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I'm looking for someplace fun in the brookline/brighton area (tonight's a sox game or I'd head over there!) to have dinner, celebrate my new job and have good food. Any suggestions? I'd rather not to the sports bars or college hang outs, I'm too old for that!

Thanks!!

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  1. Washington Sq. Tavern or Beacon St. Bistro would be good.

    1. How about the Publick House? It's right in Washington Square. The one thing I don't love about it is the fact that tables are first come, first served. But there are always so many great beers on tap and their menu is really solid. Or right across the street is the Washington Sq. Tavern. I used to live in that 'hood and I really miss both those places.

      1. Another idea would be La Morra on Route 9 in Brookline Village if you feel like Italian. I really like a their meatballs on the cicchetti menu and last time I was there I had awesome scallops. My husband enjoyed the bolognese last time we were there as well. If you decide to go here, I would call ahead there to see if you can make a last minute reservation.

        1. I'd second the recommendation for the Publick House. Nice relaxed atmosphere, and lots of different food options (not to mention the huge beer menu). They've recently added a Hostess who takes down your name so you don't have to wait in-line for a table like in the past. This allows you relax and have a drink at the bar before you eat...and there will definitely be a wait for a table on a Friday night...probably an hour+ depending on when you go.
          Another place I'd recommend is Pomodoro in Brookline Village (Harvard St.) - really cozy place with yummy pastas and the Fig Bread Pudding is one of my favorite desserts. I'd suggest calling and seeing if they have any reservations open for tonight...if not, you'll have a hard time getting a table (it's a very small place), but you could still probably eat at the bar.

          Congrats on the new job. Let us know where you end up.

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          1. re: gator14

            The addition of a hostess at Publick House sounds great - in that case, I'll add that as a recommendation. The previous system made me never want to go there for dinner because it irritated me so much.

            1. re: gator14

              The Publick House hostess is great news! I do love the place, but the table situation was a bit of a free-for-all. Perfect reason for me to go back.