Anniversary weekend in Beacon Hill, restaurants?
My husband and I will be staying two nights at the XV Beacon to celebrate our anniversary. I've read over many of the posts here and so far this is what I'm thinking:
Dinner: Anniversary dinner at Grotto
Breakfast: ?? but would like something tasty but more casual. Maybe a nice bakery nearby with good coffee?
Dinner: ?? I'm having a tough time with this. I'm envisioning someplace comfortable and casual with a warm atmosphere and good food. Maybe a nice bistro, nothing fancy, and a place fairly close to XV Beacon. $$ - $$$
Brunch: Craigie on Main. Unless someone has a suggestion for something comparable and closer to XV Beacon.
Any suggestions will be really appreciated!
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
C and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary earlier this year. We stayed at the Nine Zero hotel and had a lovely in town (4 T stops from home) mini vacation. We pretty much stayed in the area, no T ing around, just walking distance.
We ate in Chinatown, Thinking Cup and U Burger. For the "special" dinner, we did go to No. 9 Park. And, the dinner couldn't have been lovelier. Not only was the food delicious, but we could customize the tasting menu to our tastes. Plus, the cocktails there are top notch. Lastly, the service was just perfect. Knowledgeable and helpful without hovering or toadying. There is also something to be said in just walking a block back to the hotel after such a delicious meal. The food isn't too frou frou, and some of the dishes, the descriptions really can't do them justice.
I do like Hammersly's but the No. 9 anniversary dinner just seemed more special, after factoring in the food, service and location.
Here is my report on Thinking Cup.
I'm glad you linked to your Thinking Cup review -- I was going to dig it up for the OP.
I recommended Mike and Patty's for breakfast to some recent out of towners, and they loved it, especially the breakfast torta. They were able to get there on the early side though, before it got too packed. If you are up and about early it's worth a shot.
+1 for Hamersley's. Fantastic idea. And much better than Aquitaine if you were considering it.
And I'd skip 75 Chestnut and head across the Garden to Bistro du Midi for Saturday.
(Does XV Beacon still offer car service with the room rate?)
75 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
I'd stick with Grotto, but I happen to be a big fan. I think if you don't go there for your anniversary dinner, you could go there for the more casual dinner and be just as happy. My husband and I recently went to No. 9 Park and while everything was excellent, he came home and had two slices of pizza. On the way home, we discussed how even though the service was impeccable, the food was interesting-- wonderful symphony of flavors, and the ambience was lovely, we much prefered previous meals at Grotto (more homey, romantic and the food doesn't try too hard to be interesting but is just delicious).
For breakfast, I'd recommend a couple of places-- Flour Bakery if you feel like a walk-- there are two locations, both a good 20 minute walk from the hotel but delicious pastries and coffee. The Beacon Hill Bistro does a nice breakfast if you'd prefer to sit down.
Also, check out Mistral for your anniversary dinner-- it is excellent and closer to your hotel than Hammersly's. I went for my first anniversary and it was exceptional.
Beacon Hill Bistro
25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Flour Bakery + Cafe
12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA
I had looked at the menu for No. 9 Park, and to be honest, I think it's a little high-falutin' for my husband. We enjoy good food and higher end restaurants, but I think the food selection there may be a little too chi chi for him.
Is there another anniversary-appropriate restaurant near Beacon Hill that would be a better option than Grotto?
eta: Maybe Mooo instead of Grotto for anniversary and 75 Chestnut for the other dinner?
i really like the food at Grotto but it is not a particularly attractive or comfortably elegant room. Rather funky(maybe more suitable for your Sat. bistro goal.) For your important anniversary dinner, in keeping with the mood of your hotel, i would definitely urge you to try for reservations at Erbaluce.Boston is such a small city center; erbaluce is on the edge of the south end, 7 min cab ride from your hotel. Consistently listed in the top 5 Boston CH raves. Superb food, lovely elegant setting.
Another Sat. dinner rec. is Aquitaine, a French bistro somewhat near Erbaluce.Handsome room, excellent service and food, but also very busy and loud w/ happy people. It is located in the heart of the South End, a historic and beautiful part of Boston for strolling. Charles St and Beacon St./Marlboro/Comm Ave off the Public Garden are all in the most beautiful strolling part of Boston.Bin 26 and Lala Rokh are lovely spots, Italian and Persian menus, on and just off Charles St.
There have been many visitor threads recently on the Boston CH board; scroll through the last week's thread titles. They include lunch suggestions- sandwich and sit-down both. Have a lovely time.
Bin 26 Enoteca
26 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
569 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118
97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108