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A 'hidden gem' for a birthday dinner...

I'm taking my boyfriend out for his 29th birthday dinner on Friday night and I'm having a hard time deciding where to take him. In the past we've gone to:

Grange Hall
Home
The Place
Dressler

I'm always looking for somewhere that's not a trendy 'restaurant of the moment' but somewhere that feels like a hidden gem...something with a unique quality that's apparent as soon as you walk through the door. I'm looking for ambiance coupled with great food at a reasonable price (see restaurant's above). Any suggestions?

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  1. Duane Park Cafe might fit the bill... elegant, reliable menu, decent prices.

        1. re: dkstar1

          Punch is really really awful.

        1. re: gekko

          Oh, Il Buco is fantastic!! Really romantic - I had dinner in their wine cellar last April and while I admit that while I wasn't super impressed with the food (it was tasty but not incredible), the ambience was *amazing* - candles everywhere and worn wooden floors. I took a look at the website and the pictures really don't do it justice. Good luck whatever you decide upon!

        2. Didn't Grange Hall close ages ago?

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          1. re: bronwen

            Grange Hall closed in 2004. That space was then taken over by Blue Mill, which also closed. The latest occupant is the just-opened Commerce.

          2. I vote for Philip Marie. I had a really nice dinner there a few weeks ago in their private wine room for two. It's beautiful and the building has some history to it. Apparently, the place was a speakeasy back in the day and the basement is actually an old farmhouse kitchen that was found kind of by accident. Our server told us the place has been featured on The History Channel before. Definitely a "hidden gem" kind of dinner.