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Dec 25, 2013 08:31 PM

Washington Square Brookline question

I have a promising first date coming up and we've agreed to meet for dinner in the Washington Square area. I've heard good things about Barcelona, Ribelle, and Fairsted Kitchen, and I'm sure we could get a good meal at any of them, but my question is, which is quieter and more conducive to comfortable conversation?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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  1. My own preference is the Washington Square Tavern. I like the food, you can hear yourself talk, the wine is always good, and the vibe is always relaxed. Ribelle's food is easily the best of the three you've listed but, if you are there in peak hours, it is noisy and not easy to "visit." I don't care for Barcelona's food, though it is pleasant enough, tends to be "sceney" and noisy, and I haven't tried Fairsted yet.

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    1. re: teezeetoo

      Agree with Teezeetoo completely. Washington Square tavern is great, cozy, conducive to conversation and has good food.

      Ribelle has great food and exceptional wine, but is loud. Barcelona has a nice atmosphere but I found the food overall meh.

      Another option would be the Abbey. Owned by the same people as WST and is similar.

      1. re: Klunco

        Thanks, guys. WST it is. I just tried calling to make a reservation but they're not open yet. Do you know if they take reservations (or if one would be necessary for a 7PM Friday table?)

        1. re: BobB

          Only problem with the Tavern: no reservations. I'd guess you'd be fine at 6:30 but can't be sure at 7:00. College kids are mostly gone home this week, so it may work fine.

    2. I'd vote for Fairsted- very cozy room, good food, nice atmosphere for a date

      1. i have been to ribelle, fairstead, barcelona. of them, i'd rec the first two . ribelle, when we've been there as early as 6, we haven't had loudness issue until about 7:30; AND you can get their amazing $ deal on their early bird special (see devoted thread w/ that title.) but fairsted is smaller, lovely room, romantic imo. just fyi, i was surprised at the success of most of the Barcelona tapas we had; we had exc service and enjoyed ourselves. but it is large and bustly. (Never been to WST,)