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60th Birthday Dinner in Cambridge

I used to live in Cambridge until 1997. My two daughters and I will be there on an up-coming Friday night for my birthday dinner, and I would like a reccomendation for the best that Cambridge has to offer in today's foodie world - which I hear gets better and better. It can be fancy or just really good, but the quality of the food is my main focus. What are your suggestions? Wissy

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  1. I love the outdoor patio @ Oleana.

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    1. re: BostonBarGuy

      That's a great recommendation (just sent a group of 5 there last night to great success). I'd also heartily recommend Rendez-Vous in central square. Just had dinner there and - wow - everything was great.

      EVOO at the foodie Washington St/Beacon St intersection (Somerville), and Gargoyle's in Davis Square could also be options. Although with Gargoyle's, I am not as impressed with the entrees as I am the appetizers and bar menu.

      I haven't been to Rialto in Harvard Square, but that might also be interesting to you.

      1. re: gini

        I think Gini nailed the top three:
        Oleana
        Redez-Vous
        Rialto

        In the past six months I've been to EVOO twice and had one good meal and one mediocre meal.

        I'd also suggest checking out TW Food (which I haven't been to yet but reviews are very good so far). Craigie St. would also be a good choice (you won't find much feedback here though).

    2. The best in Cambridge for me is Rialto in the Charles Hotel complex. Jody Adams does great stuff.

      www.rialto-restaurant.com

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        1. Rialto used to be really wonderful, and it may be agaain considering they just renovated -- I'd see what the reviews are on Rialto.
          But I find the Harvest very good and reliable. They have a lovely outdoor terrace -- that would be perfect if you could get a spot there.
          We also are very fond of Oleana. Of the three, it's the most exotic, both in food and atmosphere. They do not have a full liquor license, however (at least as of the last time I was there) -- but they make the most of their wine license. They have very interesting wine "cocktails". They won't let you reserve for a table outside, but you can ask what time you'd need to get there in order to grab one (may be before 6 or even 5:30, after that you'd have to chance it). They have a really beautiful outside garden patio.

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          1. re: Lucymax

            I second Harvest- wonderful place and the patio is perfect on a nice evening.

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