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Minneapolis Chowhound coming to Boston this weekend and have been way stressed out finding the perfect spot. I am going to be with a group of 6-7, and I am looking for a nice place ($50-75 per person) in Boston. We are staying at the Omni Parkerhouse, and would like somewhere that isn't too far to walk or cab/T. There will be a vegetarian in the group. I want to make sure we don't end up in some tourist spot. We love funky/eclectic. I was thinking Mama Maria's or Prezza. Any suggestions?

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  1. Prezza is a great option especially for a group your size since they take reservations. Their polenta is to die for. For a bit more of an eclectic menu, you might try Oleana which will be a 10-15 minute cab ride from your hotel.

    1. East Coast Grill is a short ride (3 stops) on the red line, followed by a 3/4 mile cab ride or walk. Definitely fits the bill for fun and funky (and, for the most part, very popular on this board). And unless you're going on a Fri or Sat night, they will accept a reservation for a group your size.

      1. I looked at Prezza and it looks a little $$, it also looks a little snooty. Upstairs on the Square and the Blue Room looks pretty funky. Anything else that is yummy and fun at the same time?

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        1. re: chadradchad

          Prezza is certainly not cheap but I've never found it to be snooty.

          1. re: chadradchad

            It might be a little pricey but it is certainly not snooty. A very lively place. Appetizers and entrees are quite large and easy to share if you want to keep costs down. Mamma Maria is just as pricey and while not snooty, a little more formal and pretty sedate.

            Blue Room is a great choice although you would need to cab or T over to Cambridge and East Coast Grill is a blast too.

            1. re: chadradchad

              The Monday Club Bar at Upstairs on the Square might fit your bill but I think that if you dine "Upstairs" you'll surpass your budget of $50 - $75pp.

              I love MCB and their burger is now one of my favorites.

            2. I agree Prezza is a bit pricey and not even close to funky. Try heading over to the South End - lots of great spots over there. I would suggest Tremont 647 or 28 Degrees...

              Another great spot if you plan to head over to Cambridge is Cuchi Cuchi in central square. Yummy food and very unique decor...

              1. How about The Dish? Would we be waiting a long time if a party of 5 strolled in at around 8? The menu looks like it is in our price range..with pleny of options.

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                1. re: chadradchad

                  Dish is a great spot...but a very small restaurant.

                2. I like the Upstairs at the Square idea (the Monday Club room). Also, Chez Henri, The Helmand (especially great for the vegetarian), or the B-Side Lounge. All of these are in Cambridge, though, so would require a cab ride.

                  You can't do better than Prezza or Mamma Maria for food, and neither is snooty or stuffy. I always have plenty of fun at both, but I wouldn't consider them funky or eclectic.

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                  1. re: pollystyrene

                    We went to Mama Maria's and had a nice meal. It was fun to see it bumping so late at night. It was a little more expensive than it should be. The vegetarian was not impressed with his options. Thanks for the help Boston!

                    1. re: chadradchad

                      Glad you liked it. There is only the one vegetarian option for entrees: the mushroom ravioli. I think it's sublime, though. Even if I became a carnivore again, I'd find it hard not to order that dish. Did your vegetarian like it?