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Where to eat in Boston under 100 a person? (excl alcohol)

cmm3 Sep 27, 2009 07:04 PM

L'esaplier is slightly out of budget for dinner, and I am upset as last time I went there, they served a fish meal to me and I had it in my mouth before a running waiter came to tell me there was a mistake. (I'm allergic to fish & seafood)

Can you recommend somewhere else to go with a prix fixe or a la carte menu under 100 per person?


Edit: Oh yeah, it's for a first date.

  1. t
    teezeetoo Sep 28, 2009 02:57 PM

    Erbaluce, Estragon, Craigie on Main, Salt , Troquet - for less cost and less wow, but very good, La Morra, 10 Tables, Rendezvous

    1. cassoulady Sep 28, 2009 10:27 AM

      I love neptune oyster tho not sure if they take reservations. Grotto is a romantic room IMO and inexpensive. Prezza would also fit the bill.

      1. BobB Sep 28, 2009 07:16 AM

        I see that you're from Manhattan, which explains the question. In Boston there aren't more than a small handful of restaurants which would run OVER $100 per person excluding alcohol - L'Espalier, O Ya, and a couple of others. I suppose you could stretch the bill that high in a dozen or more if you ordered the most expensive app, entree, etc on the menu, but by and large this just isn't that kind of town.

        My suggestion: do some searching on "Best [your favorite cuisine here]" on this board and see what catches your eye.

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        1. re: BobB
          CreativeFoodie42 Sep 28, 2009 07:25 AM

          Ditto with BobB. Or put up "Best first date spot" on the board.

          1. re: BobB
            cmm3 Sep 28, 2009 08:09 AM

            How's Clio? They have truffles right now and the 10 course prix fixe is only 105. I'd do that, but not a 3 course prix fixe at L'espalier for 100. Seems a bit high, IMO, especially when lunch can be had (with alcohol) for 150 for a 5 course meal.

            How is Sel De La Terre?

            1. re: BobB
              hotoynoodle Sep 28, 2009 08:16 AM

              steakhouses also typically nudge around the $100 pp check average too, but that's with booze. but, yes, i agree that's not the norm and most places you can get out easily for less.

              troquet and hammersley's are 2 of my faves and you can do less than $65 pp no sweat. same with neptune oyster, rendezvous, blue room, prezza, taranta, eastern standard, erbaluce, etc.

              1. re: hotoynoodle
                BobB Sep 28, 2009 08:28 AM

                I'll give an enthusiastic second to Troquet and Hamersley's Bistro. Both have great food and attentive, non-snooty service. Either would be ideal for a first date.

                1. re: BobB
                  CreativeFoodie42 Sep 28, 2009 08:56 AM

                  I'll third Hammersly's Bistro and also a second for No. 9 Park and Petit Robert (although I'm partial to the South End location). I'd also consider crossing the river and trying Craigie on Main or Ten Tables. Both have great food and wonderful tasting menus. I'm also a big fan of Harvest - another farm to table restaurant and I have a strong obsession with their coconut layer cake.

                  1. re: CreativeFoodie42
                    cmm3 Sep 28, 2009 02:10 PM

                    Thanks. You've all given me great suggestions. Expect a new post from me soon. :)

            2. fmcoxe6188 Sep 28, 2009 06:01 AM

              Grotto and Sel De La Terre both have Prixe Fix menus for substantially less than a 100 per head- both in the 30 range.

              No. 9 Park also has one for $65- this would be my pick- Ive had nothing less than an incredible meal there....

              1. c
                CookieLee Sep 27, 2009 07:58 PM

                I just had a lovely birthday dinner at Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore Sq. I'm sure it was well under $100 for the 2 of us, including 2 entrees, 1 glass wine, and 1 dessert. I haven't been yet, but I know Marliave has a v. reasonably priced price fixe. I think it's in the $30 per person range. I love Tango in Arlington, and that would be a nice place for a first date. I bet Rendevous in Cambridge would be lovely as well. My friends just had dinner at the Top of the Hub, and said the food was v. good. Nice view as well! Upstairs on The Square is a lovely spot, great food.

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