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Birthday dinner restaurant

y2000k Feb 13, 2012 08:36 PM

I'm a bit at a loss - trying to come up with a restaurant for husband & sis-in-law's birthdays.

Just to give you an idea of where we've been for "celebratory" meals in recent years:
Benatti (now closed)
The Blue room
Il Casale
ICOB (Sun brunch only)
80 Thoreau

We don't want to splurge, so no Clio, O Ya, Menton etc. We like places that serve seasonal menus and preferably from local sources. Ideally entrees < $25. Not a big fan of small plates restaurants, nor trendy/noisy/loud "to be seen" spots. We prefer places in Boston/Cambridge instead of the suburbs (sis-in-law lives in Cambridge and doesn't have a car).

We are looking to dine on a Saturday - but we can do Saturday lunch too if there are places that have good food but too trendy for us at night. Thanks in advance.

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    y2000k Feb 14, 2012 10:33 PM

    P.S. Anyone been to the re-opened Journeyman? Comments?

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    1. re: y2000k
      KevinJF Feb 15, 2012 03:28 AM

      I was just there a couple of weeks ago. I do not think it ever closed--it added a bar to a separate, but attached space. Journeyman is ambitious, but its dishes are both hits and misses. The level of service does not consistently meet expectations for a restaurant of its price level.

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      y2000k Feb 14, 2012 10:33 PM

      Thanks all for your suggestions! I'll check the menus and forward the suggestions to my sis-in-law and see what she thinks.

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      1. re: y2000k
        bgavin Feb 15, 2012 12:18 PM

        Rendezvous is a great idea.
        My other idea is Union Bar and Grill in the South End.

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        muffingirl Feb 14, 2012 08:23 AM

        I actually celebrated my birthday this past weekend with dinner at Rendezvous and it was wonderful. The food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed yet sophisticated. Good service, interesting menu and a delicious meal. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

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          Duster17 Feb 14, 2012 07:25 AM

          Lineage is right around the $25 mark for entrees, but it might be worth a look.

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          1. re: Duster17
            CookieLee Feb 14, 2012 06:41 PM

            I had dinner there Sunday night. I thought it was kind of meh.

          2. Bob Dobalina Feb 14, 2012 06:30 AM

            I would definitely add T.W. Food to the conversation - They have a prix fixe option that is reasonable, and ordering ala carte, I think most entrees are in the 20s or so. Definitely seasonal, not a "small plate" place and it is exactly the atmosphere you are looking for.

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina
              KevinJF Feb 14, 2012 08:40 AM

              I second TW Food and also add Harvest, which is open for lunch.

              1. re: Bob Dobalina
                beforesunrise Feb 14, 2012 04:31 PM

                Another vote for TW Food, especially if you liked Bondir and Bergamot.

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                BrettLove Feb 14, 2012 05:01 AM

                I had a delightful meal at Rendezvous recently. It was superior to the much more expensive meal I had the following week at Oleana. (And definitely "not too trendy" for a weekend night; I'm just about anything but trendy!)

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                1. re: BrettLove
                  viperlush Feb 14, 2012 05:28 AM

                  I second Rendezvous and add Hungry Mother.

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