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MeffaBabe Nov 11, 2008 04:36 AM

Friends and I will be getting together for the holidays in December. We want to walk around the commons/gardens after dinner to see all the lights. Other than the Park Sq. area I can't for the life of me think of a great place to eat that isn't going to break the bank. I know the 4 seasons over looks the gardens but that is out of our price range. Not sure what is up Newbury St (the boylston st end). I am looking for some suggestions that are in walking distance (one has difficulty walking so has to be somewhat close).

I know I can count on my "Chow Family" to help me out!

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    pemma Nov 11, 2008 04:45 AM

    Teatro is good and not too pricey and right across from the Common. It seemed kind of noisy when I was there, though.

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      Taralli Nov 11, 2008 04:48 AM

      How about Teatro? Their antipasti platter would be a generous starter to share, they have pizzas and half orders of pasta: http://www.teatroboston.com/frames.html

      1. Rabbit Nov 11, 2008 04:50 AM

        Is the Beacon Hill Bistro or Bin 26 too far?

        1. StevieC Nov 11, 2008 05:33 AM

          A short walk down Arlington Street is Park Square, and while the options may not be entirely Chowish, there are many of them covering all price points and tastes: McCormick & Schmick's, Maggiano's, M.J. O'Connors (for drinks), Flemings, DaVinci (relatively new and very promising), Flash's (for drinks), Smith & Wolllenski, Finale (for dessert), and Davios.

          Heading towards Charles Street from Park Square, practically right next to Maggiano's, is Legal Sea Foods. On the corner of Charles and Stuart is Avila, and just down Stuart from there is Tantric for decent Indian. Troquet is also nearby on the Boylston side.

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            StevieC Nov 11, 2008 05:36 AM

            Apologies, I read the OP too quickly and thought MeffaBabe's reference was to Park Street, not Park Square, resulting in me posting about the very area Meffa knows about. Ooops...

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              pemma Nov 11, 2008 06:20 AM

              Also, what about the renovated Marliave's. I have not been yet, but from postings on this board it sounds like the downstairs restaraunt would work for them.

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                Allstonian Nov 11, 2008 06:33 AM

                I thought of recommending the Marliave, but if one in the group has trouble getting around it might be a bit of a problem - even the "downstairs" is up some stairs, both from street level and within the restaurant.

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            goose Nov 11, 2008 06:24 AM

            How about 75 Chestnut, or Figs on Charles St.? Both are on the flat end of Beacon Hill, which would give you simple walking access to the Public Gardens. Both seem like good places for a group of friends getting together.

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              phamished Dec 4, 2008 09:42 AM

              i agree; Figs is a great restaurant that is walking distance from the gardens. their signature fig pizza is amazing. it is a little small, however, so depending on the size of your party, it might be difficult getting a table.

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              9lives Nov 11, 2008 06:46 AM

              I had a few drinks at Max and Dylan's; in the old West St Grill spot. Menu looked good and reasonable prices.

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                emilief Nov 11, 2008 09:37 AM

                Troquet- right on the Common. Excellent food and wine list, great service.

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                  9lives Nov 11, 2008 11:15 AM

                  I love Troquet; but it can get close to "break the bank" land.

              2. Niblet Nov 11, 2008 09:59 AM

                Agree there's really nothing down Newbury St. Not sure if you're looking to stay on that end, but if not perhaps Grotto? The Bowdoin St hill might be a bit steep, and there are a few steps down into the restaurant which might not be desirable. You might also consider Scollay Square; I haven't been in awhile, and it's not the greatest but it's a fun atmosphere and decent food. And very near the lights on the Common. Teatro is another great rec, altho as mentioned might be a bit loud.

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