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DD will be graduating college late May in Waltham. We are looking for "nice" restaurant over that weekend that will take reservations (8 of us) for lobster dinner:
1) The Grandma's want a tablecloth
2) one member doesn't eat seafood, he wants a decent steak
3) we will be staying in Waltham, but have access to car(s) and willing to drive 30-45 min for great experience as long as parking is decent, Boston is fine as long as parking lot nearby
4) we don't like chain restaurants, Red Lobster is not for us,
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. Abe & Louie's, Oak Room, Grill 23 will certainly fit your needs.

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    1. re: treb

      Of these three, I would try Grill 23 first. But you will not go wrong in any of them.

      1. re: bgavin

        Looked at Grill 23 menu online and did not see lobster listed as an entree. Am I missing it?

        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          I think you just missed it.

          http://grill23.com/menu

          1. re: bear

            You may want to keep in mind that Grill 23, while wonderful, is particularly loud.....grandma may not enjoy.

            1. re: Science Chick

              Thanks! There are 2 Grandmas (both 80) who want a somewhat formal meal, both somewhat hard of hearing (won't discuss hearing aids!). They are suggesting Locke-Ober or Jimmy's Harborside (?) as memories from the past. Not familiar with Boston, we are from Ohio. Either of these still exist and are they any good? Or, any other suggestions? We have been to Legal Seafoods many times but want something more upscale than that. Thanks!

              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                Jimmy's is gone. Abe and Louie's would probably be my choice, but as CocoDan posts below the Palm is also a good choice. For those that don't want seafood, their twin tenderloins with caramalized onions are delicious.

                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                  I think Lock-Ober would be a great choice. You can't get much more formal and It's a landmark Boston restaurant. Their signature dish is Lobster Savanah. I don't see a plain boiled lobster on the menu, but I'm sure if that's what someone wanted they would make it for you. You could call ahead and confirm. They have valet parking.

      2. I too love Grille 23, but The Palm in the Westin Hotel does an excellent lobster, and needless to say they have very good everything else. Parking is convenient. They also have outstanding crabcakes. And, where do they get their tomatoes? Delish!
        Enjoy,
        CocoDan

        1. I have had the best grilled lobster at the Capital Grille, that being said, I am sure that Abe & Louies, Oak Room and other steak houses would be just as good...

          1. Does Anthony's Pier 4 have white table cloths? If so, I had an excellent meal there within the last three years. And I took my mother (she is a grandmother), and she liked it too. Might be worth a look.

            1. My suggestion would be Atlantic Fish. They are primarily a seafood place but because they owned (right next door) by the same restaurant group that owns Abe & Louie's they also serve a very good steak. I have taken many clients there when I had a group that wanted seafood and non-seafood choices. If most members of your group want seafood and only one or two want meat I would go with a seafood place that also serves meat rather than a steak house that also serves seafood.