18 Fantastic Restaurants For CEOs

DATE: April 24, 2013

The business lunch is the timeless model used by CEOs across the country. It’s where you can close deals while eating — also known as a win-win scenario. Of course if the food isn’t good or the atmosphere isn’t right, things could end up much differently.

We’ve taken a look at restaurants in nine major cities across the U.S. that are popular destinations for business lunches — not only because of their location, but because of the quality of the food. These eating establishments are rated highly on Zagat, a popular restaurant-rating platform, so you can be sure the quality is up to par.


Boston Restaurant


L’Espalier may be difficult to pronounce, but it is not difficult to enjoy your time there. The attention to detail is what makes L’Espalier special.

The staff will always make sure that your needs are met — which is great, because you don’t want to worry about a refill while wooing a new client.

Boston Restaurant

Grill 23 & Bar

Grill 23’s wood panels and glass walls create the perfect business lunch atmosphere.

Once you taste their steak, you won’t want to leave.

Other Great Restaurants In Boston:Abe & Louie’s, The Capital Grille, Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Radius, Sel de la Terre


Chicago Restaurant

Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse

Pictures of the rich and famous that have dined at Gibson’s grace its walls.

The delicious food and friendly atmosphere are perfect for more casual lunches where the conversation can be honest and open.

Chicago Restaurant


Morton’s has become one of the most recognizable steakhouses in the country with over 60 locations in the US.

While all are good, the original can only be found in Chicago. The rich wood and grotto-like feel is unique to this location.

Other Great Restaurants In Chicago:Aria, Bernard’s Bar, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Coco Pazzo, Nick’s Fishmarket Grill & Bar, Pelago, Spiaggia


Dallas Restaurant


Fearing’s has won more awards than most restaurants can only dream of. It was named “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine and then named No. 1 in Hotel Dining in the U.S. by Zagat.

If you want your brand to be perceived as the best, Fearing’s is the clear choice.

Dallas Restaurant

Stephan Pyles

Stephan Pyles took a break from the restaurant business, but came back with full force with a restaurant that resembles closely the city it calls home. It’s large but not overwhelming in size. It’s flashy, but not ridiculously so, much like Dallas.

In short, you don’t have to be from Dallas to enjoy this Southwestern experience.

Other Great Restaurants In Dallas:III Forks, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Jaspers

Los Angeles

LA Restaurant


Although Melisse is located on a busy downtown street, the outside noises melt away right when you walk in. You’ll have peace and quiet to conduct your meeting.

The only distraction in this restaurant is the French cuisine.

LA restaurant

Michael’s on Naples Ristorante

Michael’s on Naples is the perfect blend of a high-end eatery and home-style hospitality. The staff is pleasant and treats you like you’re family.

It has been rated the best Italian food in Los Angeles, so it’s likely to please.

Other Great Restaurants In Los Angeles:Craft, Drago Centro, The Grill On The Alley, Polo Lounge, Spago, Valentino, Water Grill

New York City

NY restaurant

Gotham Bar and Grill

Since 1984, Gotham Bar and Grill has been the perfect place for business leaders who want a superb meal.

The atmosphere is sophisticated, but the service has an informality that is purely American. You and your guests will be right at home at the Gotham Bar and Grill.

NY restaurant

Eleven Madison Park

At Eleven Madison Park, the menu is formatted to include the surprise of a tasting menu, while still maintaining some control. The dishes are listed by their principal ingredients and guests are invited to make their selections, allowing the chefs to design their meal from there.

This unique dining experience contributes to Eleven Madison Park being voted the best restaurant in New York City by New York Magazine.

Other Great Restaurants In New York City:’21’ Club, Balthazar, Cipriani Wall Street, Del Posto, La Esquina, Michael’s, The Modern


Phil restaurant


When you need to make a good impression, go to Ela.

Right away the atmosphere grabs your attention with elements of industrial chic that are softened by a warm glow, earthy colors and a boathouse-like ceiling. Add delectable food to the mix and you’re sure to leave an impression.

Phil restaurant


If you’re fond of great food then Fond has great food for you.

With dishes starting at $25, you’ll get top quality at a fantastic price. If you want to drive a hard bargain, Fond is the right place.

Other Great Restaurants In Philadelphia:Buddakan, Fogo De Chão, Fork, The Palm, Zeppoli

Salt Lake City

SLC restaurant


In a town crowded with Japanese and sushi bars, Takashi soars above the rest with exquisite food, the largest sushi selection in the state.

Combine that with a vibrant atmosphere and stellar service and you’ll be scheduling business lunches just to go back.

SLC restaurant

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

The Ruth’s Chris in Salt Lake is famous for its quality and efficiency.

The prompt, attentive staff will take care of you while you take care of business at your lunch meeting.

Other Great Restaurants In Salt Lake City:Copper Onion, Eva, Forage, Garden Café, Lion House Pantry, Market Street Grill, Melting Pot, New Yorker

San Francisco

san fran restaurant

Gary Danko

If you spend any amount of time in San Francisco, you’re going to hear the name Gary Danko.

It is widely considered not only the best restaurant in the city, but one of the best in the country. So if you’re aiming to impress, go to Gary.

san fran restaurant

Kokkari Estiatorio

At Kokkari, the walls are filled with awards for the delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Greek food is not easy to come by in San Francisco, but you’ll find it at Kokkari, where everything from lamb to pig is spit roasted.

Other Great Restaurants In San Francisco:Ame, Boulevard, Campton Place, Fifth Floor Restaurant & Lounge, Perbacco Ristorante + Bar, Quince

Washington, DC

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Marcel’s is in an elite class when it comes to dining.

The location, right on Pennsylvania Avenue is special.  The French country decor includes panels of rough stone framed by rustic shutters adds to the atmosphere that makes Marcel’s great.

dc restaurant


CityZen has been around for years, but the dining experience is as fresh as ever.

The variety of dishes including the signature dish, ‘Lobster Magic,’ are sure to please and give you and your client a memorable and delicious time.

Other Great Restaurants In DC:1789, Blue Duck Tavern, Bourbon Steak, Café Du Parc, J&G Steakhouse, Oval Room, Vidalia