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Mar 13, 2012 06:14 AM

A rare night out with the wife

Have arranged for a sitter on saturday night (St. Patricks Day.....just a coincidence though, we want to have a nice dinner, not a rowdy night out) and am looking for a really great meal that won't destroy my wallet. I am looking for something casual, but quality. I am leaning towards that Oyster bar place in Kenmore (who's name escapes me ...Island Creek?) or something along those lines.....any suggestions? The last time we went out for dinner we went to Ken Oringer's taco place....and it was a dissapointment, but the price was right, to give you an idea about our anticipated budget.

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  1. I fear Island Creek is going to be too expensive if the taco place is your benchmark.

    Part of me wants to suggest going to Rincon Limeno - awesome ceviche, fried seafood - and far easier on your wallet than Island Creek. Plus, the percentage of St. Patrick's day "revelers" will be lower there.

    It's a pretty casual place though, so may not be what you are looking for.

    Anyway, keep it as a back-up, in case the in-town places are already booked.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      I'd 2nd Rincon Limeno, great menu and I can't see any St. Patty's celebrations happening there.

    2. Woo hoo-you and the wife deserve a night out! (This is your neighbor, Natalie, by the way...) Let me suggest EVOO (you pick 3 courses from the regular menu for $42, with wine pairings for an added $18 if that doesn't blow your budget. My sister and I went a few weeks ago and had a great time. I highly recommend the lobster bisque if it's still on the menu), Abigail's in Kendall Square (smoked lamb sandwich is incredible and $13), and/or The Salty Pig in Back Bay (what's not to love about charcuterie?! The prices are a tad expensive for the portion sizes--particularly the cheese selections--but the pizzas were a better deal and offered some good combinations. The pepperoni was amazing.). I haven't been back in a while, but Rendezvous in Central Square is one of my favorites for a low-key but nice night out. Aside from the good food, all of these places have a nice atmosphere-lively (Salty Pig is the loudest of the bunch but I didn't feel like I had to scream to be heard), not stuffy, and good service. Wherever you end up going, enjoy!!

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      1. re: njpm

        Thanks Natalie! Salty Pig has peaked my interest for awhile, as you know I have dabbled in pastrami making and other charcuterie....don't know if the wife is down with that though....I'll try running that one up the flagpole and see if it flaps

      2. We just had a very nice dinner at the Russell House Tavern. We split the leaf salad, and the cowboy steak. We find it's enough for the 2 of us, and we were too full for dessert. W/O drinks, the bill came to $44.

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        1. re: CookieLee

          I liked the food at RHT, but was essentially sat in a lounge area, despite having made reservations a month in advance. I do not appreciate having Friday night happy hour bar people within 6" of my table.

          1. re: KevinJF

            Did you ask for another table? We got offered a table upstairs, and opted to wait for one downstairs. In fact the hostess gave us the option before my dc and I even spoke.

            1. re: CookieLee

              I did. There was an open table for four, which I specifically requested after being sat in lounge area by the bar, but was told that it was reserved for another party with a reservation.

              1. re: KevinJF

                That's too bad, especially since you had a res yrself.

        2. Call ICOB and ask if they have seats at the back bar. Unless you have to have a lobster dish the cost isn't prohibitive IMHO.

          1. Island Creek is awesome but can add up. I love date night at Bergamot - and the daily prix fixe is $39 and always interesting / tasty - really nice wines by the glass are available and the cocktails are top notch along with always-great service. I liked sitting at the bar at Salty Pig and it smelled great but it's awfully casual for a night out IMHO.

            If you don't mind the potentially long wait and the crush of waiting at the bar, Toro can be affordable, truly delicious and fun as well.