Union Oyster House

(617) 227-2750 | View Website

41 Union St, Boston, MA | Directions   02108

42.361276 -71.057001

Open Hours

Sun- Thurs 11am - 9:30pm

Fri- Sat 11am -10pm

 
Seafood, Chowder, Traditional American  more

Tags: Dine At The Bar, Celeb Hangout, Business Dining, Group Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion Dining, Local Favorite, Private Rooms, Historic Setting

Price: $$$

Payment Methods: Travelers Check, MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diners Club

Categories: Banquet Rooms, Restaurants

Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central

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Union Oyster House
Union Oyster House
Union Oyster House
Union Oyster House

From The Owners of Union Oyster House

The country's oldest restaurant in continuous service lures touristy crowds with its fresh seafood and award-winning chowder.(857) 264-2380

Menu
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Fried "Crispy" Calamari, Union Grilled Oysters, Basque Style, Natural Broth, Oyster House Clam Chowder, Fish Chowder, Soup of the Day, Onion Soup Gratinee, Freshly Shucked Oysters (1/2 Doz.)... more

Reviews for Union Oyster House

Recommends

Union Oyster House is, as you will be frequently reminded, the oldest restaurant in the USA. It's certain that if you go here for a beer and a plate of oysters, and breathe its ancient air, you will be a better American for having done so.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Union Oyster House – THE BEST CLAM CHOWDER EVER!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not impressed – I found the restaurant extremely dirty. The servers do not clean the tables well. The food was not prepared well, and came to us cold. I did not eat the oysters because they were warm. The atmosphere didn't impress me either.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Union Oyster - overpriced tourist trap - don't waste your $$ – We brought my sister and her family here on Sat 7/30/11, as they were visiting from out of town. The food was TERRIBLE and OVERPRICED. We were HIGHLY disappointed in the restaurant taking full advantage of their 'oldest restaurant' status. So sad that this has turned into another TOURIST TRAP RIP OFF......It could be so much better as the character of the building should match the quality of the food. The calamari and seafood entrees were greasy, and nothing special, and the oysters were overpriced and presented terribly (not over ice - with only plastic container of cocktail sauce, no horseradish, mignonette or anything..) Very disappointed...I wouldn't waste your money here...it's too bad...

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great food is worth the long wait – The food was great. I went with some friends and we all had different seafood dishes and I was able to taste a bunch of them, they all were great. The prices are fair, the only downside is that there is a long wait if you go on weekends.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Mmmmmmm – This place is delicious. i went out here with my boyfriend a few nights ago and we had the best oysters ive had in a looong time. If you go get the, duh, oysters. or at least the platter with the oysters. Its also really cool how old the place is, like 1800 or something. The area is really fun to go out afterwards too, especially if your visiting Boston on vacation go check out the area, very Boston.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Must-Try Seafood and Clam Chowder – This is America's oldest restaurant and it has visitors ranging from politicians, historical figures to celebrities. With a great history behind it, Union Oyster House has been featured in Travel channel and Food Network. Therefore, it is one of my must-visit stop to Boston despite some mediocre reviews I saw.

It looks like this restaurant still keeps it old design and decor with some posters and photos of celebrities who came to dine here. They have a bar on the first floor and quieter dining areas and private party rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor. After an hour or so wait, we finally got seated and our waiter was super friendly and nice.

Since I don't eat oysters, I have my boyfriend do the honor for me, ordering a dozen of the native oysters. We also shared a bowl of their famous Clam Chowder. For entree, he got the boiled Seafood Platter and I got the Seafood Newburg.

The clam chowder is very thick and creamy. They definitely add a ton of heavy cream in it and it is undoubtedly tasty. Honestly, I think they could add more clams. Oysters on the other hand, according to my boyfriend, are very fresh and contain little after-taste. I really like my entree, Seafood Newburg. It is consist of shrimp, lobster meat and scallops sauteed in creamy sauce with a cream puff and side of rice pilaf. They gave you a generous portion of seafood and the creamy sauce is just perfect.

The boiled seafood platter is amazing too. They gave you salmon, scallops, sword fish and shrimps with potatoes. My boyfriend and I were both stuffed at the end. What do we think of Union Oyster House? It serves pretty damn good seafood and just think about the fact that JFK, Sam Adam and other famous people used to dine here, I could say I have been here too!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best sea food and atmosphere in boston – If you want a coke and a smile go to the mid-west. Your in an old dirty building on the east coast in a city rich in american history and Boston attitude. I eat there ever time Im in town and its always good.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Gone Down Hill .... Expensive , Poor Service, Lousy Food – The group that owns the Union Oyster House does not compare to the Father and Son who owned it up until the mid 1970's... back then the food was great... the wait staff had been there forever and it was a career and not just an annoying "job". The management is uncaring--- after the buck-- and move on .... They do not know good old fashioned New England Cooking.... the owners are not familiar with this type of food ... maybe they should turn it into a spaghetti emporium, some kind of cookery they are actually familiar with. Go to any other Boston seafood eatery...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst restaurant ever – Why this place was praised so much as a must come to see for Boston ? Besides, its history, I don't think the place and the food are worth the trip. The foods were awful and expensive. The drinks were bad, but still better than the food and you have to wait longer than 30 minutes to get to their tiny dining room upstair when they stacked people into isolated corner and you waited forever for the waiters to notice you are there, since they are not really busy.

My worst experience so far in a Boston's restaurant.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Dirty – Not sure what all the hype is. Not traditional New England seafood . It's for out of towners.. that do not know where to get good New England Seafood. Anyone can get Chowder from a can, and through some clams in it!!!! Not worth the $$$$.

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