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Alcohol-free restaurant in Boston or Camb?

EatPayLeave Apr 14, 2010 10:12 AM

Trying to find a good place to go between Boston Public Garden & Hvd Sq. Idea bill will be 20-30pp and we want a place that does not have a bar. Suggestions?

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  1. jgg13 RE: EatPayLeave Apr 14, 2010 10:53 AM

    McDonalds doesn't serve alcohol. If you buy enough stuff you can get your bill to be between 20-30$.

    On a serious note, are you just looking for "doesn't have a bar section" or literally alcohol-free? You're going to be hard pressed to find the latter.

    1. greenzebra RE: EatPayLeave Apr 14, 2010 11:10 AM

      Baraka Café in Central Square maybe? There are plenty of places with no liquor license, but they tend to be mostly take-out joints with very little seating and usually quite a bit cheaper than your suggested price range (Punjabi Dhaba in Inman Square, Falafel Corner in Harvard Square, etc). Many of these places are quite good, but it isn't clear if that is what you are looking for? Restaurants with table service and no liquor license are pretty rare in Cambridge at least.

      Baraka Cafe
      80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        Allstonian RE: greenzebra Apr 14, 2010 11:22 AM

        Ha - Baraka Cafe was the first place I thought of as well.

        Baraka Cafe
        80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. re: Allstonian
          hckybg RE: Allstonian Apr 14, 2010 06:41 PM

          Me too...I love that place. There is sometimes a wait and the poster didn't indicate the size of his or her party, but it's always worth it.

      2. nsenada RE: EatPayLeave Apr 14, 2010 12:00 PM

        This'll be a useful thread that I will mentally re-title "places I must avoid."

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          viperlush RE: nsenada Apr 14, 2010 02:58 PM

          Good, the wait at Baraka can be too long as it is.

          For the OP, I haven't been the any so I can't attest to the food quality or price (I know, it's not in the Chow spirit to make these types of suggestions), as I mentally walk down Mass Ave towards Hvd Sq, the only other places that I can think of that that possibly fit this criteria are Ethiopian place in Central and Dolphin Seafood.

          But like jgg13 said above, it would be easier if you just want a restaurant without a bar section, but still serves alcohol.

          Baraka Cafe
          80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Dolphin Seafood
          1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. re: viperlush
            jgg13 RE: viperlush Apr 21, 2010 12:16 PM

            Doesn't the ethopian place (name eludes me) serve wine and such?

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              viperlush RE: jgg13 Apr 21, 2010 01:03 PM

              Don't know, probably. Too bad the OP never got back to your question about alcohol free or just bar free.

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              Pemmican RE: viperlush Apr 21, 2010 02:36 PM

              Dolphin not only serves alcohol but has an actual bar in it which I would think disqualifies it across the board....

          2. steinpilz RE: EatPayLeave Apr 14, 2010 02:29 PM

            Yes, I'd redirect this thread to the subject of "restaurants that I wish served alcohol," occasionally this happens.

            One place I've thought of is Four Burgers in Central Square, I don't believe that serve alcohol, Mr. Bartey's is another.



            Four Burgers
            704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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              bear RE: steinpilz Apr 14, 2010 02:31 PM

              I'm almost certain that Four Burgers serves beer and wine. I'll double-check next time I'm in the area.

              Four Burgers
              704 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

              1. re: bear
                jgg13 RE: bear Apr 14, 2010 02:33 PM

                yeah, they do

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                  teezeetoo RE: jgg13 Apr 14, 2010 07:08 PM

                  i do love baraka - how about basta pasta?

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              pemma RE: EatPayLeave Apr 15, 2010 05:47 AM

              It's a couple of subway stops beyond Harvard, but Pulse Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Davis Square does not serve alcohol and is in your price range. I am not a vegan by any means, but I really enjoyed a meal there, although I could not help but think that my entree would be improved with a bit of bacon flavor and a glass of wine. It is a small place, but has been getting some good mentions.

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                02139 RE: EatPayLeave Apr 21, 2010 03:10 PM

                Wow, I can't believe the harsh responses! I can see that the OP isn't clear about the question, but I don't see the need to be harsh...

                To answer the question. I don't really drink, and I find most ethnic places to be not so alcohol-centered (as in, more than half of the people don't drink). If you want a place to be completely free of alcoholic beverages, then Baraka Cafe in Central sq. is the only place I can think of.
                Other than that, Winsor dimsum cafe in Chinatown could be a fun place to enjoy without alcohol. For Indian, a bunch of places in Harvard Sq. are decent (my favorite is Tamarind Bay). In East Cambridge there are the Similan (Thai), Helmand (Afgani), and Muqueca (Brazilian). The Ethiopian places (Asmara in Central or Addis Red Sea near Porter) are also good.

                Btw, Dolphin Seafood does have a bar.

                Baraka Cafe
                80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                The Similans
                145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

                Tamarind Bay
                75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Dolphin Seafood
                1105 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

                1. BobB RE: EatPayLeave Apr 22, 2010 10:47 AM

                  Saray Turkish restaurant near BU is a good option.

                  Saray Turkish Restaurant
                  1098 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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