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Romantic Bars/Restaurants in Cambridge/Quincy

highnoon Apr 15, 2007 11:03 AM

I'm looking for some romantic spots in either Quincy or Cambridge.(Just met a girl who lives and works in these cities)
Not crazy romantic so the gal thinks I'm going to propose. Just quiet, dark, cozy, friendly type places for a couple drinks and conversation.
Music would be nice, maybe some good apps.
Think total opposite of well lit sports bar with TV's blaring.
Any rec's worth going to in other neighborhoods also appreciated.

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  1. SeaSide Tomato RE: highnoon Apr 15, 2007 05:05 PM

    Alba Bar and Grill in Quincy center for drinks and apps-with music after 9:00. Nice room, great food-drinks, friendly people-you can be romantic or not. Music too. While it's sister, Alba Trattoria is also good, it does not have the same romantic vibe--and can be noisy (in a good, but not romantic way).

    The Tavern at Quarry Hills would aslo be good for a sunset drink--overlooking Boston and the water--haven't eaten there, so I can't speak for the food.

    The Holy Ground has music on "Yard Rock Thursdays"--good Blues.(RIP, Yard Rock),

    Good Luck with your new flame!

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    1. re: SeaSide Tomato
      Joanie RE: SeaSide Tomato Apr 16, 2007 04:15 AM

      In Cambridge, you might try the West Side Lounge or Noir (good happy hour from 5-7 on weeknights). Maybe Central Kitchen on a slow nite.

    2. kittychow RE: highnoon Apr 16, 2007 01:00 PM

      In Cambridge I'd consider River God's, Noir, Cuchi Cuchi, Plough & Stars and the B-Side.

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        RoyRon RE: kittychow Apr 16, 2007 01:40 PM

        I would add Dali too. I think it is one of the more romantic places around and it is not overly expensive. If you order an assortment of the tapas along with their house made sangria I think you will be pleased.

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          Sgt Snackers RE: kittychow Apr 20, 2007 02:30 PM

          Those are good suggestions, though none of them are "quiet" and whether they are "cozy" is certainly up for discussion as well. I like River Gods and the B-Side a lot, but would not expect it to be particularly quiet there unless it were maybe a Tuesday afternoon...

          If I were looking for a quieter, more romantic spot I would be thinking about the bar at Rialto, West Side Lounge (if it's not too busy), a quiet meal at Trattoria Pulcinella. I guess if you want it REALLY quiet these days then head to Anise :-)

        2. hiddenboston RE: highnoon Apr 16, 2007 01:54 PM

          Tullio's doesn't have music, but it is a nice, moderately romantic Italian restaurant in North Quincy.

          And Chez Henri in Cambridge has a cozy little bar where you can get amazing Cubanos.

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            ShelT54 RE: highnoon Apr 16, 2007 02:30 PM

            Helmand near Cambridgeside Galleria is romantic/exotic and Harvest in Harvard Sq. is nice. Try Little Vinny's in Somerville, too.

            1. steinpilz RE: highnoon Apr 16, 2007 02:43 PM

              I'll recommend Casablanca in Harvard Square, good food and nice atmosphere with some cozy nooks.

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                CivettaCom RE: highnoon Apr 16, 2007 02:49 PM

                Central Kitchen would be perfect, and if you just want a light meal and drinks, go upstairs to the Enourmous Room. (There's no sign, just a door with an elephant on it next to the Central Kitchen door.) It's a really loungy type room with cushions on the floor, great drinks, and tasty apps. And, depending on the time, there's music too.

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                  HeatherT RE: highnoon Apr 17, 2007 12:13 PM

                  I would recommend Sintra in Braintree Square - close enough to Quincy to be worth it. Can be crowded on weekends, but sometimes it's quiet - no telling. Always quiet during the week.


                  If you like Indian, I've also heard good things about the Punjab Cafe. I think the atmosphere is a bit laid back. http://www.punjabcafe.com/

                  With the nice weather coming (hopefully) there's also Marina Bay. Not really dark and romantic, but relaxed, outside seating, plenty of people watching and no tvs.

                  For Cambridge - Oleana and Salts.

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                    highnoon RE: HeatherT Apr 18, 2007 02:45 PM

                    Thanks for the advice folks.
                    I'll definitely try a couple of the places.

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                      chowfamily RE: highnoon Apr 20, 2007 01:36 PM

                      I agree wholeheartedly with the recommendation for Punjab Cafe. It is in the most unlikely location in a strip mall across from a CVS on route 3A in Quincy, but once inside it is warm, cozy, inviting, romantic and very reasonably priced. Marina Bay is still getting chilly coastal winds as of the time of this post, but when things warm up we would love to know about any chowhound-worthy destinations.

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