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Fenway First Date

TommyJay Jan 16, 2013 06:48 AM

Any suggestions for a lunch date place near Fenway? Delicious but unpretentious, cool but quiet enough to talk, fun but not over-crowded for a Saturday . . .


  1. KeyConcierge Jan 23, 2013 11:43 AM

    Citizen Public House, Sweet Cheeks Q, ICOB, Eastern Standard and then go to The Hawthorne for drinks after [assuming this is soon and not during the Red Sox season]

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    1. re: KeyConcierge
      hotoynoodle Jan 23, 2013 12:02 PM

      most on your list are not open for lunch.

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      asaw780 Jan 22, 2013 10:42 AM

      How about Church, on Kilmarnock Street? I haven't been there myself, but I've heard some great things.

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        grant.cook Jan 19, 2013 01:33 PM

        I'd probably have a couple of places in mind.. be decisive in what you pick, but if she brings up some big issue (e.g. "I am allergic to shellfish" or "I ate there yesterday"), its nice to have a decided fallback. Show her you have a plan..

        Good luck.. bow chicka bow bow!

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        1. re: grant.cook
          devilham Jan 19, 2013 02:05 PM

          Good luck.. bow chicka bow bow!


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          Bostongal67 Jan 18, 2013 01:20 PM

          Another vote for ESTK. It has everything you need! But make a reservation.

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            libertywharf Jan 17, 2013 12:18 PM

            Keep it a baseball day and head to the Beacher Bar. Anywhere you go on game day will be busy and crowded, so most of what you are asking for is out of range.

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            1. re: libertywharf
              C. Hamster Jan 17, 2013 06:44 PM

              Game day?

              I assume the date is happening before opening day.

              1. re: C. Hamster
                libertywharf Jan 18, 2013 03:58 PM

                With my excitement for the sox, I just assumed. Sorry

            2. cassis Jan 17, 2013 04:54 AM

              Cafe G at the Gardner Museum www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/cafe

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              1. re: cassis
                9lives Jan 18, 2013 05:50 AM

                Here's my chance to play "yente"..:)

                I'm 10 years + out of the dating scene but I really like this idea. If you and your date are into art, you get to wander around a great museum and get get to know each other.

                I always preferred" activity" dates as oppose to just a meal. It also allows you to appear "sophisticated and cultured," even if you're not...:)

                Unless you're in college, I'd probably avoid Tasty Burger and sports type bars, unless you know your date is a big sports enthusiast. You don't mention your age but in my 20s, you might get away with a sports bar; 30+..not so much. At least that was not what I considered to make an impression on a first date..:)

                I'll second most of the other restaurant recs; ESK or Audobon would both work well if you don't want or think your date won't like the museum idea.

                Have fun!

              2. yarm Jan 16, 2013 04:56 PM

                Island Creek Oyster Bar perhaps?

                Tasty Burger is definitely delicious, unpretentious, fun, and cool, but quiet is rarely a good descriptor. Perhaps way too casual for a first date once you're out of college though, but they have a pool table which should count as fun.

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                1. re: yarm
                  C. Hamster Jan 16, 2013 05:03 PM

                  Is ICOB open for Sat lunch ?

                  Trattoria Toscana
                  I've never been but Happy's?
                  And there's another place on Boylston that's escaping me.... Oyster bar.....

                  1. re: C. Hamster
                    catsmeow Jan 16, 2013 05:24 PM

                    I think Happy's just closed. It's going to be a Mexican place.

                    1. re: catsmeow
                      C. Hamster Jan 17, 2013 08:34 AM

                      Wow, that was fast!

                    2. re: C. Hamster
                      yarm Jan 16, 2013 05:32 PM

                      Good catch. ICOB opens at 4 that day, and they only open for lunch on Sunday.

                      1. re: C. Hamster
                        hotoynoodle Jan 16, 2013 07:05 PM

                        citizens public house and oyster bar -- not open during the day.

                        and yes, happy's is closed.

                        i think audobon circle is a good option.

                        1. re: C. Hamster
                          Aromatherapy Jan 17, 2013 09:04 AM

                          TT isn't open for lunch

                          1. re: C. Hamster
                            cambridgedoctpr Jan 20, 2013 05:27 AM

                            for good food, ICOB and TT are fine. But for a 1st date, i would choose something even more casual such as a burger place or Sichuan Gourmet. ( I like the Craigie burger though think that their fries are mediocre.)

                            It is good to appear that you are not trying to hard.

                        2. Berheenia Jan 16, 2013 07:35 AM

                          Audubon Circle, http://www.auduboncircle.us/

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                          1. re: Berheenia
                            Lmonach Jan 21, 2013 01:44 PM

                            Audubon Circle is a great choice, not too loud or too fancy. Eastern Standard can be loud and crazy on a Saturday, but they do make a great bloody mary.

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                            meeps2002 Jan 16, 2013 06:59 AM

                            Eastern Standard would be my pick.

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                            1. re: meeps2002
                              BlueMagic Jan 16, 2013 04:39 PM

                              ++1 for food, atmosphere and service.

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