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Nov 3, 2008 10:05 AM

Upscale in Allston?

I have friends visiting next weekend, and they are looking forward to a nice upscale dinner when they're here. We were originally thinking of Oleana or Rendezvous. Now, because of other social commitments, it looks like we might have to stay closer to the Allston area. Is there anything in Allston that's on par with those options or close, that could seat a party of 6 on a Saturday night? I have a lot of Allston favorites but nothing really qualifies as "upscale."

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    1. re: ScubaSteve

      Yeah, that was the one place I could think of that comes kinda sorta close.

      1. re: ScubaSteve

        I ate at Privus once and was not that impressed. The whole place was sort of cavernous and empty and the sushi was nothing special.

        How about Devlins in Brighton? It is not on par with the places that you mentioned but it nicer than most places in Allston or Brighton.

        1. re: lkmuller

          funny it seems that Yelpers seem to like it.
          go figure....

      2. I am thrilled at the current incredible range of options for dining out in Allston - I grew up in the neighborhood in the 1960s, and nobody would have predicted the current vitality and ethnic variety of the scene. However, one area in which Allston is sorely lacking is "upscale." I really can't think of anyplace that would fit the bill for you. Sorry!

        1. Probably best to go next door to Brookline if you are able to do that. Not a lot of upscale options there, but more than in Allston....

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            Yeah, I'd either go to Lineage or La Morra.

            1. re: Joanie

              Those are both great ideas - thank you! I will see if they have room for a table of 6 during the Saturday rush.

          2. I know it's in Brighton what what about Jasmine?

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            1. re: psc109

              That is an excellent choice. And Jasmine Bistro isn't too far from Allston--a quick trip west on Cambridge Street from Allston into Brighton Center....

              1. re: hiddenboston

                Thank you for this recommendation! I will surely check it out. How is the wine list? Would they be able to accommodate a party of 6?

                1. re: cambridgejen

                  The wine list is decent enough. I had a very nice wine there that I can't remember off the top of my head. They have some Hungarian wines there, as well as others from France, Italy, South America, etc. And as to having a party of 6 there, that should be no problem, but definitely call them in advance.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    I think the wine list is pretty reasonable and has some interesting offerings.

            2. hmmm... I'd hit Washington Square Tavern in Brookline. Good food/vibes/cocktails/price