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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.


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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.

    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,

      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.

          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).

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

            8 High St, Boston, MA 02129

            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.


              Bina Osteria
              581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

              Bistro du Midi
              272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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              1. re: BostonZest
                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.

                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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