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Anniversary Ideas - Boston/Brookline/Cambridge/Somerville

emilyincambridge May 5, 2011 10:25 AM

I need restaurant suggestions for my partner & I's anniversary on Saturday. Yes, that also means I need a place I can get a reservation at on Saturday as well (I'm a procrasinator).

I was thinking about Craigie on Main & their 10-course tasting menu, but they're totally booked Saturday. Then I thought maybe we'd finally get to try Hungry Mother but they're also totally booked Saturday too.

Anyone have any ideas? To give you some idea: we like to eat good food but we're not pretentious about it and we like places with low-key or laid-back sensibilities. For example, we prefer our Blue Room brunches over the meals we've had at L'Espalier if that makes sense. Farm-to-table is great, but not a requirement (obviously). Oleana would definitely have been on the table but I'm eating there on Friday night with work associate so I don't want to do it back-to-back, though I would (I'm a fan of the place).

We live in Cambridge but can travel to Boston and surrounding environs. We're both T-accessible and have a car.

Ideas? What about Dante (I've heard good things)? Embarrassingly, after 3 years of living in Cambridge we've never been to Rialto or Harvest.....is one better than the other? Also, a friend suggested Lineage in Brookline - I've walked by it but never eaten there. Thoughts?

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

44 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hungry Mother
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Lineage Restaurant
242 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

The Blue Room
Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    rknrll May 5, 2011 10:35 AM

    Bergamot has a 9pm slot, and the small bar there is open until 1am...so it's not like you would be getting pushed out the door by the time you finish your meal.

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    1. re: rknrll
      Tonality666 May 5, 2011 10:45 AM

      Excellent suggestion! I'm celebrating my anniversary at Bergamot on Sat. night, too. (Open Tabled an 8pm res. a couple of weeks ago.)

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      cristinh May 5, 2011 11:55 AM

      There's been a lot of love for Lineage on CH lately... personally it's one of my favorites. It's pretty low-key, and right in Coolidge Corner so it would be both easy to get to and great for a stroll afterwards.


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        CookieLee May 5, 2011 12:37 PM

        Cognac Bistro in Brookline is v. nice.

        Cognac Bistro
        455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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          robwat36 May 5, 2011 12:41 PM

          What about Rendezvous, T.W. Food, or one of the Ten Tables?

          T.W. Food
          377A Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Ten Tables
          5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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          1. re: robwat36
            teezeetoo May 5, 2011 04:29 PM

            Garden at the Cellar might be enjoyable, as well as Salt. I like all the other recommendations, though I prefer Il Casale to Dante's and agree with CookieLee that Cognac Bistro has very good food and a very relaxed vibe.

            Cognac Bistro
            455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

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            smango42 Jul 3, 2011 10:58 AM

            well, this is a little late, but in my opinion Rialto is way over-rated. I like their clam appetizer, when forced to go there for a work-related thing, but otherwise I avoid it. Ditto L'Espalier, we went there once to test it and it was so dull.

            And there is so much better: East by Northeast, Journeyman, TW Food. Also, Hungry Mother, Bondir, Craigie on main. If you want to splurge, the ultimate (and amazing) restaurant is Oya.

            Hungry Mother
            Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

            East by Northeast
            1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

            279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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