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Fine Dining near Westborough, MA?

Can someone recommend a nice restaurant for a business dinner near Westborough, MA?

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  1. I'd suggest the 1790 House, http://1790restaurant.com/. I had a business dinner there and it was very nice. Excellent Filet!

    1. Also Arturos in Westboro, Tommasso Tratoria in Southboro. If you go to Worcester the 111 Chop House would be the best businss dinner.

      1. The only time I ate at 1790 the food was pretty mediocre (fish).

        If Shrewsbury isn't too far, I'd recommend Willy's right in Shrewsbury Center (corner of Main and Rt. 140). Great atmosphere and one of the best sushi bars in Central Mass, in addition to the classic meat/fish entrees.

        1. I would drive only a few miles north to Romaines in Northboro , IMO, the best restaurant in the area. Would like to rec Tommasso Tratoria as well, but can't. It's the most aggravatingly uneven fine-dining restaurant in the area.


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          1. re: Harp00n

            Agree totally - Romaine's is a hidden gem. We alway end up there and have never been disappointed. Never.
            We are going there tomorrow night for my birthday!

            1. re: Lilibet

              Well Lilibet, I hope, and I'm sure, you'll have a great evening, enjoy!

              By the way, while I think of it, do you know whether there's anything in the old Solomon Pond Grille building these days?

              1. re: Harp00n

                Dear Harp00n -

                Thank you for birthday greetings - very kind of you!

                The old Grille in Northborough is now called Guiseppi's... have heard very uneven things about it from friends. Have a feeling it's still a watering hole for the after 5 o'clock crowd. It is on my way home from work and the parking lot is always pretty full by that time.

                Have you ever been to Alicante's in Mendon on Lake Mendon (route 16)? What a nice place - excellent Italian food with a Portuguese twist. It used to be an old dive called The Canoe Club. It's a schlep from our area (Lancaster) but have friends who live within walking distance - seeing good friends with terrific food goes hand in hand.

                Will let you know how dinner is this evening.... am really looking forward to it!

                1. re: Lilibet

                  Your very welcome Birthday Girl!

                  Did Guiseppi's use to be out on Rte. 20, mainly pizza, or am I confusing it with another place? We used to frequent the old Solomon Pond for lunch/early dinner during the good weather, even though the quality was variable. All because we loved the alfresco dining over looking the pond :-)

                  We'd been by the Canoe Club many times. Usually, it would be on our way to The Oyster Cabin in Uxbridge. I can't recommend it too highly. It's a great couples "sneak away" dining spot. They're open for dinner only but it's like 4:30 most days and 3:00 on Sundays.

                  Here's the link: http://www.oystercabin.com/

                  We'll definitely check out Alicante's and thanks for the rec. The Portuese twist part is very intriguing.

                  1. re: Harp00n

                    No, I don't think so (about Guiseppi's)... might be another place you are thinking of.

                    Our friends in Mendon have been to the Oyster Cabin and didn't think that much of it either. I guess for the prices they charge, "wafer thin slices" of whatever didn't come up to par. There is another Italian place right across from Alicante that is less pricey but has good solid Italian food - called Franco's I think. Fr

                    BTW, Romaine's was terrific last night - husband got their special double pork chop with apple reduction/celery root mashed with grilled asparagus - me, blackened chick/shrimp over penne pasta with a tomato corn cream sauce. Yum! We split a creme brulee for dessert - a very nice evening out!

                    1. re: Lilibet

                      Thanks for the, expected, great feedback review. I can't urge you too strongly though that the Oyster Cabin is the real deal. Yes, it's a bit expensive but they do deliver on it. Our best friends, of twenty years. don't see eye-to-eye with us all the time either. They have the right to be wrong, LOL :-)

                      1. re: Harp00n

                        Harp00n, I have to say, you're right on about the Oyster Cabin. I was skeptical due to the name (sounded like a casual, wear your thongs and shorts place....but NOOOOO) but their pork chops and their homemade ice cream and their EVERYTHING is top notch.
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                        1. re: thegolferbitch

                          That's my big-boy Boru, 80lbs., and he's just as vain as his master!
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              2. re: Lilibet

                Almost went for my birthday but went to the Parlor, Upton. A great destination.

                1. re: Lilibet

                  Oh, by the way, Happy Birthday! :-)

              3. Not much to choose from out there. Comments on what's posted already and another spot.

                > 1790 House - Dated, ok atmosphere, friendly staff, a little unpolished, just ok food.
                > Arturo's - Resonable Italian food served in an uninviting nondescript room. Just ok, not fancy
                > Tommasso - Modern, cramped space, small portions of decent food, uneven service. tables so small you can hardly fit all of the plates. Nice wines. Expensive for what it is.
                > Willy's - Some of the areas best food, good sushi, steaks. Professional operation. Small place, most tables a bit cramped. On weekends can get so busy you cant move at the bar.
                > Romaines - haven't been but heard good things.
                > 111 Chop House - Very solid food, wine, service. LIke a lot. Excellent wine list too. Perfect for your business dinner.
                > Incontro in Franklin - a bit of a drive from WBO but right off 495. Excellent steaks, sides etc downstairs and nice bar with bar menu (also billiard room - 6 or 9 tables) upstairs. Nice table spacing and large booths. Would be great for a business dinner.

                1. In my visits to that area, I agree with Romaine's and Willie's as being excellent choices.

                  1. I read Oyster Cabin is changing concepts, more casual.
                    Alicante is the best around. delicious food. Gracious service. And, the cleanest place around.
                    Frescos is the place across the street from them. Very good, solid red sauce kind of place.

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                    1. re: trufflehound

                      Hi trufflehound... have you ever sniffed out Truffles in Milford?

                      1. re: WineTravel

                        I haven't. I never seem to think about it.

                    2. I heard that Romaine's in n'boro is very good as well as Arturo's. Happy dining!

                      1. I'm not sure if Sturbridge/southbridge area is too far? I love to visit Vienna Restaurant (thevienna.com)? because it reminds me of my childhood in Austria. It's a breath of fresh air -Authentic food is never too far to drive too, I'm just not sure what direction your coming from. Worcester also has new one's opening up all the time unfortunately the parking can be an issue if you haven't a valet, most do though. Good Luck

                        1. Chloe Bistro in Hudson is pretty good. Nice atmosphere, very good food.

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                          1. re: ChinaCat

                            Chloe Bistro is very good for the area. It's reach doesn't exceed it's grasp. The only complaint that I have, as a big guy. is that I wish the tables had a little more spacing. It's not a huge venue and they've got to, understandibly, maximize what they have . As Bill Belichik is so often quoted; "It is what it is". It's not destination dining but I'll certainly return often.

                            1. re: Harp00n

                              Harp00n, Have you ever seen anyone put together a list of restaurants according to seating size. I always keep a mental note of places with booths where the tables move. To be honest with you, I'll spend my money much easier if I'm comfortable.

                              1. re: Harp00n

                                Harp00n, my husband is also a big guy, and he has a similar complaint. We also don't sit in the booths at Arturo's, or the 111 Chop House, as both have rather tightly placed, immovable benches.

                                1. re: ChinaCat

                                  Hi "ChinaCat('s)othervoice",
                                  Hey I like that. I envision about a 40 lb. Tom Cat in a Basso profundo voice growling; "Feed me!" A data-base of restaurants for the caloricly over-endowed, claustrophobic, tall or just plain big people is a great concept.

                                  Fortunately, for me, my wife and I both really enjoy dining at the bar. We do it primarily because we enjoy the banter with a good bar staff. The side benefits are quicker food service, quicker refills and last, but most certainly not least, is more room! Unless you're in a dating bar or a complete dive, you'll have more room to stretch-out in.

                                  1. re: Harp00n

                                    I like the idea about the bar, unfortunatly I usually have kids with me. Mostly why the chains stay in business. One can only tolerate MickyD's so often. Another pet peeve is when you specifically request a table and they bring you to a booth, that is obviously to small. WAITERS AND WAITRESSES PLEASE?? TRY TO BE AWARE WITHOUT BEING OFFENSIVE.

                                    1. re: othervoice

                                      We have no children and my sister dragged us to a birthday party at Chuckie Cheese's (sp?) years ago and I thought I was going insane :-) How you "blessed" couples cope is way beyond my pay grade to understand. Do you all self-medicate? I think the smallest booths I've ever seen in this area are at Sierra's on 117 in Sudbury. When I tried to get up the booth-top wanted to go along for a ride. We still go there but tables only, please..

                                    2. re: Harp00n

                                      Harp00n, that image of Mr ChinaCat as a big Tom Cat witha deep voice has me chuckling, and is somehow appropriate. Like you, we both enjoy dining at the bar as well. Having been married for nearly 20 years, we don't need to share an intimate table for 2 anymore....we like to chat with the bartender, and watch the Red Sox when they're on. And on a Friday night when we have no reservations, its usually much faster to find a spot at the bar. One benefit you failed to mention...you almost always get a better pour, or a better mixed drink when the bartender knows you are watching, and they can't substitute the cheap gin when you asked for Sapphire.

                                      1. re: ChinaCat

                                        Heh, heh, now ChinaCat, I don't mean to imply anything other than the combining of those two handles gave me that imagery :-)

                                        As far as the more generous pours I would have preferred if we'd kept that secret to ourselves. And for the record: the Sapphire's for the straight-up, 5 or 6 to 1 Martini, and the Pymouth's for the G&T with a lemon twist, not lime..

                                    3. re: ChinaCat

                                      Totally agree with you guys. I need space when I dine. I've left places that wanted to seat me at a tiny table and had no other options. The bar is usually a good spot if necessary and sometimes, depending on the place, preferred over the dining room.

                                      For space, nothing beats the huge booths (many) at Incontro in Franklin, just off Exit 17 (Rt 495).

                                      1. re: WineTravel

                                        Thanks for the rec, I'll be sure to try it one nite when the kids are gone. I've left many a restaurant when space was challenged. For a good chain with great burgers, and booths where the tables move, and tables with chairs that are comfortable, try Ruby Tuesdays.

                                        1. re: WineTravel

                                          How are they managing there these days? They had major problems with flow when I first went there but the food was very good.

                                          1. re: WineTravel


                                            How is Incontro? We have been meaning to get down to those parts to try it. Maybe a trip to the Wrentham outlets and then a stop in on the way home.
                                            Their website is fantastic and their wine list looks superb!
                                            As far as small tables go... I so dislike being squeezed into a dinky booth! Not everyone out there is a size zero! Probably the reason we love to sit at the bar order from the bartender, watch the tube and enjoy the hubbub.

                                            1. re: Lilibet

                                              Incontro is vg... and they have huge booths in the dining room. Now you can book on the internet with Open Table but it seems like they don't release all the tables. Better than before, cause they didnt take reservations at all. Upstairs in the bar area, no reservations... that's good too but limitted menu.

                                      2. re: ChinaCat

                                        In the general vicinity of Chloe (which we've enjoyed), I've been happy with my two visits to Bullfinch's on Rt 20 in Sudbury.

                                        1. re: momjamin

                                          Bullfinch's is regular of mine as well :-)