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Saturday dinner near Fenway w/ some atmosphere?

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pasta Jul 26, 2007 07:55 AM

Heading to Fenway on Saturday for The Police concert and will have dinner prior around 6:30.
Looking for something casual but with a nice atmosphere (anything but Italian as that is on tap for Sunday!), somewhere easy to have a conversation and enjoy a fairly quiet atmosphere prior to the loudness of the concert !
Favorite suggestions within walking distance?

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    Blumie Jul 26, 2007 07:57 AM

    Eastern Standard Kitchen. Reservations available on opentable.com.

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      BBHound Jul 26, 2007 07:57 AM

      Petit Robert Bistro for excellent French bistro fare. On Commonwealth near Charlesgate. Reservations also available on opentable.com.

      www.petitrobertbistro.com

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        Elyssa Jul 26, 2007 08:01 AM

        My father and I just had an incredible meal at Great Bay on Sunday after the Sox game...around 6:30. I saw a number of people sitting and eating at the bar (they also have a raw bar to sit at) if that is more your style. But the main dining room was perfect for a conversation...tables well spaced out etc.

        I wrote a review of our meal the other day...its listed under Great Bay. I highly recommend this restuarant..the food was outstanding and service was very friendly.

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          pasta Jul 26, 2007 10:01 AM

          I was thinking of this but one in our party is not a seafood lover...any options for them?

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            Elyssa Jul 26, 2007 10:45 AM

            From what I saw, most of the menu is seafood (and we ordered all seafood). But taking a quick look at the online menu (which I believe there were some additions/changes to when we were there on Sunday) there is a lamb dish but that's about it. Nothing non-seafood really stood out to me enough to remember but I would call the restaurant and see if they can email you their most up-to-date menu or ask what they have to offer for non-seafood eaters. But in general---its a seafood restaurant.

            http://www.gbayrestaurant.com/

        2. Harp00n Jul 26, 2007 06:12 PM

          Burtons Grill!
          http://www.burtonsgrill.com/

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          Burtons Grill
          1363 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215

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            BikeToEat Jul 26, 2007 08:22 PM

            Elephant Walk on Beacon St. is great for before Sox games. They are good at getting you out in time for your event, whether it is a concert or a game. It is usually fairly quiet there early, so you should have no problem with the noise level. It is only a 5-6 minute walk from there to Fenway up Beacon St. and across the parking lot to Fenway.

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              joestrummer Jul 26, 2007 08:26 PM

              Audobon Circle on Beacon fits the bill for casual but nice. Great burgers as well.
              I've been warned to avoid it before ballgames so i'm not sure how it will be before the show.

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                Elyssa Jul 27, 2007 09:53 AM

                Oh I 2nd Elephant Walk! Their food is incredible (an even better brunch but you'll be going at night).

              2. ChinaCat Jul 27, 2007 09:28 AM

                just want to add, as much as I like Eastern Standard, its not going to fit your requirement for "quiet, and easy to have a conversation". It tends to be quite loud when its busy, which I imagine it will be before the Concert.

                Great Bay and Petit Robert might be your best bets.

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                  tamerlanenj Jul 27, 2007 10:03 AM

                  India Quality is THE BEST Indian Restaurant in Boston: friendly service and a nice atmosphere that belies the silly name and unimpressive outside. I can't recommend it highly enough. Just up Comm. Ave. near the Kenmore T. stop.

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                    joestrummer Jul 27, 2007 02:55 PM

                    I agree, and it's really a sleeper during Fenway events. I've gone there before and after the ballbark and it's completely civilized. Outdoor seating as well. Best rec yet, if only for drinks on the way in if you're not an Indian fan.

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                      Blumie Jul 27, 2007 03:31 PM

                      And they have a surprisingly good beer selection.

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                    brenda02452 Jul 29, 2007 06:40 PM

                    for next time- Sol Azteca has great Mexican food on Beacon Street a block further west after Elephant Walk. Great sangria, best salsa and chips of all time, and wonderful entrees. Dine inside or out.

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