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Jul 29, 2007 08:29 AM

Another Torontonian Chowhound coming to town!


My BF and I are coming to Boston in August for a weekend. It's been a long time since I've been to visit and I'm looking forward to the seafood! Unfortunately, my BF doesn't like seafood.

As we don't plan on renting a car or anything, I was wondering if you guys could help me out on where we should go to dine, locally.

We're arriving on a Friday night and are staying at the Doubletree Downtown. Maybe something romantic yet cheap for dinner before a night out on the town.

Saturday is on the go with a trolley tour and LOTS of shopping (Canadian $ is really high right now) so looking for quick and cheap and totally amazing.

Sunday I'd like to go for seafood... (is that a good idea? Is the seafood fresh on the weekend?) Anyways, it would have to be a place that has food other than seafood to accomodate my picky SO.

That's the plan. Lemme know what you think and what your recs are.

Thanks in advance! :)

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  1. For dinner Friday night which is reasonably priced, romantic and delicious: The Grotto on Beacon Hill; Saturday: "quick, cheap and amazing" might be a bit much to expect but if you go over to Hei La Moon in Chinatown, you can have very good and cheap dim sum between 11-3; On Sunday for Seafood, you might try in the North End: Neptune Oyster but I believe that they don't have many non-seafood options (maybe a burger at lunch).

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    1. re: paulgardner

      I second these great recs.

      Also, wanted to add that besides the burger (BTW - it's on the menu all the time - there is no separate lunch menu), Neptune always has a steak. The most recent menu lists it as an 18 oz bone-in ribeye. Since you mention your BF will eat fish - The menu changes frequently, but examples from the menu a few weeks ago include rainbow trout, red snapper, salmon, marlin, and sturgeon.

      1. re: Rubee

        Grotto and Neptune:

        37 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02114

        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    2. The Grotto sounds like a good idea.

      For shopping day, you could go to the Parish Cafe in the Back Bay. They have outdoor tables and wonderful sandwiches, each created by a different, renowned Boston chef.

      What kind of seafood are you interested in? Boiled lobster, fried clams, raw bar, or something more complex?

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      1. re: pollystyrene

        I love lobster and oysters but I'm open to anything (never tried fried clams). It's the BF who's the picky one.. he'll eat fish, but not seafood... so we could probably try Neptune Oyster, provided they have fish dishes. Is it pricey?

        Some great recs. I really want to try Grotto. Where is it located?

        1. re: Hondapendragon

          Grotto Restaurant, 37 Bowdoin Street, Boston (on Beacon Hill, near the back of the State House), website is

          1. re: Hondapendragon

            Neptune Oyster is a must (for anything they serve, but the oyster bar is my favorite - anywhere!) and they definitely have several non-shellfish options (the salmon is really great and I've heard good things about the monkfish as well) -- the prices are on the high side, but TOTALLY worth it (and save room for dessert from Maria's around the corner -- the lobster tails are amazing!) -- especially at the current level of exchange for you -- note also for shopping that there's no sales tax on clothing here (except for very high end or specialty individual items).

            Now my turn -- I'm in Toronto for a one night only at the end of the month -- rental car and staying near Pearson, but willing to drive into downtown -- moderately generous expense account available with group of six or so looking for great food and a casual atmosphere -- where do you recommend? I'll also post this on that board to get other perspectives.