For my husband's 40th in August, we'll be taking the long trip over the Charles from Somerville and are staying at XV Beacon. I'm looking for a dinner venue that's close-ish (not looking to head back over the river, but anywhere in Back Bay, S End, N End, etc) would be fine.
It's a special dinner, and I'm happy to splurge, but I don't want stuffy (No 9 Park - tho maybe for cocktails only) or scene-y. Just great food in a comfortable (but special) environment. He loves steak, Italian, French, American, just not seafood.
Some ideas that came to mind and new to us were: Hamersley's, Moo, Sorellina, Mistral. Places I've tried and might consider going back to if I can't find someplace new (want to take advantage of a date night!): Mamma Maria, Grill 23, Erbaluce.
I feel a bit ridiculous asking for advice given that we live so close, but we have little ones and tend to stay in the Camberville area. If it helps, some favorites in our area are Oleana, Ten Tables and North by Northeast.
Thanks for the help!
PS - The first birthday we celebrated together was in 1998, and we went to Marcuccio's. Oh, how I would love to replicate their food!