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Dinner suggestions for $100-$120pp?

My husband won an award at work which includes $250 for dinner. He has been trying to find a 'suitable' place for dinner, but he wants 'something special'. I would have gone for Uni, except I am pregnant and not allowed raw fish (or alcohol, for that matter). We were thinking along the lines of Salts or Pigalle, though we would try anything. Any suggestions? TIA!

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  1. If you eat in Clio (vs. Uni, its sushi bar) you should easily be able to avoid raw fish and have a fabulous meal.

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    1. re: lissy

      However, it won't be so easy to avoid a final bill well in excess of $250 (although possible without wine).

      I think Salts is an excellent idea.

    2. We probably won't be indulging in too much alcohol. Only a glass or two for hubby. =0)

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        1. Maybe get a couple of hot dogs at The Butcher Shop? (kidding)

          How about L'Espalier? It may be the best restaurant in Boston, and some say it's one of the best in the country.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Mmm...L'Esapalier as one of the best is the US is a serious stretch.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              I would hardly call L'Espalier one of the best in the Back Bay and definitely not one of the best in the city. Reputations die harder than fishing stories. Go for a good meal and have dinner at Pigalle.

            2. If you're not going to be doing much drinking, you could get away with $100-120 at most places. I think l'Espalier's tasting menu is about $105.00, (he could drink the other $40.00). I have not heard nice things about Salts except for on here.

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              1. re: sailormouth

                What have you heard as "not nice" things about Salts? I had one of the best meals I've ever had there, and cannot imagine anyone not liking the service, decor, and the food.

                And I know I sound like a broken record, but I'd go with Salts or La Campania in Waltham. Rialto as well - excellent, attentive service and wonderful food, a bit more upscale in atmosphere than Salts or La Campania, but every bit as enjoyable, IMO.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Aside from the food being eh for what they paid, they were not at all impressed by the presentation of the salt, which was cheezy. Both people that I've spoken to know their stuff, perhaps they both got unlucky.

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    I guess it depends on what you get - I got the Roast Duck for Two to share with a friend, and it was absolutely fabulous.

                    As for the salt presentation, when different salts can make a food taste different with different textures and flavors, why not present them in their best light?

                    http://www.boston.com/ae/food/article...