I'll be the naysayer on the Parish. Dined there several times and never got what all the fuss was about. Upscale sandwiches for somewhat rip off prices. I can't say any of my sandwiches made me think it's the best sandwich I've had. Way too crowded to boot.
For the same price, I'd rather go to Laurel's a block down on Berkeley St and have a nice atmosphere with less crowd and noise, and IMO a nicer meal.
Thanks to everyone for advice. What I ment by "close" is walking distance close (not more than 1/2 a mile). My husband is disable person and can't be on his feet for a long time. And we are trying not to use a car because of the parking difficulties. Seems that Chinatown is located further than that. We planed to visit Trinity Church, Public Garden, Gibson House museum, so we're looking for a place to eat around that area.
You're also a stone's throw from Chinatown, where you can get a number of tasty, chowish lunches for short money. Searching the board would be your best bet, but a few ideas to get the ball rolling: Xinh Xinh, Hong Kong Eatery, Mei Sum, Chau Chow, East Ocean City, Wing's Kitchen.
Dewpends on what type of meal or price.
Upscale sandwiches are at the Parish Cafe on Boylston near Arlington.
Bistro fare is at Beacon Hill Bisto on Charles.
Top line is at the Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons.
There are many other spots in the area surrounding the Park Plaza Hotel.
Beacon Hill Bistro
25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116