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Feb 20, 2008 04:31 AM

Boston Seafood Show-Chef driven fine dining

Chef/owner/purchaser from fine dining restaurant group in Washington DC coming up to Boston this weekend for the seafood show...looking for an excellent, Chef-driven, restaurant experience...price is NOT an issue...Seafood would be great, but not absolutely necessary...just want to go somewhere that we can learn something (service, creativity, quality/unique ingredients) from a great chef/concept. Thanks!

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    1. You'll learn a lot as you browse this board, but the ones that I personally can recommend are Craigie Street Bistro, Gargoyles on the Square, Salts and Pigalle. Of them all, think Craigie Street Bistro offers the most unique experience, with a very market-driven menu.

      Others that I haven't made it to but which generally get mentioned in that type of category are TW Food, Ten Tables and Oleana. Enjoy Boston!

      Gargoyles On the Square
      219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144

      Salts Restaurant
      798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

      T.W. Food
      377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      Ten Tables
      597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

      Craigie Street Bistrot -- CLOSED, now Craigie On Main
      5 Craigie Cir, Cambridge, MA

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      1. re: Chris VR

        This is a great list Chris. To the OP -- these others are fine, especially CSB but I think Salts is exactly what you are looking for. It would be great if you would post back your experience wherever you end up.

        1. re: Chris VR

          Great list! BUT Chef-driven? Does the chef have to be in the kitchen every night to be considered "Chef-driven"? I think they all meet this criteria with the exception of Pigalle, how can Marc Orfaly be at both Marco and Pigalle? Don't get me wrong I am a big fan of Pigalle but I don't consider Pigalle to be "Chef-driven".

          Second Steiner3322 is looking for "Fine dining".I think only three meet this criteria, Salts (I have not yet tried Salts but plan to soon), Cragie Street and TW Food. Pigalle does as well but see above.

          I would also add O Ya to your list.

          1. re: csammy

            Oh, I totally have to disagree with that. Marc Orfaly's Pigalle is completely chef-driven.

            1. re: fullbelly

              "completely chef-driven" Maybe my definition is different then yours but last time I checked you can't be cooking at two places at the same time.
              As I have said before, I enjoy Pigalle but believe that you will always get a better meal when the Chef is in the house.

        2. I'm no expert, but Chiara in Westwood is chef-driven, and serves great food at a fair price. They take soup seriously, and if I lived closer I would go more often for that alone.

          1. For a chef driven restaurant in the greater Boston area, I'm going to suggest Jasper White's Summer Shack in the Cambridge location and risk getting bombarded. It certainly will give you another aspect of seafood cookery.


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            1. re: Gio

              Call to find out which location Jasper will be at, then go there. He's a seafood master!

              My first thought when I saw the thread title was Dan Bruce at Meritage in the Boston Harbor Hotel. His cooking is outrageous! and he'll be in the house.

            2. If your schedule allows and price is truly not an option I would suggest omakase at either Uni or O Ya.

              O Ya
              9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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              1. re: heathermb

                Adding link for Uni...

                370-A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215