The Wayside Inn has witnessed much in over 300 years of operation. Wars, plagues, economic depressions, have impacted lives in and around this fabled Inn. Our hearts go out to those most impacted by this current crisis.
Although this current situation has impacted the well-being of the Inn, we are pleased to say that we are open for indoor dining, and overnight stays. To make a reservation to dine or stay with us, call 978-443-1776.
Our take-out service continues as well. Take a look at our menus here.
The safety of our guests and staff is important to us, so we are pleased to announce that The Wayside Inn has installed Nu-Calgon’s iWave air purification system. The system has been in place since October 2020 and is a world class bi-polar ionization generator that purifies the air using positive and negative ions. With a 99.4% reduction rate, iWave has proven to eliminate airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses, including Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), in under 30 minutes time. We hope that this will provide a sense of comfort with indoor dining at our restaurant.
Gift cards are also available for purchase online and may be redeemed for overnight, dine-in, and to-go services. Gift cards can be purchased here.
When visiting our property, please be sure to comply with our use policies here.
With humble beginnings as a simple, two-room family home hosting travelers along the Old Boston Post Road in 1716, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is now the oldest inn operating in the United States. Nestled under great oak trees at the center of our majestic 100+ acre property, the Inn offers generous hospitality, delicious New England cuisine, and comfortable lodging in a warm, historic setting radiating with charm. Whether it be a romantic dinner for two, a small gathering for drinks, a family dinner, a joyous wedding, a large group function, or a night in the country, we are proud to continue a time honored inn-keeping tradition for visitors from across the globe and around the corner. Welcome to America’s home for hospitality for over 300 years.
We look forward to your visit.
"Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury was the top prize winner, taking home four awards, one each for Best Fine Dining, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Local Tourist Attraction, Wedding Venue."
"This is a must-do kind of place if you are visiting in New England! The gracious, centuries old inn makes the most of its historic setting. The food is excellent and bountiful with an accent on New England favorites like, scrod, chowders, chicken pot pie, butternut squash and homemade bread basket. There is something for everyone with a special flavor of history mixed in. Reservations are encouraged."
"Step back into history and dine where Longfellow did...well, at least once. The front pub will give you an authentic feeling of what life was like back then and has a pub menu and great drinks. The rest of the restaurant is fabulous - excellent food and atmosphere, and vegetarian options as well. There are several rooms that have been left as they were and are museum quality. It's a pretty amazing place and people there, both staff and customers, were very welcoming."
With its bucolic landscape and historic buildings that capture the traditional New England aesthetic, The Wayside Inn Foundation often rents portions of its property to outside organizations for cultural projects and artistic endeavors. Over the years, many major Hollywood movies have been filmed on the property under location agreements.
During the spring and fall of 2020, The Wayside Inn Foundation entered into an agreement with Sony Pictures to film a creative adaptation of the 1983 novel Shrine by British writer James Herbert on the property. The film was written, co-produced and directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos.
The Wayside Inn Foundation staff welcomed a positive and professional working relationship with the cast and crew and were pleased that the site could serve as attractive set locations.
Sony filmed broadly on the property using interior and exterior locations with the agreement that, given that the film was fictional and not based on any true historic accounts, the locations would serve as fictional locations or sets for the movie. However, location credit at the end of the film was permitted.
The Wayside Inn Foundation does not have control over the specific content of the film or its release date. The release date is at Sony Pictures’ discretion. The Wayside Inn Foundation does not take a position on endorsing the film, its content, or interpretation.