Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Union Oyster House

Last date I was here: 09/15/2009

Restaurant: Union Oyster House (http://www.unionoysterhouse.com/)

Location: Boston, MA

Total Rating: 3.55
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 2, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 3

Summary: A designated national landmark, Union Oyster House is one block from Faneuil Hall. 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. The new owners installed the fabled semi-circular Oyster Bar — where the greats of Boston paused for refreshment. The Kennedy Clan has patronized the Union Oyster House for years. J.F.K. loved to feast in privacy in the upstairs dining room. His favorite booth "The Kennedy Booth" has since been dedicated in his memory. Closest Metro is Haymarket.

I was in Boston for a work conference and went here the second night for dinner. A small line had already formed when we arrived and we were able to wait at the bar while a table became free. Typical bar setup downstairs with the dining room upstairs. Even though it was a Tuesday, the wait staff seemed overwhelmed and took very long before coming to our table to even say hello. With too many options to choose from on the menu, I opted for one of the chef’s specials of the night. The fresh complimentary cornbread served was absolutely delicious. If I had only ordered soup or something small, I would have asked for another piece. But I was already starting to fill up on the Sam Adam’s Boston Brick Red beer I had too. All in all, the Union Oyster House is a neat stop for tourists but a little pricey for every day fare.

What I ate:

Pan Seared Scallops
Served with rice pilaf and asparagus

Union Oyster House on Urbanspoon

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