Union Oyster House

America's oldest restaurant (really!)

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Opening its doors in 1826, the Union Oyster House has definitely aged well, from tin ceilings and high wooden booths to a polished bar and brick walls. At the raw bar, the half-shell oysters, thick chowder and plucked-from-the-sea clams keep seafood lovers coming back. JFK certainly came back often: check out his favorite wooden booth (#18) in the upstairs dining room.

Here’s an only-in-Boston bit of trivia: the toothpick was first used here. Seriously. To create a buzz, the importer of the little wooden picks paid some Harvard boys to eat at the Oyster House and ask for toothpicks. Needless to say, it worked.

Top tip: this is one of the few places in the city to get Indian Pudding, a classic colonial dessert.

T: Government Center/Blue or Government Center/Green; Haymarket/Orange or Haymarket/Green

Categories: Eat: Seafood |
Tags: Must-see |

At A Glance

41 Union Street
Boston 02108
$10-28 main dishes
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