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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.

            2. Ok, Chowhounds did it again. I chose 75 Chestnut and indeed the walk, the service, the table, the food became a Red's home run. My server was so helpful. The mussels and stew- all about Boston. Now, for another evening. Thanks to you people who love food and the people who bring it it the table.

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              1. re: ChristianW

                So glad you liked it and thanks for following up.

              2. The trip was Boston was delightful. Inasmuch as the time was spent working for the most part, there were two other opportunites to reach out. One took place Wednesday night at 100 year old Fenway Park. Only my 2nd major league game, for me the real fun was history, a sausage dog and two Monsta IPA's. It was a good time with lots of smiling faces.

                On the way out of town, I caught lunch at Toscano's on Charles. Simple, clean, friendly really frames a nice lunch. Adding to those good things a fresh salad and an unpretentious pizza with a very crisp crust summed up one more chance to thank Chowhound for helping make Boston a favorite city.

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                1. re: ChristianW

                  Glad you enjoyed Tocano's. I've been going there since they opened which is I think 30 years.