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Celebrating tenure in Boston: best restaurants in town?

I am looking for the best restaurants that would accommodate 9 people on a Saturday evening. I like the unusual flavors that Oleana offers but they don't take reservation for such a large group on Saturday.

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  1. I can't address reservations but my recs are: Ribelle, Sycamore, and Rendezvous. All are chef/owner places w/ top food. Rib. and Syc. are loud and happenin' ; Rendezvous is casually elegant and quiet. There are detailed CH threads on all of them

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Let me add ICOB or ASTA or Craigie on Main.

      I like the food at Ribelle but find the noise a problem. I like to go very early or very late.

        1. re: vavacanneberge

          I am late to the party, but have you considered Hungry Mother? And congratulations!

          1. re: vavacanneberge

            Best wishes! I just made mine a few months ago after 12 year climb! ;)

          1. re: Madrid

            Thank you. I was looking at Sarma. I am glad you recommend it. I'll try to make a reservation. So far it is impossible to find a place for 9.

            1. re: vavacanneberge

              Do you mean impossible or just impossible via Open Table? Many restaurants limit the amount of people for online reservations, but can handle them if you call directly.

              1. re: vavacanneberge

                If you can get a res, I had a group of 10 at Eastern Standard Kitchen last Saturday. Loud, energetic, celebratory vibe.
                Congratulations!

            2. If your group is flexible, day-wise, you may have an easier time for Sunday, as Super Bowl Sunday can be a blessing for getting into otherwise hard-to-get restaurants. (Thus writes someone who'd rather have root canal than watch the Super Bowl.)

              1. Thank you all for your advice. I didn't find anything available, but got tenure!

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                  1. re: vavacanneberge

                    Congratulations. We had great luck calling Deuxave directly when we needed to arrange a birthday dinner for 10. They were very accommodating and we had a fine meal. But I bet even a hot dog will feel celebratory when you can enjoy such a grand achievement.

                      1. re: vavacanneberge

                        Congratulations! thanks for letting us know. I hope you did find some way to suitably celebrate.

                        1. re: Madrid

                          Thank you! My sister-in-law was very happy to cook a fabulous meal. The celebration took place in their home in Medford.

                          1. re: vavacanneberge

                            I did finish my PhD but did not go in to academia as a teacher, so I was spared this whole ordeal. I do remember after I finally finished, I sat outdoors in Palo Alto and read a novel a day for a few days. Got a bunch of great cheese, bread, wine, and olives. If I got tenure, I' would have blown a lot of $$$$ at formaggio and also gone to Oleana with a group and get every meze on the menu. Now you are home free! I hope you enjoy this very special time.

                      2. West Bridge has that private room - probably seats 10-12.

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                        1. re: sflory

                          see upstream, he already has celebrated.