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Pre Concert Dinner

hugo Jan 20, 2013 11:48 AM

Attending a conceret at the Opera House and was looking to try someplace new. I've eaten at Teatro and enjoyed it, but was wondering if anybody had tried Avila and what their thoughts were. Thanks.

  1. hotoynoodle Jan 20, 2013 06:34 PM

    avila is meh and the room/bar design i find very uncomfortable.

    you're a quick walk to chinatown for someplace like penang, montien or shojo.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle
      bear Jan 20, 2013 07:55 PM

      Totally agree with hotoy. My family of 4 ate at Avila on Christmas Eve. Two of us did the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and the other two ordered off the menu. The food was mostly very good, but the room felt rather sterile and corporate. Our server was a bit odd and made little eye contact, although the rest of the service was very good. The bill for 4 was quite a bit north of $400, but didn't feel that luxurious. We didn't feel ripped off, but wouldn't return. Actually, we much preferred our Xmas Eve dinners at Teatro and would have gone there this year, but they weren't open.

      1. re: bear
        cambridgedoctpr Jan 20, 2013 08:05 PM

        Brassierie Jo is worth checking out.

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr
          hotoynoodle Jan 20, 2013 08:39 PM

          not a short walk from the opera house exactly...

    2. opinionatedchef Jan 20, 2013 11:35 PM

      we had really dreadfully lifeless food at penang last week. This is a non-trad Asian place that has had a number of good reviews lately- Shojo- in Chinatown.

      and there have been CH threads as well.

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        meeps2002 Jan 21, 2013 05:46 AM

        I like Rustic Kitchen more than Avila.

        I stand by that being an underrated spot before a show.

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          hotoynoodle Jan 21, 2013 06:13 AM

          granted, it's been years, but i gave rustic kitchen numerous tries (i used to work near it) and had nothing but horrible food and the wine program was a joke i had to give up on the place.

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            kimfair1 Jan 21, 2013 07:40 AM

            We go to Rustic Kitchen before shows a lot because it's close, and usually not crowded. We like to sit at the bar to eat their delicious house made potato chips. I think if you stick to apps and beer (what we always do), you're fine. I've never been impressed with their entrees. The bar does a lot of vodka infusions, and though I'm not a huge vodka drinker, these are usually quite tasty. Avila is OK, but I've only ever eaten there for restaurant week. The regular menu looks pricier than it should be considering the quality of the food.

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          BlueTrain84 Jan 21, 2013 06:22 AM

          My go-to places before a show are Teatro, Stoddards, Marliave or JM Curley's (most of which are in downtown crossing but not a far walk away). We recently tried wine and apps at the new Sip wine bar (where bina osteria used to be) and the food was pretty good, so we might be adding that into the rotation as well. As far as Avila, it's a fine spot to grab a glass of wine, but don't go there expecting anything special with the food.

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            pemma Jan 21, 2013 10:57 AM

            I like Market at the W Hotel for pre-show dining.

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              libertywharf Jan 21, 2013 12:27 PM

              I have only walked thru the w, glad to hear a positive comment. Looks like a cool place to eat or to just have a drink.

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              mwk Jan 21, 2013 11:06 AM

              In that area, my favorite place is Kingston Station. I prefer it over the newer places that have opened in the West St. area. I've also had a good meal at Petit Robert on Arch St. Of course, usually I head to Chinatown if I'm going to the theater, since that's my favorite of all.

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