Boston Restaurant for Entertaining Clients?
May 18, 2006 4:11 PM   Subscribe

Recommend a restaurant in Boston for business dining?

I will be taking out clients in Boston and would like your recommendation for a restaurant suitable for entertaining 10-15 people? I would prefer not just any restaurant, but something that sets it apart from others, has great food, ambience, etc. Basically, something that will be impressive and they would want to check out. Thanks for your help!
posted by mam to Food & Drink (11 answers total)
Abe and Louie's, if they like steak and really good cocktails. It's a gold standard for business dining in town.
posted by killdevil at 4:26 PM on May 18, 2006

I would kill a man, in front of his own mother, to eat at Locke-Ober, which is a giant slab of old-school eatery with a rule about jackets and a great that Lydia Shire has made stellar again.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 5:22 PM on May 18, 2006

Wow, half my post got eaten. L'Espalier is the place I'd kill a man in front of his own mother to dine at.
posted by beaucoupkevin at 5:23 PM on May 18, 2006

There's always Top of the Hub... killer views of the city, especially at night.
posted by autojack at 7:21 PM on May 18, 2006

Basically, something that will be impressive...

Hands down. Smith & Wollensky. They spent more than $20 million (reportedly) refurbishing the old armory (make sure you tour all four floors), their menus are framed wood, their chocolate cake is pornographically large... I can recommend a dozen great restaurants in Boston, but the word "impressive" screams Smith & Wollensky.
posted by cribcage at 7:37 PM on May 18, 2006

Ruth's Chris Steak house. It is in the Old City Hall. Just steps away from the Old South Meeting house. It is also the former site of Maison Robert.
posted by Gungho at 8:13 PM on May 18, 2006

Second on Smith & Wollensky at the Castle -- the various dining rooms define "atmosphere." The food is great. Very unique experience.
posted by ericb at 8:13 PM on May 18, 2006

Legal Seafood - frugalness, even in your indulgence, is a New England virtue. They have very good food and you won't be wasting the corporation's money. If you are an investment banker ignore what I just said.
posted by caddis at 9:52 PM on May 18, 2006

Opentable is a great place to look for high-end restaurants in Boston.

If you are in Cambridge, Rialto in the Charles Hotel is one of those consumate business dinner places.

Abe and Louie's is also a good choice. Locke-Ober is good, but can be a bit stuffy. I would consider Sibling Rivalry - good food, with a neat concept - two brothers each cook the same ingredients in different styles in a fancy South End restaurant, quite nice.
posted by blahblahblah at 10:03 PM on May 18, 2006

I like Davio's.

Second Abe & Louie's (you might be able to get a private dining room there).
posted by dragonbay at 5:53 AM on May 19, 2006

Turner Fisheries! We had a very small wedding reception there (private dining room available) and the service was outstanding. Their clam chowder was voted the best in Boston so many times they had to be taken out of the running so someone else would have a chance to win. Off of Copley Square.
posted by zharptitsa at 12:10 PM on May 19, 2006

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