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Hi guys,
Taking a friend out for a birthday dinner and would love a good dinner without breaking the bank.....I know a lot of spots offer specials during the week --ideally I'd like a place that has a lot of options, of course good and fun atmosphere, and hopefully a prix-fixe for $30 or less. Back in the day I enjoyed Grotto 'cause you could order anything from the menu for $33...but I've been there/done that so would love to try something new. Now w/the economy I know lots of spots are offering specials.....South End would be great but I'm open to really anywhere in Boston or Cambridge.
Thanks so much!

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  1. For steakhouses, Mooo has a $35 prix-fixe dinner but its only offered on Sunday and Monday nights. I believe Ruth's Chris and Fleming's offers prix-fixe dinners during the week as well.

    Sel de la Terre does $35/dinner at their Boylston Street location. I haven't tried it but it is definitely a fun atmosphere.

    Craigie on Main does the Chef's Whim on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for $39.99 for four course and $54.99 for six course. I think this is a steal and its usually a great scene there.

    Ten Tables (both in JP and Cambridge) to Chef's Tastings also with different price points. I think those are offered everyday. I did the non-vegetarian tasting in Cambridge and it was really great.

    And T.W. Food also does a $39 prix fixe dinner Sunday-Thursday.

    Hope this helps!

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    1. re: CreativeFoodie42

      EVOO has a great prix fixe deal for 35 I think.

      1. re: CreativeFoodie42

        If you go on a Tuesday, the $49 four course + wine at T. W. Food is an excellent value. You can look at the menus in advance on their web site. The regular $39 prix fixe gives you more options, but doesn't include wine and is 3 courses rather than 4 (still a great value, IMO).

        Ten Tables also has a similar wine dinner (JP location only) on Tuesdays ($42), as well as a $32 prix fixe on Wednesday (JP) and a $38 prix fixe on Sunday (Cambridge).

        EVOO (at the corner of Kirkland and Beacon Streets in Somerville (10 minute walk from Harvard T stop) has a $35 three course prix fixe (+$15 for wine pairings).

        FYI, the Chef's Whim at Craigie is only available after 9pm. Although I agree it is a steal (I've only had the 6 course, which was nearly as good as the 6 course chef's tasting at 2/3 the price).

        1. re: tsackton

          A question: with the $42 wine dinner at Ten Tables, do you have much choice with the prix fixe menu? I like how you can order anything from their menu with the Wed $32 deal, not sure if that's the case though on Tues.

          1. re: twentyoystahs

            It's been a few years since I've been to the wine dinner at Ten Tables, but my recollection is that it was a fixed menu (although they do accommodate vegetarians). Maybe somebody who has been more recently can give an update.

            1. re: twentyoystahs

              Ten Tables on Wednesdays offers a three course menu where you "pick your favorite three"- appetizer, entree, dessert and its only for $32. My friend and I went two weeks ado and we had a great time. Food portions were generous as well. I ordered the roasted chicken for my entree and it was well done and filling.

              1. re: Snoop37

                I was there at the Ten Table in Cambridge this past Wednesday. They had the $42 tasting menu. I would have taken it but everybody at the table needs to take it too. they didn't mention any prix fixe.

                1. re: missbidon

                  The pick 3 is only at TT JP - TT Cambridge does not have the same deal, but they have a special on Sunday nights.

            2. re: tsackton

              Craigie always has the "neighborhood menu" which is a $38 (i think) prixe-fixe, no choices.

          2. I walked by Gargoyles in Davis Sq last night and saw a sign in the window stating that they are now offering a weeknight 3 course pre-fixe for $30.

            1. We were at Banq the other night, and they have a $29 prix-fixe that looked good. it only runs 'til 7:30, I believe, so you might want to check & plan accordingly . . . .

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              1. re: gansu girl

                Awesome, thanks, if you know of any more, keep 'em coming!

                1. re: twentyoystahs

                  I wouldn't use it for a special occasion, but for a real budget meal, Tasca in Brighton does a three-course prix fixe for $16.

                2. re: gansu girl

                  That's the one I was gonna suggest. DaVinci also does a $30 something 3 course, every day I think. Haven't gone, they do $3-5 bar food too. I think marco does 3 courses for $25 from 5-7. Ruth's Chris has a $39 one now. Scollay Sq does $22 for 3 courses. Townsends in JP has 2 courses for $15 until 6:45.

                  Edit; I mean Townsend's in Hyde Park.

                  1. re: gansu girl

                    The $29 recession special from BanQ runs Sun-Thu from 5:30-7:30pm.

                    Texas Roadhouse have $7.99 meals Mon-Thu 4:00-6:00pm.

                  2. KO Prime has a couple of deals
                    http://www.koprimeboston.com/news.php

                    1. You can check www.hubeats.com for deals. I like La Morra and Da Vinci but I think a lot of places are offering specials during the week.

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                      1. re: teezeetoo

                        thanks for the hubeats.com heads-up. really helpful!

                      2. Les Zygomates runs $39... but you get great live music without a cover and a wonderful selection of wines by the glass.......

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                        1. re: Science Chick

                          Evoo features their $35.00 prix fixe every day and it includes almost everything on the menu. Last week I had foie gras custard for an appetizer followed by a chicken sausage stuffed soft shell crab and strawberry rhubarb crisp with ice cream for dessert. Each course was outstanding as was the service. I would highly recommend Evoo.

                          1. re: edgewater

                            Yeah, we went to Evoo a couple of months ago and I couldn't believe what good value (and flexibility) the prix fixe provided.

                            1. re: edgewater

                              I was just at EVOO last night for there $35 prix fixe. Spectacular deal. Highlights from the our table included: grilled asparagus w/ caramelized prosciutto & plum jam (app), strawberry gazpacho (app -- utterly delicious, great combo of flavors), day boat scallops with spring parsnip puree (entree), braised lamb with semolina fritters (entree), lemon & lavender crème brûlée (dessert), and lemon tart w/ fresh strawberries (dessert). Really, everything was at least well executed, and some things (the strawberry gazpacho, the scallops, and the creme brulee) were outstanding.

                              1. re: tsackton

                                EVOO really is a great experience. Went last night & everyone was happy. Favorites from the prix fixe were the steamed clam app. with tasso ham and white beans, the strawberry gazpacho and the diver scallops & all four desserts at the table: lemon tart & strawberry-rhubarb cobbler were exceptional, & the warm chocolate cake and the sassparilla (sp?) sorbet were v good. A la carte, the fried oyster app and the tenderloin with out-of-this-world orange bernaise.

                          2. Rendezvous has a Sunday prix fix for $38
                            http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.co...
                            At various times, they have also done it other nights, but last time I was there, it wasn't advertised... you sort of had to know because you got an email...

                            1. I went to a really good price fix dinner last night at Dante in Cambridge. It was $35, and yes a few specific items are additional costs, but the meal was really good. If the rain ever stops, it also has a very nice patio with a gorgeous view of the Charles.

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                              1. re: marn209

                                I was going to suggest Dante as well. We had a large group for a really nice dinner and not only was the service outstanding, but everyone found something they were happy with. We're hoping to go back to take advantage of said patio soon.