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Nov 30, 2010 08:54 PM

Restaurant for Christmas Present - Young Couple - $100 to Spend

I am hoping to give my future sister and brother-in-law a gift certificate for a yummy Boston restaurant. Thinking around $100. Would love suggestions for delicious, splurgy, but not too pricey places. Wife is preggers so only one person will be drinking. Total tab for dinner should be close to $100. Thanks!

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  1. My first thought in that price range would be Bergamot. Just opened about six months ago and they're getting all kinds of well-deserved attention - it's become my favorite moderately-priced restaurant in the whole Boston area after just a few visits. Reservations required.

    But what sorts of foods do they particularly like or dislike? There may be something even more suitable out there.

    118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

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    1. re: BobB

      Nice suggestion. Also East Coast Grill, Oleana in Cambridge. In Boston, Erbaluce, Eastern Standard Kitchen, or Neptune Oyster might work.

      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: BobB

        I gotta second the Bergamot recommendation. Should be easy to do for around $100 with only one person drinking. It feels more splurge-y than Eastern Standard, Neptune Oyster, Union and Gaslight, which were mentioned below. Grotto has a great neighborhood restaurant intimate and romantic atmosphere, but the food has been way oversalted on my last two visits, and I really like salty food. Ten Tables JP is more intimate, more romantic, and with better food at a similar price point that works with your $100 target.

        I would try to think of more comparisons, but it's tough to come up with something I've liked better than Bergamot recently for what you are looking for.

      2. Also Rendezvous in Central Square. Had an outstanding meal there a few weeks ago. Second the Bergamot idea, too.

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        1. re: sdwr98

          Some great places mentioned.

          For the OP: Are you hoping for something intimate-and-romantic, or festive-and-lively?

        2. If I had my choice to receive a $100 gift certificate I'd want one for Rendezvous. They have a Sunday fixed price menu for $38 per person. I've liked the choices whenever I've gone. You don't have to look hard on this board to find someone singing the praises. I've eaten here many times and its always a great experience.

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          1. re: AndOne

            Thanks all - Great suggestions - I'm thinking intimate and romantic but I'm open to festive and lively. Couple is youn, fun and expecting baby number 1 - want them to have a nice night out to celebrate.

            1. re: ColeyRenee

              Ten Tables in JP (romantic, cozy, stellar food, entrees in the $20s)

              Grotto and Bergamot are nice, too.

              The food at Union Bar and Grille is better than ever, now that Keenan Langlois, sous from Gaslight, took over kitchen.

              Union Bar and Grille
              1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

          2. Grotto! Fixed price menu, great food, nice atmosphere.

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            1. re: eriberri

              I second the Grotto recommendation..."intimate and romantic" are perfect descriptors.

                1. re: eriberri

                  No one's mentioned TW Food, but it also fits the bill, I think.
                  They've got a Wednesday night Food Improv special, 5 courses, $39. and a bottle of wine....