Boston Sights

Union Oyster House

  • 41 Union St. Map It
  • Government Center
  • Restaurant–Sight

Published 08/08/2014

Fodor's Review

Billed as the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the United States, the Union Oyster House first opened its doors as the Atwood & Bacon Oyster House in 1826. Charles Forster of Maine was the first American to use the curious invention of the toothpick on these premises. And John F. Kennedy was also among its patrons; his favorite booth has been dedicated to his memory. The charming facade is constructed of Flemish bond brick and adorned with Victorian-style signage. With its scallop, clam, and lobster dishes—as well as the de rigueur oyster—the menu hasn't changed much since the restaurant's early days (though the prices have).

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41 Union St., Boston, Massachusetts, 02108, United States

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  • Sun.–Thurs. 11–9:30, Fri. and Sat. 11–10; bar open until midnight

Published 08/08/2014


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