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gdiego Dec 26, 2009 01:20 PM

If price was no object and you would suggest a romantic evening of dining in the city of Boston, where would it be?

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  1. jinet12 RE: gdiego Dec 26, 2009 09:57 PM

    Some place in Cambridge...Probably Oleana's

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      cambridgedoctpr RE: jinet12 Dec 27, 2009 07:49 AM

      i believe that oleana is very good, but not wonderful. but if you are willing to compromise on the food, it is romantic.

      i have not been to market at the hotel W, but i like Jean Georges in NYC.

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        teezeetoo RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 27, 2009 08:07 AM

        it's surprising how few restaurant spaces with good food in Boston are gloriously romantic. For very good food and reasonable environment, I'd choose Erbaluce or ask for seating in the small room at L'Espalier (great city light view). I like the space at Lala Rokh (not, by the way at Oleana which I find too "cheek by jowl" to be enjoyable) and I like the food at Number 9 and Troquet but find neither space particularly romantic.

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          cambridgedoctpr RE: teezeetoo Dec 28, 2009 12:03 PM

          i like troquet more for the wine than for the food. the wine list is one of the best in the country and very fairly priced.

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            StriperGuy RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 28, 2009 11:20 PM


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              Pegmeister RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 29, 2009 03:59 AM

              Love their wine selections, but it's even better when you get a cheese selection to along with the wine.

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            Alica RE: cambridgedoctpr Dec 27, 2009 08:10 AM

            When we ate at Oleana we were seated at a table for two that was so close to our neighbors that I had to watch my elbow. Food was okay.

        2. StriperGuy RE: gdiego Dec 27, 2009 08:58 AM

          I think Rendezvous in Cambridge is pretty romantic and has great food.

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            emilief RE: gdiego Dec 27, 2009 09:34 AM

            We love Sorellina for special occasions. Tables far enough apart, fabulous decor, nice service and excellent food. Not cheap but not out of sight like O Ya or Clio.

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              phatchris RE: gdiego Dec 27, 2009 02:53 PM

              Carmen in the North End has pretty good food and is nice and romantic.

              1. fr1p RE: gdiego Dec 27, 2009 04:59 PM

                Salts in Cambridge is a winner. The food is inventive with a classical flair. the space is small but inviting, with a romantic touch. Very nice indeed.

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                  manofgor RE: fr1p Dec 28, 2009 05:20 PM

                  I have only eaten at Mama Maria twice and spaced those fairly far apart but was there in the past six months. Both times found it to be wonderful -- even though the second time we had kind of a lousy table (re: I think b/c two of our somewhat large party of 7 showed up a bit late for our reservation). And on both visits I chatted with someone at the restaurant about something they call "Table 99," I believe. It's a small room on the second floor that overlooks the square and can be set as a two or four-top. If you do it, please report back ...

                2. Delhiwala RE: gdiego Dec 28, 2009 08:40 AM

                  The small private dinning room at Mama Marias in the North End would be my first choice.

                  1. rlove RE: gdiego Dec 28, 2009 11:59 AM

                    I continue to enjoy L'Espalier for special occasions when price is irrelevant, and my last visit (my fiancée's recent birthday) was as sublime as ever. While many prefer the old digs to the new, the food has only improved.

                    Dress up, order a good bottle of wine, and enjoy the the degustation or even the tasting journey.

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                      CookieLee RE: gdiego Dec 29, 2009 04:22 AM

                      Any one had any experience at the Oak Room?

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                        CocoDan RE: CookieLee Dec 29, 2009 04:51 AM

                        I was going to pipe in and recommend the Oak Room, but thought it might be a little stuffy. We always had good meals there, and the decor is lovely. The bar serves very nice cocktails, and they have a decent wine list. Romantic? Not sure! I think I'd go for a spot in the North End with some candle light and a nice bottle of Italian wine. Sorellina would be my choice outside the North End.

                      2. Eatin in Woostah RE: gdiego Dec 29, 2009 07:20 AM

                        The two most romantic meals I've had in recent years have been at Clio and O Ya. I guess O Ya was more sexy than romantic, but that's a combination that works in my book.

                        With price as no object, I'd go back to either in a heartbeat. Be warned, after the tasting menu for two, two cocktails, and two bottles of good wine, the Clio tab was around $600. The wine was the culprit...and probably contributed to the romance, too.

                        Gladly no one was driving home...the Eliot Hotel is pretty romantic, too.

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