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Where to eat near Symphony Hall

We will be two adults and a 15 year old who is somewhat picky but likes Chinese food, burgers, salads (no Thai food or anything more exotic). Looking for a place within quick walking of Symphony Hall, and perhaps near a parking garage or other place we can park. Brasserie Jo's worth considering? where would you park?

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  1. Conor Larkins is a cool little bar/restaurant with nice American food. Burgers, sandwhiches and the like. I was surprised at how good it was. Really close to Symphony.

    329 Huntington Ave
    Boston, MA 02115

    1. I always enjoy Brasserie Jo. Good food, lively atmosphere, decent prices for the area. But, I don't know if there is anything that the teen would eat. Maybe steak frites? Better check out the menu online first if you are considiering there.

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      1. re: pemma

        Brasserie Jo's menu is pretty accessible. About a half dozen variations on steak, some plainish chicken and fish dishes, you should be fine.

        It's not my favorite French in town, but it's perfectly reliable; they have terrific warm French bread. I personally think it's too loud, but this is subjective, and regardless, the symphony would offset it.

        The very closest garage is under the Mother Church across the street from Symphony Hall. It's a nice midpoint if you eat at Brasserie Jo and then head to the symphony.

      2. As for parking, walkable to Brasserie Jo and other restaraunts and Symphony Hall, you could park at the garage by the Whole Foods, I think it's called the Symphony Garage. I think it's about $18 for concerts, but I think you can get a few bucks off with Symphony Hall ticket stub. Another option I know of is the Dalton St. garage across from the Sheraton. It might be a little cheaper -- around $11 at night.

        1. That's a tough one. The restaurants near Symphony Hall are not that great and your daughters tastes would be very hard to fill.

          The Brasserie Jo possibility in the Colonade Hotel is probably your best bet. It is a 10-15 minute walk and you would be able to park in the hotel garage.

          If all else fails, there is a Cheesecake Factory across from Brasserie Jo. And the Pru garage gives a discount if you show your Symphony ticket stub (after 6:00).

          Brasserie JO
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

          1. It is not a chowish answer but ... there is an Uno's down there near a parking garage (which is on a side street). Might work for the picky eater.

            1. Years ago, the garage at the Midtown Motor Inn used to have the best parking rates. I don't know if that is still the case. Brasserie Jo is fine. P. F. Chang's at the Pru is fun Chinese and the Summer Shack is not too far away and is good for all sorts of things, but mostly seafood.

              1. Betty's Wok and Noodle is sort of fun (http://bettyswokandnoodle.com/); you can pick your own sauce, noodle or rice and your own vegetables and extremely close to Symphony Hall (across the street). PF Chang's as others who have mentioned is pretty safe for Chinese at the Pru as is Cheesecake for "normal" chow. Much further up on Boylston is the Pour House and that is very basic bar food (a good 10-15 minute walk from Symphony). If you are into Mexican Qdoba (www.qdoba.com) is a little further Huntington (I've never been). Uno's as someone else has mentioned (near the YMCA).

                Tip on parking: If you get in before 6 pm, say around 5 or 5:30 pm, try to find a meter. There are a bunch of meters on St. Botolph Street (paralell to Huntington), some on Westland Ave, Mass Ave, etc; the meters on Botolph and Westland expire at 6 pm, so you would just need at the most $1 of quarters; I think the ones on Mass Ave expire at 8 pm, so you could feed it when you first get there, and then before the Symphony; that's still only about $3 in quarters. Also look out for 2-hour parking spots that expire at 6 pm and you are home free.

                1. I agree Braserrie Jo is your safest bet. I've eaten there a number of times and thought it was consistently good. Check the Symphony Hall website for parking - it offers discount parking at a few places, and I'm pretty sure the Pru garage is one of them.

                  1. Brasserie Jo's is a favorite of mine. If you're willing to go the pizza/sandwich route, there's Woody's on Hemenway Street. It's my absolute favorite pizza place in town.

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                    1. re: Essex County

                      Love the Greek Pizza at Woody's, with all the arugala piled on top. Their thoughtful draft seleciton is a bonus as well.

                    2. One other suggestion is that you could sit in the bar at Sasso. Food is very good and they have pizza's and light appetizers for your child. That's where I go with my son.

                      1. Turner Fisheries in the Westin Copley, if you're willing to walk an extra block. They've got chicken and beef if you can't get the kid to play ball.