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Aura, Sibling Rivalry, Sensing or Mamma Mia

hopegoode Sep 1, 2011 05:24 AM

Read good things about the above choices and wondering what Boston locals prefer. New York Chowhounds will be in town for only one night and would like to try one of these. My husband and I love fish and shellfish so that part of the menu would be our focus. Thanks, in advance, for your feedback.

Sibling Rivalry
525 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

Mamma Mias
436 Mechanic St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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    Taralli RE: hopegoode Sep 1, 2011 05:40 AM

    Sensing has closed, replaced by Aragosta: http://www.aragostabistro.com/. I think you mean Mamma Maria: http://mammamaria.com/ Search for them on board.

    Mamma Maria Restaurant
    3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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      iloveporkbelly RE: Taralli Sep 1, 2011 05:52 AM

      I don't think that you will find much love for any of these restaurants on here.

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      owen_meany RE: hopegoode Sep 1, 2011 05:52 AM

      I've been to Sibling Rivalry and Mamma Maria and wouldn't say that either screams fish and shellfish to me (I could be totally wrong about that so I'm hoping others will chime in!). I'm not sure that I would consider either a destination restaurant though I think that Mamma Maria gets a fair amount of Chowhound love.

      If you do decide to go with Aura, Living Social has a deal on it today:


      Please read the fine print of the deal to make sure it would meet your needs.


      Sibling Rivalry
      525 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

      Mamma Maria Restaurant
      3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

      1. BostonZest RE: hopegoode Sep 1, 2011 07:13 AM

        None of the above. I live here and wouldn't make any of those my choice for seafood or shellfish. I know this is getting worn out here but Island Creek Oyster Bar is the one night choice for fish and shell fish at this moment in Boston.

        Neptune Oyster would be another but from your list, it looks like you want a bigger place and more of a dining room experience than Neptune offers.


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

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

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          dvive RE: hopegoode Oct 5, 2011 01:32 PM

          I agree with bostonzest. Those are not "go to" restaurants here in Boston. Island Creek Oyster House is a big open dining restaurant with a very cool atmosphere and great seafood. Neptune is great but you'll likely wait a long time to get a table since it's so small. Another one to add to the list is B&G Oyster on Tremont Street in the South End neighborhood: bandgoysters.com

          Tremont Cafe
          418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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

          1. opinionatedchef RE: hopegoode Oct 5, 2011 05:35 PM

            i was going to say what everyobne has said before me- none of these are Boston CH favs and certainly not the best of what we have to offer, particularly for NYC food people (if they are). That said, as to what i have seen on CH threads this last year, mamma marias has had some positive reviews; aura had a recent 'meh' review; don't remember sibling being reviewed.

            you will have some wonderful food if you follow the seafood restnt recs preceding this post.
            p.s. if your friends have chosen those 4 spots because of the areas they are in, this might be helpful for alternatives in those neighborhoods:

            Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:

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