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pistachio33 May 5, 2008 06:34 PM

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????

  1. mabelm4050 May 5, 2008 07:23 PM

    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.

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      bachslunch May 6, 2008 02:31 PM

      The one time I went to Sorento's, I didn't like the food or service and wasn't overly impressed with the restaurant's cleanliness.

    2. Sal Monella May 6, 2008 05:32 AM

      Audubon Circle on Beacon St.

      1. Joanie May 6, 2008 06:36 AM

        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.

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          pamalamb May 6, 2008 06:52 AM

          I'd second Eastern Standard. It's my office's go-to for special occasion lunches (like going away parties). Food and service are top-notch, and they are great with large groups (we usually have about 16).

          1. re: Joanie
            BBHound May 6, 2008 06:54 AM

            Second PRB. The place feels special, has great food, and with advance planning could accomodate your group.

            Petit Robert Bistro
            468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

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            LauraB May 6, 2008 06:57 AM

            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.

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              overproofed May 6, 2008 07:06 AM

              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.

              1. C. Hamster May 6, 2008 08:19 AM

                For "special," I'd go for Petit Robert Bistro

                Elephant's 3 course special is very humdrum, if you ask me. That place has gone seriously downhill.

                1. C. Hamster May 6, 2008 08:20 AM

                  SOrry duplicate

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                    bachslunch May 6, 2008 02:43 PM

                    I can only add to the above advice that I found neither Cornwall's nor Boston Beer Works to be anything worth writing home about as far as their food was concerned. I actually preferred Game On to either place, though it is a sports bar.

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                      Joanie May 7, 2008 05:55 AM

                      I forgot about Game On. My first 2 times there, I thought it was quite good but not so much the 3rd time. Definitely has the space altho not overly special feeling if that's a requirement for this "accomplishment" occasion.

                      1. re: Joanie
                        SSqwerty May 7, 2008 06:03 AM

                        Have you forgotten about La Verdad? Pretty good food and a space big enough to hold all of you.

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