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Drinks and Dinner in Beacon Hill area?

We are staying at the Liberty Hotel and we are meeting some friends for drinks and dinner (in any order). Would love a great place to go and have a drink, good atmoshphere, view etc...and a great dinner recommendation!


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  1. You could have drinks at the bar/cafe at No. 9 Park and then either stay put for dinner or move into the more formal dining room. Great food, bartending, and atmosphere. The dining room is very expensive, but the cafe is a bargain by comparison. Or, after drinks, you could walk down the hill to Grotto for Italian.

    1. Artu on Charles St. is casual Italian that is reasonably priced. Service is pleasant.

      1. Highly recommend the Beacon Hill Pub for drinks. (Kidding.)

        Actually, for an excellent, and very reasonably priced wine list, you could hit Bin 26 Enoteca on Charles Street.

        Food isn't bad either, although I prefer their sister restaurant, a Persian place called Lala Rokh on Mt. Vernon Street.

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          I like Bin 26 reasonably well too. Very thoughtful wine list with a large number of selections by the glass. The small plates are nice to share too. Although there's better upscale Italian cooking around town, the food is certainly above average.

          Across the street, Beacon Hill Bistro has a cute little bar and some reasonably tasty food. The atmosphere is a great combination of Europe and Old Boston, a white-tiled Parisian-style room looking out onto the quintessentially Bostonian Charles Street.

          I also like both No. 9 and Grotto a lot. Caveats on these: No. 9 is quite expensive, as well as perennially very crowded. Grotto is in a subterranean space that could be perceived as either Bohemian and cool or dark and dingy depending on your personal tastes.

        2. You could also get drinks at the bar in your hotel then go to Harvard Gardens for fairly casual. Or drinks at KO Prime or Moo (and dinner at either place if you feel like spending lots of $$) then dinner at 75 Chestnut. Or Grotto. Or Teatro. Or Troquet, altho that gets pricey too. That would give you the good view.

          1. Absolutely try Beacon Hill Bistro for dinner.

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            1. re: skiing10

              Toscano on Charles St. is open again, renovated, new ownership, can't comment on how it is but it might be worth checking into.

              1. re: pilgrim

                Don't do it!!

                Had dinner thee on Saturday night. Lots of hard surfaces = NOISY. Food is ok. They miss on a lot of entrees. Like someone behind the line forgot to add salt and a variety of herbs and spices. The price range is broad, but if you have an entree, it gets pricey. Like too many Boston restaurants, you end up helping the owners pay rent, while eating their overpriced mediocre foods. Nice atmosphere, but if you want good food at that price, there are lots of alternatives.

            2. walk across the common to silvertone

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              1. re: Kate Sylvester

                Silvertone is good if you like a casual place. However, I would definitely not recommend walking in or through either the Boston Common or Public Garden after dark for safety reasons.

                1. re: bachslunch

                  Actually, it's been flooded with cops the past couple of months (the Common and Public Garden, not Silvertone).

                  1. re: Bostonbob3

                    I haven't felt endangered walking across the Common or Public Garden after dark, I do it all the time and lots of other people also do this - especially around the weekend. Maybe I'd worry if I was alone and it was pretty late, say after 10pm.

                  2. re: bachslunch

                    Silvertone is crowded and I wouldn't really consider it a dinner joint. The emphasis there is on drinking. The food is "large portions comfort food" which you may or may not be into.