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Sep 22, 2006 02:45 PM

Locke Ober.

What's the word? I know this isn't the most popular restaurant on this board but an old Saveur article has piqued my interest. It has also been included on Gourmet's "Top 50 Restaurants" list.

Boston classic at the top of its game? A dinosaur past its prime? What do you think?

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  1. Neither at its zenith nor its nadir, exactly. It's just the usual complaint: overpriced for the quality, which is good, not out of this world. You gotta have a meal there once, I think, for the experience, and drinks at the bar often.

    1. I've had several splendid special occasion meals there in recent years. Very high quality preparations, excellent attentive old-school service. I particularly recall a very flavorful steak on my last visit. It is very expensive, but worth it once in a while.

      1. How expensive are we talking for a modest dinner for two? $100 per person? Thereabouts?

        1. Naw, I would say less than that - $65-75 per (of course, depends on what "modest" means)...

          LO is old school Boston. Like blue blazer old school Boston. But I agree with those have to go at least once for the experience and the prep is high quality.

          Thank God Lydia got involved, as IMO flavors have developed with her presence (not to mention destroyed the oppressive history of the place!).

          1. What a coincidence. I was there for lunch today! (Someone else was buying.) And yes, I wore a blue blazar for the occassion.

            The atmosphere is amazing; the old time opulence is something everyone should experience. The service was also extremely professional. As an experience, it can't be beat.

            Oh yes, the food. The food was good but not fabulous. The menu was heavy on seafood, mostly broiled or fried. I had a well prepared scrod with a crispy breaded crust. A good sized piece, simply prepared but executed quite well. I don't know what the total bill came to but the scrod entree was priced at $19. At dinner, everything will cost a lot more.

            By all means go. Worth the bucks.

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            1. re: BBHound

              This is a great help folks. Thanks.

              I'm really looking forward to Lobster Thermidor and Indian Pudding in my best "Boston Brahmin" wear. I just needed to know that this was where to do it.

              1. re: Ernie Diamond

                One of the signature dishes of the original Locke Ober was Lobster Savannah. If it is still on the menu, you may want to consider it. Basically the lobster is cooked removed from the shell and mixed with cooked mushrooms, green pepper, spices. Then the meat is put back into the lobster shells sprinkled with cheese and bread crumbs and baked.

                1. re: Fort Point

                  Second the Lobster Savannah - pricey, rich (ingredients also include sherry, brandy and a cream sauce), but so worth it.