The Union Oyster House: "Oysters are their specialty~" Massachusetts Restaurant Tip by paulapes

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  19th century photo
by paulapes

The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S.?the doors have always been open to diners since 1826.

Union Street was laid out in 1636, but there are no municipal records documenting the Oyster House's date of construction. All that is known is that the building has stood on Union Street as a major local landmark for more than 250 years.

The building was originally a dry goods store for years, during which time a future ruler of France, Louis Phillippe, lived upstairs in this building while exiled from his country. He taught french to rich Bostonians to make his living, until returning to France to serve as king from 1830 to 1848.

That was just one of the unusual happenings in this building!

The picture is borrowed from the Union Oyster House website.

The Union Oyster House also claims to be the first place to use toothpicks!!! You heard it here first!

Favorite Dish: Everything is good, but very expensive!

Address: 41 Union Street, Boston
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Just north of Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall -- it's on the Freedom Trail, if you're taking that tour.
Phone: 617-227-2750
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 4
Theme: Seafood

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 7, 2007
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