Union Oyster House, Boston

4 out of 5 stars 20 Reviews

41 Union St., Boston, MA 617-227-2750

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    Union Oyster House: Yes, it's touristy. Go there anyway!

    by Erin74 Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Union Oyster House is probably the #1 restaurant tourists are told to visit in Boston. You might think this is an excellent reason to avoid it entirely... but I actually recommend that you bite the bullet and eat here. Why? Great food, good atmosphere and a real sense of history. Go for dinner, when there are fewer tourists standing around the lobby gawking.

    Union Oyster House was established in 1826 and is a National Historic Landmark. It's the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the USA. Trivia related to Union Oyster House:

    -- In 1771, from this site, printer Isaiah Thomas published "The Massachusetts Spy," the oldest newspaper in the USA.

    -- The restaurant once served as an official "pay station" for Federal troops during the revolutionary war.

    -- In 1796, the future King of France, Louis Philippe, lived on the second floor while in exile from his country.

    -- Daniel Webster used to dine here, as did John F. Kennedy (his regular booth is marked with a plaque).

    Favorite Dish: The cornbread here is fantastic!! Make sure you order some. I ordered the lobster ravioli (which the waitress claimed was the most popular dish served there) and it was amazing. Rich and buttery. They also have several lobster specials and a number of excellent fish dishes. If you're not a fan of fish, the Caesar salad and blackened chicken breast are just the thing.

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    Union Oyster House: Great clam chowder

    by myrtle Written Feb 7, 2004

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    JFK's booth at the Union Oyster House

    This restaurant was in a good location for us, and we really enjoyed the food. The service could've been better. We weren't sure if we just had high expectations since we're from the south. We thought maybe we were overreacting since our server was not so friendly, but I think our server was just rude. She was actually throwing our food at us & would run off before asking if there was anything else we needed, so we had a hard time catching her attention. This picture was taken in the booth that John F. Kennedy always sat at when he dined here.

    Favorite Dish: The clam chowder is wonderful!

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  • You gotta love the Union...

    by Becky_Reddic Written Aug 26, 2002

    You gotta love the Union Oyster House - the oldest restaraunt in continuous operation in America! Amazing corn bread comes before every meal, fresh fish specials, Oyster bar, in a gorgeous old building a short walk from North station, the North End, and Quincy Market.

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  • Two of my most favorite Boston...

    by riso Written Aug 25, 2002

    Two of my most favorite Boston restaurants specialize in seafood. The first is called the Union Oyster House. The Lobster plate is one of the best in the North East, and the shrimp bar has gotten rave reviews.

    The second is 'Turner Fisheries.' In both cases, the food is wonderful.

    I'm told that a place called 'Joe's American bar and grill' has some great New England Clam Chowder, but I have yet to experience it myself.
    The Union Oyster House is decorated with various items usually only found on fishing boats, or out at sea. The Union Oyster House is also the spot where our fore-fathers met while planning the Boston Tea Party. The Oyster House is located along the 'Freedom Trail.'

    Favorite Dish: Lobster.

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    Union Oyster House

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Union Oyster House
    The oldest continuously operating restaurant in America has two big claims to fame: French King Louis-Phillipe lived over the tavern during his youth, and the toothpick was first used here (wonder how they know that?). The food looked good too, and there were a lot of people eating oysters, at what they say is 'one of Boston's best raw bars.'

    Favorite Dish: We didn't eat here, but I would have had clam chowder and raw oysters. We get great Gulf oysters in Texas all the time, and during happy hour they are only 25 cents each, so I wasn't anxious to pay $2.95 EACH.

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