Boston is filled with great places to eat. What are some of the best places for a business traveler to get lunch? We’ll categorize this into expensive and non-expensive.
Abe & Louie’s
A great steak house that was voted Boston’s best in 2004, 2005, and 2009. Most steaks are in the $30-$40 range, and sandwiches are $12-$20. During nice weather there is outdoor seating. Located on Boylston street near Copley Square and the Back Bay this is in a great location to walk to from many Boston businesses.
Smith & Wollensky
Another fine steak house, also located in the Back Bay area. New York Times critic Ruth Reichl says it is the “Steakhouse to end all arguments”. Steaks generally run in the $30-$50 range. They also have a great seafood menu. There is very little on the inexpensive range for this restaurant.
Voted best steak house in 2009 by Improper Boston. Lunch is definitely not for the faint of heart. A 3 course sit down lunch is offered at $68 per person with a minimum of 10 people in a reservation.
The Oak Room (Fairmont Copley Hotel)
A great place to get a quality meal for a low price. The menu includes sandwiches, Panini and burgers, along with steak and seafood. The Chef’s Menu Express is $20.99 and includes Soup, Salad, an Entrée including your choice of Lobster Roll, Crab Cake, Grilled Chicken, or NY Strip Steak, and a desert.
This South End financial district restaurant offers main courses for lunch starting at $19. Lunch is from 11:30am-2pm and they allow reservations via OpenTable. The atmosphere is great, however the lunch menu is fairly limited with only 8 entrees available. You should probably check the menu out online before making a reservation.
Silvertone Bar & Grill
Silvertone is located in the Beacon Hill area of Boston near the State House and Government Center. The menu is mostly American comfort food ranging in price from $10-$25 including sandwiches, salads, and basic menu items. The Steak tips are highly recommended along with the Sheppard’s Pie.
Legal Sea Foods
A staple of Boston Legal Sea Foods has locations thru-out Boston including in most of the Logan Terminals, Copley Place, and the Prudential Center. Prices do vary among the locations but most locations you can find entrees ranging around the $15 mark. The focus at these locations of course is Sea Food, although they offer a delicious Oven Roaster Herb Chicken for the land lovers in your group. The atmosphere has a fun modern look to it.
It’s surprising that one of Boston’s best Italian lunch locations is located outside of the North End. Via Matta is located in the Back Bay area of Boston and offers excellent Italian food starting with prices between $10-25. The atmosphere is classy and elegant without being too stuffy.
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