Yvonne’s goes back in time to bring back the fancy holiday lunch

Diners at Yvonne’s.

By Ann Trieger Kurland Globe correspondent 

There was no place in Boston that could once rival the lunch at Locke-Ober, the legendary French restaurant founded in 1862 as a small cellar cafe. Serving calves liver, lobster Savannah, and beef stroganoff, the elaborately adorned downtown restaurant with a hand-carved bar was a place to see and be seen, and the spot for a fancy holiday lunch. There have been several owners and lunches stopped eight years ago. Now Yvonne’s, the restaurant serves holiday lunches again each Friday in December until Christmas, with reserved seatings from noon to 1:30 p.m. “We’re taking the old plates as inspiration and turning them into something that screams modern,” says general manager and beverage director Nicole Lebedevitch. The forward-thinking chefs have scoured Locke-Ober’s archives of menus and devised new versions of the traditional dishes. Expect a spin on bisque, crab toast, and steak tartare for appetizers and sharable entrées like lobster al la stroganoff, veal Parmesan, as well as short rib and filet mignon, or “turf and turf” (about $75 to $100 per person). The plan is to pour wine and champagne from magnums. You can also lunch in the new martini lounge. Says Lebedevitch, “It’s meant to be a throwback to bring lunch back. And it will be over-the-top indulgence.” 2 Winter Place, Boston, 617-267-0047,