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Sep 14, 2010 10:56 AM

Restaurant for 21st Birthday Dinner?

Hey all I'm a college student in Boston and am planning on taking about 10 of my friends out for dinner to celebrate the big 2-1 this Saturday. I love sharing style and sangria especially for big dinner parties, so I was definitely leaning more towards tapas! I heard Bar Lola is good. Anywhere along the red line is preferable, because I was thinking of taking 'em to Cambridge for bars. Also bar recommendations would be appreciated. I've heard the Enormous Room and People's Republic in Central Square are fun. Thanks guys!

Bar Lola
160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Enormous Room
569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. I wouldn't suggest the Enormous Room for a group of 11 on a saturday. Its kinda small, they cram people in there, and theres a ton of furniture that takes up space too. I've never waited longer for a drink in my life than at that place. For that type of place in Cambridge I prefer Middlesex Lounge, but get there before 10 or don't go at all as the line gets really long.

    Oleana is close to those places, has great sangria, and has a lot of small plates, but I dunno about them fitting a party of that size on a saturday night.

    Middlesex Lounge
    315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Enormous Room
    569 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

    134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. perhaps if you said something about food preferences and price, people could be of more help.

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      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        I think about $10 at most for tapas is pretty reasonable. I'm also thinking of Italian in North End or Japanese. I also have a couple of vegeterian friends and need to cater to their palates.

        1. re: adal

          I'll limit it even further to places along the red line. Thanks!

          1. re: adal

            my favorite italian places are coppa and rialto which is in harvard square; I am not sure either of these fits yours needs. Rialto has a 40 dollar three course tasting menu that is not available on Saturday. Coppa is very busy.

            for japanese, i like Clio/Uni and Oishi and O Ya!.

            I have not been to Toro but am a big fan of Oringer' s food.

            Have a good birth day!

            O Ya
            9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

      2. Dali on the cambridge/somerville line might suit. Red line also takes you to the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester: great place and reasonable prices.

        Ashmont Grill
        555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

        1. I would recommend Atasca. It's a Portuguese place in Kendall Square, about a 10 minute walk the T (according to Google Maps) and on the bus line. The food is good, the sangria is pretty inexpensive in addition to being tasty, and they have both entrees and small plates. They can also accommodate a large group.

          Edit: Atasca is reasonably priced overall, but it would be more than $10/person.

          1. Have you guys heard good things about Cuchi Cuchi in Kendall Square?

            Cuchi Cuchi
            795 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            1. re: adal

              It's rather kitsh and boisy/loud. Can be fun in a group. Some of the dishes were good, others not so impressive. I've only been the once, so can't remember the details. It's not clear what your budget is, but whilst not super expensive, it's not cheap.