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Hi all - I'm looking for a place to take DH for his birthday late next week. We've gone to some of the fancy places in town (e.g. L'Espalier, Craigie) and enjoyed them, but all in all he would be happiest with a less fancy, less pricey, great value, delicious meal. Any suggestions leap to mind? Right now I'm thinking BT's Smokehouse (which we love,but isn't really special-occasion'ish, even for us), Ribelle (haven't tried yet), or Strip-T's (which we love but again, not really special-occasion'ish.) Other ideas? Thanks!

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  1. Rendezvous comes to mind, because the vibe is relaxed and the food is great. I really enjoyed Ribelle but can't say it's comfy or elegant. I'm a fan of Lineage (who doesn't like a dozen oysters for a buck apiece before an excellent affordable dinner) and the Washington Square Tavern is always convivial and hits a good note between comfortable and homey and, as it doesn't have desert, you can bring your own cake or head across the street for expresso and desert at Athans.

    1. You might consider the newly opened Row 34. It is the latest addition from the team that own Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard. They are billing Row 34 as a "working man's oyster bar". Could be a fun place to celebrate a birthday.

      1. Sarma! It's not cheap but it's definitely a more relaxed vibe and good food.

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        1. re: addiez

          Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've been meaning to go to Lineage, forgot about Row 34, and didn't know about Sarma - lots of food for thought!

        2. TONS of choices in Somerville and Cambridge:
          Bergamot, TW Food, 10 Tables, Puritan and Co., Casa B, Journeyman, Area 4, Hungry Mother, West Bridge, East Coast Grill, Oleana

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          1. re: justbeingpolite

            another vote for Bergamot!!