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Good Dinner Near the Charles Playhouse?

Biggie Dec 11, 2006 07:32 PM

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.

  1. gini Dec 11, 2006 07:49 PM

    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
      Blumie Dec 12, 2006 06:21 AM

      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
        gini Dec 12, 2006 12:20 PM

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

        1. re: gini
          Blumie Dec 12, 2006 10:53 PM

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

    2. s
      sushidad Dec 11, 2006 08:00 PM

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

      1. C. Hamster Dec 11, 2006 08:21 PM

        Avila would be tops on my list.

        1. MaggieMuffin Dec 12, 2006 06:13 PM

          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.

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            Biggie Dec 13, 2006 07:19 PM

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

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            1. re: Biggie
              BBHound Dec 13, 2006 09:11 PM

              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
                Pegmeister Dec 19, 2008 04:27 AM

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

              2. t
                Tany59 Dec 18, 2008 04:15 PM

                So funny! I'm taking my bf as a Christmas gift....actually, I think on the same night as you! lol
                Let me know if you find any reasonable places to eat before the show..and maybe some place to get drinks afterwards. I'm looking for something within walking distance as well.
                I've driven around the area after purchasing the tickets but all I saw was Chinese.....I'll keep looking online and keep you posted as well!

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                1. re: Tany59
                  LindaWhit Dec 19, 2008 04:35 AM

                  Tany - note the date of the OP - it was from two years ago. But I'm pretty sure that the restaurants mentioned are all still around. I'd never heard of Intermission Tavern - it looks very cute! (no prices on the online menu, which bugs me).

                  1. re: LindaWhit
                    Pegmeister Dec 19, 2008 05:04 AM

                    I'm surprised that they don't have the prices listed. In any event, they are quite reasonable as I recall. Bleu burgers are great, especially with their homemade potato chips that they serve still hot.

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                  stradacouple Dec 19, 2008 08:27 AM

                  I'd recommend heading to the Bristol at the 4 Seasons. Lots of options there from light fare to more substantial options. Since you are not sure if you are going pre or post the show it might be a good bet. For diet focused options you can get their bunless burger (it is very good). Relative to Avila, I think that it is a good option. Have never had a bad meal there. Sitting at the communal/bar seats overlooking the kitchen is fun as well......

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