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Mar 26, 2009 01:10 PM

Dinner with colleagues

I will be in town next month for a conference and need recommendations for a great restaurant suitable for a work dinner.

Thanks in advance. This is my first time posting on Chow, I hope I posted enough info...oh we will be staying in the Back Bay area of town.

Thanks again!


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  1. Welcome to Chowhound. I'm sure we can help you find a great place but, unfortunately, we really need more information. How many people? Do you need a private room? Where in Back Bay? or are you willing to travel (T? Taxi?) What kind of food do you like/want? What's the budget? Day of the week? How formal or casual?

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    1. re: BBHound

      Thanks! Four or five people no we don't need a private room. We are all staying at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

      As long as the taxi fare isn't excessive. Tuesday evening. There has been no mention of budget, but I guessed maybe $500. Casual, definitely.

      In terms of type of food they have no preference. I am a fan of any place with a great wine list! Personally I like Southern Italian, bistro dining, gastropubs, and pork!

      I hope this helps.

      1. re: hypnotic

        Walk right across Huntington Avenue to Sorellina.

          1. re: hypnotic

            Walk through Copley Place to the Prudential Center and onto Sel De La Terre. Most importantly, food-wise, you'll probably enjoy the assiette of Vermont pig (a presentation of pork in a variety of forms; I particularly liked the pot pie and the baby back rib). Other delectable main courses include their Long Island duck breast and steak frites with those notoriously addictive rosemary pomme frites. As for first courses, you'll like their charcuterie plate featuring 4 different selections. I like the sweetbreads with a ginger foie gras emulsion worthy of licking the plate clean and the scallops with a ravioli of foie gras on a fig anise crouton. In regards to wine, their wine list is full of reasonably priced food-worthy wines; plus L'Espalier's wine list is available upon request.

        1. At the higher end of your budget ($60-90 without drinks, tax, or tip)

          SOUTH END (within walking distance and an active restaurant hub)
          Hammersley's Bistro - perennial fav for roast chicken (overall decent food)
          Aquataine - a long-time bistro with good but uneven food
          Butcher Shop - a very small restaurant that's all about meat (very good)
          B&G Oyster - a very small restaurant that's all about seafood (very good

          NORTH END (short taxi ride and in the Italian area)
          Mama Marie - rich interior and food - not a typical red sauce restaurant (very good)
          Prezzo - more standard Italian fare with other non-Italian items (good)
          Neptune Oyster - seafood restaurant (not Italian - very good)

          LEATHER DISTRICT (short taxi ride)
          Les Zygomates - bistro with character and a good wine list (uneven but good food)
          Sorriso Trattoria - Italian bistro with a urban feel (good food)

          NEWBURY (the retail area and right next to your hotel)
          Stephanie's - a high end comfort food place that most people like

          Let me know if you have any questions or want more casual suggestions.

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          1. re: alwayscooking

            Note that, although I'm a big fan of B&G, it's doable for a party of four only with a reservation, and pretty much impossible for a larger group.

            1. re: alwayscooking

              That's a good list but I would omit Stephanie's.

              For a variety of reasons, restaurants in Back Bay tend not to be that wonderful and are expensive. Sorellina is very good, as is Sel de la Terre, Grill 23, and Mistral. I also like La Voile and Vlora but opinion here is somewhat divided on those choices.

              And the food at your hotel is worse than mediocre.

              Be sure to let us know where you went and how it was.

              1. re: BBHound


                I struggled with the pp cost when making the list. I thought Mistral, Grill 23, and Sorellina would push a bit beyond the budget (it always does for me). Totally forgot about Sel de la Terre and would add it as a good moderate restaurant (although not a bistro or pubthingie). I agree about Stephanie's but I can't tell you how many out-of-towner's (a business circle) ask for and enjoy it.

                Edit - some of these restaurants are stretching into less than casual territory as well.

                1. re: BBHound

                  Another decent option adjacent to the Marriott is Sasso. It's very quiet and an easy reservation to score (so much so that I don't know how much longer they can survive!), but the food is good and it's a nice place for a quiet meal.