10 Best Cozy, Historic Restaurants in America

  • Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington DC
  • The Rookwood in Cincinnati
  • King's Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi
  • Circa 1886 in Charleston
  • The Tadich Grill in San Francisco
  • Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT
  • La Fonda Oak Hills in San Antonio
  • Union Oyster House in Boston
  • Hermes Bar

    Antoine's in New Orleans

    Antoine's has been filling the bellies of their happy customers with authentic French-Creole cuisine since 1840 – that's over 160 years! Each of the restaurant's 14 dining rooms have a unique Southern charm, and some pretty heavy hitters have dined here. You'll notice memorabilia from guests such as President Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Pope John Paul II and General Patton on the walls.

    Photo courtesy of Gary J. Wood

  • Oysters

    Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington DC

    With a location mere steps from the White House, Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, DC has long been a favorite of US Presidents; Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt were all frequent visitors, and you'll probably still rub elbows with a few politicians there. It's considered the best oyster bar in the DC area.

    Photo courtesy of Jay Cross

  • Rookwood Exterior

    The Rookwood in Cincinnati

    While the Rookwood restaurant isn't very old – it opened its doors in 2008 – the building where it operates is. What's now called the Rookwood was once the Rookwood Pottery Co., one of the highest quality ceramics brands in history. The folks behind the Rookwood bring that same creative flare and eye for quality to their pub food and specialty cocktails.

    Photo courtesy of cincy Project

  • Fried catfish

    King's Tavern in Natchez, Mississippi

    Located in the oldest standing building in Natchez, the King's Tavern has been in operation for over 200 years. If local legend is to be believed, some if its late patrons still make their supernatural presence known from time to time. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you're sure to enjoy the food. Seafood and hickory smoked prime rib are specialties.

    Photo courtesy of Kent Wang

  • Circa 1886 in Charleston

    Circa 1886 in Charleston

    Circa 1886, a Charleston favorite located in the original carriage house of the historic Wentworth Mansion, has bagged a long list of accolades for its Southern-inspired menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients and bright, bold flavors. With an always-changing wine list of over 250 selections, you'll want to settle in by the fireplace and stay for awhile.

    Photo courtesy of Circa 1886 Restaurant

  • Tadish Grill

    The Tadich Grill in San Francisco

    San Francisco's Tadich Grill has come a long way since its beginnings as a modest coffee stand during the days of the California Gold Rush. Today, it's one of the city's top restaurants, serving fresh seafood, meats and poultry San Francisco-style. If you want the authentic Bay Area dining experience, eat at the oldest restaurant in the Bay Area and the state.

    Photo courtesy of Krista

  • Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT

    Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, VT

    The highly decorated Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont, has been churning out what they call "Creative American" cuisine with an Irish twist since 1983. Enjoy a meal at one of the state's finest restaurants while overlooking the Ottauquechee River falls. Much of the menu is inspired by locally sourced ingredients.

    Photo courtesy of Simon Pearce

  • Fresh guacamole

    La Fonda Oak Hills in San Antonio

    La Fonda Oak Hills has the distinction of being the oldest continually operating Mexican Restaurant in San Antonio, and that's saying a lot in a city known for its Tex Mex. The Berry family's third generation is now in charge, and they've kept true to tradition with a menu of authentic Mexican and Tex Mex favorites.

    Photo courtesy of Mark Mitchell

  • Union Oyster House

    Union Oyster House in Boston

    Established in 1826, Union Oyster House is Boston's oldest restaurant and the oldest in continuous service in the entire United States. The Kennedy family were frequent customers, and there's even a booth upstairs dedicated to JFK. While the specialty is freshly shucked oysters, Union Oyster House serves a full menu of seafood and Boston pub favorites.

    Photo courtesy of Steven Isaacson


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