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Jan 28, 2011 08:47 AM

Birthday Dinner Plans for 10 fell through for tomorrow night. Help! Need recommendations!

Hey All, my fiancee is in town from Seattle for his birthday, and we *had* reservations for 10 for tomorrow night (Saturday) at 8:30p for the Pig Roast at Citizen. Through inexplicable misfortune/incompetence (deep breaths, won't get into that), our reservation has fallen through.

I need help! I need a place with great atmosphere and fantastic food that would be appropriate for a birthday celebration that isn't excessively expensive (i.e. you can get a good entree for $35 and under). I have other guests from out of town and across the country who are here for the dinner, so if you have ANY recommendations and/or can work miracles, please chime in ASAP :).


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  1. Gran Giusto in Cambridge is definitely in your price range. The food is great and the atmosphere is very pleasant. There is a nice range on the menu, so everyone in your group should be able to find something they will like. It a bit less formal than fine dining. It's a very very nice neighborhood place, exactly where I would enjoy getting together with friends.

    1. Rendezvous in Central Sq - definitely birthday and foodie worthy. big, good and varied menu

      1. Maybe the new Met Club in Back bay? I'd also try calling Eastern Standard, Bistro du Midi, Scampo, maybe 28 Degrees to see if they have availability. Les Zygomates is sort of off the beaten path and would be fun for your group as well. Maybe Lala Rokh or Bin26 (both in Beacon Hill) for something a little different but fun? I also love doing sushi in big groups-- maybe Oiishi in the South End or even Douzo or Fugukyu (they have private rooms which would be fun). With the number of your group, you definitely want to get a reservation. At this point, it might be worth just calling around and seeing what you can do. Maybe check on opentable and see what is available? Good luck-- I'm sure it will be fabulous, no matter where you end up!

        28 Degrees
        1 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

        215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

        Lala Rokh
        97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

        Bistro du Midi
        272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. What about Towne? Have not been myself but for some reason it came to mind from impressions on this board.

          I mean, if you wanted to be real adventurous, you could get a heap of awesome chow at Rincon Limeno in East Boston. But if you are looking for teh fancy, that will not be the place to go.

          You might also check out a place like L'Andana in Burlington - a bit out of the way, but it's a big place in the burbs which might handle your group unlike smaller places in the city.

          Or here's another idea - instead of pig, go with duck - some other chowhounds probably know the best place in Chinatown to get the full bird Peking (Beijing?) Duck service. The kind of thing where you call ahead 24-48 hours. Dine in Chinatown and then glam it up at the bar at the W. A good night out! ;)

          BTW, I feel your pain....Totally sucks. Was the problem at Citizen on their end? Just curious.

          Does Sel de la Terre do big business on January weekends?

          1. Probably far out of the way for you, but the Belmont restaurant Il Casale has a great table in the back with a family style meal plan that is really great.