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May 31, 2010 08:55 AM

Birthday dinner under $130 for two

I know Boston is a different scene than NY, but I'm still not used to it yet. I really like Petit Robert Bistro but I am not sure how they are for birthdays? Any advice?

Are there other restaurants for Mediterranean food that you recommend for birthday dinners? I'm also considering Via Matta.

We'll go to L'espalier for lunch.


PS: Are there ANY restaurants in Boston you can bring wine to?

Petit Robert Bistro
468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Via Matta
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. They don't sing at Petit Robert, if that's what you mean. That's a mercy, in my book. I like the place, think it's a good value and very traditional.

    Via Matta is still very good, judging from my recent dinner there. My favorite celebratory Italian restaurant at the moment is Erbaluce. It's in Via Matta's price and physical neighborhood. It does stunning, original Northern Italian cuisine.

    BYOB is illegal in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. It's allowed anyway at a few places, mostly inexpensive restaurants with no liquor license to risk, but I wouldn't mention their names here.

    Via Matta
    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    1. Not sure what you mean by "how they are for birthdays." Can you be more specific?

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      1. re: scootie

        Do they do anything special for birthdays? In NYC, for example, they usually do a version of a birthday cake.

        One high-end restaurant in Boston told me I could bring wine for a $25 corkage fee. Should I consider myself lucky and just go there. A few others told me "no".

        1. re: cmm3

          Technically in the city of Boston this is illegal. Other towns may have BYOB, but not in Boston proper.

      2. Don't know how far you want to travel but there is a tiny little place in Swampscott on Humphry St called Cafe Paolina (sp?). It's run by a cute little old Husband and Wife team. All homade pasta's and sauces. You can bring your own wine

        1. Most nicer places don't have any birthday deals/cakes altho often if you mention it's a b-day, they'll bring out a special single dessert.

          Lots of places could fit the $130 requirement, not sure what else you're looking for. Gaslight, Franklin Cafe, Stella, Pops, Teatro, Grotto, Toscano, etc.

          177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

          1. Oleana in Cambridge has a great

            Vegetable Tasting Menu – Five Meze & Desserts $40

            I've never done the tasting, but have vastly enjoyed the unique Eastern Med. food there many times. Don't know if they do anything special for birthdays. If you search on the Boston board, you'll see many comments about how much yummy, unusual food people have experienced on the tasting menu. She does great meat and fish as well, so one of you could still order those as an entree. Also, there is a beautiful outdoor garden, but you can't reserve specifically for outdoor dining.

            134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139