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Where to have your graduation dinner

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  April 23, 2013 04:07 PM

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Egg in a jar: potato puree, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, duck eggs, and crisp duck skin at West Bridge in Cambridge.

It's time for that one last meal with the family in the Boston area. Are you given the responsibility of finding the restaurant for graduation dinner, which means find a reservation, accommodating large groups, and above all, hoping everyone will be pleased? Here are some ideas for celebrating the big occasion.

LARGE GROUP: Cinquecento
Of course every aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew will want to be a part of the celebration. Cinquecento is a spacious Italian restaurant with fancy decor and an impressive menu. You can also make reservations online. 500 Harrison St., Boston, 617-338-9500, www.cinquecentoboston.com

TRENDY: West Bridge
Egg in a jar. Yes, they have a dish that involves an egg. In a jar. If you have people to impress, the unique dishes and the easy location (there is even a parking garage near by) makes this spot a crowd-pleaser. And another bonus: There is a wine bar, a brewery, and an Irish pub steps away. Reservations can be made through Open Table. 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge, 617-945-0221, www.westbridgerestaurant.com

PRETTY: Island Creek Oyster
People who visit Boston often think seafood. Avoid the names we all know and try this spot. Not only does the restaurant have a central location in Boston, the decor makes it one of the most beautiful venues in the city. If someone in your party isn't in the mood for a fancy dish, don't worry, fish and chips are also on the menu. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-532-5300, www.islandcreekoysterbar.com

PIZZA FANS: Area Four
Have picky eaters in your group? Well, who doesn't love pizza? Here's a bonus: You'll be able to order some pies away from the cramped North End and in a tech-y neighborhood. Grads, you may end up getting a job in Kendall Square, so why not start by getting a meal in your possible future 'hood? Area Four takes reservations, but requires a credit card number. Large groups welcome. 500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-758-4444, www.areafour.com

LAID BACK: Publick House
Do you have beer fans in your family? Ok, maybe mac 'n cheese enthusiasts? Although the Publick House is known for its impressive beer list and gothic furnishings, the cuisine is some of the best comfort food you'll find in Boston. Note: They don't take reservations. 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-277-2880. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH: Elephant Walk
For those of you graduating from Cambridge schools, move away from the direct vicinity of Harvard Square and venture down Massachusetts Avenue for some Cambodian and French cuisine. If you have people who are vegetarian or gluten-free, there are plenty of options available. You can make reservations here. 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-492-6900, www.elephantwalk.com

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