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Looking for Nice Restaurant in Boston at $20/pp. Is that EVEN possible?

We are taking another couple out to dinner in a new weeks and I'd like to pick a restaurant that won't break the bank:) They tend to always order the "filet" option so I'd like to max out at $20/22 entrees. Is that possible? That said, I'd like to find a good restaurant with nice service. Any suggestions?

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    1. Somewhere ethnic, yet classy like Addis Red Sea might fit the bill.

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      1. re: trufflehound

        there are plenty of places in C-town such as China King.

        Order the Pekin Duck and it will be more than enough for 3.

        there are plenty of dishes less than 22 bucks at Pierrot; I like the staff and owners who are very accomodating.

        1. re: trufflehound

          what does ethnic mean in this instance?

          1. re: enhF94

            How about East or South Asian, Latin American, African, Middle Eastern?

        2. The Paramount in Beacon Hill may be a good choice -- no reservations I think and you'll want to avoid the high tables next to the open kitchen, but the food is reliably delicious, much more upscale than lunch, and a great value.
          I haven't been to Pierrot in a long while but that's another great value and reasonable.
          Finally entrees at The Franklin aren't more than $22 (I think).

          1. Try Rino's in South Boston. Dive-y for sure, the food is always top notch and service is, well it's a tiny restaurant so while it isn't anything to write home about, it is always prompt. Steak portions are gigantic (all portions are) and the lobster ravioli are phenomenal. Only problem- they don't take reservations so be prepared to wait.

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            1. re: Reptibark

              i would factor in waiting time into the cost of a restaurant. The cost might be negligible depending on the weather; I might even enjoy taking a walk prior to dinner

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  Oops- you're totally right- it is in Eastie. Ever since they opened the bar next door, that place is a shoe-in for us. Put your name in, go next door for a few drinks and work up an appetite and then here comes Rinos!

              1. Does the place have to serve filet mignon? Because not even Frank's does filet for <$22, unless you're talking about a 5-oz petit portion.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  if you aren't interested in drinking, Cafe Baraka in Cambridge or Istanbulu are both very good, very affordable food and attractive places.Carlos Cucina is an affordable and good Italian option and the Asian options are endless: Jo Jo Taipei and Bon Chon come to mind if you want drinks and Asian food, one taiwanese, the other Korean.

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    Actually, teezee, I believe that Istanbul'lu finally got the beer and wine license they've been hoping for. They've been waiting a couple of years and must be pretty happy since I'm guessing that will bump up business a bit.

                    1. re: bear

                      thanks for the update bear - good news for a nice little place that I'd like to see keep chugging on.

                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                    Frank's does 10 oz. filet for $22.95 and 5 oz. for $14.95.

                  3. Pescatore in Somerville has consistently good Italian seafood at reasonable prices.

                    http://www.pescatoreseafood.com/

                    1. Trattoria Toscana in the fenway?

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                      1. re: purple bot

                        TT is good but on the expensive side for what the OP desires

                      2. Casa Portugal in Inman/East Cambridge is a nice small Portuguese place that is pretty reasonable, really good food and a nice atmosphere of a local family restaurant.

                        1. Area Four would be a fine option. It's on the casual side, but the service is always terrific. The entrees are all under $20 I believe. Same goes for all the of the small pizzas.

                          1. Gaslight in the South End is surprisingy affordable and has a great atmosphere. Most of the entrees are in the $16-22 range.

                            1. The Garden at the Cellar, between Harvard and Central, turns out really nice food at ~$20. They probably have options slightly over your range, but average is in your sweet spot, with a grilled rib eye at $22.

                              Orinoco (Brookline, South End and Harvard) is well priced Venuzalan comfort food. Delicious.

                              Myers + Chang

                              love Gaslight, too

                              1. shojo in chinatown and lala rokh on beacon hill.