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Jul 30, 2012 06:41 AM

Comfortable, quiet, family owned, Beacon Hill -

Arriving dinner time this evening in the city, Beacon Hill area-Liberty Hotel. Any suggestions with regard to a small friendly place where people will feed a hungry man well?

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  1. Try Antonio's-across from MGH on Cambridge St. It's small but the food isn't bad and I believe it's family run.

    1. I'd opt for any of the many restaurants on Charles Street before heading to Antonio's, which is abysmal -- I remember a chicken Marsala featuring a colossal pile of lukewarm, barely cooked mushrooms in a watery sauce with overbooked pasta. Having eaten there a number of times with a "is it really as terrible as we remember?" attitude -- it is -- I'd avoid it.
      Dining solo my suggestion would be the bar (or a table) at the Beacon Hill Hotel. It is small but lively, family-run and all in all a really nice place to have a drink and bite to eat.

      1. I have never had bad food at Antonio's. It's an old school red sauce place that puts out decent Italian dishes in an unremarkable setting.

        Its directly across the street.

        But I agree that the Beacon Hill Bistro is better and certainly quieter.

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          I think Beacon Hill Bistro would be ideal for what the OP is looking for.

        2. I enjoy 75 Chestnut which is a few blocks away from the Liberty. Go down Charles Street and then take a right on Chestnut. Seems to satisfy all of your requirements. The Liberty is well situated for all kinds of places. You're also not too far from the North End. Have fun!

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          1. re: mvi

            The bar at 75 Chestnut would be good for a solo diner. Friendly and low-key.

          2. lala rokh, owned by a brother and sister, and serves persian food. low-key space, reasonable prices for that neighborhood.

            there is also pierrot bistro, which serves very traditional fare, and is owned by a fairly curmudgeonly frenchman.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Yes! I forgot Pierrot. Very different feel from Beacon Hill Bistro and maybe a bit heavy if it's hot but if you love traditional French this is a nice little spot.