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Select Oyster Bar

4.8
4.8
1779 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.

Visit our website for more information on our reservations.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 1,779 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Seafood

  • Boston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was knowledgeable and super friendly. The food was amazing. Some of the best oysters!!
  2. HS

    HollyS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the bar for dinner. The bartender was awesome and very attentive to everyone. The food is excellent. This was not our first dinner there and it’s not the last!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal as always! Highly recommend
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Small space but quaint. Good service. No dessert offerings.
  5. s

    susanm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Boston for a visit last year and ended up at Select three times! Everything is so fresh and the staff very knowledgeable and helpful. We managed to stop for lunch again this year on our way home from a RI wedding. Thank you!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service.
  7. EC

    ErikaC

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and the service and food was outstanding- highly recommend but be sure to grab a reservation before to ensure you are able to get a seat/table!
  8. JL

    JayL

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great good, always a good spot to grab a drink or fresh seafood!
  9. C

    Christineb

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off, Anything is good here. However the octopus is a must have. We sat at the bar and that worked out well because the people who greeted us at the door were kinda rude, but that happened the last two times I've visited this amazing restaurant. The bar servers were excellent last night and friendly. However I'll continue to come to select because it's simply the best in town.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  11. MT

    MarcT

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    great service; outstanding quality food; if you can handle the noise, confusion and tight seating, it’s a great place to go
  12. l

    lsullivan

    New England

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated my son to a seafood tower before he leaves for his 1st year of college. He's a seafood lover and a tough critic and he gave the food, service and entire experience a 10/10. Such a wonderful afternoon!
  13. F

    Foodie

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Lobster Salad! Fun Sashimi and excellent wine choices!
  14. MF

    MorganF

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The service was great but the food was awful. Super oily and buttery, lacked flavor. We used to come here all the time. Bummer it doesn’t taste as good as it used to.
  15. BR

    BradR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It should be specified that your seat is at the bar and not at a table. It is not the same experience and that was disappointing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excelent food, best lobster roll I have ever had!! Great wine and service. Very expensive!!
  17. L

    Lisa

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Select is our favorite place in town. Authentic. Expect a little small and noisy. But…..the food and the team make it all worthwhile.
  18. KC

    KristenC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My swordfish was the best meal I’ve possibly ever had, at least in recent memory.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a GREAT place. The food, the flavors. Epic!!! Our waiter Bryant was on it. We have been 3 times here and Bryant has been our waiter. Great person. Will go back’s again. Always check on the specials of the day. The whole crew is great!!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot for a date! Food was amazing and great atmosphere!
  21. MD

    MarieD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Le service était impeccable. Les plats étaient savoureux, les ingrédients très frais. Cependant, nous n’aimons pas les poivrons et il y en avait dans deux de nos plats choisis. J’aurais mis 4,5 étoiles mais il n’y avait l’option. C’était ultra bruyant car à côté de nous il y avait un groupe de 12 personnes et nous étions dans une petite pièce au fond du restaurant. Je recommande fortement ce restaurant. Attention au 20% qu’ils ajoutent à la facture!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and presentation were superb!
  24. AG

    AmyG

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and outstanding service. Outdoor patio is lovely. Highly recommend! Husband tried the suggested oysters of the day and the lobster cabbage salad. He said it was amazing. So I had to try it and I agreed. Stole a few more bites. I enjoyed the pasta & lobster dish of the day. Highly recommend!
  25. c

    coach

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great team at this place!! Sat outside and it was a great dinner
  26. MS

    MikeS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and quality. Meals are larger and perhaps more promotion os sharable options would be ideal.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the corner of the bar, the bartender was friendly, and delivered great service. We ordered a tower with oysters, shrimp, crab salad, salmon, and lobster. EVERYTHING was delicious!!! We will definitely take other family there in the future.
  28. TN

    TediN

    New York Area

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding fresh delicious large variety I love Select Oyster and Atlantico!! Great restaurants!!
  29. MT

    MTG01

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great selection of fresh seafood. Staff very familiar with all oyster varieties and provided nice recommendations. Thanks!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    Horrible outdoor seating setup. Extremely dusty/dirty from proximity to street and cars.
  31. f

    food

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vikram was amazing! He helped with our wine selection which matched perfectly with our seafood.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!!
  33. R

    Ross

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh food, wonderful flavors, excellent service. Who could ask for anything more? A little pricey, but to be expected in Boston.
  34. IS

    IlonaS

    San Antonio

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was really good. Very noisy place. Server was friendly but was hit or miss in terms of follow up. Pricing was in the high side but otherwise overall good.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On the back it was to noisy
  36. AH

    AmyH

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, except the noise because we sat outside on the street. But you can’t control that. I totally understand. The oysters were very fresh and delicious, especially those one from Marion. I loved the crab salad very much. Also, the salmon and hamachi crudos were yummy!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters, shrimp cocktail, beet salad & tuna tartar. We sat outside & enjoyed a nice white wine as others walked by admiring our delicious spread. Friendly & attentive service. We were visiting Boston for the 1st time & would definitely return!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this restaurant!! Great atmosphere, food and fantastic service.
  39. MP

    MarinaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I and my husband are a big fans of it! Highly recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite spot for date night!

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 1779 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 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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