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uman Dec 3, 2008 12:47 PM

Looking for a nice and quiet place for dinner on a Tuesday night. Any kind of food is fine as long as it is tasty and in the $15-$25 per entree range. Would consider something pricier for a quiet and romantic setting. Fireplace a bonus.

  1. anitab Dec 5, 2008 11:45 AM

    Two recs:
    - Franklin cafe - the one on Shawmut has a very cozy vibe while the one in Southie is a bit trendier with a bigger, more open space. Southie location is still comfy and will be a great neighborhood hangout but it might need a few months before it gets to nice and quiet. Fair warning about the Shawmut location - its very cozy but can get noisy even on weeknights.

    - POPS - on Tremont St. Great comfort food with a very quirkly but lovely decor. If you are looking for quiet, the back room is much quieter with soft lighting and a more mellow feel.

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    1. re: anitab
      anais_in_waiting Dec 5, 2008 12:13 PM

      There is a Franklin cafe in Southie now? Where?

      1. re: anais_in_waiting
        Shefood Dec 7, 2008 09:05 AM

        It is right over the bridge that you take to get to East Berklee Street.


    2. opinionatedchef Dec 4, 2008 09:21 PM

      I think Casablanca in Harv Square is romantic and the food is mediterranean and wonderful.
      dark, soft lighting, comfie banquette seating, hand painted murals from the very romantic eponymous movie. it's lovely to take an after-dinner walk down handsome Brattle St.

      garden in the cellar has exc food and your pricing but is NOT romantic.hard wooden banquettes;not attractive space.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef
        BobB Dec 5, 2008 11:39 AM

        Not necessarily - we had an appalling experience at Casablanca recently: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/572692

      2. LauraBear Dec 4, 2008 01:19 PM

        why has no one suggested The Fireplace? I've never been, but it's on my list...
        Just went back to Laurel on Berkeley between back bay and south end and had a good meal. nice room and great service. well within your price range
        is Garden at the Cellar too expensive? no prices on the online menu - I hate that
        I prefer Temple Bar to West Side, but it is noisier.

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        1. re: LauraBear
          Joanie Dec 5, 2008 07:43 AM

          The Fireplace entrees are surprisingly pricey.

          1. re: Joanie
            tunamelt Dec 8, 2008 06:05 AM

            The Fireplace would definitely meet all the other criteria but most entrees there are above $25. Were you to go there, I'd definitely make a request in advance to ensure that you're seated in the small part of the restaurant near the fireplace. Most of the square footage, as I recall, is located up a half-flight of stairs and away from the eponymous fireplace.

            The Red House in Harvard Square has a fireplace and the prices there are more in line with the original request. As I recall, the area around The Red House's fireplace is even smaller, more private, and more romantic than at The Fireplace. The main dining room at The Red House is nothing special but the area with the fireplace is mega-quaint. Again, I'd book well in advance to ensure a table near the fireplace, as there are only a handful of tables there.

            Food at both eateries has been good, in my experience.


            The Fireplace Restaurant
            1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446

            The Red House Restaurant
            98 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

        2. Joanie Dec 4, 2008 03:28 AM

          I think the West Side Lounge is pretty cozy and quiet, not sure I'd go so far as delicious but decent. The dining room of Green St. would be quiet as would La Morra in Brookline Village. 75 Chestnut on Beacon Hill? As far as a fireplace goes, the Red House in Harvard Sq. has one, varying opinions on that place.

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            pollystyrene Dec 3, 2008 06:56 PM

            Marco in the North End has a fireplace. Entrees are in the $20-30 range.

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            1. re: pollystyrene
              phatchris Dec 5, 2008 01:49 PM

              Entrees are in the $20-30 range at Marco, but the way to do it there in my book is to split an app, a salad, a pasta, and an entree between two people. Doing that with a carafe of house wine usually runs about $100 total with tip. More than enough food for two and I am a big eater.

            2. hiddenboston Dec 3, 2008 01:12 PM

              No fireplace, but I find that Elephant Walk in North Cambridge is quiet, cozy, and romantic (especially downstairs), and everything on the menu is under $20 these days (I believe they lowered some of their prices recently).

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