Chart House Restaurant on Long Wharf – Where history lives and icons are repurposed

When visiting Boston, MA one will literally walk in the footsteps of the Sons of Liberty, and visit the sites tied so closely to the American Revolution that you can feel the history come alive. Commerce and tourism indelibly tied the City and the Atlantic together, led to the “Shot Heard Around the World”, and provided this famed City with a fantastic restaurant in its own right.  Iconic buildings of old tied to our Nation’s birth are re-purposed but hold fast to keep this great City’s history alive.

IMG_20170928_173334512An iconic building is located on Long Wharf in Boston Harbor and remains the oldest structure on the Wharf.  Not on the Freedom Trail, this iconic building and the restaurant now occupying it has close ties to the days leading up to the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” and the “Shot Heard Around The World”. Built in 1710 and extending 1,586 feet into the deep harbor of Boston, Long Wharf has stood for over 300 years and was the center of hustle and bustle in its heyday with the unloading and loading of cargo from adjacent warehouses, shop keepers selling their wares and housing dwellers plying various trades.  One building from this time still stands, 1763 Gardiner Building.

JChart House Interior #2ohn Hancock’s Counting House (thee John Hancock – member of the Sons of Liberty, signer of the Declaration of Independence) still stands today as part of the 1763 Gardiner Building. The overall building was re-purposed as a new Boston Culinary Landmark that should be on any ones to list to visit when visiting.  On September 30, 1768, from his office on the second floor (now an elegant dining room), Mr. Hancock and others watched as members of the 14th and 29th Regiments, a detachment of the 59th Regiment and an artillery train disembarked the British Ships and marched into Boston past the Customs House, whose tower can be seen by today’s patrons from the same windows that the British Troops were watched from.

There are two must visit seafood restaurants in our town, the Union Oyster House (longest still active restaurant in the US) and the Chart House where the ocean culinary treats are sublimely created.

The Chart House restaurant chain ( got its start in the early 1960s in Aspen, Colorado. The restaurant was developed by famed Hawaiian surfer Joey Cabell and U.S. Navy man Buzzy Bent. Their first location was modest, with just a few tables in a converted diner. However, two principles present in 1961 remain staples of every Chart House location today – great food and equally impressive views.

Located in the historic (1763) Gardiner Building on Long Wharf, the Boston Chart House Restaurant has had great views of Boston and its Harbor since at least the 1970s.  The Chart House reflects one of the first culinary treats our CT has enjoyed since adolescence.  A must for many local families, the restaurant has been synonymous with fantastic seafood, fine dining with a casual atmosphere, and superb service for many years.  In my youth the Chart House was a summertime destination to end a day of celebration in our town. Having returned recently, the family tradition still rang true these 30 odd years later. No visit to Boston is complete without taking in the Chart House Restaurant, 60 Long Wharf, Boston, MA.

Check out our review, but better yet, get yourself to Boston and visit a truly unique icon in this restaurant.  The Chart House will become your favorite as well, and you can begin your travels back in time to live and touch what is in the history books.