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Recs for two great dinners in Financial District

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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.

            2. Thanks for all of the great recs and keep them coming. I'm going to look up their websites and menus. I'll be there from Aug. 31 - Sept. 3 (traveling on vacation from Los Angeles) and will give a report on where we went. Thanks again!

              1. I am surprised that no one has mentioned Locke-Ober, which is quintessential Boston and pretty much only an option if price is not an issue. That's where I'd go one of your nights. Please do report back on where you went and how you liked it.


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                1. re: GretchenS

                  Definitely Radius. It's terrifically good. You could also just pop in there for drinks and apps. I recently ate at Locke -Ober with two friends and all of us thought it was disappointing. Way too rich and just not that interesting.
                  For something totally different -- how about the seafood restaurant under a tent, Barking Crab? It's right next to the Financial District (right by the Federal Court, which is just across the channel from downtown Boston). It's not the greatest restaurant in the world, but it's good and it's a nice opportunity to feel like you're eating at a clam shack on the shore, even though you're in downtown Boston. It's on the channel, and close to the Boston Harbor but not quite on the harbor. Decent views of downtown.
                  For splurge ideas, has anyone mentioned 9 Park? Many consider it one of the very best in Boston. I'm not as big a fan, but it is very good and I like the atmosphere. Right at the foot of the State House, facing the Boston Common, on Park Street.

                  1. re: Lucymax

                    I'm no fan of Barking Crab foodwise, but I'd also object to it for this person on the grounds that it lacks romantic atmosphere, which he/she said is a factor. In fact, I'm hard pressed to think of a place less in possession of this quality.