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Birthday dinner in Boston

periwinklesweet Feb 2, 2008 02:47 PM

Hey there, I am somewhat new to the Boston area and am looking for a great restaurant to have a birthday dinner at next month with my boyfriend. I'd prefer someplace intimate and warm, and not too expensive (just in case he insists on paying!). Someplace unique and cozy with wonderful food-- Anything but seafood. Boston or Cambridge would be fine. Does anybody have any recommendations?

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    Boston Scene Feb 6, 2008 12:11 PM

    Hmm I'm surprised no one has repsonded to you periwinklesweet, quite unlike the Boston board. Anyways, to offer up some suggestions if you are looking for a unique, romantic, dinner that at the end of the evening is not too expensive (under 100) I would recommend Dali in Cambridge, or it may actually be in Somerville. Its known for their delicious Spanish tapas and intimate seatings.

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    1. re: Boston Scene
      TomH Feb 7, 2008 06:40 AM

      There is also EVOO right next door and if you do the fixed price menu you can easily stay below $100.

      1. re: Boston Scene
        meg1641 Feb 13, 2008 09:20 AM

        Dali is fantastic - great sangria and this yummy little cheese with carmelized onion tapa. One thing I've found is that it gets really loud when it's busy.

        1. re: meg1641
          joebelt Feb 13, 2008 09:22 AM

          and they tend to really rush you in and out on busy nights.

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            cambridgeMike Feb 13, 2008 09:44 AM

            very true. when i go to dali i like to order one or two things at a time. that definitely prolongs my visits.

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        joebelt Feb 7, 2008 06:43 AM

        Oleana and make sure you get the Baked Alaska for dessert. Best dessert in boston!

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          Bostonbob3 Feb 7, 2008 06:43 AM

          In the North End, I think Terramia and Camen are cozy and romantic.

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          1. re: Bostonbob3
            saltyair Feb 13, 2008 10:31 AM

            I 2nd Carmen and will add Marco

          2. heathermb Feb 7, 2008 06:54 AM

            Grotto is the first thing that came to my mind.

            37 Bowdoin Street, Boston, MA 02114

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            1. re: heathermb
              Bostonbob3 Feb 7, 2008 07:32 AM

              That's where I'm going on Valentine's Day.

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              luckycaro7 Feb 13, 2008 09:09 AM

              I really like Tangierino in Charlestown, Casa Romero in Back Bay, and Marco in the North End. Sorry, I don't make it over to Cambridge much!

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              1. re: luckycaro7
                Bostonbob3 Feb 13, 2008 09:53 AM

                Luckycaro7, two out of three ain't bad. :))

                (I find Caso Romero to be the worst "Mexican" food I've ever had. Although the space itself has a romantic enough feel I guess.)

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