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julieallen3 Sep 16, 2010 10:34 AM

Looking for a fun restaurant for a group of Non-profit administrators, 6-7, within walking distance of the Four Seasons. Do not want to break the bank, but want good food, Boston atmosphere and interesting people. Dinner will be later, maybe around 9. Thank you for any suggestions!

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    robertlf Sep 16, 2010 03:57 PM

    http://www.vapianointernational.com/v...

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      pemma Sep 17, 2010 05:42 AM

      Can you provide a price range you're looking at? Since you are staying at the Four Seasons we're not sure what "breaking the bank" means.

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      robertlf Sep 16, 2010 03:56 PM

      Try Vapiano. It's a new Italian self-service restaurant (tavola calda) around the corner near PF Changs. It's an international chain run by German company. It's quite good, fun and won't break the bank.

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        kwhite18 Sep 16, 2010 03:16 PM

        Via Matta is very good - I agree that you need to order carefully to keep the price reasonable but they have a very good chicken milanese and some good pastas that are under $25. Also they have an extremely reasonable house wine they serve by the carafe.

        Across the park in Beacon Hill is the 75 Chestnut - more pub style but decent.

        If you are staying at the 4 Seasons, i don't expect that our budget is too tight so I would go with Via Matta:)

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        75 Chestnut
        75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

        Via Matta
        79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

        4 Seasons Restaurant
        361 Reservoir Ave, Providence, RI 02907

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          JoeM Sep 16, 2010 02:18 PM

          If you don't mind walking across the Public Garden (5 min very nice walk), Beacon Hill Bistro is a great option. Also Bin 26.

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          Beacon Hill Bistro
          25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

          1. CocoDan Sep 16, 2010 01:44 PM

            Have used Bistro du Midi for business dinners on a number of occasions and it worked out really well. Food, drinks, wine and service satisfied all. Dining room lends itself really well to discussing business.
            Enjoy,
            CocoDan

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            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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              cambridgedoctpr Sep 16, 2010 01:14 PM

              If wine is part of the package, try Troquet. The 4 seasons is also within walking distance of chinatown with its many Asian restaurants

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              Troquet
              140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                mgcmonkey Sep 16, 2010 01:31 PM

                Erbaluce..not a business dinner kinda place.
                Via Matta (unless you stick to pastas only) & Troquet (highly recommend grabbing dessert & nightcap here) will break the bank.
                Avila...food is meh and not indicative of "Boston atmosphere"

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                Troquet
                140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                Via Matta
                79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                  Gabatta Sep 16, 2010 01:55 PM

                  If you define Via Matta and Troquet as breaking the bank, I guess you would have to retract your suggestions of Bistro du Midi and Market as well. The last time I went to both those places I paid a check comparable to what Via Matta normally costs, and Troquet is only slightly more expensive than the other three.

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                  Troquet
                  140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  Via Matta
                  79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                  Bistro du Midi
                  272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                    mgcmonkey Sep 16, 2010 02:55 PM

                    If you order strategically at BdM or Market, you can get out under $50/head for 3 courses excluding drinks. You can't really do that (or at least have as many options) at Troquet or Via Matta (unless you stick to the pastas).

                    The area is not exactly known for bargain dining. Theres obviously a price point that has to be met if you're looking for good food, service and fun atmosphere in that area, but the OP's $ will go further at BdM or Market than Troquet or Via Matta.

                    Market tasting menu is under 60. Troquet/Via Matta has nothing like that.

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                    Troquet
                    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    Via Matta
                    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                      Gabatta Sep 17, 2010 05:07 AM

                      I disagree. I suppose if you cherry pick a menu based on the lowest priced dishes you could justify this advice. However, I do not assume that my business clients or colleagues will think to 'order strategically'.

                      Searching my online AMEX statement, my last (and only) meals at both Market and BM were higher per person than any of my visits to Via Matta this year. This is obviously variable by the amount of alcohol consumed, among other things.

                      IF you stick to the tasting menu at Market and IF you exclude the pasta dishes (which are some of the best things at Via Matta) are huge ifs. My point is simply that it is misleading to say that some similarly priced places would "break the bank", while recommending others to the OP. I don't think anyone is stating that the area is known for bargain dining.

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                        mgcmonkey Sep 17, 2010 06:59 AM

                        I consider > $50/person for 3 courses to be breaking the bank. Dined at Via Matta, Troquet and BdM (twice) in the past month. Excluding tax, tip and drink I paid avg of $47 at Bdm, $61 at Via Matta & $67 at Troquet for 3 courses. No strategic ordering necessary to acheive < $50 at BdM on both visits. Glancing at the online menus, prices are definitately lower overall at BdM & Market.

                        Its all relative though. Either way, I'm sure the OP will be able to make a fine choice based on all the solid suggestions so far.

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                        Troquet
                        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                        Via Matta
                        79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                          cambridgedoctpr Sep 17, 2010 08:53 AM

                          you have given the OP a good idea of what to expect. But i would guess that dinner at Troquet would be within the budget of most people staying at the 4 Seasons, but the OP can decide what seems reasonable.

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                          Troquet
                          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                          4 Seasons Restaurant
                          361 Reservoir Ave, Providence, RI 02907

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                chowmensch Sep 16, 2010 11:04 AM

                Erbaluce, Via Matta, Avila

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                Via Matta
                79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                Erbaluce
                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                  mgcmonkey Sep 16, 2010 10:55 AM

                  Teatro, Bistro du Midi, Market @ W Hotel are all close by and fun with good food.

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                  Teatro
                  177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

                  Bistro du Midi
                  272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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