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Select Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
1716 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Select Oyster Bar, the first solo venture from chef Michael Serpa, is a neighborhood oyster bar & seafood restaurant in the heart of Back Bay. Select offers fresh, local seafood with Mediterranean influences in a cozy brownstone space. A carefully curated raw bar, creative crudo, and thoughtful fish entrees round out the menu. A seafood centric wine program feature classic pairings as well as off the beaten path selections is the center of the beverage program, alongside artisan cocktails and craft beer.

Food & Wine America's Best New Wine Bars, Boston Mag Best New Restaurant & Best Wine Program, Improper Bostonian Best Seafood.


After 15 minutes past reservation time, we may seat your table. Please call us if you are running a bit late.

If you do not find the time slot you are looking for, give us a ring 857-239-8064.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (857) 239-8064

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Michael Serpa

  • Private party facilities

    Private functions for groups of up to 30 in our back dining room and groups of 60 for full buyout. Visit SelectOyster.com for private events information and pricing.

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Between Newbury and Boylston Streets

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking as well as many lots nearby.

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Hynes Convention or Copley Square<br />Orange Line: Back Bay Station<br />#1 Bus, Mass Ave + Newbury; Airport Shuttle to Hynes Convention

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,716 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. S

    Sammy

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service level does not match the 20% automatic tip plus 3% operational fee.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service at the Bar, good experience overall
  3. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun and energetic atmosphere with very attentive service!
  4. C

    Claire

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful evening at Select! The drinks were delicious (including the nonalcoholic cocktails), the food was impeccable, and the service was just the right amount of attentive. We will definitely be returning soon and highly recommend!!
  5. d

    davidj

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s ALL that —- the stars are accurate for sure.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and outstanding food! Was recommended to me by a friend and I’ll happily do the same.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal! Oysters were primo!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Octopus salad and Salmon crudo was very good and made up for lack of service
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was exceptional and I would highly recommend! We ordered oysters, ceviche, grilled octopus, beet salad, hamachi crudo, and roasted cauliflower. If we could pass on one item next time it would probably be the ceviche, but it was still good. Everything else was 5 star.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service!
  11. CR

    CarlR

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Made a reservation well in advance for an indoor table for Father's Day, but we were seated at the bar, which was not particularly comfortable and did not enhance the dining experience. Ordered one appetizer (outstanding hamachi) that came promptly and then waited an hour for our main dishes. Signature dish the roasted sea bream was cooked perfectly but lacked seasoning and the underlying vegetables were oily. For the prices they charge I expected better.
  12. AL

    AlexL

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, very fresh, cool atmosphere. Ben gave great service and was very helpful.
  13. TD

    TimothyD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food and wonderful wait staff. This is was my second time eating here and will be back again! Love their food, service and atmosphere!
  14. PG

    PGH93

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The restaurant is lively. If you can’t hear - sit outside. Seafood is pricey, but delicious. Be prepared - it is only a fish restaurant. No desserts available. But we were a group of 10. We were well attended. And all thought the food was delicious,
  15. JK

    JeanineK

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect night--best food and staff and great weather--a joy that we try to repeat frequently
  16. SS

    SeanS

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    I know it was the weather but the back area was too hot and humid, need to improve air flow back there. Oh and it's loud, that should be pointed out because we invited work guests. We tried to have a conversation but it was impossible. Our waiter seemed annoyed at us from the start, maybe our sweating?? and actually told us we had to leave once we finished our food, no desert or after dinner drinks allowed I guess. Food was good though. Place has great reviews but this night it just didn't mesh with what we expected.
  17. DM

    DeirdreM

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious! Everything we ate was wonderfully prepared. Our server was helpful and attentive.. I would recommend to friends.
  18. l

    linda

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food all the time. Excellent service as well. No ambiance, but good vibe and energy!
  19. s

    samanthas

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most amazing food. Filled with so many flavours, worth every dollar spent!
  20. YS

    YoSoyFiesta

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was truly an outstanding meal. Oysters, clams, ceviche, etc. Seafood prepared in all different fashions, but all of it was fantastic. The highlight was likely a hamachi crudo. Also they had an incredible daiquiri on the menu. The indoor space is small and fairly crowded, but was very lively on this evening.
  21. DF

    DonnaF

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding food, great service. Very tight and crowded though
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Really fresh seafood and ambiance but the service needs to be faster. Will go back for sure.
  23. AA

    AndreaA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    First they don't tell you that they sit you at the counter if you are a party of two. I booked a table for two to find myself in a super small counter seat, so small that i was constantly hitting my neighbor's elbow. Food was ok, oysters were not properly opened, food was poorly served, they sent one appetizer at a time, unacceptable for a place this expensive. Then they force you to pay a completely unjustified 20% tip. I will definitely not go back to this place
  24. JM

    JoeM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this on Open Table. Raced to make it there for a 9 PM reservation. We were a few minutes late and it was the last seating. The staff was outstanding and accomodating. The food was even better than we had hoped. The next day we spoke to some friends from Boston (we had driven up from Philadelphia and arrived just in time for dinner) and they all said. "we love that place" when we told them where we went. We agree and will be back the next time we head to Boston.
  25. AB

    AilsaB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible oysters and crudo and a really fun environment
  26. DP

    DanielleP143

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such good food and such an accommodating waiter and staff overall. Incredible
  27. j

    jbfaz

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pretty pricey but food was definitely really really good and once our table was ready the service was good. I appreciate the big wine pour!
  28. R

    Rilee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food, but very tight quarters in terms of seating. Not the place to go if you're trying to have a quiet meal.
  29. HW

    HWRR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous dining. Music is a little too loud, but all else was wonderful.
  30. M

    Matty

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is hands down one of the best restaurants in Boston on ALL levels. I have lived in Boston for 30 years. This restaurant NEVER Disappoints.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great wines and super friendly service
  32. EL

    EnriqueL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! We tried all 6 type of oysters, the octopus and the halibut. Everything was exceptional. Service was great. We sat outside so it could get noisy with all the traffic but overall would 100% recommend.
  33. K

    Kevin

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was great when I ate there 4 years ago and was great again yesterday-great food, awesome oysters, great service, fun place
  34. MO

    MichaelO

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food and drinks. EVERYTHING on menu is excellent...but you definitely pay a premium for that quality.
  35. E

    Erin

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overall I really enjoyed my dinner at Select Oyster Bar. My party and I sat at an outdoor table, which was a bit cramped but did the trick - So lovely to eat al fresco in the city on a warm summer night. I noticed on the website before I came that a 20% tip is added to every bill, which is always typically a signal to me that the service might not end up being great - In my experience, servers who don't need to work for their tips don't try as hard. My prediction was pretty spot on - Our waiter was totally disinterested in us and not enthusiastic at all. When I needed a refill I made a point to make direct eye contact with him a couple of times and he completely ignored me.. Kind of disappointing. Not outright rude, but not great. The food, however, was absolutely spectacular. Really top-notch, fresh seafood. Very pricey, but I think justified. And the ambience, decor and set-up of the inside is divine. Really swanky, sophisticated vibes. I will definitely go back. 4/5 stars.
  36. SC

    StephenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good cocktails and oysters but incredible octopus app !
  37. SV

    SawyerV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food! Great service and amazing location. Lots of outdoor space options as well!
  38. SM

    SheilaM

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food really really good expensive but worth it for a treat. Wine expensive
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a big lunch. Came here for dinner and had the anchovies and the mussels. It was perfect. Highly recommend
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent . Food was very good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Select Oyster Bar using the Order Online button. Select Oyster Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 239-8064.

Select Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1716 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 61 times today
Google Map for Select Oyster Bar

50 Gloucester Street Boston, MA 02115

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Newbury and Boylston Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered Street Parking as well as many lots nearby.

  • Public transit

    Green Line: Hynes Convention or Copley SquareOrange Line: Back Bay Station#1 Bus, Mass Ave + Newbury; Airport Shuttle to Hynes Convention

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Michael Serpa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (857) 239-8064

  • Private party facilities

    Private functions for groups of up to 30 in our back dining room and groups of 60 for full buyout. Visit SelectOyster.com for private events information and pricing.

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