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Mar 22, 2011 04:51 PM

Back Bay for one night, one restaurant


I'm staying at the Charlesmark for one Saturday night in April and I want to take the love of my life to the right place. Neither of us has ever been to Boston and I need the right recommendation. Price is not much of an issue but no Clio, I'll say that. Probably want to stay in the neighborhood because of the hotel.

I've searched a little and came up with:
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I'm struggling here people! We're mid 20's and want a nice but hip place and I'll need beers! Thanks in advance... You have no idea...

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  1. Well...all these places don't really have great food....not bad, but nothing particularly special....

    Le Voile on Newbury street is close to the scene and has a real French dining experience..

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    1. re: evoolover

      I agree, three you mentioned don't make my list for occasional dinners and I live here. One night and the love of your life deserves better.

      Here's a plan. Start the evening with the beer of your choice at the Lower Depths in Kenmore Square. Fabulous list and fun staff. The Boston Serious Eats crew choose it for our last meet-up and had a great time.

      Then wander down the block and have dinner at Island Creek Oyster Bar for great food and service. It's not stuffy but it is special. If seafood doesn't temp you go next door to Eastern Standard.


      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      Lower Depths
      476 Commonwealth Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02215

      Island Creek Oyster Bar
      500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      1. re: BostonZest

        You definitely need reservations for either ICOB or ES on a Saturday night. They're 3 deep at the bar by 7. And the Sox have a 7 o'clock game Saturday April 30 so stay away from Kenmore Square that weekend.

        1. re: Berheenia

          I find that Eastern Standard gets fairly empty on game nights after 7pm (and full again by 10, but that's less of an issue if you don't want to go to the bar after dinner). I used to avoid it at all costs on game night, but it's become a good place to walk in, actually.

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        2. re: BostonZest

          Eastern Standard is a good idea. Fits the hip and near Back Bay requirements.Their list of bottled beers has become fairly good recently. But its real strong point is cocktails, where its one of the best in the city.

          In addition to Lower Depths, Bukowski Tavern and The Otherside Cafe are two places near your hotel that would be good for beer before/after dinner. Unfortunately, the best beer spots are not in Back Bay or downtown.

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Lower Depths
          476 Commonwealth Ave Ste 1, Boston, MA 02215

      2. I would agree with La Voile for a nice (more formal) dining experience or Sorellina or Deuxave as alternates in that category. If you want hip, you need to expand your destination to the South End and South Washington areas. I suggest The Gallows, Coppa, Union Square or Stella. These may not have the most extensive beer selection but you will have a good meal.

        La Voile
        261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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        1. re: bonhomme1

          Bistrot du Midi would be a nice choice. I love ESK and Island Creek but make sure you have reservations for anything on a Saturday night. For fun, near you, for a lunch or beers, Rattlesnake would be my choice.