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APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 09:41 AM

Greetings, hounds. Have a big dinner meeting coming up and wanted the best info. Last time we met it was at L'Andana. I wasn't thrilled. Is there any high quality alternative in the area? Looking for delicious food with wine to match....but, most importantly, atmosphere conducive to a relationship building business meeting. Budget no object, our guest is a non-meat eater. Thanks for your expertise.

APB

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L'Andana
86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

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    omarba RE: APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 10:26 AM

    Other nice restaurants in Burlington that would be suitable for a business dinner would be Capital Grill, Summer Winter or Cafe Escadrille.

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    Cafe Escadrille
    26 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

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      Gordough RE: omarba Nov 28, 2011 10:35 AM

      Not much in the way of "client worthy" restaurants that fit your criteria in that area. Since you have already tried L 'Andana and your guest doesn't eat meat, I would second the suggestion of Summer Winter. Yes, it is in a Marriott hotel and yes, reviews are decidedly mixed, but I have eaten there 4-5 teams and have always been satisfied. Atmosphere is nice but certainly not quite to the level of a Capital Grill.

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        Blumie RE: omarba Nov 28, 2011 10:37 AM

        Haven't been to Cafe Escadrille in years, but my last visit was pretty lame.

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          treb RE: Blumie Nov 28, 2011 10:54 AM

          2nd that, barely steam table food. I'd recommend Captial Grille, in Burlington, may be a good place for the OP.

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        RoyRon RE: APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 11:34 AM

        Hi

        Antoher good choice would Parson's Table in Winchester. It is a small restaurant with very good food and service. They don't have a full bar but do have a very nice wine and beer list. The chef focuses on using local indgredients and there are specials each day. The place has a nice relaxed atmosphere. I have used it for business dinners many times and my guests have always been very satisfied and complementary about Parsons' Table. I would suggest a reservation and you can check out a smaple menu from their web site.

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          omarba RE: RoyRon Nov 28, 2011 11:39 AM

          Parson's Table closed a few weeks ago. There is a new restaurant there now, not sure of the name though.

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            FoodTruth RE: omarba Nov 30, 2011 07:08 AM

            The new restaurant is A Tavola which is owned be the Bistro 5 folks (http://www.bistro5.com/A%20Tavola).

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          APBAPB RE: APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 01:03 PM

          Thanks everybody. Slim pickings in that area, huh?

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            LStaff RE: APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 02:04 PM

            Il Capricio in Waltham seems to meet all the requirements you are looking for.

            http://www.ilcapricciowaltham.com/

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              mcel215 RE: LStaff Nov 29, 2011 02:49 AM

              Love Il Capricio.

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              cherrytomato RE: APBAPB Nov 28, 2011 03:51 PM

              APBAPB I think you should still consider going back to L'andana. They have great tuna tartare and great lobster and other kinds of fish. I happen to adore their Bolognese. I love the food there. I had to spend an enormous amount of time in that area at Lahey and ate at everyplace that has been mentioned and if I had to choose which one I hands down would choose L'andana. Also the service is very thoughtful and warm. The panna cotta dessert is amazing. I really think it's the best restaurant in that area.

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                APBAPB RE: cherrytomato Nov 28, 2011 06:23 PM

                Thanks again, everybody. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that there is no clearly better alternative, I'm going to take up cherrytomato's recommendation and give L'Andana another try. Ah, the burdens we must bear to advance the corporate weal.

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                  peregrine RE: APBAPB Nov 30, 2011 09:25 AM

                  May I suggest Dalya's in Bedford? The atmosphere is excellent, large country-inn-ish. The food is excellent and there are always vegetarian and other interesting non-meat options.

                  www.dalyas.com

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