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Misterie Jan 25, 2008 12:00 PM

Looking for a recommendation for an upscale business dinner in Boston; expense is no object; quality of food should be top notch; atmosphere shouldn't be too stuffy; food needs to a bit more diverse than steakhouses typically offer...something along the lines of a No 9 Park, but with a little more relaxed/hip atmosphere.

  1. cassoulady Jan 31, 2008 12:11 PM

    Mistral would be a great business dinner and they have a lot of non-steak selections.

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      bostongal Jan 30, 2008 08:51 PM

      I take it back...Moo has gone downhill. But Troquet, Sorrelina still great.

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        Kate Sylvester Jan 26, 2008 08:56 AM

        Pigalle, Teatro, Sorellina, Sasso or OYa

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          bostongal Jan 25, 2008 08:53 PM

          Troquet, Sorrelina, Moo - the best of the best in the city

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            treb Jan 25, 2008 03:10 PM

            Raddius may be woth looking into or Cottonwood

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              MC Slim JB Jan 26, 2008 07:11 AM

              Cottonwood?! Good Lord, don't take anyone there on a business dinner if you'd like them to return your calls in the future. It's a chain-level Southwestern restaurant with Back Bay prices. Awful.

              Some modest stretches beyond the steakhouse include Avila and Davio's, siblings in the Back Bay that do the luxury chophouse thing on one side of the menu, and an upscale, creative take on something else (eclectic Mediterranean at the former, Italian at the latter) on the other. Good bars, good wine lists, expansive atmosphere, good private dining rooms.

              As someone else suggested, Mistral and Sorellina are also good choices, especially if you can expense them, since they're both seriously overpriced for the food, in my book. But an excellent overall experience otherwise: solid food (French-leaning New American at the former, creative Italian at the latter), very good service, chic atmosphere -- less of a business entertaining crowd, though there's plenty of that going on, too.

              A certain kind of client I might take to Oishii Boston or O ya. They're our highest-end Japanese places, both rather creative with great atmosphere and superb food for the likely-$300+/head tab. But they're not for everyone. (I'd put sashimi specialist Uni on that list, but it's so small that it is not appropriate for larger parties).

              For a North End experience, I might suggest Prezza, which does Italian wood grilling and superb pastas with a great wine list. Compact, buzzing atmosphere, modern decor, a good bar, reservations, valet, dessert: has most everything you'd want for business entertaining that many otherwise-worthy North End places lack.

              Good luck! I'd love to hear where you ended up and how it worked for you.

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                Misterie Jan 30, 2008 05:48 PM

                slight miscommunication...turns out we were "invited" not "inviting" and the other party made a reservation at Umbria. Nothing special. Thanks for all the good recs...maybe next time.

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                  Alcachofa Jan 31, 2008 07:27 AM

                  Umbria?! Well, don't do business with them. ;-)

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                Blumie Jan 31, 2008 08:19 AM

                I don't think I've seen Radius and Cottonwood used in the same sentence before!

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                  Bostonbob3 Jan 31, 2008 10:06 AM

                  Only on the SAT:

                  Radius is to gold as Cottonwood is to _____________ .

              3. NiKoLe1625 Jan 25, 2008 01:41 PM

                Definitely Mistral or Clio.

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                  Bostonbob3 Jan 25, 2008 12:17 PM

                  Mistral, Sorellina, Clio...

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