Review: Union Oyster House

The last stop on my trip to Boston was the Union Oyster House. If you do not know, the Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the United States. The restaurant opened in 1826.

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I came to know the restaurant very well during my four years of living in New Hampshire. I HAD TO go by for some oysters to check out the scene. I arrived at the restaurant too late in the evening to sit at the famous semi-circle bar located on the 1st floor.

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Lobster tank adjacent to semi circle bar


My party, an astronomer friend and her husband whom I met in New Zealand in 2016, and I were directed to the second floor. We did not want to sit at the bar upstairs, but opted to sit in the back dining area so that we could catch up. There was a lot of history at the bar, to include patches from first responders and championship portraits.

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Much like the rest of Union Oyster House, the back area had many displays of Boston’s history.

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We sat at the far back table and were offered menus (as if I needed it).

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I immediately ordered the Sam Adams’ Colonial Ale that is brewed exclusively for the restaurant.

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The waitress brought us some cornbread, which was delicious, as usual.

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My entire reason for stopping at the restaurant was the oysters, so I ordered a half dozen. They were fresh and a little briny, but I was still bummed that I did not get to sit at the 1st floor bar to enjoy the shucking experience.

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Final Word

This was a fitting way to end my trip to Boston. If you are ever in Boston, take the time to visit Union Oyster House, you will not be disappointed. This is by far my favorite city in the United States, I cannot wait to visit again. Stay tuned for part two of this trip report where I go on the hunt for some Nashville Hot Chicken.

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