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BOSTON PANORAMA MAGAZINE - DINING

Downtown

AVENUE ONE
Entertainment: yes
Most entrees $12-18
Hyatt Regency (near The Opera House and Downtown Crossing), 1 Ave. de Lafayette, 617-422-5579. Enjoy Boston’s most extensive fondue menu in a relaxed atmosphere. B, L, D, C, VP.

CAFÉ FLEURI
Entertainment: yes
Most entrees $12-18
Langham Hotel Boston, 250 Franklin St., 617-451-1900. Enjoy what Boston magazine calls “the best Sunday brunch in Boston,” or sample a la carte Mediterranean and American fare, and French desserts—all within a sunlit garden atrium. B Mon–Fri 6:30–11:30 a.m., Sat 7:30–11 a.m.; L daily 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.; D Mon–Sat 6–10 p.m., Sun 4–10 p.m.; SB 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

CALITERRA
Entertainment: no
Most entrees $12-18
Hilton Boston/Financial District, 89 Broad St., 617-348-1234. Located in the heart of the Financial District, this casual, upscale restaurant features Cal-Ital cuisine with seasonal New England flavors. B, L, D.

CHART HOUSE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees $19-25
60 Long Wharf, 617-227-1576. The Chart House boasts an impressive menu of fresh seafood, including specialties like the crab, avocado and mango stack appetizer, shrimp fresca, macadamia crusted mahi-mahi, slow roasted prime rib and its signature dessert—hot chocolate lava cake. Private parties for 30 or more by reservation only. L, D, C.

FAJITAS & ’RITAS
Entertainment: no
Most entrees less than $12
25 West St., 617-426-1222. Established in 1989, Fajitas & ’Ritas features fresh, healthy Tex-Mex and barbecue cuisine. The restaurant stresses generous portions, affordable prices, open casual space and prompt, friendly service. Mon–Tue 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Wed, Thu & Sat ’til 10 p.m., Fri ’til 11 p.m., Sun noon–8 p.m. C, LS. www.fajitasandritas.com. See locator #3 on boston map.

INTRIGUE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees less than $12
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744. Casual elegance surrounds this unique cafe. Beautiful decor and breathtaking harbor views are perfect for those who desire a cosmopolitan, relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a global menu created by renowned chef Daniel Bruce. B, L, D, LS.

JER-NE RESTAURANT & BAR
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, 12 Avery St., 617-574-7176. Chef Jason Adams sets an uncharted course of adventure in contemporary cuisine, featuring American favorites, seafood and steaks, all artistically presented. The artful menu is created from a palette of lush local flavors. The restaurant also boasts an exhibition kitchen. B, L, D, SB, C, LS.

JULIEN
Entertainment: yes
Most entrees more than $25
Langham Hotel Boston, 250 Franklin St., 617-451-1900. The award-winning Julien offers creative contemporary French cuisine in a formal dining room of unparalleled elegance and intimacy. An ideal setting for pre-theatre dining, a private business dinner or a romantic celebration. D Tue–Sat 6–10 p.m. Tapas menu available at bar Mon–Fri 4–7 p.m.

KENNEDY’S MIDTOWN
Entertainment: yes
Most entrees $12-18
42 Province Street, 617-426-3333. Kennedy’s offers all the comforts of a traditional pub, featuring prime aged steaks, seafood and classic pub fare with a touch of class. Kennedy’s upstairs location offers a relaxing dining atmosphere with a lively bar offering live piano music on Thu, Fri & Sun. Open daily; L 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; D Sun–Tue 4–10 p.m., Wed–Sat 4–11 p.m.; B Sat & Sun 9 a.m.–2 p.m. www.kennedysmidtown.com.

LOCKE-OBER
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
3 Winter Place, 617-542-1340. Helmed by local culinary innovator Lydia Shire (Biba, Excelsior), this downtown landmark has been refurbished and restored to its former glory. The menu of this Boston Brahmin bastion has been updated, but Shire has kept many of its classics, including the steak tartar and the legendary lobster Savannah. L, D, LS.

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Entertainment: no
Most entrees $19-25
Park Plaza Hotel, 34 Columbus Ave., 617-482-3999; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, North Market, 617-720-5522. Renowned for fresh seafood and lively atmosphere, M & S also offers steak, chicken and pasta dishes. Daily 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til midnight. Bar menu Mon–Fri 3:30–6:30 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 p.m.–midnight.

MERITAGE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 617-439-3995. Fresh, seasonal cuisine is carefully matched to an appropriate vintage from the 12,000-bottle wine collection. The restaurant’s interior combines slate, marble, exotic wood and leather, creating a luxurious atmosphere to accompany a hearty meal. All menu items come in appetizer and entree sizes. D, LS.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees less than $12
Science Park, 617-723-2500. Forget dinner and a movie—now it’s brunch and a movie at the noontime Skyline Sunday Brunch. The package includes tickets to the Museum’s newest IMAX film, admission to the exhibit halls and free parking. Tickets: $32; seniors $31; children $30. Reservations recommended.

OCEANA
Entertainment: no
Most entrees $12-18
Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, 296 State St., 617-227-3838. One of Boston’s premier seafood spots. Boasting a breathtaking view of the harbor, Oceana offers uniquely prepared fresh seafood. B, L, D, SB.

PARKER’S RESTAURANT
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
Omni Parker House, 60 School St., 617-725-1600. Executive chef Jerry Tice celebrates nostalgic cuisine with a contemporary flair. The stately dining room reflects the rich culinary heritage that lives on at the birthplace of Boston cream pie and the Parker House roll. B, L, D.

RADIUS
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
8 High St., 617-426-1234. James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow churns out impeccably prepared nouveau French fare in an ultra-modern, minimalist setting. Pastry chef P.J. Waters creates rapturously delectable desserts. The ambiance is powerbroker chic, and the service is top-notch. L, D, C, LS.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
45 School St., 617-742-8401. Housed in Boston’s Old City Hall, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offers the finest USDA prime steaks served sizzling hot, as well as fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list, all in a gracious environment with warm hospitality. L, D, C.

SPIRE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees more than $25
Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St., 617-772-0202. Alluringly ensconced in Boston’s most fashionable luxury boutique hotel, Spire features a striking interior and chef Gabriel Frasca’s cuisine, which combines flavors from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal with seasonal New England ingredients. Named one of “America's 50 Best Hotel Restaurants” by Food and Wine. B, L, D LS, VP.

YE OLDE UNION OYSTER HOUSE
Entertainment: no
Most entrees $19-25
41 Union St., 617-227-2750. Steps from Quincy Market stands America’s oldest restaurant, serving Yankee-style seafood, beef and chicken. Famed for its oyster bar where Daniel Webster dined daily. Specialties include clam chowder, swordfish, and fresh lobster. L, D Sun–Thu 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Fri & Sat ’til 10 p.m. VP. www.unionoysterhouse.com.

     
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