • Colin D.
    Colin DevonshireMarch 17, 2011
    Who cares about the tourists? Sit at the raw bar for a half dozen oysters, bowl of chowder and a Sam Adams. Best lunch in the world.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BoenischSeptember 6, 2011
    Oldest restaurant on the country and the best fahkin' clam chowdah you have evah had. The oystahs ah wicked good too.
  • Laarnee
    LaarneeOctober 27, 2013
    Get a table upstais. Wam, cozy, and ancient😉
  • Danielle A.
    Danielle AluraOctober 16, 2012
    Best oyster experience in Boston. Tiny little 10 seater bar and great company
  • 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"
  • Stella K.
    Stella KNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the butter, and have the boiled lobster with veggies!
  • Jillian P.
    Jillian PennymanDecember 9, 2011
    The clam chowder was amazing! Other menu items weren't too bad. I would recommend the calamari as well.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LawlessJuly 10, 2013
    Good seafood in the oldest restaurant in America! Great building. Samuel Adams was a frequent visitor back in the day.
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesNovember 3, 2011
    A regular customer at the Union Oyster House, John F. Kennedy enjoyed lobster stew while reading the newspaper in his favorite booth upstairs in the Pine Room.
  • Mary K.
    Mary KoJune 12, 2016
    Sitting upstairs transports you back a few hundred years! Good food. Awkward staff.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikNovember 21, 2014
    The toothpick was said to have been popularized in America starting at the Oyster House. Read more
  • Dale S.
    Dale SDecember 8, 2012
    Like other folks said, get the clam chowder. Also, swordfish broiled is pretty baller.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DazeMay 1, 2013
    Blackened Scallops are spicy and amazing. Clam Chowder is sooooo good.
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PyneMay 19, 2013
    The middle-aged Oyster shucker guy at the bar is a total asshole. I guess I would be too if I had to shuck oysters all day.
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShorbApril 3, 2014
    Food was not overly impressive. Go for oysters, beer, and the atmosphere.
  • Rich M.
    Rich MayerSeptember 9, 2016
    Go for lunch. Fresh cod with New England mashed potatoes and cornbread. Maybe some chowder.
  • Bob
    BobApril 26, 2013
    Excellent food. No one leaves hungry!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 8, 2011
    "Whomever said oysters are an aphrodisiac has clearly never left their Oyster doggie bag in their car on a hot Summer day." - Conan O'Brien
  • 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.
  • Steve G.
    Steve GalgonJune 21, 2011
    Crab cakes... Lobster cakes... Fish cakes. Its all good. And don't forget a bowl of CHOWD-AH.
  • Alan M.
    Alan MalabananMay 3, 2015
    Friendly and non-rushed service. Food was fresh, simple and tasty.
  • 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.
  • Tania Y.
    Tania YoloAugust 5, 2016
    A bit of tourist trap, you should make reservations to avoid waiting. Seafood medley pasta dish was delicious
  • Mike M.
    Mike M.December 4, 2014
    Oysters oysters and oysters. Delicious!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Chris G.
    Chris GauvinAugust 6, 2014
    The Chowder, the Cornbread. Calamari was delicious. Decent beer selection.
  • Patty S.
    Patty SmithAugust 21, 2016
    Grab a seat at the bar at the oldest restaurant in Boston and have an oyster shooter!
  • Jon L.
    Jon LoginsApril 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Come to the Union Bar and grab some chowder and a cold, refreshing beer. Always a good time!
  • mary
    maryApril 15, 2014
    Amazing seafood in a histric restaurant :) a must eat in boston :)
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BestafkaJanuary 18, 2015
    It's worth it for the history! The chowda is great!
  • 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.
  • Deryl B.
    Deryl BenoitJuly 9, 2011
    Ask for a free refill on the chowder. Best unadvertised promotion ever!
  • Martin H.
    Martin HanniganNovember 6, 2010
    Ask for Jimmy at the raw bar. And don't be a tourist: get the oysters. You only live once!
  • M T.
    M TafNovember 9, 2015
    Amazing clam chowder. Just getting a cup is too small!
  • Paulinnate
    PaulinnateMarch 4, 2012
    Try the Oyster Shooter - Best night cap. Spicy. Lemon & salty fresh. Big ups
  • Melike
    MelikeSeptember 17, 2014
    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.
  • BP
    BPMay 14
    Ostras, salmão grelhado, carne com molho BBQ, ótimas cervejas, Restaurante com perto de 200 anos e Edifício Histórico com idade ainda superior! História, comida e ambiente fantásticos!
  • Francisco C.
    Francisco CoronaMarch 11, 2016
    Te reciben con un pan de maíz calentito. Recomiendo la sopa de cangrejo y la langosta. La atención es buena. El lugar muy agradable
  • Giorgio G.
    Giorgio GiordaniAugust 18, 2013
    Locale meraviglioso! Sedete al bancone e ordinate ostriche, ve le aprono davanti gli occhi. Chiede poi "one cup of cream" resterete a bocca aperta!
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