Business Meeting Dinner?
I'm hoping for a good recommendation for a dinner in Boston, preferably in the Back Bay area. Meeting is with high-priced attorneys so it can be in the $$$ - $$$$ range but the restaurant needs to have a quiet ambiance and it shouldn't be "over-the-top." Of course if it was up to me it would be way over the top. I know it's typically a steak-enjoying crowd, but the steakhouses I've been to around here have tended to be on the loud side. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Hamersley's Bistro in the South End maybe? Excellent food without feeling "foodie," good service, nice ambiance. I don't know if I'd go so far to say *quiet* (you won't hear "clink clink"), but you'll have no trouble having a conversation.
553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
I was in the same boat last week and ultimately I bagged the steakhouse idea and grabbed the private room at Mamma Maria in the North End. The room is nice, overlooking North Square, quiet, cozy, and good for conversation. A few service missteps, but nothing that anybody other than myself noticed. The steak-eater in our group was thrilled with his prime dry-aged bone-in ribeye that was the size of a toddler. Food and wine all excellent across the board. Glad my lawyer wasn't there as the bill would've been thrice as much.
Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113
If you can venture a little bit out of Back Bay then I'd suggest KO Prime. I've been there for several high-end business dinners (I'm a high priced attorney myself!) and have never had any loud ambience problems. If the group is large enough they also have private dining rooms that are definitely quiet.
I've only been to Mooo (god, I still hate that name) for business lunches, so I can't speak to the evening crowd, but that was also nice- not too loud, excellent all around.
90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
Couple Babck Bay suggestions (I do a lot of business entertaining, often with expensive lawyers!) - Davios, which bills itself as a Northern Italian steak house, reliable, has greater options than a Grill 23/Abe & Louie's steak house, good service
Sorrelina, very expensive Italian food, good looking staff, has a little bit of a cold vibe, much quieter than the steak houses
75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116