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Need a nice restaurant that can accommodate 9 in Boston...Tips?

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I need to make a reservation at a mid-priced restaurant in Boston in mid May. There will be 9 people in total. Any suggestions for a good atmosphere, somewhat casual and strong cuisine? I'd prefer if it wasn't a stuffy setting like L'Espalier (and that's a little on the pricey side).

Thanks for your help!

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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  1. i think that you should be a bit more specific as you have excluded very few restaurants. How about so more information about what you want.

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      Something in the vein of Craigie on Main would be nice. Tried to get a reservation there, however they were pretty booked. I know it's somewhat expensive there but I love the food and the atmosphere. Any similar types? I know I'm still kind of vague but any suggestions would help.

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      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. re: khgilbert

        Clio is the closest to Craigie in boston, to my taste. The chef, Ken Orringer, worked as the sous chef for Von Gerichten and Tony Maw of Craigie was Orringer's sous chef. I think that Clio is a bit more expensive. I also like Toro and Coppa which are both cheaper and now take reservations, I believe.

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        Toro
        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        Coppa
        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          If you want mid-priced and not stuffy I'd go with Eastern Standard Kitchen. Not up to craigie on main but good food, great bar, and fine for a party of 9. Fancier and still cheaper than Craigie: Prezza.

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          Prezza
          24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    2. if it can be in somerville/cambridge i would suggest you look at: Gargoyles (our fav.) and EVOO. In Boston proper, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Union Bar and Grille ,Erbaluce, and Aquitaine. Do a search for each at the top of this page, and the relevant threads will be listed.
      all are relaxed casual.btw, Toro is fun and good food, but incredibly loud and not relaxing. Clio is top notch food w/ commensurate price.Prezza did not impress us.

      For non-valet parking, the first two , above, have the easiest- found street parking (and gargoyles has a strip of dedicated parking directly behind the restnt.)

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      Gargoyles On the Square
      219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144

      EVOO Restaurant
      350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

      Union Bar and Grille
      1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

      Aquitaine
      569 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

      1. Since this is graduation season, you may need to go about the search differently. Places like Clio have very few large tables, those they have were booked long ago. Try putting your date, estimated time and party of 9 into Open Table and see what your choices are. Then you can come back and give us some ideas or search the board for the restaurant to see what the hounds think of it.

        I just did a couple of possible dates and times and suggest you check Erbaluce and Bina Osteria both in the Theatre district.

        You may also have to look at dining early or late.

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        Bina Osteria
        581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116