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fargleberg Aug 13, 2010 10:20 PM

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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    CookieLee Aug 15, 2010 06:23 PM

    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
      cambridgedoctpr Aug 15, 2010 06:27 PM

      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.

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. re: cambridgedoctpr
        Eatin in Woostah Aug 16, 2010 03:26 PM

        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.

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      fargleberg Aug 15, 2010 06:14 PM

      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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        Eatin in Woostah Aug 16, 2010 03:27 PM

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

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        Wannabfoode Aug 14, 2010 08:27 AM

        how about il casale in belmont?

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        1. re: Wannabfoode
          justbeingpolite Aug 14, 2010 03:01 PM

          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.

          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. mcel215 Aug 14, 2010 08:05 AM

          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!

          Mamma Maria Restaurant
          3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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            scubajane Aug 14, 2010 06:52 AM

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

            1. Eatin in Woostah Aug 14, 2010 06:27 AM

              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!

              Il Capriccio
              888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

              86 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803

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                debidokun Aug 14, 2010 04:02 AM

                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. mcel215 Aug 14, 2010 03:57 AM

                  Il Capriccio in Waltham.

                  Il Capriccio
                  888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

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                  1. re: mcel215
                    Guido Aug 16, 2010 06:50 PM

                    Second Il Capriccio, or try Oleana in Cambridge.

                    Il Capriccio
                    888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

                    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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                    shaebones Aug 14, 2010 12:47 AM

                    L'andana in Burlington

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