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Aug 15, 2007 03:22 PM

Recs for two great dinners in Financial District

I will be in Boston (financial district) for three days (two dinners). I will be on vacation with my wife and would like some recs for some some great food with a romantic atmosphere. We like all types of cuisine and price is not an issue. Thanks.

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  1. Assuming you want to stay within the confines of this area, I can think of two good options, both with New American oriented cuisine and considerable price tags, Meritage (in the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowe's Wharf), and Radius. Have seen a few gripes on this board about both spots, but I've had good experiences at them.

    If you want to venture out of the Financial District, let us know.

    1. Also Sel de la Terre. But Boston is small. There's no reason to limit yourself to the Financial District.

      1. Boston is small and pretty easy to get around. If I were you, I'd venture out of the financial district. You might want to head over to the North End and try Prezza for higher end Italian or Neptune Oyster for very good seafood. Also, if you like sushi, there's a place called O-Ya that has inventive sushi with high quality fish, though it's quite expensive. It's close to South Station.

        1. I'd look just outside the Financial District, since many of the restaurants there are lunch only, (it's much more busy on weekdays during the day). Having said that, a 20-minute walk (or 5-minute cab ride) can get you to some great restaurants, including many in the North End (Prezza, Mamma Maria, Euno, Maurizio's, etc.), the South End (Dish, Giacomo's, Orinoco, B&G Oysters, etc.), the Waterfront (Aura, Salvatore's), and Beacon Hill (75 Chestnut, Beacon Hill Bistro, Grotto, etc.).

          Have fun! Let us know where you go.

          1. You must do Radius, especially if price isn't an issue. It's quite the experience, both food and atmosphere. But plan on spending the evening if you get in at 8pm or after; the service can be 'stately.' Another option in the Leather District (just to the south of the Financial District) is Les Zygomates. Not nearly as expensive but lots of atmosphere. If live jazz isn't your thing, sit on the side of the restaurant away from the stage.

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            1. re: Valyn

              I would highly recommend Julien in the Langham Hotel right in the heart of the financial district at 250 Franklin Street. The food, decor and service are all outstanding and it is a lovely, romantic room. If you don't go there for dinner, be sure to at least stop for a cocktail or after dinner drink in their lounge.

              1. re: edgewater

                Julien has closed. Only Cafe Fleuri now.

                1. re: BBHound

                  Yes, Julien has been closed for awhile now, I think. Was it 2006? Or was it early this year? Either way, it's no longer around.