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Dinner Near Mass Pike and I 495?

Meeting friends for dinner, need good food and drink near this intersection - any recommendations?

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  1. There is a Naked Fish Woodfire Grill at 95 Tpke Rd.(RT9) in Westborough and there are a couple of other places headed West from there on RT9 also. You should be able to find something there. There doesn't apear to be any thing south of the interchange. Rt 9 is one exit North from the junction of 495 and the Tpke. Headed toward Worchester . Hope this helps. Earle

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    1. re: Earle

      Naked Fish closed and is now the Chateau.

      What type of food and atmosphere are you looking for?

      In this same general area:
      A little further up on rte. 9, but on the other side of the road is the 1792 house.
      Arturo's in Westborough on rte. 30 for Italian.
      Canyon Cafe on Rte. 9 for Mexican
      Rte. 9 East and there's a nice Italian place called Tamasso.
      There's also Romaine's in Northborough.

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      Arturo's Ristorante
      50 E Main St, Westborough, MA 01581

      Canyon Cafe
      153 Turnpike Rd, Westborough, MA 01581

      Tomasso Trattoria
      154 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772

      Romaine's
      299 West Main Street, Northboro, MA 01532

      1. re: steve999

        As far as I'm concerned, Tomasso is too stuffy and overpriced -- not worth it, especially when compared with Romaines.

        Romaines is a bit pricey, but you actually get what you pay for. Good authentic Italian cooking.

        1. re: steve999

          I love Arturo's (get an antipasto), have been to Canyon Cafe and Romaine's once each and liked them, also like Prezo's in Milford- one of our go to places, and have gone to eat at the bar and watch a game several times when no tables available (or had a bar table). Would also add El Basha in Westborough to the list. For something very casual but good, would add Ziti's in Westborough.

        2. re: Earle

          I'd second Canyon Cafe....more "upscale" Mexican and nice drinks/ambience. 1790 House is downright awful IMO. Heard good things about Tomasso, though.

          1. re: Science Chick

            Too bad the 1790 House isn't so good. It was on my list of places to try. I heard they had good burgers and a small outdoor patio in season. Don't they have a main restaurant and a smaller "pub" area?

            1. re: steve999

              I've only eaten in the main restaurant, on two occasions in the past year or so. Both times, weird service and *really* mediocre food. When I say weird....here's why. I didn't like the seafood offerings that night (all were stuffed/sauced concoctions), and asked if I could just have the shrimp scampi as a full entree instead of with the surf-n-turf. I explained that I don't eat meat. The waitress insisted that they couldn't do the scampi as an entree and why didn't I just take the surf-n-turf and not eat the meat! After a considerable amount of cojolling on my part, I got her to go and ask the chef if he/she could do it for me, which they did. Another very odd thing...I had a cosmo to start things off, and they brought me a separate glass with the "leftovers" from the shaker. It was just all watered down stuff that I really didn't want. Never saw this before.

        3. JP's Restaurant & Pub in Westboro (on 135) is good. It's pretty basic, but good food and inexpensive. Lobster rolls, fried clams, salads, etc.

          There's also a Japanese restaurant in the center of town called Hisa. It's on South Street in Westboro.

          1. What about in Milford??? I remember there were supposed to be a few decent places and it fits the geography. Sorry I don't know of any myself, but maybe other hounds do???

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            1. re: Science Chick

              Prezo in Milford, and a little further - Restaurant 45 in Medway.

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              Restaurant 45
              45 Milford St., Medway, MA 02053

              Prezo Grille & Bar
              229 1/2 E Main St, Milford, MA 01757

              1. re: steve999

                Prezo & Restaurant 45 - Both very good - Truffles... not so good.

            2. Maybe this is too far, but Willy's Steakhouse in Shrewsbury is a good spot. They also have a sushi menu. Food is consistenly good. Basic steakhouse menu. Not Boston steakhouse, but a good substitute for the burbs. (and not a chain!)
              http://www.willyssteakhouse.com/Homep...

              1. Il Forno in Westborough is pretty good. I've heard good things about Arturo's, but haven't tried it. I've eaten at Tomasso a handful of times and have enjoyed it every time, though have heard the mixed reviews. I really have had very good luck there.

                I don't understand why folks seem to like Canyon Cafe. I've been three times now, and have been very underwhelmed each time. Everything is way too salty.

                If you're interested in Korean food, Sapporo on route 135 is good and has decent sushi also. It's BYOB.

                1. I'd recommend the upstairs bar at Incontro in Franklin. Nice place to meet friends for a drink and the calamari and truffle fries are very good.

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                  1. re: I QUE

                    If Franklin isn't too far, I'd heartily recommend Incontro. Not upstairs though, the main restaurant downstairs....nothing against the upstairs, just that it's pretty much an upscale pool hall, so I don't care to sit there for dinner.

                    1. re: JaneRI

                      Love Incontro - the bar upstairs is great if you're looking for something quick and informal - the menu is a pub menu upstairs. You can't get the full dinner menu.

                      The dining room is great, whatever you order, get the fries with it, YUM !!!
                      In the cooler months the butternut squash soup is very good.

                      1790 house - hated it !!!

                      Canyon Cafe - highly recommend the chicken chowder - it's really good as well as the chips and salsa - I'm not a huge salsa fan and I loved this salsa. Not your standard New York City salsa - definately worth trying this place out.

                  2. Just spotted this thread - not sure if I'm too late. I have to strongly second the Romaines and Willy's recommendations. Both are consistently good. Romaines is a bit closer to your target area. Also suggest AVOIDING 1790 House. I've tried Tomasso's twice and have had spotty results. Has a nice look and feel, but they seem to struggle with consistent food and service. CJ's might be OK for a steak or a burger, but I wouldn't venture much beyond that. Also has a 30 year old supper club vibe going on that doesn't help the dining experience IMHO.

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                    1. re: PeteB

                      Romaine's is a fabulous place... it is always consistent with food quality, service, ambience. It's a beacon of light in an otherwise dark/dismal area for decent cuisine.
                      We'll be dinning there tomorrow night for our 22nd anniversary!

                      1. re: PeteB

                        Poking through the thread, I don't see reference to CJs -- what is this place?
                        Did I miss a post during my re-read?

                        1. re: Keithel

                          Maybe it's this place:

                          http://members.aol.com/CJSteakloft/st...

                          Hope their food is better than the website.........

                          1. re: Keithel

                            Keithel
                            Looks like you're right. My bad. I'd just read through a couple of threads on the area prior to this one and I think the suggestion about CJ's was elsewhere. I think Steve999 does have the correct URL below and sadly that is about what I'd expect. It's strictly a local place to have a drink and/or a steak but not if you are in to fine dining, ambiance, and the like.