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WineAG Oct 19, 2012 07:24 AM

I've seen mostly positive reviews of this place elsewhere, but not much on Chowhound. I'd love to know what CH members think about this place. Please enlighten us.

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    teezeetoo Oct 19, 2012 08:33 AM

    I'm always a little reluctant to comment on a place where I've only had one meal so please keep in mind that I speak from a limited experience. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here though it was too pricey to make it to the regular rotation as opposed to the "special occasion" for us (I believe dinner and wine ran about $100.00 per person). We loved the range of the menu and I had an excellent duck confit starter followed by as good a halibut as I've had anywhere. The wine list was fine, the room was elegant and quiet enough for us to hear our dining companions and converse, which is critical to me. Service was just fine if a bit "clinical" as opposed to "warm" - I'll take efficient and they certainly delivered that. We'd definitely go again and found the menu inventive and inviting.

    1. MC Slim JB Oct 19, 2012 10:42 AM

      I'm a fan. Love the room, appreciate the solid bartending, think the wine service is quite good, like the food a lot -- it's a nice combination of pretty plating and fairly straightforward French/New American cooking, easy to bring a diverse crowd to, nothing that will frighten timid diners -- though it carries a bit of a Back Bay price premium. And the name is still risible.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        mikeinboston Oct 23, 2012 08:47 PM

        I'm so glad you said that about the name. Why on earth would you name a restaurant around a word that 90% of the population struggles to pronounce and spell? It's like they went out of their way to make it hard to Google them or access them with voice commands. Try getting Siri to give them a call. You'll sooner shoot yourself.

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          drtechno Oct 24, 2012 06:28 AM

          Joe's bar and grill is close by I think, if you are having trouble spelling DeuxAve.
          Or BurgerKing is also quite easy for 90% of the population.

          I kid ! I kid ! Heh.. but I did misspell it the first time I heard they were open.

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          CocoDan Oct 24, 2012 01:08 PM

          We eat at their original restaurant (dbar) often, and they told me the name was developed because it's on two avenues. Fairly obvious.
          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

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            MC Slim JB Oct 24, 2012 02:01 PM

            Well, except if that's the derivation, it should be Deux Avenues (which has a nice ring, to my ear), or if you must, Deuxaves. The current name made me immediately think "Douche Ave", and I wasn't the only one to make that joke.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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              nsenada Oct 24, 2012 02:09 PM

              Yeah, on my visit I felt the irresistable urge to pop my collar and do some IMing on my laptop while talking into a bluetooth headset.

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                drtechno Oct 26, 2012 08:07 AM

                All while sitting in the middle of the dining room and talking in a 'slightly too loud' voice about a multi-million dollar sale you are making.. ROFL (This actually happened while I was in the checkout line at WholeFoods. On a Sunday. Are you crapping me? You couldn't wait to get outside to talk??WTF)

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                CocoDan Oct 26, 2012 07:45 AM

                I may never go there again!!! Yikes!
                Can't Enjoy Now,
                CocoDan

          2. nsenada Oct 19, 2012 01:32 PM

            I have fuzzy recollections of a very good meal there, envying someone else's entree, and an exceptionally good and elaborate dessert using molecular gastronomy technicques. That name, though...

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              drtechno Oct 23, 2012 07:25 AM

              Brief reply = one of my favorite places in Boston (favorite being a list of about ~5). And probably my favorite place to eat on a winter evening, with the snow falling slowly, and the evening traffic going by outside those large windows.

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                musicman Oct 23, 2012 02:40 PM

                I too have only been once, but I really liked it. Great room / setting, and as recommended to us, the duck entree was terrific.

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                  nickls Oct 24, 2012 10:39 AM

                  I've been there a couple times. I enjoyed the room and the service and the food was quite good. The "variations on chocolate and strawberry" dessert was a visual stunner and most of the elements were tasty as well. The prices would keep me from coming back too often, as even though the food was solid I did not find it particularly memorable outside of the desserts.

                  The name also gets to me as a staff member told me they pronounce it "doo-ahv," while if using french pronunciation it should really be "duhz-ahv"

                  1. WineAG Nov 12, 2012 03:09 AM

                    Dined there this past weekend... really liked it. Every plate was was excellent and beautifully presented. We had the beet salad, duck confit, duet of beef tartare/carpaccio, tagliatelle bolognese, lobster gnocchi, NY strip, trio of pork, the duck breast. Each entree included perfect, interesting accompaniments. For dessert the souffle and apple tarte tatin were both great. Well chosen wine list, nice decor and excellent service. What a great addition to the Boston dining scene. Can't wait to go back.

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