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Sep 24, 2009 09:48 AM

Recommendations needed near Hynes Convention Center

Need recs for business entertaining. Thanks!

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  1. How about some specific criteria?

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    1. re: Taralli

      parties of 6-8. price not an object. good food and wines are the criteria. rather not do chains, but high end steak houses will do if that is what there is.

    2. Proceed with caution. There are lots of real food factories (chains) in that area.

      I'd recommend Sel De La Terre. It is nearby, shares a kitchen with L'Espalier and has always come through for me. I have taken everyone from fellow food lovers to picky eaters to Sel de la Terre and all have come away happy.

      There are two bars -- a big open bar downstairs and a smaller more intimate one upstairs. They have a small private dining room and can set up a big table if you need it.

      They do have more than one location but they do not run it like a chain. Here's a link to the one that's near the Hynes.


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      1. re: BostonZest

        Yes, Sel De La Terre is a good choice. For a mostly seafood menu you can go to Atlantic Fish. It's just about across the street from they Hynes, but if you are looking for a quiet, serious atmosphere it is not the place. It is not overly noisy, but it is bustling.

      2. Sel de la Terre is fine, but if $ is not an object then definitely go to L'Espalier: it is far more sophisticated in terms of food and the ambiance is much more impressive and pleasant than SDLT. In the Hynes Convention Center area, this is a no brainer.

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        1. re: sushifest

          If price and time are no object, then L'Espalier would be the choice. It is one of the finest (and most expensive) restaurants in town. If you do decide to go high-end steak there are three very close to the Hynes and walkable -- Morton's, Capital Grille, and Abe & Louie's. There is only one Abe & Louie's, but it is part of the Boston Restaurant Group chain. If you want non-chain steak there is Grille 23, which would be a short cab ride.

          1. re: pemma

            Out of town guests always seem impressed with Sonsie on Newbury. Food is decent, but the cocktails and the scene are probably the real reason people really go. Typically there are some boston celebs there.

            1. re: MParente

              I have to say that none of my out of town guests would be impressed by Sonsie.

              I would select Espalier if money is really no object. How about La Voile for a more bistro feel with a terrific, and expensive wine selection?

        2. I second the recommendation for Abe & Louie's.