OK, so I'm turning 50 in a few weeks and my mother is treating the 4 of us to a great meal. I'd like it to be somewhere I haven't been (so no East Coast Grill, Gargoyles, Lumiere, Le Soir, Oleana, Craigie Street, or No. 9 Park, for instance).
The other catches are: a) the vegetarian bf and b) the hard of hearing mother. We like all kinds of food and it can be expensive, but I'm not a very formal person so L'Espalier is out.
So far I'm thinking La Campania in Waltham or Mistral in Boston -- but then I heard that Mistral is loud. This will be on a Friday night so I'm guessing most places will be quite full.