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Comfy cozy resturant for dinner Watertown, Belmont, Lexington, Arlington?

Need ideas as dear friends just blew into town! We want to visit so nohting too loud or too fast. How hard is this? Thanks.

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  1. What do you think of Menotomy Tavern in Arlington?

    1. Il Casale in Belmont (though it can be loud)... Flora or Tryst in Arlington.....L'impasto in North Cambridge

      1. Not sure what you price range is but Artistry on the Green just opened in Lexington about a month ago. Should fit the bill for a relaxed meal that is not too loud and won't feel rushed.

          1. re: antimony

            That was my first thought. Dinner there can stretch as long as you want and no one pushes you from your table. The music is pleasant without being obtrusive, and there are lots of meze to share as you catch up on old and new stories.

            The chairs are not particularly comfy though, but they aren't uncomfortable either. They are happy to take a reservation by phone for a Saturday night.

          2. I think Kitchen on Common in Belmont fits the bill.

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            1. re: Pia

              Kitchen on Common is a hidden gem. I think of it as a place that's perfect for a meal when you just are too tired to cook but want something nice and reasonably priced. Parking is on-street but rarely is a problem. You can even take the T (#73 bus). The menu is short but sweet. The ambiance is nothing special, so maybe not a great place to take a date but definitely in the zone for dinner with old friends.

              1. re: PinchOfSalt

                They also allow BYOB or they did a few years back when I ate there). I really should go back, it was a very nice meal.