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Oct 3, 2011 11:03 AM

Need a solid dinner recommendation, please

We will be in Boston this coming weekend and need a recommendation for Sunday evening. We're looking for very good food and a pleasant ambience at mid to upper mid-level prices. We don't want to break the bank but we are also not afraid to spend a little money. We're having Italian on Saturday, so prefer not to go that way (unless you have a stellar recommendation). Anything other than Asian would be fine. I've done a lot of searching on this board for a week or so, but I've not really been able to come up with any outstanding recent recommendations. Thanks.

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  1. I have had two really very good and enjoyable meals at EVOO recently. See if their menu appeals to you -- although it changes a bit daily it is likely to be fairly similar at the end of the week. I am also a fan of Ten Tables Cambridge and sent a friend there recently who raved about it. I think both places have a pleasant ambience -- Ten Tables is a bit more laid-back. Neither is scene-y at all. I realize that both my recommendations are in Cambridge rather than Boston but hopefully you will get some recs for across the river as well. Please report back where you ended up and how you liked it, love reading those posts!

    EVOO Restaurant
    350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

    Ten Tables
    5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138

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    1. re: GretchenS

      Thanks GretchenS. Both of those recommendations are exactly what we are looking for and the menus look terrific. Cambridge is not a problem at all.

    2. Check out Davio's, if you are staying in downtown boston it's walking distance from major hotels. It's a bit on the pricey side but not outrageously expensive, great drinks and wine selection. I think they're categorized as Italian although the menu is quite eclectic, I think it'll be different to hat you're doing Saturday night. Everything I've had there was delicious, the ambience is great. Service is a bit snobbish but ok.

      75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore. Great food, cocktails and service.

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

        1. There is a current thread on Rendezvous in Cambridge (Central Square). They do a Prix Fixe Sunday night 3 courses for $38.

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          1. re: viperlush

            I was just going to suggest this as well. The Sunday prix fixe is a good deal and it's easy to get here by T.

            1. re: LeoLioness

              Second Island Creek or Rendezvous, but if you want to stay in Boston, I like La Voile, Coppa or Toro.

              1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

              La Voile
              261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          2. ttoom, at the top of my list for tremendous food would be Oleana in Cambridge or Neptune Oyster in the north end or Island creek oyster bar in kenmore sq., all consistent CH favs. Evoo and Ten tables are both very good but def not my top picks for a very memorable evening. if you do a search, there are many CH threads on all three of them.

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

            134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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