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95th! birthday dinner - Newton Wellesley Waltham

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My spry dad is turning 95 on Fri. We need a quiet place to celebrate, just 3 of us. He likes a good meal, but a pleasant and accommodating locale will be more important than ultra-special cuisine. We've done Lumiere for his 85th and a nice place in W. Roxbury for his 90th when we had a much larger party (forget the name, something Grill). We don't want to drive into Boston or Cambridge. As for price -- $$$ not $$$$ 'Ethnic is fine, though I wouldn't take him to an Thai or Indian place because he's not going to want too much spice.

Many thanks.

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Lumiere Restaurant
1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

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  1. How about 51 Lincoln in Newton? Although we sit at the bar on Fridays, the dining room seems fairly quiet, especially early.

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    51 Lincoln
    51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461

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    1. re: Duster17

      The food is good but the resstaurant gets very noisy when full-unable to have a conversation. Blue Ginger is Wellesley- not really spicy fodod. Nice quiet atmosphere.

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      Blue Ginger
      583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      1. re: emilief

        Friends took him for lunch there when he turned 90.

    2. Tuscan Grill in Waltham?

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      Tuscan Grill
      361 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453

      1. Stellina in Watertown? And maybe ask for a table in the little alcove they have. It seems like a good in-law or elderly father restaurant. Tasty for everyone, but nothing really out there to challenge anything too much. And that alcove is really elderly-hearing friendly, I think.

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        Stellina Restaurant
        47 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472

        1. Il Capriccio in Waltham - lovely northern Italian - very nice "adult" atmosphere.

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          Il Capriccio
          888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

          1. how about Sel de la Tere at the Natick Collection just a couple of miles down Route 9 past Wellesley? Another place to think about is Kouzina in Waban.

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            Kouzina
            1649 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468

            1. Congratulations to your dad!

              From the suggestions given here so far, I'd go for Il Capriccio or Kouzina. Is the Jasmine Bistro in Brighton too far away? My 89 year old grandfather is hard of hearing but had no trouble there. It's a very nice quiet place, with accommodating service and interesting food at a good price point.

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              Il Capriccio
              888 Main St., Waltham, MA 02453

              Jasmine Bistro
              412 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135

              Kouzina
              1649 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468

              1. I booked (but can change) for 6PM at Campagna in Waltham. They said not bad at that hour. What do you all think?

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                1. re: rmbelson

                  Tell them (Campania) about the occasion and ask them to seat you in the back near the wine room (or in it if it is available) It is a nice special occasion place as is Il capriccio.

                  Wherever you go it will be a great occasion -95! I want to erat whatever he eats. 95! congrats to him