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Snoop37 Apr 11, 2009 07:34 AM

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:


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  1. SaraASR RE: Snoop37 Apr 11, 2009 07:35 AM

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

    1. galleygirl RE: Snoop37 Apr 11, 2009 07:41 AM

      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. re: galleygirl
        galleygirl RE: galleygirl Apr 13, 2009 07:58 PM

        Oops, I meant Gari Sushi....

      2. TPistrix RE: Snoop37 Apr 11, 2009 08:40 AM

        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. Luther RE: Snoop37 Apr 13, 2009 01:56 PM

          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
            laura jean RE: Luther Apr 13, 2009 02:13 PM

            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
              Luther RE: laura jean Apr 13, 2009 02:31 PM

              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
                laura jean RE: Luther Apr 13, 2009 08:00 PM

                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
                hckybg RE: laura jean Apr 13, 2009 08:25 PM

                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
                yumyum RE: Luther Apr 13, 2009 02:46 PM

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

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                  galleygirl RE: Luther Apr 13, 2009 07:59 PM

                  Damn, how did I miss the Buk Kyung ones?

                2. Suze123 RE: Snoop37 Apr 14, 2009 08:40 AM

                  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!

                  1. Snoop37 RE: Snoop37 Apr 14, 2009 10:05 AM

                    I got a new email from them saying that if you enter the word "feast" at checkout, you get 70% off your order. That's like 3 bucks for a $25 certificate.

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                      y2000k RE: Snoop37 Apr 17, 2009 03:31 PM

                      One Caution:

                      After you purchase the GC, if you're not going to use it right away (say for a few months), make sure you check restaurant.com's website before you go to see if that restaurant still participates.

                      I have bought a few GCs within the last year, but the restaurants pulled out of the program before I got around to use them. When we finally went, the restaurants refused to honor the GC - because ithey no longer participate, even though the GCs are still valid.

                      Restauant.com refunded me in those occasions. However, it can be embarrassing when the GM of the restaurant comes over to your table and explain why you can't use it.

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                      1. re: y2000k
                        galleygirl RE: y2000k Apr 17, 2009 07:50 PM

                        Hmm, I used two certificates (Gari and DaVinci) after the places had pulled out of the program, but both honored the certificates with no problem...In fact, I only found out after I went to the website to see if I could get more, and they weren't on it any more....

                      2. fecalface RE: Snoop37 Apr 20, 2009 09:38 AM

                        Fecal thinks Sagra's food tastes a whole lot better when it costs 60% less. Same with Cafe India.

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