Business Lunch

9 Trade
Seeking a savvy concept from a celebrity chef? Try Trade! Trade's bar comes complete with communal tables; the perfect place for those of us who happen in without a reservation, and need a little more than one of their well-crafted cocktails to make it through the night. However, if you happen to have planned ahead you'll certainly enjoy your seat among the more discreet clientele in the dining room. Trade's focus on local cuisine does not dissapoint. The simple flavors of the fresh ingredients shine through in each of the dishes they prepare. Seasonal changes allow diners to discover the best of what Boston has to offer in each and every season. ((617) 451-1234)

8 The Living Room
The very name of this lounge makes you feel comfortable and ready to settle in for a relaxing evening. Guests enjoy the strains of jazz and blues music as they sit back and sip on their drink of choice, perhaps a dry martini or a gin and tonic. Comfortable couches and chairs and warm colors make this spot a cozy and relaxing one. This room also hosts a notable Sunday jazz brunch and offers a great dining option. It's located on the waterfront and provides a great view of the harbor. (617-723-5101)

7 Turner Fisheries
Cozy Turner Fisheries is known for clam chowder and an excellent raw bar, and its menu offers some of the best seafood options in town. Start with the popular smoked bluefish appetizer or a cup of lobster bisque; then dive into baked sole, tuna carpaccio, or freshwater prawns. In a hurry? Head for the oyster bar, which offers hearty meals for folks on the run. (617-424-7425)

6 Oak Room
The Oak Room, located in the Fairmont Copley Plaza, is considered one of Boston's finest steak houses. The menu boasts a wealth of steak, lamb, and pork entrees, along with an extensive seafood selection. Try delicately fried calamari, zesty crab cakes, or smooth lobster bisque for an appetizer. Then, opt for a thick steak or savory roast chicken for a main course. Finish things off with a slice of Boston crème pie, and your experience will be golden! The rich interior features green, gold, and burgundy fabrics and wood accents. (617-267-5300)

5 The Bristol
Stop by The Bristol after a long day and relax in its charming restaurant. Late afternoon tea is a specialty, but dinner is also wonderful. Entrees include everything from an eight ounce Sirloin burger to Lobster Caesar salads. Great views of the Public Garden peek just beyond the eatery's walls. Perfectly polished surfaces, warm colors, and high ceilings lend an air of elegance to this local favorite. (617-338-4400, 617-351-2037)

4 Davio's
In the mood for savory Italian food or a specialty steak? Davio's should be your next stop. Northern Italian cuisine features lasagna, veal chops, and Kobe beef sirloin. The well-chosen wine list features over 300 varieties. Lovely high ceilings, impressive columns, and expansive windows set the scene for a classy, sophisticated crowd. (617-357-4810)

3 Gardner Museum Café
Located in the Gardner Museum, this cafe offers a pleasant retreat from sightseeing and the hustle and bustle of the Fenway District. The menu offers light American cuisine that includes salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, quiche, and tasty desserts. The cafe continues the lavish decor and regal beauty of both the museum and the surrounding gardens. In fact, during the Summer, outdoor dining is provided in the beautiful gardens. The furniture is dainty, and the table appointments are lovely. The cafe is also open on the third Thursday evening of every month during the Gardner After Hours events. (617-566-1088)

2 Tamarind Bay
The folks who run this stylish Indian dining room draw inspiration from all over the Sub-Continent. Indeed, Tamarind isn't content to rely on stereotypes, and the variety on their menu reflects that. On the one hand are familiar lamb kebabs and chicken tikka, and on the other are more surprising numbers like fenugreek-flavored shrimp curry and calamari masala. One of the best lunch deals in the area, their weekly buffet is a steal and offers fresh-cooked vegetarian and non- specialties. (617-491-4552)

1 OSUSHI
Located as it is in Copley Place, Osushi certainly doesn't want for lack of business. Of course, the convenience factor only partially explains this place's appeal. Hip and very sexy, the black and red minimalist space draws a cool mix of business types, international travelers and Back Bay hipsters. Sushi and sashimi are masterfully prepared using only the freshest available ingredients, and each dish is evocatively presented. The sake selection, unsurprisingly, draws vast approval from those who fancy themselves rice wine connoisseurs, and more adventurous palates should consider taking the plunge in one of the bar signature saketinis. (617-266-2788)


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Maps and Directions

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Trade 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Group Friendly
Neighborhood: Waterfront
COST: $$
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The Living Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible
COST: $$
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Turner Fisheries 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty, Seafood
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$
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Oak Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Back Bay
COST: $$$
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The Bristol 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
COST: $$
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Davio's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
COST: $$$
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Gardner Museum Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking
COST: $
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Tamarind Bay 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Cambridge
COST: $$
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OSUSHI 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Back Bay
COST: $$