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Jun 6, 2007 06:43 PM

Recommendations for special-but-unstuffy celebration dinner?

I will be in Philly two weeks from Friday to celebrate (hopefully) the completion of my preliminary examinations for a doctorate. Because I've had my nose in a book from last summer to now, I'm kind of out of the loop as to what's new and exciting on the restaurant scene. I'm hoping to find somewhere that has interesting, creative cuisine but is also elegant and appropriate for, you know, a "special" dinner. Any recommendations?

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    1. Osteria
      Marigold Kitchen

      1. You could go to Osteria. There's also that new place, Osteria. I've also heard that Marc Vetri opened a new restaurant, Oster-something, it's supposed to be excellent..

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        1. re: Buckethead

          Huh? I am confused by the previous post. Osteria is owned by Mark Vetri. Is there another Osteria?

          1. re: idia

            No, I just really love the place and am recommending it three times in one post because it's awesome, not to mention new (which the OP mentioned) and a good place for a celebration dinner.

            Marigold Kitchen, for example, is a great restaurant but every time I've been there you could hear a pin drop in the dining room, not what I'd consider the ideal atmosphere for a celebration.

        2. I also vote for Osteria. My husband just graduated from Law School and we celebrated there with our families. The food is fabulous and the vibe is "unstuffy", perfect for a celebration dinner. Go and enjoy!!

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          1. re: MDuges

            How difficult is it to get in these days? I went on a Sunday evening the first week it was open and it was crowded then. Can you even get a weekend reservation?

            1. re: JanR

              Weekends Osteria is packed. I seriously doubt you can get a reservation; I tried to book one for next weekend and was told they were almost 3 weeks or longer for a weekend reservation! I also tried, and was completely unsuccessful.

              1. re: mschow

                Well, I bow to your collective superior knowledge--I had been debating between Striped Bass (which did seem a little stuffy) and Tinto (but I've been to Amada, so...). I called and made a 6 p.m. reservation for Osteria on Friday the 22nd (I was surprised to get it, too) and am looking forward to checking it out! Thanks for the recommendations!