Union Oyster House
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- General Info:
- America's oldest restaurant in continuous service, the Union Oyster House opened in 1826, and the booths and oyster bar haven't moved since. The food is tasty, traditional New England fare, popular with visitors walking on the adjacent Freedom Trail. The restaurant serves simple, classic preparations such as oyster stew, chowder, lobster and salmon. The Union Oyster House is designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is reputed that Daniel Webster drank many a toddy at the crescent-shaped bar in the restaurant s lower level. A plaque marks John F. Kennedy's favorite booth (number 18), where he often sat to read the Sunday papers. The Union Oyster House is one of Boston s favorite attractions.
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (617) 227-2306
Fax: (617) 227-0904
Fax: (617) 227-2306
- Payment method:
- amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, travelers checks, diners club
- Downtown Boston
- Seafood Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Family Style, American, Seafood
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food
Price Range : Above Average
08/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
We brought my sister and her family here on Sat 7/30/11, as they were visiting from out of town. The food was TERRIBLE and OVERPRICED. We were HIGHLY disappointed in the restaurant taking full advantage of their 'oldest restaurant' status. So sad that this has turned into another TOURIST TRAP RIP OFF......It could be so much better as the character of the building should match the quality of the food. The calamari and seafood entrees were greasy, and nothing special, and the oysters were overpriced and presented terribly (not over ice - with only plastic container of cocktail sauce, no horseradish, mignonette or anything..) Very disappointed...I wouldn't waste your money here...it's too bad...
06/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This place is delicious. i went out here with my boyfriend a few nights ago and we had the best oysters ive had in a looong time. If you go get the, duh, oysters. or at least the platter with the oysters. Its also really cool how old the place is, like 1800 or something. The area is really fun to go out afterwards too, especially if your visiting Boston on vacation go check out the area, very Boston.
02/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is America's oldest restaurant and it has visitors ranging from politicians, historical figures to celebrities. With a great history behind it, Union Oyster House has been featured in Travel channel and Food Network. Therefore, it is one of my must-visit stop to Boston despite some mediocre reviews I saw.
It looks like this restaurant still keeps it old design and decor with some posters and photos of celebrities who came to dine here. They have a bar on the first floor and quieter dining areas and private party rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor. After an hour or so wait, we finally got seated and our waiter was super friendly and nice.
Since I don't eat oysters, I have my boyfriend do the honor for me, ordering a dozen of the native oysters. We also shared a bowl of their famous Clam Chowder. For entree, he got the boiled Seafood Platter and I got the Seafood Newburg.
The clam chowder is very thick and creamy. They definitely add a ton of heavy cream in it and it is undoubtedly tasty. Honestly, I think they could add more clams. Oysters on the other hand, according to my boyfriend, are very fresh and contain little after-taste. I really like my entree, Seafood Newburg. It is consist of shrimp, lobster meat and scallops sauteed in creamy sauce with a cream puff and side of rice pilaf. They gave you a generous portion of seafood and the creamy sauce is just perfect.
The boiled seafood platter is amazing too. They gave you salmon, scallops, sword fish and shrimps with potatoes. My boyfriend and I were both stuffed at the end. What do we think of Union Oyster House? It serves pretty damn good seafood and just think about the fact that JFK, Sam Adam and other famous people used to dine here, I could say I have been here too!