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Acton/ Concord Holiday Meal

  • Kat Dec 3, 2013 06:00 AM
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Greetings - I need to plan a holiday meal for a party of 7 on a Sunday evening. 6 of us are food lovers, 1 just eats to live. Bondir is my first choice, but Opentable shows no availability. I'm going to call, but I am in need of a back up plan. 80 Thoreau is closed on Sundays. Anyone been to Sprigs? They are open, but I've never been there. Any other suggestions? Am getting desperate. Thank you.

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  1. I would definitely call - sometimes restaurants hold back reservations from Open Table, or don't offer large group bookings online.

    Backup options in Concord could include Vincenzo's and Papa Razzi - neither are particularly foodie, but both have solid food and a pleasant atmosphere.

    Depending on your location flexibility, I'd recommend looking at Lexington or other surrounding towns. Lexington has a lot of restaurants that you could consider. AKA Bistro in Lincoln (I think) is also popular.

    I've heard positive things about Atlantic Fish in Acton too. Could be worth checking out, depending on what you're going for.

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    1. re: addiez

      Atlantic Fish is old and stinky. It is where all the old people go.

    2. I like Sprigs very much. It would be a better choice then Vincenzo's or Paprazzi.

      1. I had a Sunday evening meal at Serafina in Concord recently. It was pretty good, nothing earth shattering, and I found it downright odd that their Ceasar salad comes with gorgonzola, but we all enjoyed our meals well enough, and I think they'd handle a party of that size pretty well. Our server was absolutely lovely, very thoughtful and nice.

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        1. re: Chris VR

          A good friends family lives in Acton and frequent Seraphina multiple times a week. It's nothing too fancy, but solid, good food.

        2. Have you looked at the menu at the new Red Raven in Acton. Its in the old Scupper Jacks building which is a nice location, They've renovated and the menu looks interesting. Not sure if it might be a bit too casual for you, though certainly not Bondir/80 Thoreau caliber

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          1. re: momoftwo

            Do not give them your money. Owners and management are nasty, prices are ridiculous (uh, $44 for a ribeye? $11 for a domestic high gravity beer?), and quality is poor.

          2. You're getting good advice here about calling the restaurant even if you see no availability on OpenTable. We did this with Bondir in Concord early on and snagged an upcoming reservation (also, OpenTable didn't seem to be working too smoothly for them back at that time).

            1. Sigh. Bondir can't seat our party of 7. Red Raven only does the pub menu, not the Bistro menu, on Sunday nights and as this is a family holiday gathering, people are expecting a meal. AKA Bistro is closed on Sundays. Last meal I had at Serafina prior to their closure was not good,so I am hesitant to go again. Vincenzo's is OK for a regular weekend meal, but this is a special meal. The only place available I could find wa Sprigs, so booked it and hoping for the best. I never realized how many restaurants in this area are shut on Sunday evenings.

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              1. re: Kat

                is Moonstones in Chelmsford too far? Only been once but it was a festive experience. A group of 6 us did Tapas and ordered bottles of wine. Their main menu looks good too and the tapas were tasty and large portions as far as tapas go. I think 6 of us before tip was 160. including 4 bottles of wine.

              2. What about Gibbet Hill in Groton? One of our favorites.

                1. Belle's Bistro in Westford? Or Dalya's in Bedford?

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                  1. re: justbeingpolite

                    Belle's Bistro is excellent, and Gibbett is quite good. I've found Seraphina's to be "just ok."

                    1. re: Swankalicious

                      Checked Belle's, it is closed on Sunday nights. I love Gibbett Hill too, but it is a little too far for a Sunday night ( school night and dinner won't be until 7:30).

                  2. I was at red raven the other night upstairs at the bar and the service was terrible.

                    1. I think you made a good choice with Sprigs given your options. I wouldn't put the food on par with 80 Thoreau and I haven't been to the new Bondir, but definitely not in the same league with Bondir-Cambridge. Still, it is more creative and has been just as good as Belle's or GH. I have had really good luck with off menu specials and their lamb. As others mentioned a lot better than Vincenzo's, Papa Razzi, Atlantic Fish and the list goes on. Good luck.

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                      1. To report back - We had our dinner at Sprigs and it was wonderful. All seven of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Two of us split the charcuterie plate as an appetizer and the bacon was delicious: thick, crispy and smoky. I liked the pork belly on the plate as well as it was not purely fat as I have had in the past at other places, but was meaty and rich. Chicken under a brick was moist and juicy with very crispy, delicious skin. Service was attentive and responsive. The place was full when we arrived. The location is an old house (mid 1700s) and diners are seated in different rooms with a small bar in front. Very charming with a warm, cozy atmosphere (they offered to turn the heat up as it is an old building with drafts). I am sorry to not have eaten here sooner and I really look forward to returning for another special occasion meal.