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

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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!

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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.

    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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    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.

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      La Voile
      261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Cognac Bistro
      455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

    2. not bistro, but how about Grotto?

      http://grottorestaurant.com/

      Is Valentine's day big in London?

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      1. re: Bellachefa

        Yes, it's big there.