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Apr 26, 2013 05:23 PM

Trendy restaurant in Boston with quality food

Hi all,

I find that oftentimes fun/trendy atmospheres don't go hand in hand with quality food. I'll be heading back to the Boston area to celebrate my sister's birthday with my family and I'm looking for a trendy restaurant in Boston proper where I can count on the food being great. Open to all cuisines and price points, just looking for that fun atmosphere. One complication, the place needs to take reservations.

Any help would be appreciated!


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  1. Whew, I thought it was just me who noticed that. Hope someone can help you out.

    1. well, 'trendy' can mean stylish/ where the elite meet, or reflecting the latest trends in food. For the first definition, i would rec. Aquitaine , Mistral, Deuxave, Empire, Scampo, O Ya, Sorellina, Quattro, Island Creek Oyster Bar (this has easily had more CH raves than any other restnt in town and I am a big fan as well.) Tavern Road is new and sounds like alot of fun. They all take reservations.

      Do some CH 'searches' and see what wows you.Hope you enjoy yourselves.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        wait ... I go to ICOB and I'm a schlub.

      2. I finally made it to Island Creek Oyster Bar with a friend visiting from New Zealand, and had a great time. Nice, modern space and the food was fantastic. She loved her meal, and appreciated the attentive service. They take reservations but fill up fast on the busy days of the week, so you just need to book early.

        1. Strip Ts

          though i think that in Boston, you really do not find trendy restaurants as in NYC - where you see predominantly models, actprs and actresses, etc.

          When i first went to Nobu in lower Manhattan about over 10 years ago, i was impressed by the food and trendiness, now i am impressed by the food. The beautiful people have moved on.

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          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            I was thinking of Strip T's for their food , def., but I got the impression that Velda wanted to dress up and be seen.

          2. Maybe Tico? I haven't been in a while but quite enjoyed the food when I went. Lolita is also a fun atmosphere with interesting food.

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            1. re: addiez

              Lolita is a very good idea. Some CHs have a real neg. reaction to the vibe there but the food has been excellent the 2x we went (v early, to avoid that scene!)