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Laurel Grill, Masa or Union Bar & Grill for V-Day?

d2le Feb 13, 2007 04:43 PM

So I've got 3 reservations at these places. Where should I take my girlfriend?

They've all got prixe fixe menus (Masa - $58, Union - $57, Laurel - $49). We love finding new restaurants and want something nice and chic, but doesn't have to be break-the-bank fancy.

It would be great to hear your thoughts. Thanks guys!

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    hungryinjp Feb 13, 2007 05:33 PM

    Of the three, my pic would be Laurel. It's sort of a hidden gem and therefore a bit more romantic. Union is a solid second choice. Masa a distant third.

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      d2le Feb 13, 2007 06:07 PM

      Thanks hungryinjp.

      I was leaning towards Laurel myself, but was a little scared off from all the "casual dining" experience descriptions online, plus the fact that I haven't actually seen any pics of the interior of the restaurant made me want to shy away. But your recommendation is very promising.

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      1. re: d2le
        Chris VR Feb 13, 2007 06:34 PM

        There's a picture on their website: http://www.laurelgrillandbar.com/

        1. re: d2le
          kbw18 Feb 14, 2007 06:56 AM

          Beware... Laurel can be very cold during the Winter. It bothers some people, doesn't bother others.

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          BackBayGirl Feb 13, 2007 09:02 PM

          I would say Union Bar & Grille before Laurel myself. Laurel is nothing special...it's decent. But, Union's food is consistently superb and the staff is very accommodating.

          1. mangorita Feb 14, 2007 02:27 AM

            Out of your three options, my pick would be Union. I agree with BackBayGirl that Laurel is nothing special. The food is decent but I have never been blown away with anything I have had there.

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            1. re: mangorita
              Joanie Feb 14, 2007 04:26 AM

              I second Union. Esp. because Laurel's prices are pretty reasonable anyway and I think it's a better value at Union on this occasion.

            2. chowciao Feb 14, 2007 04:45 AM

              My SO and I had gone to Laurel a few years back for Valentine's day dinner. The place was hopping, but they served a very nice meal. I haven't been to the other 2 places yet, so can't comment on those.

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                Bostonbob3 Feb 14, 2007 05:00 AM

                Out of those three, Union. Then Laurel, then Masa.

                Terramia has a $70 prix fixe tonight (four courses, about 5 choices per course). I love the place, and that's where I'm taking my Sweetie.

                Although I wish they had their lobster fritters available. I'd crawl through a raging sleet storm for those.

                Oh, wait.

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