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Date night restaurant in Cambridge

kate2012 Mar 19, 2012 06:50 AM

I live in the suburbs and am going to a show at the Middle East in Cambridge next weekend for my husband's birthday. I really don't know Cambridge well at all- any restaurant suggestions? Nothing tooooo fancy/expensive, but someplace fun & nice considering we have 2 babies and don't get nights out very often. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: kate2012 Mar 19, 2012 06:55 AM

    Rendezvous - right next to the Middle East - for a right adult sit-down dinner.
    Green Street Grill is more casual.
    Both within walking distance and close to the muni garage on Green Street.

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      cbcpapa RE: kate2012 Mar 19, 2012 09:12 AM

      Fun and kind of nice but casual is City Girl Cafe a short walk from Central Square. Plough and Stars up Mass Ave. also may fit the bill.

      Rendevous is amazing but expensive.

      You could also try to make it a bit more romantic and see if you can get in at Bondir. It's a bit pricey but if you do it right can still be a great value.

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      1. re: cbcpapa
        Bob Dobalina RE: cbcpapa Mar 19, 2012 09:35 AM

        Guess it depends on your definition of "tooooo expensive" which I reserve for places like Salts and Craigie, in that neighborhood.

        I like City Girl a lot, but disagree that it is appropriate for a birthday dinner away from the kids. Not special occasion-y enough.

        What about Central Kitchen? Have not heard that place mentioned in ages on these boards. That's a notch down from Rendezvous.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina
          mkfisher RE: Bob Dobalina Mar 19, 2012 10:05 AM

          Central Kitchen is good, but just about as expensive as Rendezvous these days. Last time we were in there my wife and I looked at the prices and laughed ($28 steak frites for example).

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            viperlush RE: mkfisher Mar 19, 2012 10:12 AM

            Here is the/a Central Kitchen Menu for the OP.


        2. re: cbcpapa
          viperlush RE: cbcpapa Mar 19, 2012 09:53 AM

          I guess it depends on how far the OP wants to go and how much time they have before the show. Inman isn't necessarily that short of a walk from the Middle East (approx .8 mile). And if they decide to drive up there parking isn't as convienent. But if they are willing to go up there that opens up a slew of restaurants. Kendall is a little closer to the Middle East (approx .5 mile). Parking is easier than Inman, but still not that short of a walk if you have time restraints.

          In Central:

          Rendezvous: Western Mediterranean- http://www.rendezvouscentralsquare.com/the-menu/

          Green Street: Local inspired American- http://www.greenstreetgrill.com/dinner.php

          Baraka: Algerian-Tunisian - http://www.barakacafe.com/menu.html


          The Druid: Irish Bar- http://www.druidpub.com/menu.html

          East by Northeast- Chinese-style- http://exnecambridge.com/about/

          Muqueca- Brazilian inspired seafood- http://www.muquecarestaurant.com/menu

          Tupelo- Southern Inspired Comfort Food- http://tupelo02139.com/

          East Coast Grill- Seafood- http://eastcoastgrill.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/New-Menu-02.11.121.pdf


          Area 4- Gourmet pizza and other local inspired American- http://www.areafour.com/storage/menus/editedpizza2.14.pdf


          Hungry Mother- Southern Inspired. More high end than Tupelo http://www.hungrymothercambridge.com/menus/HungryMotherDinner.html

          Oleana- Easten Med./Middle Eastern- http://www.oleanarestaurant.com/eat-a...

          1. re: viperlush
            tammyh RE: viperlush Mar 19, 2012 12:24 PM

            If we're looking at places down the street, maybe The Cellar as well? I've only done take-out from there myself, but I've heard good things about them, especially the truffle fries.

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              Bob Dobalina RE: tammyh Mar 19, 2012 12:29 PM

              The Garden at the Cellar is a good place, but it does not take reservations, and may be tricky timing-wise with the concert.

        3. barleywino RE: kate2012 Mar 19, 2012 09:56 AM


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            ginafly RE: kate2012 Mar 19, 2012 12:30 PM

            Hungry Mother (book as soon as you can!), Bergamot, or EVOO...none are super close to Central (maybe a quick cab ride would be needed), but I think they are all better than Central Kitchen (lately), Rendezvous, or Green Street. I also love Area Four, but it might not feel quite as 'date night.'

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              emannths RE: ginafly Mar 19, 2012 12:50 PM

              HM, EVOO, and Bergamot all have easy parking if you're driving. Street parking usually isn't too hard, but the former two have a pay lot for backup ($5 or less w/validation), and the latter has a free lot.

              In the similar vein of close-by-car-with-easy-parking, perhaps Casa B in Union Sq Somerville might be nice. See Swankalicious' post about it.

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                ginafly RE: emannths Mar 19, 2012 01:03 PM

                Ha, yeah, right...coming in from the 'burbs....of course they will have a car. =) Area Four also super easy on street parking.

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                  emannths RE: ginafly Mar 19, 2012 01:08 PM

                  Not like it's necessary because of how easy street parking is, but A4 also has a deal with their garage for free parking w/validation. http://www.areafour.com/directions/

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