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Round booths?

ubtalking May 17, 2007 01:54 PM

I know it's a totally random question, but I was wondering if someone could reccommend a restaurant in the Boston/Cambridge area with good food and round booths (a la Union in the South End)? A group of us are getting together and haven't seen each other in a while, and I think a round booth would be a nice set up for catching up, everybody being able to see and hear everybody else, etc. There will be six of us. Union is a possibility, but we've been there before, so we're hoping to find somewhere new to try, and appreciate any suggestions you all may have!


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    hargau May 17, 2007 02:16 PM

    Last place i saw a round booth was fireflies in Framingham. They sat our group in it and we complained but thats all they could offer. They are a total pain in the butt especially when someone in the middle has to get out to use the restroom. At fireflies it was an extra pain since it was the Sunday brunch buffet. We spent half the time sliding in and out of that damn thing!

    1. tatamagouche May 17, 2007 02:17 PM

      KO Prime has a couple, IIRC. Temple Bar, though I'm not a big fan.

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        italyinmind May 17, 2007 02:26 PM

        Spice and Rice on Cambridge St and Bambara at the Hotel Marlowe both have them. Although I agree with Hargau that they can be more trouble than they are worth!

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        1. re: italyinmind
          Velda Mae May 17, 2007 02:50 PM

          I sat in a round booth at Bambara a couple of weeks ago and am pretty sure that it'd be hard to fit 6 adults in one booth. I think they are meant for 4 people.

          1. re: Velda Mae
            skidstop May 17, 2007 03:03 PM

            cambridge 1 in harvard square has a great booth for 8

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              BostonBarGuy May 17, 2007 03:35 PM

              There is a round table referred to as "the nook" at Olives in Charlestown that will be perfect for your group. I agree that a round table is best for sharing conversation with the whole group. I am not a TE fan at all, but the very talented Joe Brenner is back at the helm at Olives and the food is much improved. I ate there twice in the last 10 days and it was very good. The nook looks into the action in the kitchen and would suit you well.

            2. re: Velda Mae
              italyinmind May 17, 2007 03:23 PM

              good point...i think there were 5 of us and there may not have been room for one more.

          2. rlh May 17, 2007 03:24 PM

            Have enjoyed the round booth you are describing upstairs at Kingfish Hall -- enjoyed it more than the food, in fact (generally average preparations of fresh seafood at high prices and serviceable to really good raw bar).

            1. MC Slim JB May 17, 2007 03:47 PM

              Ariadne in Newtonville has great, all-booth seating, nicely spread out, and is a tremendous all-around fine-dining value, one of my favorite fine-dining destinations in the suburbs. More details here: http://www.weeklydig.com/eats_drinks/...

              1. barleywino May 17, 2007 03:52 PM

                Pigalle, Clio have some curved booths iirc

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                1. re: barleywino
                  tatamagouche May 18, 2007 06:47 AM

                  Clio? I can't think of any...

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                    barleywino May 18, 2007 07:02 AM

                    i seem to recall a curved one on the left as you enter the dining room (i've sat there, accomodates 3 in the banquette and 3 on facing chairs) and another one on the left just before the kitchen...

                2. heathermb May 17, 2007 05:29 PM

                  Eastern Standard has one...

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                  1. re: heathermb
                    ponyboy May 17, 2007 05:38 PM

                    B Side Lounge has one.

                  2. hiddenboston May 18, 2007 06:01 AM

                    Donohue's in East Watertown has several round booths that are very comfy. We usually fit 4 or 5 in a booth with ease, but six is probably doable, too. And the food, while mostly pub grub, is surprisingly good (the wings are excellent, and the burgers and burritos are decent, too).

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                    1. re: hiddenboston
                      RoyRon May 18, 2007 06:22 AM

                      Amrhein's in South Boston has two or three round booths in the bar area.

                    2. Bob Dobalina May 18, 2007 07:00 AM

                      Houston's has at least one...

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