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Apr 29, 2007 06:54 AM

Copley Square dining suggestions

We'll be staying in that area. What're the best local places, walkable from Copley Square? Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. Boston is a very walkable city and Copley Square is quite central. You can walk to most neighborhoods within 20-30 minutes from there. Do you have more specifics as to what you are looking for?

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    1. re: lissy

      Your question is incredibly broad. But let me throw two suggestions out there. Via Matta is an excellent Italian restaurant with a curious menu and good wine selection - right across the street from the Park Plaza hotel. Also, Chinatown is fairly close and has tons of great options - Peach Farm and Xinh Xinh being two frequently-cited favorites.

      1. re: lissy

        I'm really looking for good neighborhood places within a few minutes walk, something decent and easy so we don't have to go too far after a long day of sightseeing. We like fish, salads, Thai or Japanese the best.

        Also I've gotten recommendation while in town for Davio's, Sasso, Hammersley's Bistro, Eclano and Grill 23. Any thoughts on these choices?

        Thank you for any ideas.

        1. re: wbarish

          We've always had a wonderful time and terrific, consistent food at Hammersley's. The atmosphere is understated and low-key, it isn't pretentious, but still feels special. The neighborhood is lovely to walk around in, as well, so go when the weather is nice and take a stroll.

          1. re: wbarish

            In the South End, about a 10 minute walk from Copley Square, is B&G Oysters for fish. They have a great selection of oysters that changes daily. I have always enjoyed their lobster roll but there have been some postings on here that the price for that has gone way up to around $30. For casual and inexpensive salad, I like Caffe Jaffa on Gloucester St. for their Greek salad with chicken shawarma. Douzo on Dartmouth St. is a good sushi place.

            I am a fan of Hamersley's, especially for their roast chicken. I have heard mixed reviews on Sasso but haven't been.

            1. re: lissy

              Thanks so much for answering so specifically. Should be very helpful.

            2. re: wbarish

              Hammersley's is in the northernmost reaches of the South End. As noted, it'll be a 10-15 minute walk from Copley. Well worth the walk -- there is some really wonderful American continental-style cookery there, including a downright evil mushrooms-and-garlic appetizer. Be warned, though, that the decor and style of delivery is a trifle on the hushed-and-stuffy side. Not quite scary pretentious, but hardly loud and raucous either.

              Within a block of Hammersley's are a few other well regarded restaurants, including the aforementioned B&G Oysters and Butcher Shop (actually two outposts of the No. 9 Park empire, with Barbara Lynch's astonishing attention to detail and equally astonishingly wonderful food in both places) and Sibling Rivalry which I only know by reputation but I hear is quite good.

              You're out of luck for Japanese. There are a few hideously overpriced seafood places near Copley, which I think I'd steer you clear of in favor of B&G also, given the choice. As far as Thai, I've liked Bangkok Blue when I've needed Thai food, but I don't know that I'd reorganize my day specifically to eat there. Chilli Duck looks promising, but I haven't set foot there yet. However, a chowhound search will easily pull up other opinions on both of these places, and they're both fairly convenient to Copley on Boylston Street.

              One interesting twist on the salad notion would be Trident Booksellers & Cafe, on Newbury Street near the intersection of Mass Ave. They have a little sit down restaurant with some surprisingly good food, free WiFi on premises, and quite interesting people watching between the chowers and the book readers. Quirky selection in the book store also. I remember having a very good, very fresh and very tasty fruit salad there; I imagine they also do a pretty decent job with other salad type things.

              Hope that helps.

              1. re: Dr.Jimbob

                That's a great, specific reply to my requests, thank you so much for taking the time (so late at night!) to help.

                1. re: wbarish

                  Well, I appreciate specific questions (as opposed to, hey, what's a good restaurant somewhere in the greater Boston area to eat at?) and am happy to give detailed answers when my work schedule gives me enough idling time.

          2. I love Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester btwn Boylston and Newbury. They have great middle eastern food. The people there are super nice, the portions are huge, and the food is great! They have amazing hummus and taboule and their chicken schwarma is pretty much awesome!