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I'm visiting with family this weekend. On Friday night, near the Westin Waterfront, I would like to go to a family-friendly restaurant that has something to offer more discerning grownups. There will be eight of us, so reservations are a big plus.

I've searched the Boards, and the only thing I've come up with is Dry Dock Cafe, but it doesn't take reservations. Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Sel de Terre is not far from that area. Has a kids menu and certainly offerings for discerning grownups.

    255 State Street
    Boston, MA 02109
    T 617 720 1300

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    Sel De La Terre
    255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

    1. Salvatore's is right there and probably takes reservations. Amrheins is up the street about a mile with parking available.

      Salvatores
      225 Northern Ave
      South Boston, MA 02127
      (617) 737-5454
      salvatoresboston.com

      Amrheins
      80 W Broadway
      (between A St & Dorchester Ave)
      Boston, MA 02127
      (617) 268-5682
      http://www.amrheinsboston.com/

      1. You may want to get a jump on reserves - Sat. is Valentine's Day :-)

        1. Cafe Polonia is a short taxi ride away in South Boston -- it depends on what "discerning" means to you - it is authentic Polish, warm, casual (I don't think they take reservations but it may be less likely to be swamped due to Valentines) and friendly if that suits your group - it's a favorite on this board and deservedly so.

          Dry Dock is an awesome casual spot in the lobby of a fish processing plant for low-priced, large portions of fresh, very basic fried and broiled seafood, but it has virtually no ambiance and the service can be pretty erratic (at least at lunch - not sure about evenings). If you choose it, I don't think you would need reservations.

          I don't think Salvatore's means the discerning criteria. Legal Test Kitchen next door might, but reports on it have been mixed - there is a nice, always very busy Legal Seafood in the same building as Sel de la Terre as well.

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          Cafe Polonia
          611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

          Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf
          255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

          Legal's Test Kitchen
          225 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

          1. Thank you all. I will look into these. From another source, I had two additional recommendations: Bertucci's and Papa Razzi. Would you recommend these?

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            1. re: BklnChicken

              Don't believe either is in South Boston, both are fine but kind of chain like. Depending on the age of your kids just down the street from you toward the city is the more upscale Persephone on Summer St. It is an easy walk from your hotel.. They would have no trouble handling a party of eight - you will spend a few dollars here as the dining is more upscale.

              1. re: BklnChicken

                Sel de la Terre -- I second that. It manages to be refined but relaxed, the food is excellent, and it's in the neighborhood. Bertucci's is good mall-food. Polonia in Southie is good, but much more casual, unless your idea of discerning is a huge number of eastern European beers to choose from (I love it, but would call it casual & interesting), and you'll grow old waiting for cabs to & fro. Legal's Test Kitchen is in the same neck of the woods as Sel de la Terre, and they can handle groups/kids, and there's always something interesting on the menu, in addition to some Legal's basics. Legal's itself is a snore, for me -- reasonably well executed fish for the Boston palate -- a sort of Irish-WASP-y butter, salt & pepper vibe. The service is determinedly good -- not a bad choice if your kids are fractious, they'll work themselves into a lather trying to help/get you out of there quickly ;-)

              2. Farragut House in S. Bos is good too. It's not fancy, but its got decent food and although its basically an Irish Pub, we take our baby daughter there semi regularly and have always been treated wonderfully by the staff.