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dbock Apr 13, 2010 02:21 PM

I'll be visiting Boston next month, and wonder what would get suggested as the best fine dining establishment there, cost no object?
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    joshekg RE: dbock Apr 13, 2010 03:12 PM

    Go to Locke-Ober for the quintessential Boston experience, hopefully someone on this board will comment as it's been 5 years since I've been in Boston.

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    Locke-Ober
    3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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      toitoi RE: joshekg Apr 13, 2010 05:49 PM

      3, make that 4, cheers for Locke-Ober.

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      Locke-Ober
      3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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      9lives RE: dbock Apr 13, 2010 03:19 PM

      If you like creative Japanese, go to Oya. French/Italian..Menton.

      Lots of writeups on the board

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        StriperGuy RE: 9lives Apr 13, 2010 04:24 PM

        Menton, really.

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        Menton
        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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          nsenada RE: StriperGuy Apr 13, 2010 08:15 PM

          She got to you, didn't she...did she promise you a full service patisserie, or something? Ask the construction workers where their dollar drafts are, and the south end where its friendly neighborhood discount meats have absconded to, before crossing over to dark side.

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            MC Slim JB RE: nsenada Apr 13, 2010 09:04 PM

            Fell asleep next to some odd oversized pod at B&G.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              nsenada RE: MC Slim JB Apr 14, 2010 05:57 AM

              Yes, its disguise was probably elegant yet understated, and threw him off.

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              StriperGuy RE: nsenada Apr 14, 2010 06:29 AM

              She should have named the place "mentirosa" which is Spanish for liar.

        2. MC Slim JB RE: dbock Apr 13, 2010 06:59 PM

          What do you consider a worthy cost-no-object restaurant where you come from, dbock?

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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            dbock RE: MC Slim JB Apr 14, 2010 10:47 AM

            @ home in LA: Providence first, Sona second, Spago third
            Vegas: the Mansion, L'Atelier, etc

            Menton looks like a contender........

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            Menton
            354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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              barleywino RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 11:34 AM

              i would put the tasting at Clio (in Boston) in the category of the places you mention (except the Mansion, which is arguably a half-notch higher)..think of O Ya as a meal made entirely of amuse-bouches

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            kimfair1 RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 11:25 AM

            Have not been to Menton, and so far have been able to resist the Lynch-pods in general, but if price is no object, then O Ya would be my first choice and the second would be Craigie on Main, specifically the ten course blind tasting.

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            O Ya
            9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

            Craigie on Main
            853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Menton
            354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

            1. nsenada RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 11:29 AM

              L'Espalier should be up there on the list

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              L'Espalier
              774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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                Bobthechow RE: nsenada Apr 14, 2010 12:10 PM

                By far "Oleana" in Cambridge is the best restaurant in Boston. Chef/owner Ana Sortun of Topchef masters is one of the top chef in the country. It's not stuffy like Sona or Providence but it's beautiful space with amazing food and service.

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                  teezeetoo RE: Bobthechow Apr 14, 2010 02:34 PM

                  Respectfully, I disagree. I don't care for Oleana and don't like the space at all. Of the ones mentioned: O Ya, L'Espalier, Sorellina, Clio and I'd add Meritage and Number 9. Less expensive, but among my favorites, Erbaluce, Rendezvous. I have found Rialto can be very good, but also can disappoint.

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                  L'Espalier
                  774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                  O Ya
                  9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

                  Meritage Restaurant
                  70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

                  Oleana
                  134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Sorellina
                  1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

                  Erbaluce
                  69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                    ScubaSteve RE: teezeetoo Apr 14, 2010 03:44 PM

                    with yah.

                    Oleana is good, sometimes very good, but 'The Best'? nope, not even close.

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                    Oleana
                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    StriperGuy RE: Bobthechow Apr 16, 2010 08:13 AM

                    I love Oleana and Ana Sortun, but not even close to top chef in the country, and probably only in the top 15 or so in Boston.

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                    Oleana
                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    gansu girl RE: nsenada Apr 16, 2010 07:23 AM

                    Second L'Espalier. Locke-Ober is fantastic and historic, but I don't like the choices as much - but that's a personal thing. Oleana is definitely one of my favorites, but the room is horrid - seating is very cramped. I think Ana Sortun is a super star in the kitchen, but that her design talents leave something to be desired (see Sofra!).

                    GG
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                    L'Espalier
                    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                    Locke-Ober
                    3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

                    Sofra
                    1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    Oleana
                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                  4. Beach Chick RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 02:53 PM

                    love love love Locke-Ober!

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                      whs RE: Beach Chick Apr 14, 2010 04:26 PM

                      Since OP is from LA, Locke-Ober might be the right combination of extravagance: Lobster Savannah is sublime, and history, which is something in short supply on the west coast. The grill room is a vision to behold, and Lydia Shire has done a good job updating the menu. http://www.lockeober.com/

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                      Locke-Ober
                      3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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                        Beach Chick RE: whs Apr 14, 2010 04:51 PM

                        whs..
                        you hit the nail on the head that us Southern Californian's have no idea what old is...we think before 1940 is super old..and you get some sort of historic ranking..lol

                        That's what I love about Locke-Ober besides the excellent food and drink!

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                        Locke-Ober
                        3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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                          whs RE: Beach Chick Apr 14, 2010 05:21 PM

                          Though Musso and Frank is pretty redolent of old Hollywood...

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                      conor610 RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 04:17 PM

                      Salts, in Cambridge, is really wonderful--upscale French(ish) food, perfectly executed, with a great atmosphere--small and romantic. I've only been once but will be going again whenever I'm back in Boston (I'm a transplant to LA). While the food at Salts may not be quite as refined as at Providence (though it's not far), I actually thought the flavors were deeper and more satisfying.

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                      Salts Restaurant
                      798 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                        RoseWethersfield RE: conor610 Apr 14, 2010 04:57 PM

                        When I was at Menton, Barbara Lynch recommended Salts to me. I recommend Menton. Amazing.

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                        Menton
                        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                          conor610 RE: RoseWethersfield Apr 14, 2010 11:03 PM

                          But I'm confused: did you like Salts? I've not been to Menton, but will definitely try it when I'm back in town.

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                          Menton
                          354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

                      2. kelly001 RE: dbock Apr 14, 2010 05:37 PM

                        Finest: L'Espalier.

                        Most unique (and arguably one of the best restaurants in the city): Oleana.

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                        L'Espalier
                        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                        Oleana
                        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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                          dbock RE: kelly001 May 13, 2010 04:08 PM

                          I wanted to keep it in Boston so all the Cambridge places were out. Ended up at L'Espalier, which was excellent. Thanks for all the recommendations!

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                          L'Espalier
                          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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