I'm hoping for suggestions for an upcoming birthday dinner. I'm looking for something that feels a little fancy/elegant (doesn't have to be too formal), feels like a good value for the money (I hate leaving a restaurant thinking "I just spent more on that meal than a car payment and I didn't even enjoy it much") and is vegetarian friendly (in that my meal won't have to consist of a salad and a side. I am a true vegetarian - I don't eat any meat, fish, or chicken -- my companion is a pescatarian). Reservations are a must. We're North of town but happy to travel into Boston, Cambridge, Somerville.
Other notes -- for what it's worth, we did not particularly enjoy Oleana when we went a few years ago -- I think it was more a service issue than anything but when I mentioned it to DH the other day (as I assume it will be tops on people's suggestions) he said, "I don't remember much about our meal there except that I remember thinking I never wanted to come back."
I thought of EVOO but I think I'd like the room a bit more comfortable. Am I misremembering the comfort level?
Lineage came to my husband's mind (and it captures the atmosphere I want and the price point, too) but there really isn't that much if anything to choose from for a vegetarian aside from the aforementioned salad.
Our eating out tends to be limited to Lineage and Highland Kitchen so even restaurants that have been around for a while that seem obvious to you are probably worth a mention if you have the time.
PS Anneke Jans in Kittery is probably our leading contender at the moment. Gargoyles in its early days would have been up there, too.