The Problem: We are eight adults (4 couples all married with young children) and we're going out for dinner on a Sunday evening. We are looking for something cheap or low priced, but with good to excellent food and a nice atmosphere where we can linger over dinner and dessert and enjoy quiet conversation.
What I've come up with so far:
The Elephant Walk - not as low priced as I'd like, but they have giant booths which would make it feel like a more private experience. The menu has both Cambodian and French food so it should satisfy everyone. They have a nice atmosphere and good coffee and dessert.
Bai Thong in Needham is lovely, quiet, good food and not overly pricey, but no coffee and dessert here.
La Casa de Pedro in Watertown Sq. is great food and a pretty good ambiance, but the food is on the heavy side so I'm not sure if it would be a crowd pleaser.... although I love it.
The Olive Branch in Arlington is small, quiet and has a nice feel and my food experience there has been stellar, but my husband did not enjoy the last meal he had there - an underseasoned lamb stew - so I'm worried that it would not be a good choice.
Do you have any suggestions along these lines?