Thanks to all the Boston Chowhounds who took the time to respond to my (very picky) request for restaurant recommendations. My co-worker and I dined at B&G Oyster and were extremely happy with our meals.
We were seated immediately and presented with fresh rolls, crusty on the outside, soft inside. My co-worker ordered clam chowder, which was studded with what seemed to be oyster crackers coated (fried?) in spicy seasonings. It was a nice contrast to the creamy soup. I began with fried clams, which they readily agreed to provide in an appetizer portion. They satisfied my craving but were nothing special.
My entree was the lobster risotto special. It was served in a rich sauce with chunks of lobster AND a lobster tail served on top. It was incredible, far and away better than the lobster meals I ate in Key West a few weeks ago. My co-worker's cod was simply prepared--I think grilled--and tender to the fork. It was good in a simple, bland sort of way but, to be fair, I didn't taste any of the accompaniments, which might have complemented the cod's simple preparation. He was thrilled with it.
None of the desserts appealed to me but I ordered butterscotch pudding anyway. It was fine but too butterscotch-y for my tastes, which is more a comment on the fact that I don't tend to like butterscotch pudding than a criticism of B&G's rendition of it.
I found the decor a bit over the top, in a self-consciously trendy sort of way but I'd still return for the fabulous food. In fact, I'm returning to Boston in a couple weeks....
Thanks again for the recommendations Boston Hounds!