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Aug 17, 2010 10:14 AM

Arrows or another rec. for couple's celebration

Celebrating with significant other in a few months - would like a quiet and classy place- fine dinner for two outside of Boston, willing to drive an hour or two for outstanding experience. Don't want to be jammed into a tiny bistro! Doesn't have to be super foodie but still nice/we can live without the latest trends; Love fresh meats, pastas and seafoods. we've enjoyed Summer/Winter, Buckley's, Sea Glass in the past year for these types of meals. To step it up a notch for this special meal, I was thinking about Arrows but concerned it might be too OTT. Any other suggestions?

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  1. OTT? Anyway, I'm not a fan of Arrow's. I would suggest Hugo's in Portland, though that is a little farther than 1-2 hours, and it's not a huge place, just a bit smaller than Sea Glass (assuming you mean the one in Cape Elizabeth, ME). Far better food than Sea Glass (haven't been to Summer/Winter or Buckley's). Get the 6 course blind tatsing menu and prepare to have a truly wonderful dining experience.

    1. Arrows can seem OTT (over the top?) to some (and is $$$) but if you liked Summer/Winter then a trip to the Mothership might suit you.

      If you do go as far as Portland, consider Back Bay Grill, white tablecloth fine dining but not stuffy and no 'tude.

      Back Bay Grill
      65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

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      1. re: HDinCentralME

        Yes, OTT = "Over The Top"....sorry, I was writing about SeaGlass Restaurant Oceanside in Salisbury, MA. I like the food there although service can be hit/miss. If you can get a table by the windows, oceanfront, it's quite nice, otherwise, the space is "upscale banquet hall." It looks like a big warehouse. I keep forgetting about the same name restaurant in Maine, which I believe has been in business longer and not tied to Salisbury restaurant. Thanks for the other rec's!

        1. re: adiosoven

          Haven't been to Arrows (but I have been to MC's - nice for a more casual, "noisy" dinner) but I have been to The White Barn Inn, which was nice - probably the quietest restaurant I've ever been too. It's quite formal - I wouldn't call it stuffy - & dinner does take a long time there. Food was good, and I didn't feel hungry after eating there (which a lot of those types of places do).
          However, my husband & I haven't been back there since we discovered On The Marsh in Kennebunk, which as almost as nice atmosphere (not as formal) & the food is outstanding (definately try the mussels with pan roasted tomato as an appetizer, & the Apple Bolen for desert - menu changes nightly but those are alway on the menu ). Plus, it's WAY less expensive than the White Barn Inn.

          1. re: southie_chick

            On The Marsh
            One of the best in Maine
            Totally different then White Barn Inn......

            The White Barn Inn
            37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, ME 04043

            1. re: irwin

              What do people think of Havana South in Portland for these folks? I have not yet been there, but it might be a nice option. I hear they have a space inside of the restaurant that is set up for more quiet dining. A foodie friend went to Cinque Terre recently and had a fabulous meal there, too, and this would fallinto the quiet and classy category, I think. I am still a Fore St. stand by, and while this is a both classy and delicious, it is certainly has a more rustic and bustling atmosphere. Also in Portland, how about 555, Salt, or Emilista? Or, in York, Lydia Shire's Blue Sky? I am not a fan of Hugo's mostly because of the tiny, artistically crafted portions--lovely but not really my idea of a great meal--when I have been there, I leave hungry.

              Cinque Terre
              36 Wharf Street, Portland, ME 04101

      2. Arrows is wonderful. Very romantic.They have a dress code . Live For Food's description of Hugo's is right on. Tiny portions,plus the space doesn't come close to Arrows. Lydia Shire no longer has any connection to Blue Sky in York. MC Perkins Coveis run by Arrows'chefs, is casual, cheaper and, especialy if you can get a window seat, has fabulous views of theocean.

        1. I just had a fabulous meal at Joshua's in Wells. Great restaurant

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          1. re: SpiceJunkies

            The last time we ate at Arrows they seated us underneath an airconditioner. Asked if we could have another table, we were told no. Then when we ordered a bottle of wine, our waitress who obviously, was new broke three corks in a row at which point I said," would you like me to open that for you?" I am not kidding. Our meal was not bad, aisde from some burnt red cabbage. As we were leaving Three hours later the place still had many empty tables that we might have moved to. I must say this was at the end of the season,late September and our previous visits were good. I should have said something but I felt bad for the waitress. Otherwise the room,except for that table is very nice but they do have a little attitude, and this was a few years ago.

          2. The Bedford Village Inn (Bedford, NH) is very nice for a romantic dinner, and it has beautiful grounds to walk along after dinner and is within an hours drive from Boston on 93, 95 or Route 3 North. I would not advise going in the dead of winter though.

            Bedford Village Inn
            2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH 03110

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            1. re: gryphonskeeper

              We've been to the White Barn Inn once for dinner. I'm glad we tried it. The food was wonderful, but the service left a little to be desired (waiters were more concerned about resetting empty tables, setting up for next day) rather than bringing our after dinner drinks and bill. I guess shame on us for lingering after 8 on a fall night that wasn't really busy for staff. Lack of enthusiasm as courses continued... Finally, we had to get up and go to the bar to ask about the drinks as staff disappeared. Not what we hoped for when laying down a few Benjamins! Doubt I'd return for dinner.

              The White Barn Inn
              37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk Beach, ME 04043