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semi-dressy restaurant driving distance from Lexington?

Hi all,

My husband and I are heading out for an anniversary dinner on Sunday. Have a babysitter, so don't want to go too far (maybe 20-30 mins from Lexington), and don't want to go into Boston proper, but we'd like to go somewhere a little romantic where we can get a bit dressed up (not too fancy). I was thinking of trying J's at Nashoba Winery, but they're closed on Sundays. Flora in Arlington was a possibility, but they're just doing an extended Restaurant Week menu this month, which makes me cautious. Anywhere to recommend?

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  1. L'andana in Burlington

    1. Il Capriccio in Waltham.

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      Il Capriccio
      888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

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      1. re: mcel215

        Second Il Capriccio, or try Oleana in Cambridge.

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        Il Capriccio
        888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

        Oleana
        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      2. I recommend that you do go to Flora for extended restaurant week. We went last weekend and the food was great. They had 2 special appetizers and both were so delicious - one was a fig salad and the other was fried calamari. We both had fish - blue fish and trout and these also were very good.

        1. We're also in Lexington and try not to go too far when we have a sitter. We've done anniversary and birthday dinners at both L'Andana and Il Capriccio, and both were excellent. Other options are Parson's Table in Winchester, and Summer Winter in Burlington. Have fun!

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          Il Capriccio
          888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

          L'Andana
          86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

          1. L'andana in Burlington - consistently good food in quite plush surroundings

            1. My other favorite is Mamma Maria's in the North End. I love that you can drive up the old cobblestone street and give your car to the valet. The food is excellent and it's not too far into the City!

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              Mamma Maria Restaurant
              3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

              1. how about il casale in belmont?

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                1. re: Wannabfoode

                  Depending on what you like and your price range other options:
                  Summer Winter in the Burlington Marriott
                  AKA Bistro in Lincoln
                  Dalya's in Bedford
                  Bistro 5 in Medford
                  Parson's Table (the former Catch) in Winchester has gotten nice reports
                  If you're steak folks, the Capitol Grille outlet in Burlington is like the others.

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                  Dalya's Restaurant
                  20 North Rd Ste 1, Bedford, MA 01730

                  Bistro 5
                  5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

                  AKA Bistro
                  145 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

                2. Thanks all for the suggestions! We ended up going to 10 Tables in Cambridge, which was fantastic (I found it on a thread that I was reading following up on some of these suggestions), but I'm keeping all of these ideas for next time!

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                  1. re: fargleberg

                    Thanks for reporting back! Glad you had a good time - we've been wanting to try 10 Tables.

                  2. I know you decided where to go, but for the next time I would suggest Tango in Arlington. Fabulous Argentinian Steakhouse!

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                    1. re: CookieLee

                      there are many good restaurants in Cambridge/Arlington. Look into Little Q Hot Pot in Arlington and Craigie on Main if you are wiling to travel this far Arlington and Cambridge are loaded with good places to dine.

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                      Craigie on Main
                      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                        Yes, but I wouldn't put Little Q Hotpot into the semi-dressy special occasion category. More on the casual date-night no kids eating hot stuff category.