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Restaurant.com Boston Restaurants

I stumbled across this site the other day and found some restaurants on it that I've been wanting to try like 33 Restaurant and Lounge as well as, Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro.

For all Indian lovers around there's also a gift certificate for Himalayan Bistro in W. Roxbury (which I think is the best indian in boston) and urge you to try it.

I ended up paying $9 for two $25 gift cards at the first two restaurants mentioned. At checkout if you enter the word "season" you get 60% off your entire order (hence my paying only 9 bucks)

I just wanted to bring this to the attention of everyone on the board in case people didn't know about it. Others who've used this site, do you have anything to add? Perhaps if this site is actually a huge scam?

The list of Restaurants in Eastern Mass:

http://www.restaurant.com/rdc_site.ne...

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  1. It's all good. I used one at Kingston Station on Monday. They accept them for alcohol, too.

    1. I've used them for Nori Sushi, DaVinci, and Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine...Thank God I didn't pay full price for Tamarind Bay!
      No scam at all, just make sure you notice the ones that you can't use on weekends, if that matters to you...

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      1. You also can't use them for any promotion type menus (e.g. restaurant week, a prix fixe menu, special menus for holidays etc.)

        1. Haha, I love the generic caption for restaurants that didn't bother to put their own.
          "When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to check out Himalayan Bistro."

          As I am frequently in the mood for good times, I will probably check this out if I can get a group going there (the $25 off certificate is only good off of $50).

          I thought the Buk Kyung II ($25 off $35) was a great value, I'm not sure if that's available anymore.

          Not a scam, it's just that there is a relatively small selection of good restaurants on there, and there is almost always a $35 or $50 minimum purchase required.

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          1. re: Luther

            One question: When they specify "$35 food purchase/2 entrees", is that an either-or or a both-must-be-fulfilled? I rarely order entrees, preferring appetizers and pastas, but can easily get to $35 regardless. I've wondered about the restaurant.com restriction.

            And just FYI - some places specify that the certificates cannot be used for alcohol.

            1. re: laura jean

              I don't believe any of them are good on alcohol, tax, or tip.

              I haven't been to any of 2 entree restaurants, just the $35 ones (and if you can get them before they sell out, the Charlie's Kitchen no-minimum ones).

              1. re: Luther

                Definitely never tax and tip, but I know for sure Kingston Station let me use mine for food and wine. It is true than many specify "no alcohol", but it depends on the restaurant.

              2. re: laura jean

                I am not certain, but my understanding in using these has been that it is a both/and--2 entrees and a 35 dollar minimum--but you might call ahead and ask the restaurant that interests you...it is hard to imagine they wouldn't let you use it if you were ordering enough to pass the threshold.

              3. re: Luther

                I find myself more and more frequently in the mood for good times too Luther. Your post made me LOL Luther.

                1. re: Luther

                  Damn, how did I miss the Buk Kyung ones?
                  :(

                2. I have used them twice with great success, and have a few more burning a hole in my purse right now. One was at Benatti (no longer available on the site, but definitely worth it if you see it there again). It was for $25 off and the only restriction was 2 entrees had to be ordered. The other was at Kingston Station for $75 off, only restriction was we had to get to $150 (which we did easily with a group of 5). Each restaurant has their own set of restrictions (some with minimums, or not for use with alcohol, or what have you). Just make sure to read before you click!