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Looking for a dining "experience"

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I know that is a bit vague but interpret it as you desire. To be a bit more specific, I want to go somewhere that isn't rushed. I want to feel like my dinner out was a night out- not just a meal. Any suggestions in Boston or Cambridge?

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  1. Tasting menu at No. 9 Park. It is probably my most memorable Boston meal.

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    1. re: Dan Boston

      Omakase at O Ya

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      O Ya
      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: Dan Boston

        the two that come to mind are tasting menus at No.9 and L'Espalier. For me, No.9 was head and shoulders above L'Espalier.

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        L'Espalier
        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

      2. I find that you tend to find the "experience" when you can dine out early in a place you've been wanting to try. Earlier in the evening things are less rushed, there's not as much pressure to turn over a table. I've had the "experience" in a few places; one being of all places, Silvertones. While starting off the evening early I could see they were getting busy quite early and I felt my own pressure of hurrying along so that someone could have the table. I indicated to the waiter that we would finish up our drinks to free the table, and to my surprise he brought us a complimentary dessert wine and told us to sit and enjoy. Another spot I found comfortable to linger was Grotto and I throughly enjoy their gnocci with shortribs. Marliave is another great spot as they offer some fine dining choices even at lunch time. It's not everyones thing to dine out early, but I always find that you are less apt to be rushed, and you can still take a nice walk to the North End for a latte and dessert. Hope you find the right place for you!

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        Silvertone
        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

        Marliave
        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        1. L'Espalier will certainly make for a night out.

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          L'Espalier
          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          1. Also, I should note that it doesn't need to be an "formal" night out. I just want quality. A gastropub where you can enjoy quality food and drinks for as long as you want would probably be ideal.

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            1. re: ced9

              go to ten tables in cambridge went last sat night we had about 15 different items it just kept getting better every course

            2. My first thoughts are L'Espalier or O Ya for true dining experiences. Some other places where I've had lovely, thoughtful and non-rushed meals include Erbaluce, Hammersly's Bistro, Ten Tables and T.W. Food. The food is pretty outstanding at all of these places but just a small component of a complete dining experience. I especially enjoyed the tasting menus at Ten Tables and T.W. Food.

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              L'Espalier
              774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

              O Ya
              9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

              T.W. Food
              377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

              Ten Tables
              5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

              Erbaluce
              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116