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Oyster Bars: Union Oyster House is a taste of Boston history. Opened in 1826, and holding the title of America's oldest restaurant, Union Oyster House still offers one mean oyster bar. Just outside Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Union Oyster House is the perfect place to start your tour. Sit at the first floor raw bar to devour your oysters, or step into the past and explore the rest of the place. Cozy booths line this relic and the smaller scale helps transport diners to a time when things were not so big. Wherever you sit just be sure to take the name seriously because Union Oyster House offers some of the best bivalves you'll find in Boston.

Seafood, Lunch: Established in 1826, this casual establishment is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US and consists of a dark, pub-like dining room, oyster bar, restaurant, and drink bar. John F. Kennedy had a favorite booth here while practicing law in his early days, and you can now reserve it for parties of five or six. The place is said to serve the best clam chowder in New England, along with fresh seafood and excellent Bloody Marys. Oysters are delicious, and diners may choose to sit in cozy booths and order from the menu or find a perch at the popular raw bar.

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Local Expert Jessica Polizzotti Says:

Oyster Bars: "Enjoy the oysters at the bar where you'll feel like a Patriot."

Seafood: "Enjoy oysters at the bar before making your way to table where you'll get a blast from the past in their authentic booths."

Best for Oyster Bars Because: Union Oyster House is the oldest oyster bar in Boston.

Best for Seafood Because: THe oldest continuously operating restaurant you'll find, The Union Oyster House is a must try for any seafood lover looking to mix history with dining.

Dinner Menu

Soups & Chowders
On the Half Shell
Salad Plates
On the Side
Bostan Baked Beans
For Children
Oyster House Specialties
The Lobster Pot
Shore Dinner
Meat and Poultry

Lunch Menu

Soups & Chowders
On the Half Shell
The Salad Plates
The Salads Choices
On the Side
Oyster House Favorites
For Children

Dessert Menu

International Coffees

Union Bar Menu

From The Oyster Bar
From The Kettle

Function Menu

Choice of Appetizers

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