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showmethechow Oct 10, 2009 06:40 AM

Looking for a nice place to take parents for an anniversary dinner whose tastes run to the conventional somewhere south of Boston. All my knows are in town but trying to make it easy for my brother coming right from work in Braintree. Brother also lives in Easton so anything in that vicinity. They've come into Boston a lot lately - so my turn.

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    gingersme Oct 12, 2009 01:08 PM

    IMHO Tosca at 14 Noth Street in Hingham is very difficult to beat. Great combination of seafood & meat and a great wine list to boot.
    I have been there 4-5 times now and have always come away saying..."That was the best dinner out I have ever had".

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      Joanie Oct 13, 2009 09:40 AM

      I need to try Scarlet Oak Tavern but my vote would be for Tosca too. Besides a great menu, that room feels celebratory.

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        T.Clark Oct 14, 2009 06:16 AM

        Tosca does, bar none, have the nicest and most dramatic dining room south of Boston. I have spent many nights at Tosca celebrating special occasions, stopping by for drinks and appetizers at the bar, attending wine dinners and special events. I can still remember a lamb Bolognese I had when Ken Oringer was the chef that was so unbelievably good if I close my eyes I can still taste it.

        Tosca has been one of my favorites for close to 20 years. With some sadness I must say that Tosca is now a shell of it's former self. It has, IMHO, been on a slow slide for the last few years. Yeah it still grabs all the attention of local scribes and always a first recommendation here but I have a feeling the accolades refer to past performance and decor not the current state of culinary meh. While chef Long may still be part of Tosca in name and perhaps menu development, he no longer spends much time rattling the pans in the Hingham kitchen (as confirmed by employees) perhaps preferring the action of Saint at MGM/Foxwoods, which is owned by the same restaurant group. As a result the food has suffered. Am I alone on this one?

        The wines have always been obscenely overpriced and remain so but the list has shrunk considerably and the focus blurred. Perhaps that's just a sign of the times.

        Other former "regulars" have suggested that Cafe Tosca, which is run by a different chef, is actually the better choice nowadays. I have been suggesting Square Cafe to friends, as the last few meals there have been better than those I've recently had at Tosca.

        I will contradict my earlier thoughts on Scarlet Oak and suggest that it may work for your parents’ anniversary. Very straightforward menu that I think older less adventurous people (think baked schrod and steak) would enjoy. And it is convenient to both Rt.3 and Braintree.

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      mibsphil Oct 12, 2009 12:27 PM

      I second Scarlet Oak Tavern. It's our favorite go-to place for special occasions. However, I also highly recommend the Tavern Room at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. They have possibly the best view of Boston anywhere, and the food is excellent and very reasonable. www.granitelinksgolfclub.com.

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        CookieLee Oct 11, 2009 06:12 AM

        We had my mom's birthday dinner, and other family members celebratory dinners, at The Inn at Bay Pointe on the Quincy / Weymouth line. I've never had a bad meal there, and the views of the bay are very nice. I have been to Barkers in the past, and it is a nice place as well. I was taken to a restaurant on the water in Scituate, was it the Mill Restaurant? Also a nice dining space, right on the water.

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          Pegmeister Oct 11, 2009 11:31 AM

          Almost recommended Inn at Bay Point because of the great views and the appeal to a more mature crowd. It's a great spot for seafood, especially fried clams or scallops and they do a nice turkey dinner. I enjoy sitting at the bar and having light bites. Expect good solid basic food, nothing too creative, but I have to say I've never been disappointed in a meal here.

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          catsmeow Oct 10, 2009 05:42 PM

          The Scarlet Oak Tavern is very good. it's just about a mile off Rt 3 from the Rockland/Nantasket exit.

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            fredid Oct 10, 2009 05:13 PM

            Don't know my geography south of Boston very well, but brought my family (from Boston and the Cape) to Solstice, I think in Kingston, for Mom's eightieth. Not my usual "cup of tea" - I like "ethnic" hole in the walls - but met the need for that night! Try checking the NE board - that's where I found out about Solstice, and there were a number of suggestions there.

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              Pegmeister Oct 10, 2009 08:33 AM

              Would Barkers Tavern in Scituate work? They have a lovely colonial type atmosphere. Its a bit on the pricey side but I love their stuffed lobster. DiNeiros in Cohasset could also be a good choice. The bar area is gorgeous with its large fieldstone fireplace. Prices are much better at lunch or Mon/Tues specials. My favorite being the veal oscar.

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