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RiverWalk: Need TWO great restaurants for business dinners

scooter260 Dec 4, 2013 04:01 PM

Greetings! I am staying at the Mokara Hotel on the RiverWalk and have been challenged to find TWO great restaurants within walking distance to the hotel.

Requirements: Great food, Fun or slightly fancy atmosphere, not touristy/chain.

Thank you!

  1. ipsedixit Dec 6, 2013 06:57 PM


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      Sam Spade Dec 6, 2013 06:52 PM

      +1 on Bohanan's rec if you're on an expense account. Atmospherics also good at Biga and restaurant Gwendolyn. Have recently had two excellent dinners at Kimura (sit at the serving bar).
      All have websites for more info.

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        bronwen Dec 5, 2013 08:58 AM

        Bella on the RIver is fun.
        Biga on the Banks is probably the best food.
        The Fig Tree/Boudro's/Citrus/ Luke I would also recommend. None are chains, thank goodness!

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          saeyedoc Dec 5, 2013 06:27 AM

          On an expense account? Go to Bohanan's, local, high-end steakhouse. Anything directly on the riverwalk is going to be very touristy.
          Pearl Brewery restaurants are great, but not walking distance. Haven't been to the Granary, but love Nao, Il Sogno, Sandbar, La Gloria. Had a great dinner at TukTuk Taproom the other night, near the Pearl on Broadway.

          1. Steve Green Dec 4, 2013 05:20 PM

            Haven't been there in some years, but in the past, I've really enjoyed Boudro's.

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              James Cristinian Dec 4, 2013 05:31 PM

              Funnish, I second Boudro's and also Paesono's. Fancy, check out Bill Hunt's review of Las Canarias.


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                scooter260 Dec 5, 2013 06:02 AM

                Great ideas....thank you. I have also had people recommend going to the two following places:

                1. Pearl Brewery, and specifically to the Grannary Cue.
                2. Tower of the Americas for cocktails at the bar

                Any reactions?

                1. re: scooter260
                  Sam Spade Dec 7, 2013 12:38 PM

                  Whatever you do, DON"T EAT AT THE TOWER...if you want the view, just do the bar (even though Brooklynite, Bohanans and Esquire are much better bars). Not sure you want to walk (or river taxi) to the Pearl if it's cold out, though I'd certainly recommend it in nice weather, not more than 1.5 miles (if that) along the riverwalk. Other highly recommended places at/very near the Pearl:
                  Arcade, Nao, Boiler House, Sandbar, Sogno, Minnies, Tuk-tuk taproom

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