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Feb 1, 2012 03:21 AM

Romantic Dinner, staying in Beacon Hill

My husband and I are coming into Boston from Northampton for the weekend of Feb 10 for our anniversary. We'd are looking for a romantic (on the quiet side) dinner for Sat night - flexible about price range though would prefer to walk away for under $150 with a drink or two. We prefer simple delicious food (think french bistro, mediterranean) over fancy, modern fare (tall food sculptures with drizzles of various reductions) and are not knowledgeable enough about wine to care about the wine list that much. We'd like to stay within a few miles or a short T ride from our hotel as we aren't bringing our car into the city. Lastly, we want to be able to make a Sat. night reservation.

Based on my research this board, I was considering Troquet. I've held a table there but am open to changing our reservation.


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  1. I just looked at the menu for Troquet. Have you? Personally, it appears like it is "fancy, modern fare'. I see lots of drizzles. Last w/e we went for a very nice dinner at La Voile, on Newbury St. They are a French bistro, and I found it to be simple and delicious. And, I loved the ambiance. Fits your budget, for sure. I had the price fixe, 3 courses, for $34, and a glass of wine for $10.

    1. Grotto is in Beacon Hill - I find the quiet basement ambiance to be romantic - food and drink within your price range for sure - Italian / med, no towers or drizzles, for shizzle...

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Toscano Restaurant on Charles Street was the site of my first romantic dinner in Boston and if anything, the food has gotten better. Good, simple italian with prices to match.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          grotto is wonderful, a little cramped but delicious for sure :)

        2. Bistro du Midi might fit the bill....on Boylston across from the Public Gardens.

          1. Troquet is lovely, but fancy and has an impressive wine list. Its not simple, but it is delicious.

            No. 9 Park is also lovely but fancy.

            So moving on to the less fancy but still kinda romantic ...

            I would have to agree with Grotto, LaVoille and Bistro du Midi.

            I might throw in Scampo, Stella or even Brasserie Jo.

            I personally have never had anything but meh and bad food at Toscano. I wont go back but others like it.

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I also would not classify the prices at Toscano as "good and simple". For that price range, and that type of place, I'd rather go to Davio's. And I'd rather go to Grotto over Davio's anyway!

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Love Scampo but it doesn't really fit the OP's desire for "on the quiet side...."

              2. I would suggest Bistro Du Midi. It is not far from Beacon Hill, the food is excellent and it has nice atmosphere. Try their Prawn appetizer and the Classic Boulabaisse.