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Need Advice! Business Dinner - Seafood - Great View

aimeekm Apr 17, 2013 10:15 AM

I'm going to be in town with a small group and would appreciate some advice on where to have a memorable meal in Boston.

We'll be staying at Logan. So we'll be taking a taxi or water taxi to dinner. So anywhere in the vicinity is an option. But a great view is a must.

Not particularly price sensitive, $40 mains are fine.

Seafood focused. But the group is not particularly "foodie", so I'd prefer to menu to be realtively staight forward. Simple ingredient driven preparations, so minimal foams, purees, etc..

Other Considerations
The restaurant needs to accept reservations in advance. Since it's a business dinner, we'll need to seating to not be on top of our neighbors. We won't need a private room, but small, crowded dining rooms are out.

So far all I have on my radar is Legal Seafood, Harborside, 2nd floor.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Matt H RE: aimeekm Apr 17, 2013 11:34 AM

    There are better Seafood focused restaurants in the city, a place like Island Creek Oyster Bar comes to mind. For what you are seeking though Legal Harborside is probably the best bet.

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      eLizard RE: Matt H Apr 18, 2013 06:22 AM

      took the words outta my mouth

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        Beachowolfe RE: eLizard Apr 23, 2013 05:47 PM

        Third for Harborside

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      grant.cook RE: aimeekm Apr 17, 2013 11:48 AM

      Legal Harborside does seem to be the best fit, although I think Floor 2 is overpriced... but hey, you are on expense account..

      If you had an adventurous crew, head into Eastie and hit up Rincon Limeno for some ceviche..

      Maybe the Sea Grille at the Boston Harbor Hotel? Or Mare Oyster Bar in the North End?

      1. justbeingpolite RE: aimeekm Apr 17, 2013 12:08 PM

        I'd also look at Sam's in Louis on the waterfront. Can't beat the views.

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          CocoDan RE: justbeingpolite Apr 18, 2013 09:22 AM

          I agree w/Sam's. I worked several business dinners there and it worked out great. Great views.

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          Klunco RE: aimeekm Apr 17, 2013 12:59 PM

          Your radar is correct, if a view, straight forward preps, and seafood are needed (and value is less of an issue) Legal 2nd floor is going to be your best bet imo.

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            aimeekm RE: aimeekm Apr 23, 2013 03:52 PM

            Thanks everyone! I decided to go with Legal. I looked at Sam's and I love the starters, but the mains aren't seafood focused enough.

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              suepea RE: aimeekm Apr 23, 2013 05:50 PM

              OK, I am probably going to catch flak for this, since it seems cliched, but: Anthony's Pier 4. I haven't been there in years but the last time I was, the food was suprisingly good. And it has a great view, right on the harbor. It's a classic - that won't be around much longer. It accepts reservations, it has a "straightforward" menu, and it is spacious - you will not feel crowded.

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                eLizard RE: suepea Apr 24, 2013 05:55 AM


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                  suepea RE: eLizard Apr 24, 2013 08:39 AM

                  Great point.

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                  catsmeow RE: suepea Apr 24, 2013 06:22 AM

                  When is it suppose to close? A lot of good memories from family events when I was a kid. I even had my sister in laws surprise wedding shower there 30+ yrs ago. It was her idea to go there for dinner that day with her relatives that had come to Boston so she was REALLY surprised! My brother didn't even have to suggest they go there (of course he knew he had to get her there somehow). I'd like to get one more dinner in before it closes.

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                    suepea RE: catsmeow Apr 24, 2013 08:45 AM

                    Not clear; could be a while? It is being displaced by development. News story from Oct 2012; article seems to hint that they could work out a deal to stay?

                    "Construction will begin on a massive complex that will eventually displace Anthony’s from its perch at the edge of the pier, and could mark the last chapter of the venerable restaurant."


                    Couldn't (quickly) find anything more recent.

                  2. re: suepea
                    grant.cook RE: suepea Apr 24, 2013 10:38 AM

                    My dad used to eat business lunches there when he was in Boston 30 years ago.. I just don't see much (or any) chatter on the boards about it being a go-to place.

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