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Aug 22, 2006 01:27 PM

4 people, minus their babies, looking for nice outdoor Back Bay dining Thurs. eve.

We have thought about the Mexican place off Newbury St., but open to other ideas. Anything fairly new out there?

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  1. I am not the biggest fan of Back Bay dining. There are some really nice outdoor spots but in most of them, I think the spot far outweighs the food. If you want to stick with the Back Bay, you might try Vox, Abe and Louie's or Stephanie's (all of which I'm recommending on location only). If you want better food, why not head to the South End? There are plenty of places with really nice outdoor spots and better food.

    Hamersley's has very lovely French bistro type cuisine (though not at bistro prices). If you go, someone must get the roast chicken and the polenta with mushroom ragout.

    Sibling Rivalry has a great outdoor space and while the menu may be a bit confusing to some, the food is pretty good and the bartenders usually mix a great cocktail. One of my favorites here is their tuna tartare.

    B&G Oysters has a gorgeous back patio with a really big daily selection of oysters and a yummy lobster roll.

    If you want a more affordable option, Dish on Shawmut has good, reliable food with reasonable prices.

    1. I's tough to beat the courtyard area at Casa Romero. The food isn't the best Mexican cuisine around, but on a nice night, it's a great spot.

      1. If you mean this Thursday, you might want to ensure that the particular restaurant is not participating in Restaurant Week unless you can get a reservation.

        1. Or how about Tapeo, on Newbury? When I'm forced to pick a Back Bay restaurant, this is my choice, and it's always good. Plus they have an outdoor patio.

          1. Tapeo, Tapeo, Tapeo.

            Bar Lola is nice too, but its patio is basement level.

            Other possibilities: Kashmir and Piattini.

            Aviod at all costs: Joe's, Pizzeria Uno (obviously), Ciao Bella,