Union Oyster House

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108, USA

+1 617-227-2750

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Situated on the Freedom Trail one block from Faneuil Hall, Union Oyster House claims to be the nation’s oldest restaurant. Whether that’s true or not, the centuries-old tavern definitely has a history. Daniel Webster was reported to have drunk brandy and eaten plates of raw shellfish at the same oyster bar that stands today. The Kennedy clan has patronized the restaurant for years, and JFK’s favorite booth in the upstairs dining room is named in his honor. Although it’s not the chicest place to dine (especially given its location, in the center of the tourist attractions), Union Oyster merits a visit if you’re a fan of either history or oysters or a family looking for a lunch stop along the Freedom Trail. Those who want to sample the atmosphere without committing to a meal should split a half-dozen littlenecks at the bar downstairs and head elsewhere for dinner.

Written by Henley Vazquez

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