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Dad Dinner in Cambridge: River Gods?

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So I'm going out to dinner with my dad in central square tonight and am not really sure where to take him. We've already been to central kitchen and rendez-vous. I know salts is supposed to be amazing, but I think he'll be a litter overwhelmed. He's a pretty austere eater. So I was thinking River Gods. Good or bad call? I hear they have good drinks, which to me is a pretty central ingrediant for surviving a parental dinner...

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  1. River Gods is borderline; it skews a little young and hip, so depending on your dad, he may be a little out of his depth.

    A few ideas nearby more along the lines Central Kitchen or Rendezvous: Blue Room, Garden at the Cellar, EVOO.

    Blue Room's pedigree overlaps with Rendezvous', actually, as Steve Johnson was executive chef and a co-owner there before moving to Rendezvous.

    1. River Gods is a great pub, with eclectic and fantastic bar food - burgers, fries, veggie hand rolls. Atmosphere is relaxed and casual and a little bit gothic. It's nowhere near the caliber of Central Kitchen or Rendez-Vous, even though it's great for what it is. What about Garden at the Cellar, closer to Harvard?

      1. River Gods is all about timing and I echo the other 2 comments. I think of it as after work drinks place. Can get really loud and rowdy, where service can be spotty at times.

        1. I agree with everyone's comments: River Gods is great until about 8:00. After that you'll be shouting to hear one another, jammed into a tight space, and potentially waiting a long time for service. Their menu is pretty good though.

          Garden at the Cellar would be a much better choice.

          1. How about Green Street? Nice drinks for you, New England-style comfort food for dad. Casual atmosphere, though nicer than a pub.


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            1. re: digga

              Green St is a great rec. As is Garden at the Cellar or Blue Room. I agree with everyone's comments re River Gods. Unless you get there early, you'll probably have to wait. Food is good, but certainly not extraordinary. It's a fun, hipster-ish sort of place, not necessarily the type of place that would first jump to mind when dining out with my dad.....