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Apr 21, 2010 10:22 AM

Visiting Boston -- Where to eat? Graduation dinner?


My younger brother is graduating this May so we're flying out to Boston and meeting some relatives there. What's a good place for a 'graduation' dinner? We'll be a group of 6-7 and we really like food. Price isn't a huge consideration, ideally I'm looking for something in the Michelin star range in terms of food quality. (We care more about food quality than ambiance and such)

Graduation dinner aside -- what are some other places that are worth checking out for other meals? (non-graduation dinners, lunches and even breakfast) He's graduating from Tufts, so we're staying somewhere in that area (I don't know the Boston area at all) but we don't mind driving for good food!

Thank you!

Edit; I know there aren't any Michelin stars in Boston, but I thought that might be a rough guide for the range of restaurants I'm thinking of.

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  1. There aren't any Michelin star restaurants in Boston, but very high-end places include:

    Locke Ober
    O Ya
    No. 9 Park
    Menton (brand new, but getting some good reviews here)

    For other dinners:

    Gargoyles in Davis Square, Somerville is quite good and is close to Tufts. Bistro 5 in West Medford is very good and not far from Tufts (although you would have to drive or take a cab.)

    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

    O Ya
    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

    Bistro 5
    5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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    1. re: pemma

      Thank you! I'll look at those.

      I realize there aren't any Michelin stars in Boston (edited my original post) but I thought it'd be a good reflection of the range of restaurants I'm looking for.

      1. re: pemma

        I'd also add Craigie on Main, which is slightly more casual in terms of atmosphere, but their food is some of the best in Boston (especially recommend the tasting menu).

        Search the board for Davis Square to find some options for restaurants close to Tufts. You might also consider Posto, a new Italian wood-fired pizza place that opened recently in Davis. I've only been once (it just opened), but it was quite good.

        You probably want to make reservations as soon as possible, as many places fill up around graduation weekends.

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. re: greenzebra

            Yes, definitely try Posto. It's only been open about a week, but is getting good buzz. Might be a good lunch or dinner spot. Also, Moulton's Seafoods in Medford is close and has great, fresh seafood and a casual atmosphere. Reasonable prices, too.

            For breakfast there are two places very close to Tufts that people love for breakfast, but I have been to neither. They are Sound Bites and Broadway Cafe, both on Broadway. FYI: There is a rivalry and a lot of soap opera drama going on between the two places.

            For a light breakfast or quick lunch (no table service or drinks) there is the Danish Pastry House right beside Tufts.

            Sound Bites
            704 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

            Moulton's Seafood Restaurant
            178 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155

            Danish Pastry House
            330 Boston Ave, Medford, MA

        1. Pemma's List was pretty what i would recommend. I've only been to l'espalier and it was really great - and i mean comparable to michelin starred nyc restaurants. Michelin has yet to come to boston so its difficult to rate them.

          1. Take a look at Prezza in the North End. What I love about them is not just their incredible food, but the ambiance, fine dining, yet really no obligation to feel like the dress needs to be above business casual. It's always a totally relaxed evening with incredible dishes, such as wood grilled clams, or figs stuffed wih prosciutto and gorgonzola, sweet pea ravioli, paella, veal chops and a great wine list.

            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            1. I think Hammersley's may be a good choice for you

              1. Harvest, Rendezvous, Craigie on Main, Ginger Park, Scampo, Bistro du Midi, Post 390, Monday Club Bar at Upstairs in the Square, Union, Aquitaine, and Legal Seafoods are all good choices.

                215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

                Craigie on Main
                853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                Post 390
                406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

                Bistro du Midi
                272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116