Freedom Trail Boston Restaurant Guide – Historic Restaurants Make Your Visit More Fun

For those visiting Boston’s fantastic Freedom Trail and who wish the most immersive experience, there are a number of historic restaurants directly associated with the Revolutionary-era that are on or close to the Freedom Trail. These will absolutely make your Freedom Trail experience more fun and authentic.

The restaurants range from simple pubs with inexpensive sandwiches to fine dining. They all are fun, scenic, serve good food and are suitable for families. Most have excellent lunch specials, some even including lobster – every Boston visitor needs at least one!

1654 – Green Dragon Tavern, 11 Marshall Street, 617-237-2114

The original Green Dragon Tavern was around the corner at 84 Union Street. It was founded in 1654 and was an operating pub by 1714. The Green Dragon was a regular haunt for the Sons of Liberty and the site of the Boston Tea Party planning meetings. The old building was torn down in 1828.

The current Green Dragon incarnation is fun, serves good bar food and often features lobster specials at lunch. It is located on Marshall Street, one of the oldest most authentically historic in Boston. Right next door is the Ebenezer Hancock House – which was built in 1767 by John Hancock’s uncle, inherited by John, and then given to his brother, Ebenezer. Ebenezer became the deputy paymaster to the Continental Army.

1742 – Union Oyster House, 44 Union Street, 617-227-2750

The Union Oyster House started serving food in 1826. It is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. The building, which dates from 1742 (although other references place it as early as 1713), started its life as a dress shop. At that time, the harbor actually came up to the dress shop’s back door. Since then, all the land you see is filled-in.

The legendary Oyster Bar at the front of the restaurant is beautiful. Daniel Webster sat daily at this bar and drank a tall tumbler of brandy and water with each half-dozen oysters – usually eating at least six plates.

1760 – Chart House (John Hancock’s Counting House), 60 Long Wharf, 617-227-1576

The Chart House was originally the Gardiner House, built on Long Wharf around 1760. Later, it was John Hancock’s counting house. It is the oldest building still in use on Long Wharf.

A short walk from the Freedom Trail, it is the most elegant restaurant in this collection. For the warm weather, it has outside seating with a great view of the harbor and downtown Boston. Check for discounts on food.

1780 – Warren Tavern, 2 Pleasant Street, Charlestown (near Bunker Hill), 617-241-8142

Built in 1780, the Warren Tavern was reportedly the first building raised after the British burned Charlestown during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. It is named for Doctor and General Joseph Warren, the famous Patriot who died fighting at Bunker Hill. The Tavern has been host to George Washington, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin. Try the Paul Revere Burger.

1827 – Durgin Park, 340 Faneuil Hall Place (Quincy Market North Building), 617-227-2038

This iconic restaurant, housed in an old warehouse, has been around since 1827, although a restaurant has operated at this spot since 1742. Famous for its old Yankee recipes, it is a real flash from the past and one of the oldest places you can dine in Boston. Upstairs diners sit communally at long tables with other patrons. For the pleasant weather, there is also outside seating overlooking Quincy Market.

It is a lot of fun and one of the few places you can get Indian Pudding. The roast beef overflows the plate. One of the best!

1875 – Cafe Marliave, 10 Bosworth Street 617-422-0004

The oldest Italian restaurant in Boston, the Marliave dates from 1875. It has intimate outside seating for the summer months. It is only a short block away from Old City Hall and King’s Chapel stops on the Freedom Trail.

The Marliave is located right above of the Province House Steps (1679-1864). The Province House was the official Royal Governor’s residence during the Revolutionary period.

Have a great trip!