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Anniversary dinner on a budget

My girlfriend and I have 4-year our anniversary a week from today. We're college students, so money is a factor, but we can probably drop around $120 for the two of us including tax+tip. We definitely want to have 3+ courses, so recommendations for places with well-priced, good prix fixe menus would be greatly appreciated.

We're looking for French, Italian, or American - my GF doesn't want to try too many new things this time around. We're not into trendy/pretentious places. Romantic atmosphere, relatively quite, and unintrusive service are all pluses.

Thanks ahead for your recs!

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  1. Just confirming... are you excluding drinks for that price point because 3 course meal for 2 people & wine may be a bit unrealistic... And it would be just pitiful not to make a toast for the occasion...

    1. We just ate at Marco in the North End. It is reasonably priced and you can order half entrees of pasta. The Cod Cheeks are amazing! We had a nice bottle of sangeovese with it. The room is nice and small on the second floor, perfect for a romantic night out. We spent around under 120 with tip.

      1. I will probably have 1 glass of wine, but my GF doesn't really drink that much. We'd rather buy a bottle of champagne at a liquor store and drink it at home they pay a lot for wine or champagne at the restaurant.

        So yeah, $120 not including drinks.

        And I don't think it's unrealistic. I work at a very good italian restaurant with a $35 4-course prezzo fisso. I just don't want to eat there - I don't want my coworkers hounding me during our anniversary.

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        1. re: wax311

          La Morra?
          I'd suggest Grotto, The Dish, Ten Tables, Cafe D, Birch St. Bistro; some have prix fixe, some don't.

          1. re: Joanie

            La Morra, and request a table upstairs.

          1. re: limster

            We've been, and while the food is very good and affordable, it can get pretty noisy and crowded. Will consider it though.

          2. I would go to EVOO, love that place.