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Aug 22, 2013 04:07 PM

back bay restaurants

looking for 3 great dinners in back bay, we dont have a car, price is not an issue just want great food in a low key enviorment, thanks

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  1. you do not need a car to get out of back bay.

    there are plenty of places that are close to the T.

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      1. re: stuart954

        I live in cambridge and so know it best:

        on the red line

        central square has rendevous and craigie
        harvard square has rialto and tamarind bay, a fine indian restaurant

        heading toward brookline on the green line:

        sichuan gourmet and trattoria toscana

        ont the way to chinatown is Troquet good food and great wine at a great price. And then there are many place in chinatown worth hitting including East Ocean Seafood.

        In the south end, Coppa and Toro

        i should add Japanese: Uni, O Ya and Oishi

        the choices are plentiful

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          Apparently you don't know Cambridge as well as you think. Tamarind Bay has closed.

          1. re: Gabatta

            i knew it was closing; i had not realized that it had closed.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              the owners of Tamarind Bay are looking to reopen in Cambridge.

    1. Most of the Back Bay is filled with chain restaurants. Are you looking for fine dining? There are a few great ethnic places but I live in the Back Bay and take a nice walk or the subway to find great fine dining.

      That the Number 1 Bus to Cambridge and have a great meal with low key environment at Rendezvous in Central Square.

      Walk to the South End and enjoy a memorable meal at Hamersley's Bistro.

      Walk to Jersey Street in the Fenway and enjoy the food at Trattoria Toscana.

      I'm sure others will add more low key favorites to your list.

      If you like Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, classic diner, or over to top elegant dining, I can give you Back Bay options.


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      1. re: BostonZest

        we like low key fine dining , love ethnic food

          1. re: stuart954

            Ah then you have more options.

            India Samraat or Pho Basil (Thai/ Vietnamese) on Massachusetts Avenue.
            As pollystyrene said Cafe Jaffa for Israeli Eastern (Gloucester Street)
            Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury for breakfast all day and diner food.

            9lives mentioned La Voile for French. I forgot that one. And, I also forgot Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel for more French.

        1. Back bay is not an eater destination spot.

          Check out all the other posts
          And links on Boston/Cambridge dining and walk, take theT, or cab it out of there

          Btw consider island Creek oyster bar. A long but easy walk or 2 subway stops.

          1. In Back Bay, L'Espalier..formal French

            La Voile (the sail) more casual French. Owners had a restaurant in Cannes and opened on Newbury St a few years ago

            Clio..Ken Oringer flagship restuarant..creatve French w/Asian influence..under the same roof is Uni..creative Japanese, hard to find foods form the sea

            Grill 23..1 of Boston's first "prime" steakhouse. Everything is well executed..LOUD

            Deauxave..haven't been yet but has gotten some great reviews here.

            Island Creek Oyster Bar..short walk in the Fenway area..try to hit on a non Red Sox night.

            The South End has many great restaurants and is a short walk from Back Bay. I would include the SE in any restaurant search if you're staying in Back Bay.

            Hamersley's Bistro is "counry French" and long 1 of Boston's best.

            Myer's and Chang..Creative Asian

            Mana Escondido..very casual, Puerto Rican

            Estragon..had a nice paella and tapas recently.

            Coppa..casual Italian, pizzas, charcuterie and more

            just to name a few..

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            1. re: 9lives

              will add sorrelina to this list for formal italian in a very pretty room and some of the city's best service.

              1. re: 9lives

                Thank you for actually listing some Back Bay restaurants. It's not quite as bleak as everyone always makes it out to be. While I agree that a short walk into the south end or Kenmore offers a ton more choices, as does a quick subway ride, there are places in the Back Bay. Besides the above mostly nicer restaurants, there's the Salty Pig for charcuterie and drinks, Chili Duck for decent Thai, Lucca for $$ Italian and a nice bar, Parish Cafe for fun sandwiches, the Pour House for funkiness and passable food, Mistral for $$$ in a great room, Bistro du Midi for $$ French also in a nice room and Davio's for northern Italian in a fun atmosphere (yes it's part of a small chain).

                1. re: 9lives

                  Love Deuxave, can highly recommend. My favorite dish is the Steak Tartare/Carpaccio appetizer (that's right, it's both) The service is really fantastic as well.

                  I also went to Asta for the first time last night. A bit pricey getting the 5 course tasting and drinks, but I must say, one of the best meals I've had in a long time. It was a very unique restaurant experience from start to finish.

                2. Chinatown is obviously not in Back Bay, but it sounds like it may interest you. You do not have to stay in the Back Bay. Boston is very easy to get around by foot and by subway.

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                    1. re: stuart954

                      Chinatown favorite Xing Xing for Vietnamese. Peach Farm, Gourmet Dumpling House.