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phelana Jan 18, 2011 02:23 PM

I am traveling with my companion to Boston in early Feb. We are staying in the Copley area. We seek a romantic amazing restaurant, walk from Copley, any cuisine. I don't eat meat. Your suggestions are most welcome. This is our first getaway as a couple so something magical is desired..places I love so you get my style:

Aquataine, Trattoria Toscana, Mamma Maria, Antico Forno, Neptune, Eastern Standard

  1. phelana Jan 31, 2011 01:29 PM

    Please what is appropriate attire for the gentleman? May he wear nice jeans? I am choosing Erbaluce for dinner and Mistral for breakfast...

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    Erbaluce
    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      cambridgedoctpr Jan 31, 2011 02:02 PM

      some people on this board expect men to dress up; i do not think that it necessary. NIce jeans should be fine.

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        phelana Jan 31, 2011 02:53 PM

        thanks..and one final..what are the typical prices of entrees..the website has no prices..I hope it's romantic enough..some reviews suggest not..I am going with my gut this is the right place..

        Thanks all..

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          phelana Feb 7, 2011 02:34 PM

          I appreciated all the recs for our special dinner. Went Sat. night at 8 PM. LOVED the location. The hostesses were amazing. Inside we were given a deuce in a corner table facing the outside exterior. The view of the gaslight and my date were the only romantic aspect of this spot. The noise level was high. Truly I found nothing romantic about this spot so wonder why folks recommended Erbaluce. I wrote ahead speaking to about 8 wines. I was told someone would guide us through the wine. Our waiter assisted in a casual way. We chose a Chianti that I did not love. Our waiter, a tall bald man was very nice. I don't eat meat so we ordered the razor clam app and my date ordered the wild boar gnocci and I ordered a fish dish the name totally escaping me (began with the letter M). We loved the lima bean dip. The bread was chewy and went well with the dip. The razor clams were amazing..what a great app. Then dinner came. My fish had the skin facing up. Underneath revealed a light mellow fish with not a lot of flavour. There were massive lime beans ( I did not eat) and amazing swiss chard. It was fine..nothing amazing. My date said his gnocci was ok..again nothing great. We felt so underwhelmed and decided not to pursue dessert. The lovely hostess brought a small plate of homemade chocolate. One had a very odd taste (covered in sesame seeds) and the truffles, wafer thin, were nice. Was bummed the wine person never came to address my email and after the hostess addressed my desire for support in that regard. Was bummed with the noise level and was bummed with the no romance factor. My date and I had a lovely time despite our disappointment.

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          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

           
           
           
    2. CocoDan Jan 19, 2011 06:16 AM

      Ann,

      Bistro du Midi should fulfill the romantic element for you, and I'm sure they can accommodate you for your no meat preference. It certainly would be my first pick for an intown romantic spot with very good food.
      Enjoy,
      CocoDan

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      Bistro du Midi
      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        phelana Jan 26, 2011 02:01 PM

        merci beaucoup..will report back..it may be a few weeks as we had to cancel due to unforeseen events..hoping mid Feb.

        Mistral has been on my want to try list..Bistro and Erbaluce are new to me..whooo..decisions decisions..

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        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          phelana Jan 26, 2011 02:20 PM

          Dfan I do eat seafood and fish...Mistral?? Bistro's menu looks intruiging..Erbaluce looks more enticing..might try Bistro Sunday for brunch..taking my NEU student out..

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            Valyn Feb 21, 2011 04:52 AM

            I must disagree about Bistro du Midi. My husband and I went there for dinner on a Saturday and while the room is pretty and the food is good, the service is uneven to be polite and it was SO LOUD in there we ended up eating most of our meal in silence rather than shout at each other across the table.

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            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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              phelana Feb 21, 2011 05:22 AM

              it is so interesting how differing opinions can be...loud dining in such a place is not cool...it's to be expected in some places of course...I will work harder to investigate next time...have a happy week of eating all..thanks for sharing...

          2. Mike5966 Jan 18, 2011 04:58 PM

            It's been 2 hours and no one has responded to you because your post is less Chowy and more sexy. To fulfill both, go to Mistral a few blocks from Copley. You can walk there from where you are in heels and have delicious new French with or without meat. You do pay the price for atmosphere and vibe but if you order carefully, even a farmhouse girl (or boy) with city tastes can find herself happy, sated, buzzed in a warm but exciting environment and walk out of the joint wanting more (in a good way).

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              dfan Jan 18, 2011 06:06 PM

              I like Mistral but only if "don't eat meat" means the OP does eat fish. There's only one vegetarian entree, a perfunctory pasta dish.

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                Mike5966 Jan 18, 2011 06:23 PM

                Hmm... good point.

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                  teezeetoo Jan 18, 2011 06:28 PM

                  erbaluce or bistrot du midi

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                    owen_meany Jan 19, 2011 05:02 AM

                    Erbaluce was the first place that came to my mind.

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                    Erbaluce
                    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                      sflory Jan 23, 2011 05:59 PM

                      Erbaluce was my immediate thought too. There will be something vegetarian and interesting and it has a lovely intimate, cozy atmosphere.

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                      Erbaluce
                      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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