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Whale Watching: 15 Places to Spot Big Spenders

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The star athlete. The expense-account businesswoman. The politician, the movie star, the kid who invented some internet thing. They all have one thing in common: cash money. And so, in honor of Whale Week, here's a mapped guide to where they like to drop the big bucks on luxurious food and drink here in town. Feel like rubbing elbows with the haves? Head to one of these fifteen venues, mapped out for your whale watching pleasure below. Was your favorite spot to see those who want to be seen not listed? Weigh in via the comments, or drop suggestions and personal tales of excessive to the tipline.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Noir

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-8010
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Visiting luminaries like, oh, Bill Clinton have been known to head for a nightcap at this Charles Hotel bar. [Photo: Official Site]

2. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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Any whale can google "best steakhouse in Boston," but the truly food-obsessed big spenders often wind up at Craigie on Main. The eight-course "Ultimate Craigie Experience" tasting menu ($118) is a particular hit among the luxury set and also comes in vegetarian. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

3. Clio and Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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Guests of the Eliot Hotel need only to walk downstairs to experience chef Ken Oringer's flagship restaurant Clio and its accompanying sashimi bar, Uni. The 14-course chef’s tasting menu at Clio clocks in at $165, and it's another $135 for wine pairings. [Photo: Facebook]

4. L'Espalier

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774 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-3023
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This 35-year-old titan of the fine dining scene reigns supreme in Back Bay and is a reliable spot to find local movers and shakers. Jacket and tie are suggested, and the chef's tasting menu fetches $200. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

5. Mistral

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223 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 867-9300
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One of the few places in town to get escargot or foie gras at 11:30 on a Saturday night. Car service is complimentary and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impéria is available by the glass. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

6. Smith & Wollensky (Back Bay)

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101 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-1112
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It's a known fact that whales are naturally drawn towards steakhouses located in castles.

7. The Bristol Lounge

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200 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400
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Gaze out on all those schlubs wandering the public garden from the opulent fishbowl that is The Bristol Lounge. Because it's never too early to whale it up, this Four Seasons Hotel bar and restaurant talks up its "power breakfasts." [Photo:Facebook]

8. Market

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100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 310-6790
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The only Jean-Georges venue in town is bound to draw big wallets, and the fact that it's in the swank W Hotel doesn't hurt, either.

9. Artisan Bistro

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(617) 574-7176
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The name helps Ritz guests feel like they're earning some cred by eating in a barn, but without having to sacrifice luxuries like grilled oysters and lobster tacos. At least they don't have to pronounce "Aujourd’hui" anymore.

10. The Reserve

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250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 451-1900
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Believe it or not, some hotels don't have champagne lounges in the lobby. The Langham isn't one of them.

11. O Ya

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9 East St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900
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Funny how popular this little place has been ever since Frank Bruni called it the best new restaurant in the country in the New York Times. The home of Boston's finest sake menu and most storied omakase. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

12. Menton

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354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-0099
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Award-conscious high rollers naturally gravitate towards Barbara Lynch's Fort Point restaurant, which is the most decorated in town. Menton is the only restaurant in the city with the coveted luxury Relais & Châteaux status, not to mention four stars from the Globe, AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star ratings. [Photo: Official Site]

13. Empire Restaurant & Lounge

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1 Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 295-0001
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This massive Seaport District restaurant and club quickly became a magnet for Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox players looking to live it up. You never know who else is in those three private dining rooms. [Photo: Cal Bingham]

14. Del Frisco's

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250 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 951-1368
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Watch as businessmen tear into massive cuts of steak. Thrill as wealthy tourists order the wagyu. Scratch your head as a rich college kid gets a second bottle of Veuve Clicquot. [Photo: Official Site]

15. Legal Harborside

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270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 447-2900
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This Seaport District Legal Sea Foods is unlike any other, especially on the second floor, where the standard fish n' chips and clam chowder are traded up for caviar service, smoked lobster and tasting menus. [Photo: Official Site]

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1. Noir

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Visiting luminaries like, oh, Bill Clinton have been known to head for a nightcap at this Charles Hotel bar. [Photo: Official Site]
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Any whale can google "best steakhouse in Boston," but the truly food-obsessed big spenders often wind up at Craigie on Main. The eight-course "Ultimate Craigie Experience" tasting menu ($118) is a particular hit among the luxury set and also comes in vegetarian. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Clio and Uni

370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Guests of the Eliot Hotel need only to walk downstairs to experience chef Ken Oringer's flagship restaurant Clio and its accompanying sashimi bar, Uni. The 14-course chef’s tasting menu at Clio clocks in at $165, and it's another $135 for wine pairings. [Photo: Facebook]
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

4. L'Espalier

774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
This 35-year-old titan of the fine dining scene reigns supreme in Back Bay and is a reliable spot to find local movers and shakers. Jacket and tie are suggested, and the chef's tasting menu fetches $200. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
774 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

5. Mistral

223 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116
One of the few places in town to get escargot or foie gras at 11:30 on a Saturday night. Car service is complimentary and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impéria is available by the glass. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
223 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116

6. Smith & Wollensky (Back Bay)

101 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116
It's a known fact that whales are naturally drawn towards steakhouses located in castles.
101 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116

7. The Bristol Lounge

200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Gaze out on all those schlubs wandering the public garden from the opulent fishbowl that is The Bristol Lounge. Because it's never too early to whale it up, this Four Seasons Hotel bar and restaurant talks up its "power breakfasts." [Photo:Facebook]
200 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

8. Market

100 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
The only Jean-Georges venue in town is bound to draw big wallets, and the fact that it's in the swank W Hotel doesn't hurt, either.
100 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

9. Artisan Bistro

Boston, MA
The name helps Ritz guests feel like they're earning some cred by eating in a barn, but without having to sacrifice luxuries like grilled oysters and lobster tacos. At least they don't have to pronounce "Aujourd’hui" anymore.

10. The Reserve

250 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110
Believe it or not, some hotels don't have champagne lounges in the lobby. The Langham isn't one of them.
250 Franklin St.
Boston, MA 02110

11. O Ya

9 East St, Boston, MA 02111
Funny how popular this little place has been ever since Frank Bruni called it the best new restaurant in the country in the New York Times. The home of Boston's finest sake menu and most storied omakase. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
9 East St
Boston, MA 02111

12. Menton

354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Award-conscious high rollers naturally gravitate towards Barbara Lynch's Fort Point restaurant, which is the most decorated in town. Menton is the only restaurant in the city with the coveted luxury Relais & Châteaux status, not to mention four stars from the Globe, AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star ratings. [Photo: Official Site]
354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

13. Empire Restaurant & Lounge

1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA 02210
This massive Seaport District restaurant and club quickly became a magnet for Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox players looking to live it up. You never know who else is in those three private dining rooms. [Photo: Cal Bingham]
1 Marina Park Drive
Boston, MA 02210

14. Del Frisco's

250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210
Watch as businessmen tear into massive cuts of steak. Thrill as wealthy tourists order the wagyu. Scratch your head as a rich college kid gets a second bottle of Veuve Clicquot. [Photo: Official Site]
250 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210

15. Legal Harborside

270 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210
This Seaport District Legal Sea Foods is unlike any other, especially on the second floor, where the standard fish n' chips and clam chowder are traded up for caviar service, smoked lobster and tasting menus. [Photo: Official Site]
270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210

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