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Aug 24, 2012 12:14 PM

Best Saturday Waterview Lunch with 80 yo Parent -

Hey Hounds. Planning a last minute trip with my elderly MIL and DW tomorrow, and need some advice that limits the amount of walking required but still lets her have a nice experience. The plan so far is to drive to Quincy in the morning and hop a commuter boat to Long Wharf. Hoping that gives us a nice view of the city from the outer and inner harbors. Once there, we could eat at The Chart House which is right on the pier. If it's like other Chart Houses I've been to, the food is high priced and none too special, although it won't kill you. Pasta Beach seems like a better idea and also seems walkable. Plus it gets some love on this board, but it's hard to tell if it has a decent view. If the patio is nice without a view I guess that would be acceptable, but not as desirable. (realizing that like anywhere else, waterfront dining and great food quality are usually mutually exclusive). Our last option would be to cab it to Aragosta on Battery Wharf, but it seems to get very mixed reviews, and they do a Brunch menu on Saturdays with a truncated lunch offering.

Open to other places I haven't mentioned or would love your feedback on those I've mentioned.

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  1. Pasta Beach has a decent, not great view. The food is very solid. It should be walkable for an 80 YO

    The Chart House is pretty awful.

    Another idea is the 1st floor of Legal Harborside. Might be a little tough for the 80 YO to walk, but probably doable. Spectacular view, and solid food.

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    1. re: mkfisher

      Pasta beach has a decent view of what? Atlantic ave and the rotunda can be seen but I don't think there's a view of the water.

    2. gee, a cab really wouldn't b very expensive over to the top floor of legals harborside.... Pamper her!

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Have no problem with expense. Surprised at the love for Legal though. My experience at other locales have been underwhelming. I assume it's different at Harborside? And what's the difference between "top floor" and "1st floor" besides the view?

        Edit: I just scoped out the top floor menu, and although i wouldn't classify her as picky, sushi ain't happening. So if it's here, it's first floor.

        Any opinions on Aragosta?

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          the second floor dining room at Legal's has the much better menu - the first floor is so loud that even if your hearing is perfect you'll leave with your head buzzing and you'll be shouting at each other. Not fun.

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Sat. lunch at Legal is only available on top (sushi only) floor or 1st floor. Can't imagine it's loud outdoors on the patio is it?

          2. re: CapeCodGuy

            I def would not say there is CH love for Legals. Not. The suggestions (at least mine, and most others I've seen) are more to do with your particular guest's age and taste, and the view.
            IIRC, aragosta (which initially interested me) got mediocre to bad CH and media reports and also iirc ,its claims to a 'harbor view' are misleading.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              True enough. I'm tempted to try Aragosta though. At least I have a chance at some decent food where as I know what I'll get at Legal. She won't complain at either. Open Table reviews are actually rather positive.

              I dunno, maybe I should just scrap the waterfront idea and take a cab to Aquataine.

        2. How about Sam's at Louis? My son has been a couple of times and enjoyed it.

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          1. re: bear

            the view at sam's is fantastic and the food is very good. nothing too exotic, and reasonably priced. with esti parsons running the front of the house, the service is excellent.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              hotoy, what is sam's? i must have really missed the boat on this one. Is Esti not still part of the Schlow empire?and what is the fantastic view exactly? so many visitors seek one. thx.

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                schlow and esti and christopher parted ways quite a few years back. now schlow is basically solo on his old and new projects.

                christopher is helping his wife, joanne chang, with meyers and chang and playing lots of golf.

                esti cooled her heels out in the country for a couple years, while looking for a good spot/project. she coupled up with the owners of louis' when they moved to the waterfront. sam's is up and behind the store. they had a slightly rocky start, but a chef change seemed to fix that. the inside is tiny, maybe 40 seats, but the deck seats 90, i think.

                with all the overpriced crap chain food in that area it's a great alternative.

            2. re: bear

              Sam's view and setting is great and the food is above average. It's up a flight of stairs, but if I recall, there is an elevator; you could certainly call and check.

            3. I know you specified water view, which this is NOT, but since you are taking the commuter boat you will have fantastic water views in both directions. Why don't you call Locke-Ober to see if they are doing lunch tomorrow and can book you a table? My 80-something parents LOVED their RW lunch there a few years back, thought food was great and loved the ambience. I realize different management now, but menu looks pretty good still. Just a thought.

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              1. re: GretchenS

                Nice thought thank you, but they aren't doing lunch tomorrow.

                1. re: CapeCodGuy

                  ccg, she might really appreciate the quiet elegance of Bistro du Midi across from the Public Garden....something about the Public Garden to make you feel the specialness of Boston.......

                  Wherever you do eat, ccg, if your mil hasn't been in boston in a long time, maybe before or after lunch, it might be a real treat to ask the cab to do a little loop around some place like Comm Ave and the Public Garden, or the Greenway with Commercial St, Atlantic Ave and the waterfront, and the new Seaport area......

                  So many changes in recent years!

              2. Sam's seems like a great choice... However, the Red Bull Cliff Diving is starting at 4 on Saturday so that may bring some increased crowds of various energy drink swilling riff raff and saggy pants'd ruffians.

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                1. re: Beachowolfe

                  jeebus, that's an abg crowd, not sam's, but point well taken the area will be busy.

                  1. re: hotoynoodle

                    The area was an absolute shit show when I got there at 3 and appeared to have been so for quite some time. Even Sam's, completely packed and everyone drinking. Would not have been a spot to take an 80 yo.

                    Tongue firmly in cheek on the previous post. We watched the divers for an hour or so. It was amazing and definitely worth a youtube search.