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Romantic Restaurant in Cambridge? (Engagement Plans!)

Hi! A friend is about to propose and would like to take her to a romantic place in Cambridge before hand. Ambiance is key. Something on the smaller side with romantic corners would be ideal. :) Walking distance from Harvard Square if possible for their special after dinner plans. Suggestions? Thank you!

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  1. Salts
    EVOO
    Oleana
    Craigie Street Bistrot

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    1. re: gini

      Good picks by gini. I'll throw in Upstairs in the Square as well.

      1. re: gini

        The chow is good-to-great at all of these, but the ambiance can be a little weird at EVOO, and even moreso at Craigie. I think Salts is about perfect, if you don't mind the 15-20 minute walk to Harvard Square from Central.

        I agree with Sal: Upstairs on the Square has gone back into my high rotation, as the food there seems to have really upped its game again recently. The food at their more formal Soiree Room upstairs never dazzles me quite as much as the Monday Club Bar downstairs (although I haven't been recently), but the room is quiet and intimate, and it doesn't get any closer to Harvard than that.

        1. re: finlero

          Perhaps neither EVOO nor Craigie is the most romantic restaurant, but I certainly like the space at both. I'm sure Salts is more romantic in that regard.

        2. re: gini

          I think Evoo is a nice space and has the most elbow room. Does it have to be Cambridge (which Evoo is not technically)?

        3. Chez Henri? Or Craigie Street Bistrot? I wouldn't want to actually be proposed to there because the people at the next table might be almost in your lap, but for a pre-proposal romantic dinner it would be nice.

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          1. re: BostonCookieMonster

            The only place among these that is proposal-worthy, IMO, is Upstairs on the Square, either the bar (if it's not too noisy) or the soiree room (which is more romantic but food not as great).

          2. Thank you for the fast and fabulous suggestions! Just to clarify for additional comments, he will not be proposing at the restaurant...just planning a nice dinner before he proposes later that evening. :) So a place that sets the mood and will be a memorable start to the evening. Thanks again!

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            1. re: bostonscubagirl

              Given that it doesn't seem like the proposal iself is unexpected, wouldn't it be fun to let the proposer do the planning to add an element of surprise to the evening?

              1. re: jonship

                Ignore that - I obviously mis-read the original post. Sorry.

            2. If I were trying to soften up a prospective fiancée , I would definitely stop at the bar at Green Street for a cocktail or two.

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              1. re: MC Slim JB

                i would go for upstairs at the pudding, rialto, sandrines, lots of good choices

              2. What about Rialto, esp. for ambience?