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Jan 29, 2011 07:24 AM

Out-of-towners looking for Boston bistro for Valentine's dinner

Friends from London (married couple) will be staying in a Back Bay hotel around Valentine's day. They asked for a recommendation for a nice, cozy place, not too chi-chi or upscale, to have a Valentine's day dinner. Preferably in Back Bay, South End or Beacon Hill.

Something like Highland Kitchen, Green Street Grill or Central Kitchen would suit them well. I would appreciate recommendations for any places in Boston that are comparable. Thanks!

Green Street
280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Highland Kitchen
150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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  1. I love the idea of the restaurants you cite as examples, but they don't take reservations, and Valentine's Day is a tough night to dine without them: you might be looking at a very long wait, and those aren't comfortable places for that when they're crowded.

    Meanwhile, the fine-dining places that do take reservations are likely offering an overpriced prix fixe. I wonder if a better strategy might be to think of less traditional venues, say, a white-tablecloth Chinatown restaurant like New Shanghai, or an Indian restaurant that takes reservations? V-Day is kind of painful.

    New Shanghai Restaurant
    21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Try La Voile in Back Bay or, if they don't mind a short trip to Brookline, Cognac Bistro.

      La Voile
      261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Cognac Bistro
      455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

    2. not bistro, but how about Grotto?

      Is Valentine's day big in London?

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