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If you could choose only one restaurant in the Greater Boston area?

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bakerboyz May 23, 2011 03:41 PM

I have a special Anniversary coming up and I would like to choose one special restaurant in the Greater Boston area. Location and price are not important, could be Boston, Cambridge or outskirts. The type of food is not critical (though my spouse will not eat sushi), can be French, Italian, New American, etc. Atmosphere and service are important but the food has to be number one. We don't usually do high-end, fine dining so I have not tried many of the more expensive restaurants in the Boston area (I don't think I have been to L'Espalier since Moncef Meddab was the chef-owner). We did eat at the Modern Gourmet in Newton about 29 years ago.

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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    teezeetoo RE: bakerboyz May 23, 2011 04:20 PM

    look at some menus on line of high-end places folks like on the board. my husband and I particularly like the six course tasting menu for lunch at l'espalier, which we think is a marvelous value for grand food, beautifully presented, and served with panache. We find we prefer such an indulgence mid-day and, for $60.00, you can't complain about the price to content ratio. we also like their monday wine dinners, another excellent value and enjoyable way to taste their approach to food and wine.

    1. opinionatedchef RE: bakerboyz May 23, 2011 06:03 PM

      agree w/ teezee about looking at web menus. some thoughts of nice elegant dining rooms that are not too noisy:
      Erbaluce
      Island Creek Oyster Bar
      Deuxave
      Clio
      Menton
      Oleana- not super elegant but great food and an intimate PATIO!

      (Good ol' Moncef- he's back in Tunisia now!) Hope you have a lovely anniversary dinner.

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      Oleana
      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Menton
      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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

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        ecwashere7 RE: opinionatedchef May 23, 2011 08:49 PM

        Menton and Clio are far different than Erbaluce and Island Creek. Menton and Clio are very high end food with high end service while I would go to Erbaluce or Island Creek in jeans and not blink an eye.

        OP - can you give us a little more about your tastes and the flavors that you enjoy?

        Craigie on Main has to be included on this list as well. It isn't for everyone (rich, intense flavors), but this would be my first choice. Maybe O Ya, if I didn't have to pay.

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        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Erbaluce
        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Menton
        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

      2. BostonZest RE: bakerboyz May 23, 2011 06:50 PM

        I'll add Hamersley's Bistro to the list. There is always that special feeling of being well cared for in the air and the food is absolutely wonderful. I often recommend it to friends for a special occasion and have had a lot of thank yous from those who tried it. It's clearly one of our Hall of Fame places that is often overlooked on lists of really great Boston restaurants.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        Hamersley's Bistro
        553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

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