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Hidden gem - water, pond or lake view restaurant, fun or festive feeling? Help!

my husband and i have done a lot of the usual daytrips outside boston (live in lincoln now) but want to take him to a fun festive hidden spot maybe an hour or so away for fathers day with the kids. Any restaurants you can recommend greatly appreciated! We want good food of course but just as important looking for something unexpected or unique. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Allora in Marlborough is a very nice Mediterranean spot that has lake views from their patio. And if you don't mind driving a bit further (and are ok with more of a cafe-type spot), Lady Killigrew at the Montague Bookmill is fun, with views of the river below and a good beer list.

    1. Not really hidden, not sure how festive, but maybe Jake's in Hull or for a step above, Bridgeman's? Kind of depends how old your kids are too. Right on the ocean. My Place by the Sea in Rockport for a nicer dinner?

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      1. re: total13

        Also, the carousel is right there, across the street from Jake's, down the street from Bridgeman's. Jake's has patio seating on the bay.

      2. The Four Winds in Lynn MA maybe just the spot for your family, great waterviews!

        1. Thanks so much - I'm researching all of these places now. Please keep them coming if anyone has more ideas!

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          1. Chauncy creek lobster pier in Kittery, ME is only an hour or so from lincoln.

            I know I wouldn't mind being taken there for a father's day meal

            1. If you're up for a burger shack place that feels like it's in your neighbor's house, Dudley Chateau in Wayland, on Dudley Pond. Definitely not a foodie destination, but i think it meets your reqs of fun with water view.

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              1. re: nightsky

                weird old school new england spot. used to be hundreds of these local spots around in the 50's-60's. that it still exists is great. i have been dragging my girls to these for fear they will all go away. pleasant cafe in rozzie, gregs in waltham, franks steak house in cambridge. clam box , ipswich.

              2. How about the Back Eddy down in Westport? Lots of water to view there...


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                1. re: QCumber

                  Was awesome at the Eddy tonight. 4 of us got there around 5:15PM, one of the first cars in the 2nd lot, across the street (the "Way Back Eddy" there has closed). Told us "40 minutes" for an outside table. 40 minutes later of sitting on the dock, enjoying some cold beverages and food off of the grill there, we were seated on the deck, with a great view of the water, sunset, and everything else.

                  Food was amazing as usual, one of us even had the chicken (per Sal's recommendation), and it was delicious. A couple desserts and a pitcher of Sangria later, we were very happy and on our way home.