Established in 1826, this is Boston's oldest continuing restaurant, and almost every tourist considers it a must-see. If you like, you can have what Daniel Webster had—oysters on the half shell at the ground-floor raw bar, which is the oldest part of the restaurant and still the best. The rooms at the top of the narrow staircase are dark and have low ceilings—very Ye Olde New England—and plenty of nonrestaurant history. The small tables and chairs (as well as the
endless lines and kitschy nostalgia) are as much a part of the charm as the simple and decent (albeit pricey) food. On weekends, especially in summer, make reservations a few days ahead or risk enduring waits of historic proportions. There is valet parking after 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday. One cautionary note: Locals hardly ever eat here.
Jan 6, 2014
Went to Union Oyster House while visiting Boston as I had been there years ago. I was looking forward to having Oyster Stew and this is what I ordered. Was very disappointed that it contained so few oysters and the overall quality of the oyster stew was was below my expectation. I have had Campell's Oyster Stew which was as good if not better then the stew served at the Union Oyster House. When arriving at the Union Oyster House we were seated
in a room way in the back of the restaurant that was completely empty. After being seated in this area we decided we would rather sit in an area with other people dining. We were reseated in another room that was totally empty and was promised there would be more people arriving. The third time we were reseated in a booth in a room where others were dining. By the way there were many empty booths and tables in this room. My guest, who had never been to the Union Oyster House, ordered a Ceasar Salad and did not think it was anything special or tasteful. One piece of corn bread only was provided with one pad of butter. When asked for more butter it was provided but no addtional corn bread. Was going to order an entree but because of what was served so far along with the extraortinary high prices we chose not to do so and asked for our bill and left. In addition to the above we felt the service was not that great either. In summary we do not recommend the Union Oyster House as we felt it not to be a good dining experience both in quality of food and price.