Food & Drink in Watertown

Italian-American Food for Two or More on Weekday or Weekend at The Talk (Up to 50% Off)

The Talk

Downtown Watertown

Diners feast on housemade pasta, steak, and seafood, served in elegant dining area with a steel-doored bank vault for private parties

$50 $25

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Italian Cuisine at Savino's Grill (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Savino's Grill

Cushing Square

European wines wash down upscale Italian cuisine, such as lamb loin with roasted sunchokes, saffron pappardelle, and cured Italian meats

$40 $22

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Mediterranean Food at Ani Take Out. Three Options Available.

Ani Take Out

Ani Take Out

Mediterranean menu features lamb, falafel, and eggplant-pomegranate salad topped with walnuts, molasses, and cumin

$25.98 $16.50

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$16 for a Light Afternoon Tea for Two at Tea Leaf ($32 Value)

The Tea Leaf

Historic Downtown Waltham, MA

Guests chat and linger over a pot of tea, accompanied by warm scones and a selection of sweets at this cozy, Victorian-style tea shop

$32 $16

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$7 for $15 Worth of Southern-Style Barbecue at Blue Ribbon BBQ

Blue Ribbon BBQ

Multiple Locations

Slow-roasted Southern-style meats dubbed Best of Boston by Boston magazine in 2011 embrace the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods

$15 $7

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Shabu-Shabu Cuisine for Two, or Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (54% Off)

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse

Newton

Shabu-shabu consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled and served with dipping sauces; also try the sushi and hibachi dinners

$40 $20

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Two Dozen Assorted Gluten Free and Nut Free Mini Cupcakes at cupcakes on centreLLC (43% Off)

Cupcakes On Centre

Newton

Two-dozen gluten free and nut free mini cupcakes

$30 $17

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Custom Baked Goods or Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Tart (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Sweet Tart

Commonwealth

Bakers whip up custom cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops for a variety of occasions; yogurt options include 10 rotating flavors and 100 toppings

$30 $15

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$20 for $30 Worth of Meat and Prepared Meals at Prime: Your Trusted Butcher

Prime: Your Trusted Butcher

Arlington Heights

High-quality selections of prime and grass-fed beef, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken, house-made sausage, and Boar’s Head deli meats

$30 $20

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$8 for $15 Worth of Bagels — Bagelville Arlington

Bagelville Arlington

Arlington

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$15 $8

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$16 for $30 Worth of Chinese and Japanese Food at Fusion Taste

Fusion Taste

Arlington Center

Menu blends Chinese and Japanese specialties, from black-pepper beef to sushi

$30 $17

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$13.99 for an Ethiopian Dinner for Two with Two Entrees at Basha Cafe (Up to $27.98 Value)

Basha Cafe

Neighborhood Nine

Dig into classic Ethiopian eats, such as minced beef seasoned with hot chili powder and herbed butter and collard greens in a mild sauce

$27.98 $13.99

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Seasonal New American Cuisine for Two or More at Nubar (42% Off)

NuBar

West Cambridge

Chefs use in-season, local ingredients when possible to create dishes such as duck confit flatbread and burgers made with Gold Angus Beef

$50 $29

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$20 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Dinner for Two, Valid Saturday Through Thursday at Fuji Kendall

Fuji Kendall

Kendall Square

Japanese entrees such as miso salmon and chicken katsu complement maki rolls full of tuna, tempura-fried shrimp, and eel

$40 $20

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$15 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Shabu & Mein

Shabu & Mein

Cambridge

Tabletop stoves let diners cook their own shabu shabu hot pot meals and ramen or let cooks do the cooking for shumai, gyoza, and ramen

$25 $15

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Indian Meal for Two or Four at Passage to India (Up to 52% Off)

Passage To India

Porter Square

For 25 years, this Indian restaurant has embraced millennia-old techniques to craft classic northern and southern Indian cuisine

$51.86 $25

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$25 for $40 Worth of Japanese Steak-House Cuisine and Sushi at Bisuteki Tokyo

Bisuteki Tokyo

Cambridge

Authentic Japanese steak-house sates all manner of hunger, including grilled teppanyaki and fresh sushi rolls

$40 $25

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Sushi and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two or Four at O Sushi Restaurant & Bar (Up to 35% Off)

O Sushi Restaurant & Bar

Cambridge

Appetizers such as sake-steamed mussels precede dragon and california rolls in a "Boston Globe"–lauded restaurant in Harvard Square

$40 $29

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Brazilian Barbecue Dinner for Two or Four Adults at Midwest Grill (50% Off). Two Locations Available.

Midwest Grill

Multiple Locations

Waiters rotate around tables with unlimited servings of beef sirloin, brazilian sausage, and lamb at the churrascaria

$30 $15

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Gourmet Asian Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Moksa (50% Off)

Moksa

Cambridgeport

Gourmet pan-Asian cuisine ranging from spicy sushi rolls to veggie teriyaki and steamed bao

$40 $20

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Dine-In or Takeout Sushi and Shabu-Shabu at Akai Ryu Shabu Sushi (Up to 44% Off)

Akai Ryu Shabu Sushi

Cambridge

Creative sushi rolls or shabu-shabu meals where diners can poach ribeye, seafood, and eight types of mushrooms in flavorful broths

$45 $25

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$22 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Soul Food at Beantown Taqueria ($40 Value)

Beantown Taqueria

Cambridge

Chile relleno with egg-battered poblano pepper, tacos with hand-made tortillas and cilantro, and deep-fried chimichangas

$10 $5.50

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Pub Food for Two or Four at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse

Coolidge Corner

25 screens show pro and college teams’ triumphs while guests dine on hearty burgers, inventive wraps, barbecue, and southwestern cuisine

$20 $11

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Tea Tasting for Two or Four at The Cozy Tea Cart (50% Off)

The Cozy Tea Cart

Brookline

Tea-tasting session allows two or four people to sample a variety of teas

$40 $20

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Hookah, Snacks, and Drinks at Sheesha Lounge (Up to 56% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

35 flavors of tobacco, plus sweet snacks such as cheesecake and baklava

$40 $25

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Breakfast or Dinner Crepes with Drinks for Two or Four at Paris Creperie

Paris Creperie

Coolidge Corner

Sweet and savory crepes prepared in the Parisian tradition pair with smoothies, Nutella chocolate drinks, and leaf teas

$33.50 $24.79

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$14 for $25 Worth of Tex-Mex Cuisine at Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Patron's and Sunset Grill and Tap

Multiple Locations

Adjacent restaurants have something for everyone, from juicy burgers to spicy tacos

$25 $14

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Sushi for Lunch or Dinner, or $14 for $25 Worth of Carryout at Sushi Station

Sushi Station

Mission Hill

Rolls with ingredients such as spicy tuna, smoked salmon, and sweet potato; specialties include Manhattan maki, salmon pop, and Red Sox roll

$20 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Seafood and Steak at Mount Vernon Restaurant 

Mount Vernon Restaurant

East Somerville

Restaurant opened in 1935 serves fresh seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and local brews among fireplaces and exposed wood beams

$30 $14

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Upscale American Cuisine for Two or Four or More at East End Grille (43% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

This joint offers locally sourced ingredients to create food like sweet chili shrimp flatbread, barbecue pulled pork, and steak tips

$30 $17

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Nepalese Cuisine at Yak & Yeti Restaurant (Up to 42% Off). Three Options Available.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Powder House

Chicken momo, masala dosa, and vegetarian entrees made with low-fat and low-cholesterol ingredients

$30 $18

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $25 Worth of Italian Dinner at West 7 Bistro (Up to 52% Off)

West 7 Bistro

Somerville

In a remodeled eatery with newly uncovered vintage tin ceilings, guests dine on pizzas and pastas, plus bistro favorites such as steak tips

$25 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Japanese Dinner for Two or More, Valid Sunday–Thursday at Fuji at Assembly

Fuji at Assembly

Mystic River

Brand new Assembly Row eatery prepares stir-fried pork slivers, grilled ribeye teriyaki, and dozens of nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls

$40 $20

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food for Lunch or Dinner at El Potro

El Potro

Multiple Locations

Festive eatery serves sizzling fajitas, fish and pork tacos, steaks, and chicken enchiladas alongside live mariachi band on weekends

$20 $11

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Caribbean Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Some 'Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

Some 'Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant

Somerville

The menu of pan-Caribbean cuisine encompasses zesty stews, jerk shrimp, curries, and sides of plantains and roti

$25 $13

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Dinner for Two or Four at Cantina La Mexicana (50% Off)

Cantina La Mexicana

Union Square

Enchiladas, chilaquiles, and combination plates with entrees such as grilled shrimp and chicken in homemade mole sauce

$30 $15

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four or More at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Pastalina's Restaurant

Medford

Flavorful dishes from southern Italy’s Avellino region include pasta, chicken cacciatore, and veal saltimbocca

$50 $25

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One or Two Groupons, Each Good for $30 Worth of Italian and Mediterranean Food at Lantana Café (Up to 43% Off)

Lantana Café

Glenwood

Lobster ravioli, veal marsala, grilled sirloin steak, and brick-oven pizzas served at cozy neighborhood restaurant

$30 $17

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Modern Diner Food at The Medford Square Diner (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

The Medford Square Diner

Medford

Classic greasy spoon items, such as reubens or steak sandwiches, mingle with modern dishes, including avocado, pear, and goat cheese omelet

$20 $12

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Dine-In Indian Food for Two or Four at Zaika Taste of India (Up to 50% Off)

Zaika Taste of India

Medford

Mango lassees wash down appetizers of samosas or chicken kabobs and entrees such as chicken biryani with garlic naan

$20 $12

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Three-Course New American Dinner for Two or Four on Sunday-Thursday or Friday at Masona Grill (Up to 46% Off)

Masona Grill

West Roxbury Center

New American cuisine, such as local seafood and five-spice duck breast, with an international flair

$82 $49

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Indian Food for Dinner at Ghazal Indian Cuisine (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ghazal Indian Cuisine

Jamaica Hills - Pond

Authentic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist

$25 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina

Multiple Locations

Sauce-smothered burritos and enchiladas add to a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine whose recipes hail from Guadalajara

$20 $12

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Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

ruyi restaurant

Hand-rolled sushi, Japanese teriyaki, and marinated chicken, steak, or lamb seared at tableside grills

$50 $30

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Seven-Course French-Japanese Tasting Dinner for Two or Four at AKA Bistro (Up to 45% Off)

AKA Bistro

Lincoln

Pairs share a chef’s selection of four artistically plated sashimi courses, two French dishes such as mussels or beef tartare, and dessert

$180 $99

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Homemade from Scratch Italian Food for Lunch or Dinner at Cafe Piazza Dolce (44% Off)

Cafe Piazza Dolce

Winchester Town Center

At trattoria with traditional roots, fresh pasta made to order alongside wood-fired pizza and seafood at dinner; gourmet paninis for lunch

$40 $25

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Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Link Café & Bar (50% Off)

Link Café & Bar

Sheraton Needham Hotel

Refined American cuisine such as fig and goat cheese flatbreads paired with wines that earned high scores from Wine Spectator

$50 $25

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European-Style Baked Goods and Cafe Items with Option for Catering at swissbäkers (Up to 42% Off)

Swiss Bakers

Multiple Locations

Swiss-style baked goods include Berliners, the original pretzel rolls, authentic croissants, Choco Weggli, and more.

$20 $12

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Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Dick Doherty's Comedy Den (Up to 52% Off)

Dick Doherty's Beantown Comedy

Dick Doherty's Comedy Den

Top national and local standup comedians stir up laughs; upcoming performers include actor/comic Larry Myles and “Funniest Mom” Mya Manion

$46 $22

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Pub Appetizers and Entrees at SideBar Food and Spirits (Up to 53% Off). Two Options Available.

SideBar Food and Spirits

Downtown

Downtown pub with televisions, arcade games, and a jukebox dishes out food such as burgers, wings, sandwiches, and brick-oven pizza

$37.97 $20

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Loni Love at Wilbur Theatre on Friday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Loni Love

Wilbur Theatre

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Regular panelist on Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central staple Loni Love shares her humorous insights

$31 $15.50

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Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas for Two or Four at Great Scott (Up to 55% Off)

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas

Great Scott

Friday-night comedy shows host standup by local comedians

$10 $5

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Puerto Rican Cuisine at Vejigantes Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Vejigantes

South End

Cordon Bleu–trained chef’s authentic Puerto Rican dishes attract notable guests such as David Ortiz and Elizabeth Warren

$30 $15

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$25 for $40 Worth of Hearty American Food at BEER WORKS

BEER WORKS

Multiple Locations

Brewery, bar & eatery serves hearty American classics such as provolone-topped burgers, baby-back ribs, and fried chicken sandwiches

$40 $25

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Italian Cuisine at Terramia Ristorante (38% Off). Three Options Available.

Terramia Ristorante

North End

Cozy Italian trattoria with top rankings from Zagat for its seasonally changing italian housemade pastas and entrees

$40 $25

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Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Pellino's Ristorante (Up to 41% Off)

Pellino's Ristorante

North End

The chef, a native of Naples, crafts rustic northern Italian cuisine with housemade breads, pastas, and desserts

$102 $60

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Standup Comedy for Two at Nick's Comedy Stop (Up to 52% Off)

Nick's Comedy Stop

Nick's Comedy Stop

National headliners seen on Comedy Central and late night TV bring laughs to standup venue that once hosted young Seinfeld and Leno

$45.70 $22

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Mexican Cuisine During Dinner for Two or Four at Salsa's (50% Off)

Salsa’s

Multiple Locations

Crowd-pleasing Mexican classics and original creations such as mahi mahi chowder and the papa taco served inside a baked potato

$30 $15

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Southern Cuisine at Savvor Restaurant & Lounge (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Savvor Restaurant & Lounge

Downtown - Leather District

Eatery dishes out southern and Caribbean small plates such as shrimp & grits, fried catfish, cornish hen & waffles, and macaroni and cheese

$25 $15

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Ethiopian Dinner for Two or Four at Addis Red Sea (Up to 47% Off). Four Options Available.

Addis Red Sea

South End

Ethiopian eatery populates colorful wicker tables with spicy lamb, fish, chicken, and vegan dishes

$31.90 $17

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Breakfast or Lunch for Two at Sami's (Up to 50% Off)

Sami's

Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood

The menu brims with breakfast favorites, including toasted bagels and made-to-order omelettes, and lunch classics from ribs to wraps

$12 $6

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$15 for $30 Worth of Modern Asian Cuisine for Two or More at Roka

Roka

Lower Roxbury

A mix of Chinese and Japanese dishes and sushi favorites pair with unique cocktails that take their inspiration from around the world

$30 $15

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$20 for $40 Worth of Thai Dinner Food at Bamboo Thai Restaurant

Bamboo Thai Restaurant

Commonwealth

Five variations on pad thai, as well as house specialties such as crispy tamarind duck, Thai barbecue chicken, and pan-seared chili salmon

$40 $20

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Indian Meal for Two or Four at Bukhara Indian Bistro (Up to 53% Off)

Bukhara Indian Bistro

Jamaica Hills - Pond

Menu of northern and southern Indian cuisine with tandoori chicken, lamb-stuffed dosas, and curries

$57 $28

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Indian Meal with Appetizers and Naan for Two or Four at Mela (Up to 56% Off)

Mela

South End

Enlisting a traditional tandoor oven, housemade cheese, and Indian spices, chefs whip up classic Indian staples with varying spice levels

$71 $32

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Cider House Tour for Two or Four at Downeast Cider House (Up to 50% Off)

Downeast Cider House

Boston

Guests sip refreshing, freshly brewed, farm style ciders during tours, and leave with 64oz souvenir growler

$14 $7

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza, Paninis, and Roll-Ups at Angora Café ($30 Value)

Angora Café

Coolidge Corner

Cooks at European-style café focus on Mediterranean and Italian flavors in dishes such as hummus-filled roll-ups and meatball-topped pizzas

$10 $5

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Distillery Tour for Two or Four of Bully Boy Distillers (Up to 56% Off)

Bully Boy Distillery

Boston

Tours travel past mash tanks & copper stills to see how the distillery produces rum, vodka & whiskey

$40 $20

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Lebanese Cuisine for Two or Four or More at Al Wadi Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Al Wadi Restaurant

Upper Washington - Spring Street

Entrees such as kofta kebabs—skewered, seasoned lamb with parsley, onion, and mint, served with veggies and rice

$30 $17

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Italian Cuisine at Filippo Ristorante (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Filippo Ristorante

North End

Owners who spend part of the year in Sulmona, Italy, treat taste buds to the region’s cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and veal dishes

$35 $20

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Caribbean Food at Nu Flav Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Nu Flav Restaurant

Franklin Field South

Fried pork or goat with plantains, rice and beans with stewed chicken, fried chicken, and burgers

$24 $14

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Pizza and American Food at Pan Roma Pizza (Up to 60% Off). Six Options Available.

Pan Roma Pizza

Coolidge Corner

Pizzas topped in ingredients such as Buffalo chicken; philly steak; sauteed mushrooms and grilled chicken; or barbecue pulled pork

$25 $10

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$8 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Tea, Smoothies and Shaved Snow at Tealosophy ($20 Value)

Tealosophy

Allston

The quaint cafe serves milk tea, green tea, and black tea in addition to smoothies and shaved snow

$5 $2

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One, Two, Four, or Ten Admissions to a Boston Bar Crawl from Barcrawlin.com (Up to 80% Off)

Barcrawlin.com

Scollay Square

Drink craft beer and cocktails at four to five bars while dressed according to a playful theme

$49 $19

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$24 for Prix-Fixe Dinner for Two at Typhoon Asian Bistro (Up to a $48 Value)

Typhoon Asian Bistro

Typhoon Asian Bistro

Three-course prix fixe dinners highlight entrees and desserts such as coconut curry dishes, Saigon-inspired clay pot chicken, and tiramisu

$48 $24

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Turkish Cuisine at Saray Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Saray Restaurant

Coolidge Corner

Lamb, seafood, and vegetarian entrees come together in Turkish menu of kebabs, salads, and soups; full menu is valid for lunch option

$30 $15

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Pub Food at The Red Hat (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Red Hat

West End

Wings, fish ‘n’ chips, and burgers in a century-old establishment with a colorful history

$50 $30

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$75 for Two Gift Cards Good for $50 Each Worth of Italian Cuisine at Paolos Trattoria ($100 Value)

Paolos Trattoria

Charlestown

Intimate trattoria serves up brick-oven pizzas and traditional Italian dishes such as veal milanese

$100 $75

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Authentic Italian Cuisine at Nico Ristorante (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Nico Ristorante

North End

Local, seasonal ingredients hand-crafted into plates of arancini in a san marzano tomato sauce, housemade gnocchi, and veal parmesan

$60 $35

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Those seeking Grappa Restaurant might be surprised by where they find it—nestled inside a small building that used to be a house, in the middle of an industrial-warehouse street, between two commercial districts. But behind the front door lies a different atmosphere—only 11 tables sit inside the 700-square-foot space, surrounded by walls striped in pale yellow and blue and decorated with Botticelli paintings. At the center of the room, venetian Fortuny lamps cast light from behind white and yellow silk emblazoned with gold designs. The petite restaurant reverberates with classic pop tunes by singers such as Frankie Valli, often accompanied by crooning from the restaurant's three servers—Will, Carol, and Natalie—who also urge the regular clientele to join them.

Grappa Restaurant's chefs base their menu of traditional Italian food on dishes from the owner's childhood, when her grandmother and mother would fill the kitchen with aromas of seared veal, chicken, and marsala-wine sauce. The chefs conjure these familial scents and flavors as they stuff veal or chicken saltimbocca with ham and mozzarella; toss fettuccine bolognese with chicken sausage, meat sauce, and basil-almond pesto; and drape spinach-and-ricotta ravioli in housemade tomato sauce. Servers often end meals much like sophisticated elementary-school students end food fights: with traditional Italian desserts such as housemade ricotta cannolis.

71 Elm St
Watertown,
MA
US

Though lunch cars were everywhere when Deluxe Town Diner was built in 1947, these precursors to the diners of today have all but vanished. But the 65-year old building—which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999—has continued to thrive well into the 21st century. Today, the Levy family runs the place, adding fair-trade coffee and cage-free eggs into the mix of make-your-own omelets, steak and eggs, and signature pancakes that they serve all day long. Garnishes of Merton’s maple syrup or mixed berry compote with whipped cream crown the selection of blue-cornmeal, sweet-potato, and fruit-infused flapjacks, a blueberry version of which Boston magazine called "rich and velvety, like blueberries bathed in sweet cream." At 4 p.m., the cooks begin slinging classic diner fare ranging from southern-fried chicken platters and tuna salad sandwiches. The desserts fit the diner theme as well, as fountain soda floats pair with flaky slices of apple or cherry-crumb pie. Should customers feel the urge to recreate the house pancakes at home or make snowmen that actually last for once, Deluxe Town Diner offers their signature pancake mix and Merton’s syrup for sale.

627 Mount Auburn St
Watertown,
MA
US

Five decades ago, Kirio Pantelis wheeled a wooden cart around Kalamata, Greece, peddling syrupy sweets to locals. Today, his son and daughter-in-law oversee the American patisserie and café that evolved from these humble roots, nestled in both Brookline and Brighton. The bakery pays homage to its heritage with walnut-studded cakes and tarts that echo back to communal baking in wood-burning Greek ovens, though the shop draws from all over Europe for luxurious ingredients such as chocolate genoise, poached Turkish apricots, and Belgian cocoa. Puffed éclairs, petits fours, and fruit tartlets evoke the patisseries of Paris, and the bakery’s from-scratch gelato transports tasters to Italy without the hassle of concentrating hard enough to teleport.

Along with these sugary delicacies, the Brighton location also dishes up savory, Mediterranean-inspired fare at a café with marble tabletops and loft ceilings. Diners here fork into cold poached salmon, munch on paninis layered with gruyere or house orange-scented sausage, and savor cold sandwiches filled with roasted pancetta.

407 Washington St
Brighton,
MA
US

“It’s the next best thing to having Greek friends who put a spit in the yard come Easter,” proclaims The Improper Bostonian of Aegean Restaurant. The glowing review should come as no surprise—for one thing, Aegean’s founders Nicholas and Toula Ntasios hail from Greece, and for another, they've been working at it for nearly three decades. In 1972, the pair left their small village to chase after success in America. Their gamble paid off in 1980 when they opened the first Aegean Restaurant. As locals discovered the strip-mall eatery, a spot as deceivingly nondescript as a fortune cookie that contains the president’s phone number, business went from sparse to thriving. In the three decades since, Nicholas and Toula (eventually joined by sons Arthur and Chris) have drawn customers not with glitzy marketing campaigns, but with authentic, personalized food. The Improper Bostonian deems their braised lamb “especially worth the trip,” but Mediterranean influences shine through most in seafood dishes, such as the charcoal-grilled, lemon-kissed swordfish steak.

640 Arsenal St
Watertown,
MA
US

Fresh from his homeland of Brazil, Chef Rodney Moreira set himself on a path to become a master of Italian cuisine, beginning humbly as a prep cook at Pizzeria Uno. Ultimately, Moreira found his culinary muse, cooking his way up the ladder to his current position as head chef at Porcini's Italian Restaurant, where he holds numerous awards for his pasta and risotto. Building a menu off of these staples, Moreira crafts Italian- and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine finished with homemade sauces and fresh herbs. The restaurant's nightly specials and permanent entrees include grilled swordfish steak and pounded veal cutlets, and pair easily with varietals from around the world represented on the carefully curated wine list. The intimate dining room features the warming tendrils of a crackling fireplace, and the garden patio invites guests to indulge in meals under a sky filled with more stars than the sun's rolodex.

68 School St
Watertown,
MA
US

The Talk?s owners keep their family recipe book wide open, just like the thick steel bank vault in their dining area, which also boasts a wine bar made of polished granite and wraparound booths that hug tables. The culinary team uses the family recipes to prepare heirloom dishes, such as baked lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and pan-seared trout with sun-dried tomatoes.?

Sincere servers dart around the dapper dining area, jotting down orders, balancing trays, and seating private parties behind the vaulted door of the Vault room. In the dining room, guests lounge in beige booths and gaze at black-and-white photos or read the vinyl wall print that reads La Dolce Vita. The Talk also boasts awards such as "Best of the Best" in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 from Market Surveys of America, and was voted the number one choice for dinner by Reader's Choice Awards in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

116 Main St.
Watertown,
MA
US

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