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Harvard Club Downtown or Back Bay for dining?

Old Aug 4, 16, 3:08 pm
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Harvard Club Downtown or Back Bay for dining?

I have a club membership which I can use on visits to Boston. I would like to take a few friends to dine with me at one of the above. Does anyone have suggestions? I think one is traditional and clubby while the other is a city club in a high rise building? Thanks very much.
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Old Aug 5, 16, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by mphall View Post
I have a club membership which I can use on visits to Boston. I would like to take a few friends to dine with me at one of the above. Does anyone have suggestions? I think one is traditional and clubby while the other is a city club in a high rise building? Thanks very much.
You've pretty much nailed it. The Back Bay clubhouse is "clubby," stone, dark wood paneling, etc. The Downtown Clubhouse is on the thirtysomethingth floor of an office building - some very nice views, most of the decor's still pretty clubby. I think the food's pretty comparable between the two (Veritas at the Back Bay and Crimson at the Downtown).

Info here, including menus: https://www.harvardclub.com/dining/
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Old Aug 5, 16, 12:14 pm
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I was going to write something snide about opting for a restaurant rather than the Harvard Club if you are interested in eating good food, but opted not to!
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If the friends are inclined to be at all rowdy, I'd take them to a restaurant.
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Old Aug 5, 16, 1:43 pm
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I serve on a university club board and I thought I would see if there was a difference? So no help from the forum?
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Originally Posted by mphall View Post
I serve on a university club board and I thought I would see if there was a difference? So no help from the forum?
What help were you looking for?
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Old Aug 5, 16, 3:35 pm
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I serve on a university club board and I thought I would see if there was a difference? So no help from the forum?
Seems to me that cestmoi123 answered your question, no?
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Old Aug 21, 16, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by cestmoi123 View Post
You've pretty much nailed it. The Back Bay clubhouse is "clubby," stone, dark wood paneling, etc. The Downtown Clubhouse is on the thirtysomethingth floor of an office building - some very nice views, most of the decor's still pretty clubby. I think the food's pretty comparable between the two (Veritas at the Back Bay and Crimson at the Downtown).

Info here, including menus: https://www.harvardclub.com/dining/
And to add: the Back Bay location has recently been renovated.
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Originally Posted by Blumie View Post
I was going to write something snide about opting for a restaurant rather than the Harvard Club if you are interested in eating good food, but opted not to!
...but you just wrote that???
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Old Aug 24, 16, 11:58 am
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...but you just wrote that???
I actually wrote it close to three weeks ago.
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The food at both places is pretty mediocre. I would go for a drink or lunch but have dinner elsewhere. Back Bay is far more interesting than downtown anyway IMHO.
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Old Sep 3, 16, 8:03 am
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Dining in back bay

So if my girlfriends just go for drinks, where could we walk to for dinner? Thanks.
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Old Sep 4, 16, 8:34 pm
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Originally Posted by mphall View Post
So if my girlfriends just go for drinks, where could we walk to for dinner? Thanks.
There are dozens of places within walking distance so would need some idea of what you'd want.
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So if my girlfriends just go for drinks, where could we walk to for dinner? Thanks.
If you go to the Back Bay location, many of Boston's best restaurants are within walking distance. I'll throw out two ideas: Select Oyster Bar, for excellent elegantly casual seafood; and Sorellina, for high end fine dining Italian.
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