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ISO: Davis Square restaurant- Sat. lunch, good for conversation

I'm looking for a Davis Square restaurant for lunch on Saturday. Don't want to be rushed, must be comfortable and good for conversation. Bars fine too. Ideas?

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  1. PJ Ryans, Foundrey on Elm(can get loud but generally not bad at lunch), Diva

    The Burren would be good for conversation but I wouldn't reccomend eating there.

    247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

    PJ Ryan's
    239 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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    1. re: joth68

      I second PJ Ryans in Teele - the chow is really quite good, it's darkly lit, so you can get a table in a corner - only problem is all are high chairs or bar stools.
      Orleans definitely has the comfort thing going for it. Namaskar has big booths.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        It's been a while since I've stopped in, but doesn't PJ's have the normal height chairs and tables (and a long banquette) alongside one wall (near the fireplace)? Did they change this up?

      2. re: joth68

        joth, fortunately there is a great celtic group at the burren this month but UNfortunately, we must have dinner there- so to get good seats :-(
        What's our best bet for entrees? or is it so bad we should sneak in snacks? thx for your help.

      3. Price point or food preferences might help. Consider Foundry for slightly more upscale pub-type food. Can be loud but I bet this Saturday at lunch it would be quiet and slow. I just walked by and they're almost empty and have their windows open- looks lovely. Five Horses Tavern is cheaper, also pub type food but with pizzas and tacos as well which I can't vouch for. Namaskar is Indian and has a lunch buffet which is quite good and it's usually very quiet in there and they don't seem to mind if you stay all day.

        1. I think it's called Posto Pizzeria (??) and it's between Davis and Porter. I don't know how familar you are with the area but I believe there was a Steve's ??? ice cream place there years ago. Not sure if this place serves lunch but worth a try.

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          1. re: surferbettygal

            not open for lunch any day except Sunday brunch

          2. Out of the Blue for seafood, Flatbread Company (inside Saccos bowling alley), Namaskar for Indian (buffet only for lunch). The Burren is pretty mellow in the daytime but I think their food is awful.

            247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

            Out of the Blue Restaurant
            215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

            Flatbread Company
            138 Congress St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

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            1. re: LeoLioness

              Food at Out of the Blue is very good, assuming that lunch is served and is as good as dinner. The hard-surface space could be noisy, but the tables are not crowded and despite the high quality of the food the place tends to be empty.

              I think their food is better than Namaskar.

              Out of the Blue Restaurant
              215 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                One vote for sticking with the baked or grilled things.

                1. re: VivreManger

                  vivre,wow i haven't seen you for ages. hope paris was divine. what dishes do you like at Out of the Blue? (i've never been); aside from the baked and grilled, have you had their cioppino, clams casino and pasta? thnx much.

              2. I'd vote Burren. Lots of space for conversation, and I'll stand up for their food -- I've had some really decent sandwiches, fish & chips, and chowder there.

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                1. Orleans in Davis Square has good food (not remarkable, but quite good) and a really civilized setup where you can sit over a meal for a long time and they don;t seem to mind. They have booths, tables, and an area of couches etc as well as the bar area. The other day I went late after noon to meet friends, asked for a mojito expecting they would say "no mint" (because it;s out of season and they had the mint and made a terific mojito. Have gone there a lot with family ad friends over the years and it just seems to work. Nice staff.

                  1. I've enjoyed several fine weekend lunches at Five Horses Tavern which, although it does get noisy on crowded evenings, is pleasantly quiet at lunch time. The fried chicken salad and fried chicken sandwich are both tasty. The missus usually orders the pea diddy (salad.) Haven't tried the cocktails, but they have a fabulous beer selection.

                    1. Since no one else has offered it, I'll volunteer the bar at Redbones, especially if either of you are beer nerds. This has the added advantage of enabling you to join in on the rampant "No BBQ in Boston" threads!

                      55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                      1. re: okra

                        Their downstairs bar area, Underbones, is a great place to hang out and have a leisurely lunch and drinks.