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Jul 27, 2007 11:01 AM

Sunday night - dining alone - where?

I have had a change of plans for Sunday and will be dining alone in Boston. I had wanted to go to No 9 Park and sit at the bar, but they are closed on Sunday nights. Any suggestions for eating alone at the bar where it is not too loud, etc. ? I'll be at the Fairmont and want to try some place new. I have not been to L'Espalier and have considered that but do not know if it is place I would feel comfortable as a solo diner. I am also considering Julien. I have never been there either. I have looked at some of the threads on bar menus and dining alone in Boston but thought I would ask if anyone has specific suggestions based on recent history. Many thanks.

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  1. My solo dining spots are the bar or sushi bar at Douzo or the oyster bar at B&G Oysters. Some other spots where I dine at the bar often and there are usually solo people are Hamersley's, Davio's and Metropolis Cafe.

    1. Julien has closed. I second Davio's for solo at the bar dining.

      1. Some good choices for Sunday night dining...

        > Clio, on the high end... eat at the bar. I prefer the bar to the dining room.
        > Armani Cafe on Newbury St... food acceptable (stay simple) but nice if weather is good... great peoplewatching. You go for the scene rather than the food. Good as long as its not full of obnoxious Euro-kids. So that's something you'd have to size up when you get there.
        > Patio at Hamersley's bistro.... better chow than Armani... pleasant but less of a street scene than Newbury St.
        > Domani.. can eat at the bar there... good chow
        > I "third" Davios for solo bar dining. Food is ok and a very nice atmosphere. More going on there than Domani as far as the scene.
        > Mistral is also a nice choice... better food than Davios and a nice scene.

        Since you mentioned L'Espalier and 9 Park it seems as you are interested in some serious chow... in that case think Clio is your best bet. Was there last night... really great... one of the city's best spots.

        1. Mistrial has a lovely bar, in line with the Clio suggestion.

          Sorrellia (I think that is how you spell it. It is at 101 Huntington Avenue in back of the Pru), has a lovely bar and excellent food. Of course, it is very expensive.

          Laurel on Berkeley Street isn't any where near the caliber of No. 9, but the food is excellent and the bartender is very funny (forget his name).

          I have always found solo dining in Boston to be a pretty good experience.


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          1. re: kate used to be 50

            Sorellina is actually at 1 Huntington, not 101. It's in Trinity Place, between the Westin and the Public Library. Excellent, but pricy food, and a lovely bar to dine at as well.

            1. re: kate used to be 50

              Haha, Mistrial.

              The funny Laurel bartender is Erryl.

            2. I've very occasionally seen solo diners at L'Espalier; it certainly is quiet in The Front Room. I would definitely rather eat at a restaurant where I could sit at the bar, though; I always feel a bit weird sitting solo in a dining room. If I have to do so, I bring a book.

              Other places, maybe not exactly serene, but certainly comfortable for a solo diner, with worthy food, and nearby: Sorellina, Mistral, Douzo, Domani (though I haven't had dinner here in a while), Via Matta (loud, though, plus I haven't been since a recent chef change), Hamersley's Bistro, POPS, Metropolis Cafe, Aquitaine, Union Bar & Grill, Sage.