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Good Dinner Near the Charles Playhouse?

As part of my gf's Christmas gift, I'm taking her to see the Blue Man Group - I'd like some good recommendations for food in the area, preferably within reasonable walking distance during January. I'm not sure yet if we'll be going out before or after the Friday 7:00 show.

She's doesn't like to experiment with food, but I'm up for anything, although something that'll let me stay somewhat faithful to my diet would be appreciated.

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  1. Pigalle is probably the closest - excellent French.

    Montien is also close for good (not spectacular) Thai.

    Teatro is a very solid pre-show choice - they are masters in getting people in and out in time for a show. The room is very, very loud, but the spinach ravioli are divine.

    Depending on your needs, Troquet is also great.

    Chinatown is also right there - what about Penang?

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    1. re: gini

      I do not find Teatro to be particularly loud, but have seen others make the same comment. Is it possible that this view predates the installation of the acoustical tiles along the walls?

      1. re: Blumie

        It's possible, seeing as I didn't know about the installation. I was there this past spring - you tell me.

        1. re: gini

          I don't know either. I was never there prior to this fall, so don't know when they were installed.

    2. Check out Avila. One of the hot new restaurants in town and lives up to its reviews.

      1. Avila would be tops on my list.

        1. I absolutely disagree at Avila. I think it is horrible and would never recommend it to anyone. The food is mediocre, borderline bad, and terribly over priced. You can do a lot better, for a lot less in the area.

          I second Pigalle. Great food, great service, and a great wine list. Classic good eats.

          I also find Teatro to be noisy, and not in the same food quality category as Pigalle but it is fun, and if that is what you want, more than good food, it might also be a good option.

          Troquet is also right there, as is Via Matta. Also good options.

          1. thanks folks - anything that's a little more reasonably priced? I'll drive if I have to.

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            1. re: Biggie

              Reasonably priced in that area is tricky. The easiest solution is to go to Chinatown, which is right nearby. Lots of suggestions here about which restaurants are good.

              Other possibilities include Laurel (Berkeley and Columbus) which is good new american at reasonable prices; and Jacob Wirth on Stuart Street. Wirth has an oldie sing-a-long on Friday nights starting at 8:00PM.

              1. re: Biggie

                For something more reasonably priced you may want to try the Intermission Tavern.