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motorgirl Mar 10, 2012 02:51 PM

Long story short - a friend and I need to spend at least $400 on a dinner for 4.

This isn't a huge amount since we'll be planning to have wine, but it doesn't require us to go somewhere cheap, either.

So I am opening this up to any and all suggestions - where would YOU go if you wanted to spend $100 per person for dinner? Going over will be OK, but we'd rather not end up spending $200 pp.

A couple of places we've been thinking about are Neptune Oyster and Craigie on Main. We already know and love Eastern Standard and Coppa.

We are omnivores and like most cuisines, and need to stay within Boston, Cambridge, Somerville.

Where would you go?

  1. ecwashere7 Mar 22, 2012 07:30 AM

    If I had this problem, I'd go to Bondir, Toro, Oleana or Craigie. You really can't go wrong at any of the suggestions so far.

    1. Small Plates Mar 21, 2012 01:19 PM

      My newest find, which makes for a fun evening with a variety of interesting courses - is the $50 tasting menu at Casa B - the new tapas place in Union Square, Somerville. Check the menu out here - with wine or cocktails you should comfortably within your budget.


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      1. re: Small Plates
        Small Plates Mar 21, 2012 01:25 PM

        Here are a few photos from our trip last week:

        *Trio of ceviche (lobster, salmon, hake)
        *Mushroom broth with honshimeji mushrooms, shaved cheese (scamorza?), and asparagus tips
        *Pan-seared scallops over fennel with orange salad and lime vinaigrette

      2. m
        meeps2002 Mar 12, 2012 05:43 AM

        I might recommend the Butcher Shop - I personally don't think you can go wrong there.

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        1. re: meeps2002
          motorgirl Mar 12, 2012 06:15 AM

          I took a look at their menu. They seem to put quite an emphasis on their charcuterie. What does a typical meal there look like? Do people ever just do assorted charcuterie?

          1. re: motorgirl
            meeps2002 Mar 12, 2012 01:16 PM

            Definitely - you can have a charcuterie plate and a cheese board, or their dinner options are great as well. They do change, but anything from duck to a nice steak, everything is great quality.

        2. m
          Madrid Mar 10, 2012 03:04 PM

          Neptune. I haven't been to Craigie and not that tempted,but many others will send you there. Have you tried Oleana? I've always had a fantasy of ordering most of the mezze there to share.

          enjoy. sounds like a fun need!

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          1. re: Madrid
            motorgirl Mar 10, 2012 03:09 PM

            I'm not going to lie to you - this is a great problem to have! Thanks for bringing up Oleana. I've always wanted to go but keep forgetting about it.

            1. re: motorgirl
              KevinJF Mar 11, 2012 08:30 PM

              You wrote that that the amount will include wine, so I recommend Troquet, which has the best wine selection, service, and prices in the area.

              I love Neptune, but prefer lunch due to the no reservations and crowds.

              1. re: KevinJF
                motorgirl Mar 12, 2012 06:13 AM

                Troquet is another I keep forgetting about. I just looked at their menu - they seem to be doing very tasty things with seafood. Plus I am a sucker for photos. ;-)

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