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Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
+1 617-227-2750
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“cornbread” (596 reviews)
“oysters” (1,353 reviews)
“chowder” (690 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Food was lukewarm and took a long time to come out when ordered. Sat at the bar. Service was ok. Nobody in my party of 4 enjoyed their meal.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank AlexBost0n
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Other than being able to eat at America oldest restaurant it’s so not worth a stop. Ordered two drink specials and both couldn’t be finished due to taste. Ordered 1/2 dozen oyster and chowder that was mediocre at best. Plus food was way overpriced

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jason L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just have been at the bar for a few drinks with friends. Overall friendly staff. On the walls you are able to find a lot of historical and interesting information.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MrKnety
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Seriously the best clam chowder ever! Fried shrimp were fried to perfection too. Not that crazy about the fish and chips - couldn’t write home about them. But if you want to eat amid some true Boston history this is the place to go.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank carolynn877
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the oysters & mussels they were really good also had fish & chips which proved too much to eat but still good food

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KenB536
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I had only had lobster once before and my daughter had never had it, we were on holiday on a cruise and had the chance to go here. Absolutely beautiful. The lobster were fresh and beautifully cooked and so tasty. The atmosphere was friendly and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Kathy2209
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went here with some friends for dinner on a Saturday night. Just a tip, you need to make reservations as this place was packed! We were lucky to have one considering there were 6 of us. It's a big place with the tables packed and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank TFabgirl
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I don’t know if the history behind this restaurant or the food was better. I had their clam chowder soup and it was delicious. Definitely a must see if only for some oysters or a quick bowl of soup, after all it’s the oldest restaurant...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank manthony0527
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If not for its historic reputation, I wouldn’t recommend this place at all. We decided to visit this place because of its name thinking that it would be better than the other oyster places I’ve visited in Boston. The oysters were not at par at...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 2016Maytraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for dinner. The seafood chowder is not only the best in Boston, but the best on the planet! Do not miss this! The corn bread served with meals is also outstanding! I had the cioppino and my husband the lobster ravioli. Both were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank gatorcindy
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statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
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11 January 2019|
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Response from Lcbluize | Reviewed this property |
Sun–Thurs 11:00 am – 9:30 pm Fri–Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Union Bar 'til Midnight
7 October 2018|
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Response from luv2travel4evermore | Reviewed this property |
It's a very old building with close quarters, but I did see one room that appeared to be more spacious. I recommend calling the restaurant directly.
25 June 2018|
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Response from MizzerMizzy | Reviewed this property |
The cornbread is great! The cornbread can be eaten warm or plain. That's what makes it great!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2494
  • Public Transportation: Two options: Take the Blue or Green Line to Government Center. Walk down the stairs along the side of City Hall and cross Congress Street. We are across the street. Note we are across from the New England Holocaust Memorial. Or, take the Orange or Green Line to Haymarket,left on Congress,left on Hanover,right on Union.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-2750
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