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Dinner before the ballet - near Boston Opera House

Looking for a place to have a light dinner before the ballet. Looking for someplace other than Chinatown.

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  1. Bina Osteria is right down the block and might do. check their menu on line. we went when it had it's first chef and loved it. we went once since they changed chefs and directions and it was only ok, but it isn't a bad option if you want to be near the opera house. Penang is about two blocks away and is quite good but only if you're in the mood for malaysian food.

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    Bina Osteria
    581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: teezeetoo

      EDIT: Didn't realize this thread was more than a year old! I was responding to the OP, who obviously figured out where to go by now. Don't think the answer really applies to the person that revived the thread...

      Unfortunately Bina Osteria closed last spring (of '11). Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen is there now, I've heard mixed reviews. Personally if I wasn't feeling like Asian food I'd probably hit Teatro, or, make the walk up to No.9 Park for a spot at the bar.

    2. often lauded Teatro and others nearby:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765279

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      Teatro
      177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I second Teatro. You could also walk up Washington St. a bit (maybe 3 blocks) to Bromfield Street where you will find Silvertone and Mariliave. I also like Kingston Station on Kingston St. which is a 3-4 min walk from the Opera House. Their truffle fries with Gruyere cheese are excellent.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Silvertone
        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

      2. Am interested, too. It's not a neighborhood I know, and we'll have a large group including kids.

        I would appreciate more recommendations, more on the lines of Kingston Station than Bina or Teatro. And not Chinatown.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: dulce de leche

          Just bumping this thread up. Our friend who will likely dive to grab the bill is suggesting a steak house--which maybe suggests KO Prime, which looks very nearby, but we've got a four year old. Is there something that would be at a somewhat lower price point but also serve a nice steak and a good wine list preferably in walking distance from the Opera House?

          Bina might work, it looks like there is a skirt steak and ribeye on the menu and I know that space would work for the family and my kids would like the food. If anyone who knows something about wine could take a look at the Bina winelist and comment on whether they think it's good? This friend likes his French reds.

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          KO Prime
          90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

          1. re: dulce de leche

            It really sounds like Kingston Station would work well for you. Did you not like the menu? There is also usually at least one meat entree special, not on the menu.

            For French reds, I'd imagine that Bistro Petit Robert Central would have a good selection. But if meats are more important, I'd go with Kingston Station.

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            Kingston Station
            25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

            1. re: Alcachofa

              Thanks. I have a reservation at Kingston Station, actually!

              Just looking at options to elevate it a little bit, as some of the group seems to want to splash out more than I thought. I also don't generally attend to the wine list since I always drink cocktails. ;)

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              Kingston Station
              25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

              1. re: dulce de leche

                I love the steak frites at Kingston Station. Just had it again last week in fact. The truffle aioli that they serve on the side for fries (also good on the steak) is addictive.

                And I've also gone there with my little nieces (4-9 yrs old); they love the sliders and the staff is so cute with them.

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                Kingston Station
                25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

              2. re: Alcachofa

                Erbaluce is just a few blocks further. Great Italian wine list, with known heavy hitters and obscure wonders. Between the cafe/bar area and the dining room, there ought to be a good table for the grownups and kid alike. It's not a steakhouse, but there is plenty of good meat.

                Bina's french wine selection is quite respectable, not dazzling.

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                Erbaluce
                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

          2. My mom and I had dinner at Max and Dylan's before seeing the ballet last weekend. It's right around the corner, reasonably priced, and we both really enjoyed our seafood entrees and a nice Malbec after splitting the shrimp dumpling appetizer, which was also great. The place is apparently known for their mac and cheese, with a bunch of varieties on the menu. Very cozy/intimate atmosphere, though there are a couple of TVs (which I find distracting).

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