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shaebones Oct 28, 2006 10:15 AM

Taking hubs out for his b.day next Wednesday night. We like to try a new (to us) restaurant in Boston or Cambridge. Went to Rendezvous last week w a friend and LOVED it. He likes to eat everything but prefers a festive atmosphere NON pretentious or formal. A few I'm considering are Teatro, Eastern Standard and Cafe Umbra. What's your pick or any other suggestions.

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    pesto RE: shaebones Oct 28, 2006 12:49 PM

    Cafe Umbra is great. The food is delicious and I love the atmosphere. One word of caution...the drinks are potent and large, so plan accordingly.

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      miltonbeeswax RE: shaebones Oct 28, 2006 01:36 PM

      My wife and I enjoy Central Kitchen very much. Great food, great wine, very comfortable atmosphere, and consistent and nicley paced service as well. We've never been disappointed.

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        twentyoystahs RE: shaebones Oct 28, 2006 05:23 PM

        When I hear festive and not pretentious I automatically think East Coast Grill. This place has great energy and delicious food. Not necessarily a "special occasion" spot but one of my favs.

        I like all of the spots on your list, too. Teatro definitely has a bustling vibe and the food is great; I enjoy eating at the bar at Cafe Umbra; and I've heard good things about Eastern Standard.

        Another favorite that's truly one of Boston's best is Ten Tables. Very small and intimate, totally unpretentious with just really good food.

        1. limster RE: shaebones Oct 28, 2006 07:34 PM

          How about Taranta in the North End?

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