Planning a luncheon for mixed group of medical professionals ranging from GRAD students to nationally recognized physician's from a Longwood Hospital. Between 16-20 people, most with a good sense of humor but not deep pockets.
We're looking to celebrate a collective accomplishment and prefer it to be approx 1/2 mile (walking distance) of intersection of Yawkey/Bolyston St.
We've eaten at Brown Sugar so many times, it wouldn't be special. Need recommendations on good eats, affordable and local to us. A first pass; Burton's Grille, Cornwall's or Beer Works comes to mind. The later two not that special but maybe the price range, i guess I'm hoping to keep lunch and one drink under $20.00 pp.
Any thoughts on these or Any other????
It gets mixed reviews, but I really like Sorento's. It's got a nice feel to it--charming but not fancy, and they have a large lunch menu (www.sorentos.com). Their website doesn't list prices, but I'm pretty sure it's quite reasonable. They are located on Peterborough, right behind Burger King and Star Market.
Not super special but the space is nice and can accommodate, Cambridge 1 pizza next to Burton's. Haven't been to Burton's but it's probably fine. If you reserve in advance, Petit Robert Bistro on Comm Ave. would be nice and most lunch entrees are $5-10. Eastern Standard feels special, more in the $9-15 range. The restaurant in the Gardner Museum is nice, but small. Beer Works for bar food.
Burton's Grill has an upscale chain feel to it. The one time I was there, I was with a group of about 10. The food was fine, but nothing special. The service was nice/friendly, but kind of leisurely which may or may not be a good thing depending on the group. Beer Works handles groups well. The food again is fine, but nothing special. I would say the food at Burton's was slightly more upscale than the bar food at Beer Works, but that the execution is about the same. I have never been to Eastern Standard for lunch, but I have really liked most of the food I have gotten at the bar there in the evening (including a number of the salads and the burger). It would like go just over the $20 limit with a burger, soda, tax and tip. I actually like the Sorrento's idea if they would take a reservation for a group that size (I have been with a group of ~6-8, but not 20 people). Their food is pretty good (not as good as Trattoria Toscana, but better than I have had at a couple of places in the North End) and reasonably priced at lunch (~$8-12 for most things - it is significantly more expensive at dinner). The service has generally be quite nice and the space is pretty.
You have quite a few good suggestions already. Some other possibilities in the general area include Elephant Walk (Beacon & Park Drive) and Ginza (Beacon & St. Mary's). Elephant Walk's 3 course lunch is a little on the pricey side for you ($15.95), but if you stuck to an entree plus a drink, it would be in your budget. Ginza's lunch specials average around $10-12, though there are some more expensive ones.