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Recommendations for pre-Symphony dinner?

My man-candy is taking me to the Symphony Saturday night for the 8 p.m. show, and we'd like to get dinner beforehand somewhere nearby, preferably somewhere that won't break the bank. Typically I'd be inclined to go for an overstuffed BBQ Spike's hotdog, but don't want to ruin my pretty dress. Thoughts?

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    1. Brasserie Jo at the Colannade Hotel. Love their frites and pate.

      1. Had a colleague recommend Island Hopper, and I don't see any recent postings about this pan-asian place on the corner of Mass and Comm - any weigh-ins?

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        1. re: Lauren R.

          Island Hopper is good but not special. It's sort of a mix of Asian cuisines in a not very exciting atmosphere.

          As noted in the older posts listed above (thanks cmafp), the area near Symphony Hall lacks good choices. Since Saturday night is going to be cold, you will probably want to be as close as possible. Brasserie Jo fits that bill the best.

          BTW, Saturday's concert looks good: Mozart, Haydn and Handel.

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          Brasserie JO
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. It's not "fancy" but Symphony Sushi is around the corner from Symphony Hall and is frequented by BSO players and staff. I've been there a few times and the quality is very consistent and tasty. It is about half the hike of Brasserie Jo and won't break the bank. Enjoy - going to the BSO is always a favorite pleasure of mine.

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            1. re: bostonfoodie111

              This is my choice in the nabe as well. Traditional sushi, reasonable prices. I can't believe more people don't hit this place!