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Restaurant for mother-in-law's birthday dinner in/near Natick

Hi, Chowhounders! This is my first post! I searched the other topics and couldn't find anything similar, but if I missed something, please let me know!

I want to take my mother-in-law, who lives in Natick, out to dinner on Saturday night, and I'm having trouble finding a suitable restaurant. I'm trying to avoid major chains and places that are really, really loud. I'm looking for a Japanese, Italian, American or French restaurant that has entrees between $15-30 and has a classy feel. We're also willing to drive maybe 15 minutes away from Natick, too.

We've been to Oga's a million times (which we love!), so it's our last resort if we can't find anything else.

Thanks so much for your time, Chowhounders! You all really know your stuff.

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  1. How about Coach Grill in Wayland?

    1. I haven't been to the Natick outlet, but Sel de la Terre ought to fit the bill. I'm a fan of the original on Boston's waterfront. http://www.seldelaterre.com/natick/me...

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Good food but that location can get noisy.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Thanks for the suggestions! I'm looking into Sel de la Terre, and though I'm reading that the Natick location isn't quite as good as the others, it's worth a try. And maybe I can make an earlier reservation to beat the crowd so it'll be quieter for us.

        2. how about the sherborn inn on rte 27 ? the food is good, the atmosphere is too.

          1. Maxwells 148 is on RT 135 in Natick near the Wellesley line, and seems like it would fit your needs.

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            Maxwells 148
            148 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760

            1. If you're willing to drive around 22 minutes, I'd recommend Bon Caldo, or Rte 1in Norwood. It definitely has a nice decor and good service, very good to excellent food, reasonable prices (low $20's for entrees), and an awesome Italian wine list, if that's of any interest. I go there quite often with relatvies who live in Natick, and they think it's worth the ride.

              Have you considered China Sky, in Wellesley? It has the nicest decor and ambience of any Asian restaurant I've been to in the Boston area, very good (though not particularly authentic) Chinese food, a relatively elegant atmosphere, (and relatively high prices for Chinese food, reflective of the quality of the ingredients IMHO), and also has good sushi. I'd definitely recommend it for a nice Chinese meal.