Four friends talking together during a meal at a restaurant

Some of Boston’s original restaurants are still open to the public today. These eateries are considered institutions of the city’s dining culture, and its evolving culture. More than just landmarks, these spots cater to the eclectic crowds that represent all areas of this unforgettable city. Some have unobstructed views of the water and the skyline, while others are tucked away on quiet side streets.

Marliave

Marliave first opened its doors in 1885, and it has been a go-to destination for lovers of French food ever since. Historic, intimate and romantic, Marliave’s light-filled and elegant dining room has been a place for Boston’s elite to gather for decades. This gem is located in Downtown Crossing, and its must-tries include escargot and a dynamite French onion soup.

10 Bosworth Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-422-0004

Top of the Hub

Top of the Hub offers diners some of the most memorable views of the Boston skyline with its position on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center. This sumptuous dining space is quite posh, but it is also a fun place to bring the family. The service is impeccable, and the view is always a crowd-pleaser. Be sure to try the sesame-crusted tuna steak, and sample from the award-winning wine menu.

800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
617-536-1775

Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House is known as Boston’s oldest restaurant on the Freedom Trail in Faneuil Hall. Along with its selection of fresh seafood, Union Oyster House also gives you an authentic experience of what it was like to be a Bostonian. Dating back to 1826, this restaurant has been visited by many political and artistic figures of the past and present, and it remains a fixture on the Boston restaurant scene. Obviously, everything-seafood here is to die for.

41 Union Street
Boston, MA 02108
617-227-2750

Durgin Park

This Faneuil Hall staple has roots dating back to 1742. As one of Boston’s oldest and most celebrated restaurants, its appeal is classic-American with red-checkered tablecloths and black-and-white pictures on the wall. One of the last places still serving great Boston baked beans, it also entices visitors with top-notch clam chowder, and delightful bacon-wrapped scallops.

340 N Market St
Boston, MA 02109
617-227-2038