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Recs for a nice lunch spot - Near Downtown/Common

ozzygee May 13, 2010 05:24 PM

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.

Thanks,
Oz

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    Pams May 17, 2010 02:37 PM

    Via Matta is a good choice for Italian and I second the Bristol Lounge recco.

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    Bristol Lounge
    200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Via Matta
    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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      Pams May 17, 2010 02:36 PM

      Via Matta is a good choice for Italian, and I second the 4 Seasons recco,

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      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

      1. ozzygee May 17, 2010 11:10 AM

        Thanks for the all the suggestions! I really appreciate it.

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          nightsky May 16, 2010 03:00 PM

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

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          Silvertone
          69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

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            JoeM May 14, 2010 08:31 AM

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

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

            Radius
            8 High St, Boston, MA 02129

            Woodward
            1 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108

            1. BostonZest May 14, 2010 08:08 AM

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

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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              Bina Osteria
              581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

              Bistro du Midi
              272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                9lives May 14, 2010 08:15 AM

                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.

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                9lives May 14, 2010 06:11 AM

                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.

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                Mooo
                15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108

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                  teezeetoo May 13, 2010 06:44 PM

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

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                    nsenada May 13, 2010 07:12 PM

                    Locke Ober is a good choice

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                      teezeetoo May 14, 2010 08:06 AM

                      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.

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                      nsenada May 14, 2010 05:58 AM

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

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