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Perfect Date Place in South End

xiaoguniang Aug 30, 2007 11:17 AM

Need to find good place for first date in the South End. Any suggestions?

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    LifeisGood58 Aug 30, 2007 01:31 PM

    Metropolis. Intimate. Food is wonderful. Union Bar and Grille is also great, but much bigger and noisier.

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    1. re: LifeisGood58
      lmarkarian11 Aug 31, 2007 05:21 AM

      I agree with all these suggestions, it really depends on the atmosphere that suits you best. However, I'll add a rec for patio at Rocca, it is so lovely out there, not too noisy, spacious, service and food generally good, if not better. The summer is wanning so it might be good to take advantage of a lovely al fresco experience. I think it will be memorable. Oh, they do take reservations, but not for the patio, because of the chance that weather will not permit outdoor seating, but each time I've gone there I've been able to sit outside.

      1. re: LifeisGood58
        twentyoystahs Aug 31, 2007 07:04 AM

        You really can't go wrong with most of these suggestions, though I will say that I think Metropolis is the most intimate & romantic of all of these...and on a first date, that might just be what you are looking for. Plus, you can make a reservation there, which is a bonus, esp for a first date. Enjoy and good luck!

        1. re: twentyoystahs
          xiaoguniang Sep 4, 2007 01:47 PM

          Thanks everyone for your suggestions! We tried to go to Franklin, but it was packed adn there was a 45 min wait. We ended up going to The Dish and sitting outside - the perfect, end of summer date! We had a delicious tomato salad, a rather boring seared tuna appetizer, and fabulous mahi mahi tacos, as well as a delicious seafood pasta special.

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        bear Aug 30, 2007 11:55 AM

        The Union Bar and Grill is quite nice.

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          Joanie Aug 30, 2007 01:18 PM

          I'd add the Dish. I like the bar at Columbus Cafe and it's the most reasonably priced of all the places. Need to revisit tho and make sure they're not trying to fake people out with potato cakes instead of crabcakes.

          1. re: Joanie
            wittlejosh Aug 30, 2007 01:23 PM

            Metropolis, and ask for one of the banquettes over the the right. Low lighting, intimate setting, good wines. Great food.

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              BostonCookieMonster Aug 31, 2007 06:48 AM

              I third Metropolis. The Dish could be nice if you like to sit outside and socialize with people's dogs (OK, maybe that's just me). I haven't ben to Pops yet so I don't know what the atmosphere is like, but it seems promising.

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          jules127 Aug 30, 2007 11:52 AM

          Back in the day I had great first dates at The Franklin Cafe, Metropolis, Truc (now Pops) and Addis Red Sea. And I would still suggest any of those and maybe add Orinoco to the list for not too pricey, not loud and good atmosphere.

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            cambridgeMike Aug 30, 2007 11:51 AM

            Orinoco could be a fun first date place. Their Venezuelan food is pretty fun and it's a nice space. definitely not too pricey for a first date.

            1. lissy Aug 30, 2007 11:23 AM

              There are lots of great South End places. Do you have any specific requests like type of food, atmosphere or price point?

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                xiaoguniang Aug 30, 2007 11:43 AM

                Not too pricey (though that's negotiable) and not too loud are really my only criteria. Good atmosphere is key.

                1. re: xiaoguniang
                  lissy Aug 30, 2007 12:02 PM

                  I loved the new Gaslight but it really is quite loud. People have commented that the dining room seems louder than the bar but I think that's just because you tend to sit closer at a bar than when you're across a table. Food was good and quite reasonably priced, though it came out very quickly (I'm glad we ordered piecemeal). I have always loved the Franklin even with the long waits. It's fun to belly up to the bar for cocktails first. It's totally a local kind of spot with reasonably priced comfort food. Toro is a great spot too. I think it's fun to share their small plates though it could be loud here (haven't been in awhile and don't recall). Have fun whereever you end up.

                  1. re: lissy
                    jules127 Aug 30, 2007 12:14 PM

                    I arrived at the Franklin last night a little after 7 and I couldn't believe there was no wait and we were seated immediately. This was my first time seeing the renovations that they did and thought it looked great.

                    1. re: lissy
                      peelmeagrape Aug 30, 2007 01:43 PM

                      I love the idea of Toro. The sharing of plates and negotiating about what to order would be good ways to suss someone out in general and to figure out whether you're compatible food-wise (obviously a datum of prime importance!). If it's a warm evening, you could also sit outside.

                      1. re: peelmeagrape
                        Rabbit Aug 30, 2007 08:45 PM

                        I love Toro, but it's worth noting that they do not take reservations (in case that's a consideration), and some of their seating is communal. Also, if previously mentioned, it is loud.

                        Great atmosophere, great food and bartending, and I love the idea of food-sharing on a date, but it's not for everyone...

                        I might also take a look at Stella or Aquitane... or B&G!

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