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THE ATRIUM DINING ROOM AT THE INN AT HARVARD, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue (corner of Harvard and Quincy Streets), Cambridge, (617) 491-2222. Experience innovative New England cuisine in a beautiful courtyard setting. Validated parking with dinner. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails, and dinner.

THE BAY TOWER, 33rd floor, 60 State Street, Boston, (617) 723-1666. Boston's most romantic restaurant. Candlelight dining with breathtaking views. Superb service and cuisine. Our menus celebrate the changing seasons. Our executive chef, using only the freshest ingredients, offers a wide variety of dishes, including Maine lobster. The Custom House Lounge offers a lighter menu and cocktails. Available for weddings and corporate events. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Parking in the building.

CAFE BUDAPEST, Copley Square Hotel, 90 Exeter Street, Boston, (617) 266-1979. Formal. Price range $19-$33. Fine Hungarian cuisine in an elegant Old World setting, complete with violinists and pianists performing nightly. Specialties include veal goulash, stuffed cabbage, and sauerbraten.

CAFE OF INDIA, 52A Brattle Street, Cambridge, (617) 661-0683. Master chef Balbir Singh invites you to enjoy traditional Indian cuisine, tandoori specialties, and freshly baked breads (served from a glassed-in tandoori kitchen) in the newly remodeled and expanded dining room with sliding doors that open to the street.

CAFFE PARADISO, One Eliot Square, Cambridge, (617) 868-3240. Come and enjoy a little paradise in Harvard Square. The extravagant selection of sinful desserts will make you feel as if you are in heaven. At Caffé Paradiso, no one walks away unsatisfied.

THE CAPITAL GRILLE, 359 Newbury Street, Boston, (617) 262-8900, and 250 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, (617) 928-1400. Dry-aged steaks, prime rib, veal and lamb chops, fresh grilled Norwegian salmon, swordfish, and large broiled lobsters are the specialties of this sophisticated New York-style steak house, now with two locations, Boston's Back Bay and Route 9. The restaurant also features an extensive, award-winning wine list. Dinner only, from 5 p.m.

THE ELEPHANT WALK, 900 Beacon Street, Boston, (617) 247-1500, and 70 Union Square, Somerville, (617) 623-9939. Cambodian and French cuisine. A Boston Globe critic called the menu "so intriguing that one is tempted to order one dish after another just to explore all those flavors, all those nuances...." Lunch and dinner every day. Dinner served Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

HARVARD FACULTY CLUB, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, (617) 495-5758. Enjoy elegant décor and the eclectic cuisine of chef K.C. O'Hara. A la carte and prix-fixe menus. Available for private parties and events. Membership open to the Harvard community, affiliates, and alumni/ae. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

JOHN HARVARD'S BREW HOUSE, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, (617) 868-3585. Price range $5-$15. Fresh ales and lagers brewed on the premises. Mushroom fritters, house-made grilled sausages, grilled salmon steak. Brewery tours are available and include "the story of John Harvard's secret life as a brewer, a skill he learned from William Shakespeare."

JOYCE CHEN RESTAURANT, 390 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, (617) 492-7373. Authentic Chinese cuisine served daily; banquets, corporate delivery, and private meeting rooms available. Full bar, plenty of parking, plus Lindsay's Corner, a family dining area for toddlers. Visit our website at "www.joyce-chen.com".

MAISON ROBERT, 45 School Street, Boston, (617) 227-3370. This Boston classic in the renovated Old City Hall was opened in 1972 by Lucien Robert and his wife Ann, A.M. '56. Lucien's nephew Jacky Robert, maître cuisinier de France and principal chef, offers classic and contemporary French food (with Asian accents) in the menu of the elegant main dining room. Imaginative bistro food at provincial prices (plus prix-fixe menus) is served in the more informal café. Award-winning desserts. Fine wines. Terra cotta bar. Seasonal garden. Valet parking. All major credit cards accepted.

RITA'S RESTAURANT, RITA'S CATERING, AND RITA'S IN-FLIGHT, 88 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, (617) 884-9010. A landmark for more than 35 years, Rita's Restaurant is best known for gourmet nine-course dinners and outstanding, traditional Italian cuisine based on family recipes. Rita's opens weekday nights for groups of 20 or more (48-hour notice). Lunch, Monday-Friday. A la carte and prix-fixe dinners, 6:30-midnight, Friday and Saturday. Dinner reservations recommended. Closed Sundays.

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