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May 13, 2010 05:24 PM

Recs for a nice lunch spot - Near Downtown/Common

Hi I'll be in town next week for a conference and I am meeting with a client for lunch. I'd like to take them to a nicer, more formal spot. Can anyone recommend some good places downtown or by the common? That's about the mid-point from our hotels. Italian's about as "ethnic" as I'd like to go since the client's not a particularly adventurous diner.


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  1. locke ober - classic upscale boston and power business lunch place. bristol lounge at the four seasons is always posh.

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      1. re: nsenada

        wow, didn't realize lunch was a thing of the past here. thanks for the alert. used to lunch there when I worked in the area, for special occasions.

      2. re: teezeetoo

        Just realized - they are no longer open for lunch, except for restaurant week (next one's in August)

      3. With Locke Ober no longer open, you might try Mooo in the XB Beacon Hotel or Oceanaire..both close to Downtown Xing and offering very good to excellet food, in a nicer more formal setting.

        15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

        1. Bistro Du Midi overlooking the Public Garden is a charming spot for lunch.
          Bina on Washington, next to the Paramont theatre would be good.


          Bina Osteria
          581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

          Bistro du Midi
          272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: BostonZest

            I thought of both of those. The ground floor with the doors open at BDM is very pleasant.

            Check Bina before you go. They've gone to a more limited lunch; just pickup a sandwich and bring it to bar or outside. Currently no waiter service. This might change as the weather improves but they just weren't doing enough biz to run a full lunch.

          2. I'd also consider Radius, Woodward and Sel de la Terre as options in the financial district (downtown).

            Sel De La Terre
            255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

            8 High St, Boston, MA 02129

            1 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

            1. Silvertone has good comfort-food type fare. I'm pretty sure they are open for lunch.

              69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108