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Union Oyster House - don't bother

katesprings May 19, 2008 12:06 PM

As my psoriatic arthritic husband ascended the stairs to our table, the general manager informed my husband that we would not be served alcohol at our table. What a way to greet a first time customer! His inability to climb the stairs was taken by management that he was loaded. We were visiting our son in Boston and had reservations for a nice dinner out for six; so after being seated we decided to leave and spend our money elsewhere. An email to the GM went unanswered. Not a restaurant I ever want to visit again. He embarrassed my husband in front of his family; something we will never forget. I've been married to my husband for 28 years and that was the worst treatment we have ever experienced and we eat out weekly. We walked over to McCormick & Schmick's and had a lovely meal with a wonderful server.

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    9lives RE: katesprings May 19, 2008 12:12 PM

    The GM probably did you a favor.

    UOH is considered by many here a poor choice for food; with the exception of sitting at the oyster bar.

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    1. re: 9lives
      Ralphie_in_Boston RE: 9lives May 19, 2008 01:11 PM

      How does the food get better when one sits at the raw bar? I have read that several times here but never understood that.

      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
        finlero RE: Ralphie_in_Boston May 19, 2008 01:14 PM

        I don't think it's where you sit, so much as what you order. The raw bar menu is widely considered to be all that's worth eating at Ye Olde.

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
          beetlebug RE: Ralphie_in_Boston May 19, 2008 01:15 PM

          The shuckers pre-shuck the oysters for table eating. So, you will get dried out, sitting around oysters. But, if you sit at the bar, they shuck to order.

          1. re: beetlebug
            Ralphie_in_Boston RE: beetlebug May 19, 2008 01:17 PM

            Two good answers. Thanks finlero and beetlebug.

          2. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
            9lives RE: Ralphie_in_Boston May 19, 2008 01:17 PM

            If you sit at the raw bar, your clams or oysters are shucked to order.

            If you sit at a table, they are preshucked and can sit around for a while before they get to you.

            Cooked food wouldn't get better..be the same, no matter where you sit..and I avoid it.

            1. re: 9lives
              hyde RE: 9lives May 19, 2008 03:54 PM

              man, i wish people would just stop going to this dump and put it out of all our miseries. it stunk 20 years ago. go to the second oldest restaurant in america, it HAS to have better food.

              1. re: hyde
                kate used to be 50 RE: hyde May 19, 2008 05:54 PM

                O thank you for expressing my thoughts, hyde!
                Kate, I am so, so sorry that this was your experience in Boston. Come back and visit the board before you do. There are many wonderful places to enjoy!

                1. re: hyde
                  Ralphie_in_Boston RE: hyde May 20, 2008 06:56 AM

                  Maybe not 20, but 25 years ago it was pretty good. (seriously!)

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