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Recommendations for an upscale restaurant that you need to *drive* to?

I'm going for dinner with a date on Saturday and he's asked if there are any restaurants that I want to go to in the Greater Boston area that one has to drive to -- does anyone have any recommendations? I don't ever drive, so I tend to pretty much only pay attention to restaurants that are T-accessible!

We both enjoy all cuisines, seafood, and innovative menus... I'd prefer upscale, but not *too* nice. I was thinking maybe Blue Ginger, but would love to hear other suggestions. Many thanks in advance!

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Blue Ginger
583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

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  1. What a nice guy! One possibility might be Ten Tables in JP, but not sure what the parking is like around there.

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    Ten Tables
    5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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    1. re: Niblet

      Search Waltham restaurants. Personally I haven't been, but want to try La Campania.

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      La Campania
      504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

      1. re: justbeingpolite

        La Campania would be a great date spot.

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        La Campania
        504 Main St, Waltham, MA 02452

    2. I really liked Blue Ginger when I was there earlier this year, and I was there under somewhat similar circumstances (we almost always take the T when going out, so it was a "destination" for us). It was a treat in and of itself to get out in an area where I don't spend much time.

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      Blue Ginger
      583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

      1. How about AKA Bistro in Lincoln. That would seem to fit what you are looking for and you have your choice of sushi or French menu items.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        AKA Bistro
        145 Lincoln Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

        1. What about Il Casale in Belmont?

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          1. re: robwat36

            I was going to suggest Il Casale too...I haven't been because, alas, I do not own a car, but I have heard many great things about it. There is also Arrows in Ogunquit and several great restaurants in Portland, Maine, but perhaps you should save those for dates down the line.

            1. re: hckybg

              For a closer drive you could check out Arrows' sister restaurant Summer Winter in Burlington. Or, a place I've wanted to try, the Herb Lyceum at Gilson's Farm in Groton. Anyone been?

          2. Maybe Cafe Mangal in Wellesley? It's a very romantic spot at night, and the Turkish and Mediterranean food there is excellent.

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            Cafe Mangal
            555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

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            1. re: hiddenboston

              i like CK Shanghai in Wellsley over Blue Ginger though i get to chef to make things that are not on the menu. i also like Golden Garden in Belmont. Neither of these is accessible to the T.

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              Blue Ginger
              583 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482

              Golden Garden
              63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                Next time just recommend CK Shanghai.
                ...and the rest of us will chime in that you get the chef to make you things that are not on the menu. Useful CH info. Tell us what to have him make, and let him know we're coming and that he should make it... then it's useful.

                ok maybe not so polite, long day.

                1. re: justbeingpolite

                  my suggestion would be to ask if CK is in the kitchen and would he consider preparing something special that is not on the menu. I recomend suggesting pork and see what happens.

                  Your request was entirely reasonable and polite by my standards.

                  1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                    Then you're as sarcastic as I am. I'm grateful.

                    1. re: justbeingpolite

                      i have low standards, but i took someone to Golden Garden and then to CK Shanghai within a week - on business - and he said, you cannot beat CK.

                      And of course, i asked for the name of the dish, and i was told that it was pork but had no name.

                      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                        This reminds me of a time long, long time ago, at the now defunct (and much missed, for the nostalgia, mainly) Mandarin in Central Square. It was late at night, we were not fully grounded in reality, if you know what I mean. We go in there and order some stuff, and a "Boneless Chicken" in some style or another. Dining companion asks waitress (the ancient one, who was the owner's mother), if the chicken is really boneless, and she let out this outrageous cackle, as if it was the funniest thing she's ever heard.

                        Of course, when they brought it out, it wasn't boneless, why would you think that, just because it says so in the menu?

                        Or the menu at Penang in Chinatown (don't know if they finally fixed it), but among the "vegetarian" options they had all of these fish and seafood dishes with vegetables. I guess not eating meat makes you a "vegetarian".

            2. L'andana is worth the drive, if you're heading North (Burlington)

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              L'andana
              86 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

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              1. re: L2k

                second L'andana. sort of felt like an adventure/vacation to go there at night.

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                L'andana
                86 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803

              2. How about Lumiere in Newton?

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

                1. J's Restaurant at Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, going there early if you want to take in a tasting tour of the winery and a nice stroll to see the fall colors, such as they are.

                  Another scenic spot, on a hill with acres of walking trails, is Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton.

                  1. If you want to head north, the Blue Ox in Lynn is wonderful, and you can walk along the ocean before or after if it's not too cold. Lynn gets a bum rap, but both Blue Ox and Turbine are great and Lynn Shore drive is beautiful to walk along.

                    Also, Salem's dining scene has exploded. They have plenty of new restaurants that are worth investigating, While not new, 62 Restaurant and Winebar is continually excellent. Marblehead's 5 Corners Kitchen is awesome, and just got a great review by the Globe, but it may be jam packed.

                    http://www.northshoredish.com/

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                    Blue Ox
                    191 Oxford Street, Lynn, MA 01901