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Jul 27, 2011 03:01 PM

Hotel Marlowe update

A year ago someone posted asking for restaurants near the Hotel Marlowe in Boston.

I am looking to update that list. I want something good for Sunday and Friday night next week. Romantic would be nice but I am willing to forgo romance for great food. Seafood is awesome, really good Asian is always appreciated. I am not a huge fan of Italian but any other cuisine is great. Local is fun, good beer/brewery is always a plus. Cheap to expensive. Just not over the top expensive. I have had great food in Boston before and I am sure I will again. Thanks in advance!


Hotel Marlowe Restaurant
25 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141

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  1. I live near the Marlowe (and love the Marlowe) and would be happy to make some suggestions, but keep in mind that everything is pretty accessible despite the shuttle bus situation at the Lechmere Station. (Both the Lechmere Station and the Museum of Science Station are closed right now, however there is a fairly regular free shuttle bus over to North Station.)

    Going up Cambridge Street towards Inman Square there are many interesting restaurants, including Muqueca at 1008 Cambridge Street. They offer very delicious versions of the traditional Brazilian muqueca and now serve a basic selection of beer, sangria and wine.

    Others in the area that I might recommend include Salts, Hungry Mother, Craigie on Main and Bondir. They are closer to the Kendall/MIT area but that's not a bad walk from the Marlowe. Plus there is a free shuttle bus from the mall to the Kendall/MIT T Stop, but check the hours if you want to try that.

    Dante is located right across the street at the Royal Sonesta. (The chef rents the space from the hotel.) If you can snag an outdoor table on their patio, you'll be happy. Their menu is really nice and their drinks are yummy. I am not a huge beer drinker, though, so I can not comment too much there.

    The Marlowe has a "happy hour" from 4-6 with some really nice two dollar appetizers.

    Hope these suggestions get you started.

    1010 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Hungry Mother
    Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. If you can make it down to the Kendall Square area, Cambridge Brewing Company brews fantastic beers. If the weather is nice, you can sit on their patio. I find their food to be unremarkable, but I normally stick to the pizza/burger/sandwich section of the menu--maybe the proper entrees are better. Down the street from CBC is Lord Hobo, which offers 40 taps of great beer (taplist is online, if you want to get some idea of what they have). And just down the street from LH is Oleana, which has often been recommended here.

      MuLan, which is a couple blocks from CBC, has good Taiwan-style Chinese. In addition to mvi's suggestions, I'd look into the Blue Room. I've only eaten there once, and it was a while ago, but I liked the place.

      If you're heading down Cambridge Street towards Inman (you can take the bus, btw), Atwood's Tavern is a nice place to get a beer. And in Inman is East Coast Grill, which battles neck-and-neck with Island Creek Oyster Bar as my favorite fish place. The style isn't "refined," and the place is casual, but I've never had less-than-great meal there. Some on this board don't care too much for ECG though, so read some other opinions too. Also in Inman is the Druid, a small Irish bar which serves what might be Boston's best fish-and-chips.

      Another seafood option is to hop on the shuttle bus to North Station and then walk 10 minutes to Neptune Oyster.

      Neptune Oyster
      63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Cambridge Brewing Company
      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Druid Restaurant
      1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Atwood's Tavern
      877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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

      228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Lord Hobo
      92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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

      1. right around the corner is the Helmand. Excellent afghan cuisine, nice atmosphere, great prices.

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        1. re: Wannabfoode

          These are all great suggestions for the OP and people interested in the neighborhood around the Marlowe. I am off to the Helmand in about ten minutes so will report back in. Was there once before but it was about 4 years ago. So this will be a nice opportunity to update.

          Another to add might be the Blue Room, which is near the CBC.

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

        2. The hotel Marlowe is a great place to stay. Dante is a good suggestion.