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Aug 2, 2010 07:01 AM

anniversary dinner in the south end

we really havent explored the south end as we should and we have an anniversary dinner coming up Friday. The atmosphere does NOT have to be formal or upscale but we do want a nice experience and great food.

thoughts or past posts?

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  1. There is so much great stuff in the south end, it is tough to say. Maybe more details would help. What are you hoping to eat? What price point? Any restrictions on food?

    1. I had a lovely 20th anniversary dinner 5yrs ago (!) at the Union Bar & Grille. We were a small party of 6, and they were super accommodating. The food was great.

      1. I'd want something that qualifies as fine dining, feels a bit special or at least romantic, takes reservations, serves dessert, and has a decent wine list. My short list in the South End would include Hamersley's, Union, Aquitane, Metropolis Cafe, and Stella. If your tastes run a bit more adventurous, I'd include Estragon, Oishii Boston, Ginger Park, and Addis Red Sea.

        Places I like but that feel too casual or not romantic enough for an anniversary dinner (but otherwise meet my criteria) include B&G Oysters, Petit Robert, Pops, South End Buttery, Stephi's on Tremont, Teranga, Noche, Masa, and 28 Degrees.

        I'm curious again about Rocca in the wake of the recent Globe rave, but I haven't tried the new chef's work yet.

        28 Degrees
        1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

        Oishii Boston
        1166 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

        439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1746 Washington Street, Boston, MA

        1. My apologies MParente

          I realized after reading your post and seeing how MC Slim JB categorized that I had not provided enough information.

          price point is not a consideration as long as the experience/food is good. Reservations would be helpful but then again we won't be in a hurry. we are adventuresome diners and there are no restrictions on food. we really enjoyed Taberna de Hora recently so was intrigued to see Estragon listed by MC.

          Doing more research and looking at older posts, I had honed in on B&G, Toro, Union, Petit Robert, and Estragon so I can see by cross matching with MC Slim that we're focusing on the right places.

          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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          1. re: ATLNOBOS

            From that list, I'd probably do either B&G or Estragon. The only reason Toro didn't make my list is the wait is often very long (and unless you can get a spot at the bar- uncomfortable because you always feel like you are in the way) and it can be loud. Noche is definitely a gorgeous atmosphere, but I didn't find the food particularly impressive (MC- I've been waiting for your review.....). What about Erbaluce as another option? Not technically in the South End, but a stone's throw away and certainly very special with amazing food.

            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116