Boston’s food scene has been taking off in recent years thanks to an influx of talented chefs, but the city has been on the foodie scene for decades due to its landmark restaurants. Here’s a look at the top five most historic restaurants in Boston.
1 Legal Sea Foods
Bostonians love Legal Sea Foods for its creamy chowder chock full of fresh clams and chunks of tender potatoes. The restaurant has become so well known for its iconic recipe they have opened several locations up and down the East Coast, and Boston’s Theater District location makes our list for its impressive Wine Cellar that holds more than 10,000 bottles of 800 different labels.
26 Park Square Boston, MA 02116
2 Union Oyster House
Steps from Faneuil Hall, Union Oyster House continues to attract diners to its first floor oyster bar where Daniel Webster was once a regular at America’s oldest restaurant. Even President John F. Kennedy loved the historic restaurant, which has been a staple in the city since 1826. You can dine in Kennedy’s iconic booth located on the second floor where he is said to have dined weekly.
41 Union Street Boston, MA 02108
3 Parker’s Restaurant
Inventor of the Boston cream pie, Parker House rolls and terming Boston's beloved fish "scrod," Parker's Restaurant is also where JFK proposed to Jackie O. Even as famous as its food are some of its former employees, which include Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X.
60 School Street Boston, MA 02108
Another oldie, but goodie lies in Faneuil Hall. Durgin-Park made a name for Yankee style cooking when it first opened in the 1800s. Today, you can still find classics like baked beans, Indian pudding and enormous cuts of prime rib served up by sassy servers in a no-frills atmosphere.
340 Faneuil Hall Boston, MA 02109
Opening in 1890, Amrheins continues to be a favorite in South Boston for its comfort fare menu of favorites like the juicy steak tips and lobster pie. The neighborhood restaurant that remains a favorite of politicians is also home to the oldest hand-carved bar in America still in use and the first draft beer pump in the city.
80 West Broadway South Boston, MA 02127