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July 4th Esplanade concert - good restaurants nearby?

foodie1859 Jun 27, 2007 01:38 PM

I am coming to the Esplanade for the 4th of July concert and am bringing a picnic lunch. We are arriving at noon and we will be set for lunch with our picnic. I was wondering if there are any good nearby restaurants in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill that will be open on the 4th to have a meal around dinnertime. Is it pretty open on the 4th or should be bring some extra food and enjoy dinner on the Esplanade. We are coming in a group, so that we can take turns visiting the sites and coming back to the Esplanade.

Any suggestions about resstaurants would be appreciated.

Happy 4th to all!

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  1. MC Slim JB RE: foodie1859 Jun 27, 2007 02:03 PM

    Reposting my recent response to a similar query:

    A couple of places I like not far from the Hatch Shell; note that Beacon Hill doesn't do "moderate" very well:

    Lala Rokh, fine dining Persian
    Bin 26, a lively wine bar with good small plates
    Beacon Hill Bistro, a traditional French bistro in a cool little boutique hotel
    Pierrot Bistrot, another very traditional, crowded little French place
    Figs, a gourmet pizza place with a decent menu of salads, pastas, and sandwiches
    Artu, a very modestly priced but quite tasty Italian-American, kind of a glorified Italian deli
    Grotto, a creative Italian place in a very cool-looking, funky basement space.
    Parrish Cafe (Back Bay), a casual pub with big, better-than-average sandwiches as a specialty.

    I can't recommend The King & I; that's a rather bad Thai place.

    I can't tell you which of these will be open on the Fourth, but I will caution you that some fraction of the half-million or so attendees will likely have the same idea as you.

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      Gabatta RE: MC Slim JB Jun 28, 2007 12:56 PM

      We made a reservation at the Grotto the other day without any problem. All times were available. We are eating on the early side (6:30p) which will give our party ample time to get back up to the roof before the fireworks.

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      BostonBarGuy RE: foodie1859 Jun 27, 2007 02:08 PM

      1859- Do you really know what you're in for trying to go to the Esplanade for the 4th? Have you done this before? I think it's insane. Good luck.

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        foodie1859 RE: BostonBarGuy Jun 27, 2007 02:10 PM

        Thanks very much for the info on restaurants. I lived in Boston for 10 years and am familiar with the price ranges in Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Is there any one in particular thet is your favorite? I will certainly call in advance to see if they are open and take reservations or just stroll and see what may be available with our time schedule.

        Thanks again.

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          foodie1859 RE: BostonBarGuy Jun 27, 2007 02:21 PM

          Yes, I used to live in Boston and have attended the concert while living in Boston and after leaving Boston. I have enjoyed the concert thoroughly and know what the day entails. I have a great time in Boston on the Fourth, and I do know about the incredible crowds and all the traffic, etc. etc. I will enjoy this year's concert also. I hope you enjoy your 4th, wherever you choose to spend it.

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            Alcachofa RE: BostonBarGuy Jun 28, 2007 09:03 AM

            You'd be surprised at how empty some of these places are on the 4th, even with 1/2 a million people a stone's throw away.

            I'd echo JB's list, although I think Figs and Parrish will be more likely to be crowded.

          2. JudyHP RE: foodie1859 Jun 28, 2007 04:53 AM

            Dinnertime is when the concert actually starts, so if you leave your spot you'll never get it back. Unless you have others who are staying behind to guard your spot, you shuold probably plan on staying for the duration and packing a picnic dinner. If you are going out to eat, a quick walk to the North End is a good idea - I've done that before on the 4th, and so many people are on the esplanade you can actually find a place to eat at! Have fun, bring lots of sun block, and bug spray for the evening.

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              foodie1859 RE: JudyHP Jun 28, 2007 08:49 AM

              JudyHP, thanks very much for your wonderful advice. I will be with several people and we will guard each others spots and take some time to stroll and enjoy the area and we will have plenty of food with us. Have a great 4th.

            2. chowciao RE: foodie1859 Jun 28, 2007 11:30 AM

              Harvard Gardens on Cambridge street is not too far away (close to the Charles/MGH station). Kind of comfort food gone a little upscale, but prices are moderate, the place is casual and the food is pretty good. I would recommend checking w/any of these locations, however, and make sure they're open on the 4th.

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                billyboy14 RE: foodie1859 Jun 28, 2007 01:34 PM

                You might also try Casa Romero. It is off Newbury St., down the alley beside L'Espalier. They have a great little courtyard for nice weather and terrific traditional Mexican food (yummy Margaritas, too). Make reservations!

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