41 Union St.
Union Oyster House has the distinction of being the countries oldest standing restaurant, serving food since 1826 in a building that dates back to the 1700s. Many notable names have graced this establishment such as Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin. For me the history was the draw. Walking into Union Oyster House, it was apparent they have tried to maintain the look and feel which was great to see. The booth we were sited in was pretty tight for even two people, but ok I can deal.
To start with we ordered a half dozen of the Cherrystones and Little Neck oysters. I have to be honest I was not really impressed. With a name like Union Oyster House located in a city like Boston that flourishes with seafood, I had really high expectations. For my entree I had the Seafood Newburgh, which was lobster, shrimp, and scallops in a really rich creamy sauce over rice. Even though it seemed like a heart attack special, there was some excitement in the dish.
One major downfall of this place is the service. Here are some examples of the “exceptional”(SARCASM GALORE FOLKS) service. The waitress had to come back to ask me what drink I had ordered since she forgot. Between our appetizers and meal there was a huge gap as well. The one thing that I am surprised I didn’t make a stink about, I actually ordered the Lobster Newburg, instead of the Seafood Newburg! I was in the mood for lobster not shrimps and scallops!
This place is worth checking out due to the history. I have read many great reviews for Union Oyster House even Boston locals, so maybe it was just an off night, but I was not really impressed with the food and service.