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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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      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.

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      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        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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          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.

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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. 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!

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          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!

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              Il Capriccio
              888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

              L'Andana
              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.

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                  Il Capriccio
                  888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

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                    Guido Aug 16, 2010 06:50 PM

                    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

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                    shaebones Aug 14, 2010 12:47 AM

                    L'andana in Burlington

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