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parkslopemama Dec 28, 2010 09:32 AM

Hello boston hounds,

It's been too many years since I lived in Boston, but I'm going back to visit old college friends next weekend. Want to have dinner close to the Back Bay Hotel for various reasons. Does anyone recommend (or recommend avoiding) the Stanhope Grille or Vlora? Or any other ideas? Thanks in advance!

Stephanie
(a.k.a. parklsopemama in Brooklyn, NY)

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Vlora
545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    CarolinaGirl06 Dec 29, 2010 10:28 AM

    I went to the Stanhope Grille a few weeks ago and heartily recommend avoiding it. It's not that the food was out-and-out bad -- though you can do far better for the price -- or that the service was poor. It's just one thing to have an underachieving meal in a place that's lively and hopping and completely something else to do that in a mostly empty restaurant. It was a little depressing.

    1. C. Hamster Dec 28, 2010 10:37 AM

      Vlora's food is meh and the service has been poor. Same for my experiences at Post 360. Their crowded bar is fun, though.

      Never been to Stanhope.

      I'd suggest Davios.

      Grill 23 is great; so is Via Matta. Avila is pretty good, too.

      All right by the hotel.

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      Vlora
      545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Grill 23 & Bar
      161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

      Davio's
      75 Arlington St Ste Lbby, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: C. Hamster
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        BBHound Dec 28, 2010 11:59 AM

        Second C.Hamster's suggesions. Also nearly by are Da Vinci, Erbaluce and Bistro du Midi.
        And if you can walk four-five blocks or so, restauarnt row in the South End has several good places including Hamersleys, Aquitaine, etc.

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        Hamersley's Bistro
        553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Da Vinci Ristorante
        162 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Bistro du Midi
        272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: BBHound
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          9lives Dec 28, 2010 02:23 PM

          I love the food at Grill 23 but I can't mention it without saying the downstairs is LOUD. Upstairs may be quieter but I've never eaten there. I think it's a great place to go with someone you don't want to talk too much with..:) or celebrate where everyone will be speaking loudly.

          Erbaluce is a true gem. and you'll never go wrong with Hamersley's. I like the mushroom sandwich app (made it at home last night) and the roast chicken.

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          Grill 23 & Bar
          161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: BBHound
            hotoynoodle Dec 29, 2010 09:50 AM

            will pile on for erbaluce and hammersley's. both chef-owned and run, with them being in the kitchen most nights. both are wonderful. via matta can be good, but erbaluce is truly wonderful.

            steakhouse is a steakhouse and none too different as far as what's the plate, ya know? davios's is basically a tuscan steakhouse, but with excellent gnocchi and a killah chicken livers app.

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