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Sep 19, 2012 06:50 PM

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Ritz Carlton Boston Common

New York Hound would appreciate candid comments on the Ritz Carlton's pricey but highly regarded Thanksgiving buffet. TIA.

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  1. highly regarded by whom? the ritz has not been a dining destination for decades.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Maybe it's highly regarded as Thankgiving buffets go ?

    2. Here's a Chowhound Boston conversation from last year with recommendations for Thanksgiving dinner in Boston.

      I've never heard anything about the food at the Ritz Carlton Boston Common being highly regarded. I think someone may be having a bit of fun with you.


      1. Never heard of their highly regarded Thanksgiving buffet. Is it possible you've gotten a recommendation for the old Ritz that I would expect had a great Thanksgiving buffet back in the day?

        I don't think that the dining options at Ritz Boston Common offer any kind of buffet style dining. They have renovated their dining areas in hopes to attract, but it is unclear how successful this has been.

        Regardless, it wouldn't be my first choice for a Thanksgiving day destination.

        1. isn't it the Taj now....stopped being the Ritz a while back?

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          1. re: Madrid

            The old Ritz is the Taj

            The new Ritz is closer to Chinatown. I'm not sure if teh new Ritz even has a restaurant anymore.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              The new Ritz does have a restaurant: they closed Jer-Ne, remodeled it a bit, and reopened it as Artisan Bistro. They also added a lobby bar called The Avery which has snacks and small plates.

              I would be surprised to hear that Artisan does a buffet; most high-end hotels are open for Thanskgiving with their normal a la carte menu plus a special of a traditional Thansgiving turkey-and-fixings, or a more limited, Thanksgiving-themed prix fixe. I would expect the new Ritz's version of this to be good but not a great value.

              Update: found this online: "Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner. The splendid Thanksgiving buffets at the Ritz have become legendary among fans who return year after year. Hosted in an elegant ballroom overlooking Boston Common, the buffet Thanksgiving feast offers carving stations for roast turkey and prime rib, a seafood station loaded with shrimp and other succulent shellfish, arrays of veggies and stuffing, and an outstanding dessert table. Extras include live jazz and a special dessert decorating table for children. Seatings at 12 noon, 12:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm ($95 adult, $45 children 12 and under). Location: 10 Avery St, overlooking Boston Common. Dinner reservations: 617-574-7184"

              So it's in one of their big function rooms, not the main restaurant. As someone who has never heard of this, I'd say "legendary" is a stretch, as is "overlooking Boston Common".


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Since basically none of us have heard of it, perhaps they are legendary only in their own mind?

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  some upstairs banquet spaces do overlook the commons, that part is true. the taj has spaces that overlook the public garden.

                  $95? how much turkey can a person eat? plenty of better places are open on this day for much more reasonable prices.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    The Ritz ballroom looks directly onto Boston Common.

                    1. re: Beachowolfe

                      i think that you mean the Taj Ballroom.

                      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                        No, Ritz Commons ballroom overlooks the Commons. Taj would overlook the Gardens. Perhaps the Thanksgiving buffet became legendary when former resident Manny smoked a fatty before walking across the street to chow down!

                          1. re: Bellachefa

                            I'd say technically the Ritz overlooks the Loews Boston Common Theater, which overlooks the Common. The ballroom is on the second floor; it can't have an awesome view of the park from there, can it? Some treetops, the State House way off yonder, maybe? Haven't been in it, myself.


                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                              Here's a photo of the ballroom...the view does appear mainly to be of some trees and the headhouse for the Boylston Street Green Line Station.

                2. The original Ritz (now Taj) had a Thxgiving that was highly regarded within certain circles..which I wasn't in. The elegance of the dining room overlooking the Public Gardens would have made any occassion special. Same with New Years eve.

                  The new Ritz Boston Common has banquet rooms overlooking the Common as other's have mentioned.No info on the meal and since this Ritz is relatively new, no great history or tradition to it.

                  The Parker House does a traditional Thxgiving in their formal DR that would be very similar to the original Ritz traditional meal..just a short walk from the Ritz Common.

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