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Nice cafes/restaurants for graduation dinner?

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Hello everyone,

I'm going to be graduating in three weeks, and I need help in the direction of picking a nice restaurant. I've lived in Boston for a year and a half, but as a student, I almost never eat at restaurants in order to save money and when I do go out to eat, I'm usually at places with cheaper prices. Makes sense, right?

The type of cuisine is not a big deal to me nor my family. The only true picky eater in the family is my 19 year old brother, but as long as there's meat on the menu, he's good. I live in JP and would like to get out of my bubble and try something really nice and new for this occasion. Obtaining a master's degree only happens once, unless I decide to give into my masochistic tendencies and do another one.

(I would also like to note that I have a family member in tow who really likes the finer things in life, which is why I'm asking you all for help instead of going to Legal Sea Foods.)

Thanks!

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  1. Eastern Standard has something for everyone

    1. Congratulations on your graduation. Three weeks would probably make you a Northeastern or Simmons grad.

      It is early in "graduation season" but I would still make a reservation quickly because the ability to accommodate large family tables in limited in many restaurants and the demand this time of year is high.

      There are also conventions with more than 15,000 attendees out in the Seaport district the first two weeks in May.

      I like the suggestion of Eastern Standard both for a diverse menu and for their ability to deal with large groups.
      Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel would be another room that would be possible.

      It might also be a good time to slip over into Cambridge for someplace like Rendezvous in Central Square.

      Penny
      http://www.bostonzest.com/

      1. Third vote for Eastern Standard but call today.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions, guys. My group is only going to be five people since they're coming in from out of state. I tried making a reservation online for Eastern Standard (their menu looks really nice), but they're booked solid. I'll check on making the reservations of Brasserie Jo and Rendezvous tomorrow!

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          1. re: overworkedstudent

            Try calling - some restaurants hold back tables from the system.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Bob is right. Call them directly. While it is late in the game, you could win a spot.

          2. thousands of graduates multiplied by their supportive and happy families are trying to eat out at the same time.

            i strongly urge a trip over the river to cambridge.

            rendezvous
            salts
            tw food
            alden and harlow
            blue room
            west bridge
            catalyst

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            1. re: hotoynoodle

              also in Cambridge, Oleana, if the menu appeals. Might be too big a stretch for the picky eater..........the beef meze is amazing, however.