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Nov 6, 2006 08:07 PM

Good date/Late night dinner spot?

My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our anniversary in Boston this weekend and are looking for somewhere fun (maybe hip/swanky/romantic) to eat after 10:30 or so (we'll also be attending BC football game which doesn't start until 7:30pm.

Any suggestions?


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  1. Franklin Cafe on Shawmut Ave in the S.E. Hip, swanky AND romantic w/great food, plus, open till 1am! Do a search on the board to find out more.

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    1. re: twentyoystahs

      A great recommendation, with the caveat that the wait for a table at the Franklin can be very long (60-90 minutes) on weekend nights, even around 11ish. It's generally packed to the gills then, so it's not the most comfortable place to wait, especially if you're starving.

    2. I have to say I love the Franklin but for an option where you can make a reservation, you could try Stella, also in the South End. The bar is usually hopping and the food is good. I'm pretty sure they serve a late night menu that is served until 1 or 1:30.

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      1. re: lissy

        Stella's a good rec. Not exactly romantic and pretty loud, but certainly hip and "sceney" with pretty good food. I knew Franklin was busy during peak dinner hrs, I didn't realize there was still a wait that late at night. Wow.

        1. re: twentyoystahs

          Well, it varies, but the Franklin's summer lull, during which we could walk in and sit down in under 15 minutes, is definitely over. 45 minute waits at 11pm aren't unusual on weeknights now, and weekend nights stay hopping until 2am.

      2. If you're up real late you could have cold tea in Chinatown, while the beer maybe fake the food is still pretty good.

        Eastern Standard may also serve pretty late, but I haven't tested them.

        Or you could drive to New York.

        1. Les Zygomates: they're open really late, are in a really cool location (the Ladder District, near S. Station), and have jazz most nights. A true wine emporium, they serve some 40 wines by the glass, or even better--by the sample! And the food is great too.