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Nov 18, 2006 12:30 PM

Good resturants very near the science museum?

Ok so heres the story, the day after thanksgiving my whole family (11 people) are going to the science museum. Afterwards we want to go to dinner, are there any good, casual,fairly priced resturants in very close walking distance of the museum?
thanks in advance!

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  1. There's a fairly new place in the Sonesta Hotel (across from the Galleria and near the MOS). Chef used to be at Blu.

    1. The last poster is talking about 'Dante' this restaurant is not casual or inexpensive.

      The Hotel Marlow also has a restaurant: Bambara

      Right inside the mall there is Pappa Razzi, & The Cheescake Factory.

      Not too far away is Kendall square with a few different restaurants: The Blue Room and a brew-pub with the standard fair...

      1. The Museum is in kind of an isolated spot. You may have to walk for a bit. Are you trying to eat lunch or dinner? Either way, you might want to make a reservation for a crowd that size.

        Bambara a nice-looking New American place in the Hotel Marlowe. They serve lunch and dinner. It's not cheap: entrees are in the low $20s. I haven't been here in years. I suspect the chef whose food didn't wow me back then is long gone.

        The Galleria mall has some chain outlets. California Pizza Kitchen, Papa Razzi, Cheesecake Factory. CPK is the only one I would visit if I really had to. Big food court there, too.

        Dante in the Sonesta is a fairly fancy, fairly expensive place: most entrees are up near $30.

        The Similans is a decent Thai restaurant (same owners as Brown Sugar). The Helmand is a fine-dining Afghani place that I really like (no lunch). The Second Street Cafe is a wonderful little neighborhood lunch place for sandwiches, salads, soups, but it's counter service, and might be a bit cramped for a big party. If you walk in the other direction, you're not too far from Pierrot Bistrot, an excellent, mid-priced, authentic French place.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          re: CPK being the best option of the Galleria offerings, I disagree. I think you can get decent or better food at Paparazzi, and they would easily handle a group that size with a reservation. CPK was filthy the one time I tried to eat there and although I work across the street I wont go back. Paparazzi is no more than a 10 minute walk from the MOS and I think it fits this requirement. If it was *my* group, I'd probably take them to Desfina and order lots of cheap and cheerful Greek food and wine, but it is a really casual atmosphere so if they need something nicer it's not the place. Probably a 15 min walk, too. The Galleria options are much closer.

          With any of these places, the OP absolutely needs to call first. I wouldn't be surprised if half your options were closed on TG day. Similans good, if a bit to sweet and gloopy, Thai.

        2. I'd agree with the crowd here and suggest that in that area, you could find casual OR good OR cheap, but none that are all three.
          Dante's a hotel restaurant, so they are tolerant of casual clothing but it may be above your price range for 11. Also the food is not particularly kid-friendly (although it sure is tasty!)

          1. Desfina isn't TOO far. I haven't been but some hounds have enjoyed it. Hounds?