I'm dining Monday with a co-worker who wants seafood in more of an upscale environment, so not a place like the Summer Shack. He wants to avoid areas he considers trendy and touristy (I think he means Faneuil Hall and the North End). For me, I don't want a place so fancy that I can't wear jeans and a sweater and order fried clams with bellies, at least as an appetizer. I did a google search of previous posts but didn't find anything that seemed to fit the bill.
We're staying at the downtown Hyatt (the one near the Common) and would like something a short cab ride away. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.