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Lunch near Back Bay Station, Boston

Three old girlfriends are converging on Back Bay Station from points north and south for a pre-Christmas lunch reunion. Likely a Monday. Looking for a place within walking distance of the station where we can have a leisurely meal. Comfortable and not a too noisy setting is ideal so we can catch up on a lot of gossip. Any ideas for some place that wouldn't be trying to rush us out the door. BTW, we're all adventurous eaters, so any ethnicity would be entertained. Thank you so much for suggestions.

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  1. Turner fisheries in the westin hotel is across the street. Go thru the threads to get ideas. Newbury street is a five minute walk. The south end is only a few blocks. Or you can walk thru Copley place to prudential place.

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    1. re: libertywharf

      I'd recommend against Turner Fisheries. Its a drab hotel restaurant with mediocre food.

      My first though was that Brasserie Jo would be perfect. Nice room, quiet excellent food and good lunch deals. Weve had 3 hour lunches there.

      1. re: C. Hamster

        Brasserie Jo is a good suggestion. I'd add Sel de la Terre. Noisy depending on time, but fun, is Salty Pig, and certainly less formal. Deluxe Town Tavern is another and different option. Really a lot of choices but I agree with C. Hamster: while hotel restaurants can be perfectly fine options, there are better choices than Turner.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          another vote for brasserie jo. douzo is right outside the station too.

          very few places in the south end are open for lunch.

        2. re: C. Hamster

          When was the last time you were at turner's? I'm thinking it wasn't recently or else you would have mentioned it. They've made great strides over the last six months.

          1. Plus 3 for Brasserie Joe.

            1. I would go to Coda on Columbus Ave if I wanted a leisurely lunch.

              1. My favorite leisurely-lunch-with-old-friends spot is the Bristol Lounge. If you don't mind paying the high-end-hotel premium, you get very good food, excellent service, a wonderful setting, and as much time as you need or want.