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Where to take a French class for a cheap(er) dinner?

I'm trying to organize I a trip to Boston with some of my students. Planning on going to the Coolidge Corner theater and then dinner afterward, some place "French" but relatively inexpensive. I found a reference to a crepe place on the board and I think that is referring to the "crispy crepe cafe" on Park. Does anyone know the relative size of this place and if it is any good? Or any other ideas?

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  1. Crispy Crepe on Park is very small. The Crepe Place in Coolidge Corner is small and totally mobbed. Have you considered having a late lunch at Petit Robert in Kenmore before the movie?

    1. How large is your class? The crepe place in Coolidge Corner is quite small, but could accomodate 6 people in a group. You would have to check out the lunch menu at Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore SQ. I don't know what your "relatively expensive" range is.

      1. This post makes me very nostalgic. In seventh grade, our French class went to Maison Robert (now closed) and it made such an impact on me. I remember what I wore, I what I ordered and even the waiters face. I hope your students enjoy their outing as much as I enjoyed this one.

        I would also suggest Petit Robert- they have sandwiches etc on the lunch menu- classic things like croque monsieur and onion soup gratinee.

        1. When I read that title I briefly thought it meant taking a French cooking lesson which includes eating the food students prepare, as a way for a couple to have a French meal. You haven't given us the age or number of the students. Maybe arranging for a special session at one of the culinary schools would appeal to your group.

          1. how old are the students? aged 7 or 16? how many? lunch, dinner? that crepe place in coolidge corner is basically a take-out shop.

            eastern standard is kind of bistro-y and gaslight in the south end might suffice. bistro du midi in the old excelsior space will be open soon, depending on your date. sadly, except for l'espalier, the days of formal french dining seem gone.

            1. might like the Elephant Walk, down Beacon to St. Mary's - cambodian and french - i'd call it "mid-priced" but not cheap for sure.

              1. Sorry forgot to mention age, they are high school students, mostly seniors. As far as the number, I think about 15. This is very much in the planning stages so it could be for lunch or dinner. I suppose lunch might be a better plan for this type of group? Thank you for your suggestions!

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                1. re: missfadley

                  Second Petit Robert Bistro. The Kenmore outpost is not that far from Coolidge Corner and at lunch the menu is quite reasonable. And the food is good.

                  Petit Robert Bistro
                  468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

                  1. re: BBHound

                    To add to the chorus, yes on PRB, both for the price & for the size - they can handle sizable groups downstairs, if you let them know in advance (I've seen multi-generational [presumably] French families doing Sunday dinner down there).

                2. Petit Bistro Robert is the way to go. I would call them and explain your situation. Set a budget and plan a menu with them. I think they'll make a deal with you as perhaps their parents, friends, family may do word-of-mouth marketing for them.