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Ideas for good food and quiet conversation?

cassis Feb 5, 2013 11:43 AM

I'm looking for a restaurant where my son and I can sit in a booth or quiet corner, not too loud, not too bright--and not at a tiny two top squeezed in among others or out in the main traffic area!--where we can enjoy a quiet, delicious, leisurely mid-week dinner and conversation. In the South End or Cambridge or en route between the two.

Entrees under or around $20, decent wine and beer, any cuisine but I'm picturing a French bistro type of a place. Any ideas?

  1. cassis Feb 8, 2013 09:29 AM

    Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I will try all of them next time. As my son had to go back to work, we went to Myers+Chang. I had never been and and I loved the food, despite the small crowded tables. We were able to converse, too!

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      hotoynoodle Feb 9, 2013 08:25 AM

      thanks for checking back in. love the food at m&c and just adore joanne.

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      ebaba Feb 5, 2013 02:23 PM

      Metropolis in the South End or Hungry Mother in Cambridge -- both have terrific food and are great backdrops for quiet conversation.

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        hotoynoodle Feb 6, 2013 11:14 AM

        agree about hungry mother. metropolis is so tiny i feel claustrophobic just walking in the door.

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          cassis Feb 6, 2013 01:46 PM

          Metropolis does look tiny but I like the bistro-ey vibe: how about Gaslight, it seems to have some booths?

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            hotoynoodle Feb 6, 2013 03:59 PM

            the din of noise has driven me out of there more than once.

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              cassis Feb 6, 2013 05:46 PM

              Thanks for warning me: I hope I'm not the only one for whom noise level and tiny tables crammed so close together you feel you are in your neighbors' laps are real turn offs. I guess it's inevitable with the price of real estate. I'll check out the other suggestions.

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                keith Feb 7, 2013 08:51 AM

                Gaslight is loud on weekends, but recently has been VERY quiet on weekdays. Went last week on a wednesday and restaurant was only half full and quiet. I think it's a good option (as is Aquitane).

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              ebaba Feb 6, 2013 06:13 PM

              Metropolis is tiny indeed but I don't think I've felt claustrophobic there. And I am pretty sure there are booths along the right wall but my memory may not be holding up.

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          teezeetoo Feb 5, 2013 01:24 PM

          If Brookline will do, Cognac Bistro might serve.

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            RoyRon Feb 5, 2013 01:02 PM

            My suggestion would be Petit Robert.

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              Chikkinlittle2 Feb 5, 2013 01:57 PM

              +1 for Petite Robert

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                emannths Feb 5, 2013 02:37 PM

                Not the South End location though. My experiences there could very accurately be described as squeezed and very noisy.

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              mkfisher Feb 5, 2013 12:02 PM

              How about Catalyst. Some entrees are over that price point, but you can find stuff under too. It's a huge space, so nothing is cramped. The dining room should be pretty empty during the middle of the week. I'm sure you could request a table off to the side.

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