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My parents are visiting in two weeks and our plan is to go out to dinner on Saturday night. I get to choose the restaurant so this is kind of an excuse to get them to take me out to a nice dinner! I'd like to go somewhere with great food (obviously) in Boston or Cambridge that's nice but not too stuffy. We all eat everything.

Any recommendations would be great!

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  1. S8, please give us some guidelines, so we can help.

    1. Get yourself set up on Open Table if you are planning to make a reservation for 3 + people for a Saturday night in less than 10 days.

      1. To give you a head start of places to consider here is a copy of the list that I gave my mom for their trip up here next month. Most in Cambridge, or easy access into Boston from Central Square. Most I've been to and enjoyed or got good reviews on Chowhound. Some you will probably/might have problems making a reservation at.

        Inexpensive

        Courthouse Seafood- Inexpensive Seafood http://www.courthouseseafood.com/
        Basta Pasta- Inexpensive Italian http://www.bastapastacambridge.com/
        Tupelo- Southern http://www.tupelo02139.com/about.html
        Baraka Café - Tunisian http://www.barakacafe.com/menu.html

        Moderate

        Green Street- American http://www.greenstreetgrill.com/about...
        The Helmand
        Henrietta's Table American- http://www.henriettastable.com/menus/...
        Eastern Standard

        Expensive

        Oleana- Turkish http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/dinne...
        Neptune Oyster- Seafood http://www.neptuneoyster.com/
        Teatro- Italian http://www.teatroboston.com/frames.html
        Mamma Maria- Italian http://www.mammamaria.com/n_menu.html
        Dante- Italian http://www.restaurantdante.com/

        Brunch
        The Friendly Toast http://www.thefriendlytoast.net/
        East Coast Grill http://www.eastcoastgrill.net/menus/b...
        Craigie on Main http://www.craigieonmain.com/?page_id...
        Upstairs on the Square-
        http://www.upstairsonthesquare.com/me...
        Grafton Street- http://www.graftonstreetcambridge.com...

        2 Replies
        1. re: viperlush

          Craigie on Main would also be a great dinner option (in the expensive category). Amazingly good food, definitely not a stuffy room. May be hard to get reservations for a Saturday night unless you go very early or very late.

          1. re: greenzebra

            And another one that I left of the list (because my parents have already been) is Rendezvous in Central Square.

        2. My short list:

          Oleana
          Troquet
          Upstairs.......Square
          Garden.......Cellar
          Ten Tables - Cambridge

          1. Wow! Thanks very much for all of your suggestions!