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2 great restaurants in Boston/not Clio's level

We will be in Boston for 2 nights in Oct, and haven't been to Boston before. We are from DC and we eat at good/interesting restaurants all the time. We want to try some delicious/interesting/good decor, restaurants but not at the expense level of Clio, which we will have to try someday, just not right now. Is Sibling Rivalry good? Are there any other suggestions? We like all kinds of food. And we are staying around Boston Commons. Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions!

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  1. Fun, authentic Spanish atmosphere is at Dali in Somerville, closest to Harvard Sq. Cab it over. Excellent tapas. The sister restauarant is on Newbury but not nearly as enjoyable as Dali.

    Helmand for Afghan is great...decent atmosphere but feels a bit like a large room.

    Oh...if you want value and kind of a darker bar feel, check the Franklin Cafe in the South End.

    ENJOY!!

    1. Sel de La Terre near the Aquarium is a really nice, not too pricey restaurant. It is owned by the same people as L'espalier, a very pricey restaurant that has been in Boston for many (30+?) years. Also Meritage in the Boston Harbor Hotel is lovely. Harvest in Harvard Square is good- a little pricey but reliable. For tourisy place that is fun try Durgin Park- great prime rib, Boston Baked Beans and Indian Pudding. Stroll around Fanueil Hall Market first and enjoy the sights. Enjoy

      1. Teatro, 177 Tremont St., is right on the Common. http://www.teatroboston.com/frames.html

        1. would second Meritage in the Boston Harbor Hotel with a added bonus of the most beautiful ocean views a real find in downtown also try Mamma Marias in the north end charming and great food too good luck and report back when you visit

          1. Durgin Park is a great suggestion, if you'd like some Boston flavor. The food is excellent, and they have items you don't see too much anymore, such as Indian Pudding.

            Some other suggestions:

            In Cambridge: Rendezvous (continental bistro fare, excellent), O'Cantinho (great Portuguese),Helmand, Oleana (Moroccan-like)

            In Boston: Douzo (Japanese), Laurel Grill and bar, Sibiling Rivalry (good food, if you can get past the "shtick"), Toro, Union Bar and Grill, Franklin Cafe, Orinoco, B&G Oysters. For the North End, try Antico Forno, La Summa, Daily Catch, Artu, Limoncello, Sage or Mamma Maria (the last two are a bit pricier than the others, but absolutely wonderful).

            Happy eating :)