3 Top Restaurants for Graduation Dinner in Boston
3 Top Restaurants for Graduation Dinner in Boston
April 26, 2015 at 9:30 am 2

It's almost May. And if you're a college student, you know what that means: end of classes, finals soon, concert season, and, eventually, commencement.

In the small town of Norton, Mass., families scrambled for a reservation at the few nice restaurants in the area. Last year, after I graduated, we went to a bar called Maguire's in Easton, known for its eccentric food items like "Roasted Pumpkin, Apple and Cranberry Pizza" and "Lamb Lollipop Chops." I couldn't have asked for a better restaurant celebration with my family and my boyfriend's family after a long morning in a hot stadium.

Finding that special restaurant in your area should be a top priority. The right restaurant -- a restaurant that makes you excited to be there -- can make everyone at ease.

In Boston, a notorious college city, there are many restaurants you can visit for graduation dinner. I've only lived here for a year or so, but here are my 3 top picks.

P.S. Parents, you should be making reservations now, because these places will fill up. College students, if anything here catches your eye, forward the link to your parents!

The Beehive 


For food and a show, check out The Beehive in the South End. Enjoy creative main dishes and cocktails out on the patio while a jazz band serenades your family. Make reservations for before 3 p.m. to try the (slightly cheaper) brunch menu.

Legal Harborside


This is an option for your family if they're willing to shell a few extra bucks for a great seafood experience overlooking the Boston Harbor. Book a table on the second floor, and then after dinner, head upstairs for an amazing view and a dessert cocktail.

Maggiano's Little Italy


Looking to experience good Italian food near the Boston Common with a big group of people? The staff at Maggiano's are experts at serving large groups. There are several dining rooms, and reserving a spot in a smaller one will afford your family more privacy at no extra charge. It is a chain, but it has way more charm than Bertucci's, and everything is served family style in unlimited amounts at about $30 per person.

Where did you go for graduation dinner in Boston? Where are you planning on going this year, wherever you are?

Free Things to Do in Boston: Trivia at Trident Booksellers
Free Things to Do in Boston: Trivia at Trident Booksellers
April 15, 2015 at 9:03 am 0

Editor's Note: This is a new feature where, monthly, I will review free things to do in Boston and how fun they are on a scale of 1 to 10.

When looking through the Boston Calendar for a fun thing to do Friday night, something caught me eye: Trivia Night… at a Bookstore?!

That's right. Trident Booksellers and Cafe on Newbury Street, right off of the Hynes Convention Center T stop, holds trivia night every Friday from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Trivia is open to teams as large as six and each group has the opportunity to win a $35 gift card to the store. What's more, the event is held upstairs in their cafe, with a complete bar and a view over Newbury. After wading through bookshelves, you find yourself in a quaint seating area, where staff is working hard to get you one of their many beers on tap. I tried the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, and boy was it good.

I never understood why trivia questions work so hard to trip you up, when everyone's just there to have fun (and, most often, get drunk). What I loved about my experience at Trident was that this wasn't a traditional stump trivia experience. I went on Friday, March 13, and the topics were about Super Mario (the character, not the game), Pi day, and weird things ravens do. The host, Max, creates original, witty questions every Friday.

For example, here was one question:

What is Yoshi's full name?

  1. T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas
  2. The Yoshicoptor

  3. Yosheratops Rex

  4. Yoshi the Dinosaur

* Answer at the bottom of the post

I was with two friends, and we each were able to get a few questions right (alright, the boyfriend destroyed the Pi category). The questions were actually interesting fun facts that I didn't know I wanted to know.

Because it's so convenient, and because it's free, I've been trying to get my friends to go out for trivia again. There was a day where I was planning on it, then promptly forgot the time (I thought it started at 11), but that won't happen again! I will most definitely be back for trivia at Trident Booksellers, and I'll probably spend some time browsing the books, too (no doubt their intention). Overall, it's a fun night out -- for free!

Fun meter: 8/10

Trident Booksellers Trivia

Every Friday Night

8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Chance to win $35 gift card


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