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sukie99 Jan 5, 2014 02:58 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for a restaurant with great food but also FUN to celebrate a 50th birthday with a few girlfriends in and around Boston? Any price range is fine.

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    Blumie Jan 5, 2014 03:05 PM

    It would be helpful if we had more to go on. Do you want fancy, high priced fun; upscale casual fun; divey fun; or something else? Any preference as to food type and/or location?

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      sukie99 Jan 5, 2014 03:14 PM

      I think upscale casual fun would be ideal .... Some recommendations were Ostra but actually looks too pricey, Ribelle, Puritan, TW Foods....??? Thank you!

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      1. re: sukie99
        ac106 Jan 5, 2014 03:20 PM

        "Any price range is fine."

        " Ostra actually looks too pricey"

        So umm pick one?

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          hungrytommy Jan 5, 2014 04:48 PM

          How many friends are we talking because TW Food is not a good spot for a big group and by big I mean five. I am a fan of Bistro du Midi or maybe Erbaluce. Really still need more info to narrow things down for you.


          1. re: hungrytommy
            sukie99 Jan 5, 2014 05:02 PM

            There are only 3 of us but looking for a fun ambience which makes the experience more memorable than just a great dinner.

            1. re: hungrytommy
              C. Hamster Jan 5, 2014 06:12 PM

              I wouldn't call Bistro du Midi or Erbaluce "fun" ...

              sukie99, what's YOUR idea of "fun?"

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                hungrytommy Jan 5, 2014 06:43 PM

                I would call Bistro du Midi fun, maybe not Erbaluce. I might not be the best judge of female 50th birthday fun. How about Eastern Standard?


                1. re: hungrytommy
                  sukie99 Jan 5, 2014 07:05 PM

                  Both Eastern Standard and Cafe du Midi are
                  great suggestions. I appreciate your input.

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                    hungrytommy Jan 5, 2014 07:11 PM

                    Thanks, wherever you choose I hope you have a great time!


            2. re: sukie99
              Bob Dobalina Jan 6, 2014 03:59 AM

              TW Food I like a lot but it is not "fun"
              Puritan has more of a buzz.
              Sarma has a lively atmosphere I think.
              Have not been to Ribelle but it sounds right.

              Another suggestion - eat well and have a fun nightcap elsewhere.

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              wandergirl Jan 5, 2014 07:18 PM

              I've not been but Cuchi Cuchi might fit the fun requirement:


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                opinionatedchef Jan 7, 2014 01:48 AM

                cuchi cuchi is such fun! love the energy there!

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                addiez Jan 7, 2014 08:55 AM

                Maybe East Coast Grill? They have a great vibe and the food is also good.

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                  sukie99 Jan 7, 2014 09:53 AM

                  Thanks for all the suggestions...I love East Coast Grill but want to go some place new... Sarma sounds great...
                  leaning towards Ribelle...

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                    CportJ Jan 7, 2014 02:59 PM

                    Kirkland Tap probably works, or Row 34 if you like seafood.

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                      sukie99 Jan 7, 2014 03:28 PM

                      Thank you.Those are super suggestions and have great reviews! There is no longer a shortage of interesting restaurants in Boston. Craigie on Main is a favorite and Kirkland Tap looks terrific.

                      Too many places to choose from!

                      I will let you know where we end up.

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                        sukie99 Jan 11, 2014 01:01 PM

                        I made a reservation at Kirkland Tap which looks great but am concerned about the noise level. Yelp describes it as "very loud" and do not want a place where you cannot have a conversation. Can you comment? Has anyone been to Puritan?

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                          maillard Jan 11, 2014 01:06 PM

                          I didn't find Kirkland Tap to be all that loud, but also didn't find the food to be all that good.

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                            CportJ Jan 11, 2014 01:27 PM

                            I thought it was great. I went during the week, and I would say that it was a little on the loud side even then, so it's probably a bit louder than average on Fri/Sat. It's more of a casual scene, so I don't think it's unintended or likely to change.

                      2. re: sukie99
                        Lmonach Jan 15, 2014 12:24 PM

                        Ribelle is good - half the dishes we had were great, the other half were just ok - but it is LOUD!

                        I'm a big fan of Washington Square Tavern just around the corner - great wines

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