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Staying on Waterfront Need a place to dine for nine

We're taking my husband's office to Boston and need a fun place to dine with good food and beer that preferably takes reservations . . . . We're staying at the waterfront and don't want to eat at touristy places with bad food or high prices. Ethnic is in . . .
thanks!

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  1. Which waterfront, Boston Harbor Hotel and Marriott or Seaport area? Things are mostly $$ around there. And good beer and ethnic don't necessarily go together do they? Not far from the seaport would be Local 149 in So. Boston which has good beers and is well priced and casual. Blue Inc has some interesting food and drink, not sure about their beers.

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    1. re: total13

      Okay, yes, good beer and ethnic are not synonymous, but we would take both or either. Staying at the Intercontinental.

    2. Look up Trade, the new restaurant by Jody Adams.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Definitely Trade. Or maybe Hei La Moon in Chinatown.

      2. Papaguyo sounds like it might be what your looking for. Reasonable prices, ethnic (to a degree) and not touristy at all.

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        Papagayo
        283 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

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            1. re: Alcachofa

              Good IS REALLY important. All of my husband's staff are discerning eaters, except for one who likes her meat well-done :0

          1. No beer really, but Pasta Beach under the Boston Harbor Hotel has amazingly authentic Italian food.

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            1. re: Bugsey34

              I don't find Pasta Beach anything great and they are overpriced. If I want good italian, I rather walk 5 minutes further and go to the North End.

            2. You should consider Sportello, which is a short walk from your hotel. Most of the seating is diner-style (i.e., counter stools) which probably isn't what you're looking for, but there are some tables and they should be able to seat a party of nine if you call far enough in advance. I'm not sure about beer, but the wine is very good, and you can grab a pre-dinner cocktail at Drink.