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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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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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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Three-Course Mexican Meal for Two at Acitrón Cocina Mexicana (36% Off)

Acitrón Cocina Mexicana

Boston

Mexican recipes inlcude Chiles Ancho De Camaron which is Ancho pepper, jumbo shrimp and goat cheese topped with a creamy chipotle sauce

$70 $45

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Brunch or Dinner at Zocalo Mexican Bistro (Up to 40% Off)

Zocalo Mexican Bistro

Arlington

Enjoy a weekend brunch of pulled-pork tortas or scrambled eggs and chorizo, or grab steak fajitas and crispy avocado sticks for dinner

$25 $15

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$17 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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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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Cook Authentic Thai Green Curry with an Expert Chef

2-Hour Hands-On Thai Cooking Class

Harvard Square

Thai chef Ploy Khunisorn teaches how to make two traditional recipes and reveals her local sources for healthy, sustainable Thai ingredients

$61

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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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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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$17.52 for Six Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Chutneys ($30 Total Value)

Chutneys

Multiple Locations

Innovative Indian fast food made to order with plenty of vegetarian options; naninis, rice bowls, and paratha wraps

$5 $2.92

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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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Dinner with Appetizers, Soup, and Sushi at Takemura Japanese Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Takemura Japanese Restaurant

Harvard Square

Sushi chefs craft everything fresh; original rolls include the deep-fried pumpkin roll and the grilled-salmon roll

$42.85 $21

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Dine-In or Takeout Sushi and Shabu-Shabu at Akai Ryu Shabu Sushi (Up to 53% 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 $21

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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 62% Off). Four Options Available.

Sheesha Lounge

Allston

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

$40 $22

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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 $15 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 $12

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Three-Course New Year's Eve Dinner for Two or Party Admission at East End Grille (Up to 48% Off)

East End Grille

Somerville

Ring in the new year with a dinner for two that includes dancing, champagne toast, and courses like squash ravioli and mussels with frites

$69.57 $39

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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 $15

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$9 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 $9

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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 Cuisine at Pastalina's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

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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$25 for $40 Worth of American Cuisine at Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge

Bella Luna Restaurant & Milky Way Lounge

Jamaica Plain

Chefs craft gourmet pizzas and entrees, including top sirloin filet, chicken piccata, homemade meatballs, butternut squash & pumpkin ravioli

$40 $25

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Hibachi and/Or Sushi Dinner for Two at Ruyi Restaurant (44% Off). Two Options Available.

Ruyi Restaurant

ruyi restaurant

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

$50 $28

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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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Bill Bellamy at Wilbur Theatre on Saturday, January 10, at 9:45 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Bill Bellamy

The Wilbur Theatre

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Former MTV VJ and actor shares his witticisms on family and relationships

$38 $19

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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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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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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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Standup 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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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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$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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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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$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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Frozen Yogurt or Smoothies at FroyoWorld (Up to 47% Off)

FroyoWorld

Allston

Rotating menu of 16 frozen yogurts infused with live and active cultures; smoothies made to order with fresh fruit, ice & signature fro-yo

$6 $3.25

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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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$14 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at FroZenYo ($25 Total Value)

FroZenYo

Downtown

From the merchant: 16 rotating self-serve flavors; two dairy-free and two sugar-free options; 30+ toppings with free hot fudge and caramel

$5 $2.80

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$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

$5 $3

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Southern Catering for 10 or 20, or Pickup of Four or Eight Southern Entrees from Madear's Cucina (Up to 56% Off)

Madear's Cucina

Malden

At service named for a beloved grandmother, a native of Baton Rouge cooks up Southern favorites like po’ boys, jambalaya, and fried chicken

$350 $160

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

$10 $5

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Wine Tasting, Vineyard and Winery Tour, and Glasses for Two or Four at Jewell Towne Vineyards (Up to 56% Off)

Jewell Towne Vineyards

South Hampton

Guests pair white, red, and ice wines with cheeses in addition to taking a vineyard tour and learning more about the wine-making process

$36 $18

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Casual Cuisine for Two or More at 15 Walnut (53% Off)

15 Walnut

Hamilton

Menu full of items made using seasonal ingredients includes wood-fired items, burgers, sushi, and more; suitable for family dinners & dates

$30 $14

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$12 for $25 Worth of Sandwiches, Salads, and Barbecue at Express Gourmet

Express Gourmet

Wellesley Hills

Gourmet sandwiches made with roast beef, marinated chicken, and garlic-roasted mushrooms, plus home-smoked barbecue meats

$25 $12

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Comfort Food at Me & D's Diner (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Me & D's Diner

Wells

From-scratch, homestyle dishes such as corned-beef hash, clam chowder, burgers, and omelets at a spacious, family-friendly restaurant

$20 $11

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Pizza for Takeout or Delivery, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday from John's Pizza (50% Off)

John's Pizza

Across from the ELC

Hand-tossed pies topped with freshly shredded cheese, a family-recipe sauce, and toppings such as buffalo chicken, shrimp, or eggplant

$20 $10

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$13 for $24 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Frozen Yogurt Innovations

Frozen Yogurt Innovations

Cochituate

Self-serve machines churn out rotating flavors of gourmet frozen yogurt pumped up with calcium, probiotics, and live cultures

$24 $13

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Italian-American Dinner of Salads and Entrees for Two or Four at Sebastian's on Broadway (Up to 46% Off)

Sebastian's on Broadway

Revere

Pastas, seafood, and steak made with local ingredients and set to live cabaret performers every Thursday night

$60 $35

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Thai Food at Maekha Thai (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Maekha Thai

West Revere

Eatery dishes out authentic Thai cuisine such as tom yum soup, ginger chicken, basil fried rice, pad thai, and panang curry with scallops

$20 $11

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Fresh, House-Made Diner Food for Two or Four During Breakfast or Lunch at Revere Center Café (50% Off)

Revere Center Café

Bell Circle Plaza at Revere

Diner serves made-to-order comfort food, such as grilled cheese with bacon and Irish eggs benedict with corn beef hash

$20 $10

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$15 for 3 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Hamburgers & More at Stack-a Burger ($30 Value)

Stack-a Burger

Burlington Mall

Chefs grill fresh burgers and all-beef hot dogs and ladle on toppings such as baked beans and sauerkraut

$10 $5

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American Meal for Two or Four at Pantry Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

Pantry Restaurant

The VERVE-Crowne Plaza Hotel

Americana in the form of a bacon burger made of scallops, 10 oz. aged striploin, and grilled salmon with risotto verde and lemon crema

$71 $39

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Italian and Portuguese Cuisine at Porto Bello Restaurant (Up to 70% Off). Two Options Available.

Porto Bello Restaurant

Wakefield

Sea scallops and shrimp with housemade pesto, hand-breaded veal parmesan, and Portuguese seafood stew with clams, calamari, and mussels

$50 $15

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$6 for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt 

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Saugus- Augustine's Plaza

Nearly 70 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, ready to be sprinkled with any combination of dozens of toppings

$10 $6

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$14 for Five $5 Groupons Toward Frozen Yogurt at Zinga! Frozen Yogurt ($25 Total Value). Choose from Four Locations.

Zinga! Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

Choose from 12 ever-changing flavors of frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato, frozen custard & italian ice to pair with dozens of toppings & sauces

$5 $2.80

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$25 for $40 Worth of Upscale Italian Dinner Fare for Two or More at Ristorante Pavarotti in Reading

Ristorante Pavarotti

Reading

Veal and seafood simmered in delicate wine sauces served in Italian eatery with large wine list

$40 $25

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

$5 $3

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Entrees at BonCaldo Restaurant (Up to 46% Off)

BonCaldo Restaurant

Norwood

Wood-fired cuisine from all 20 regions of Italy, served in an opulent, yet cozy dining room

$53 $29

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$25 for $40 Worth of Japanese Food at Kagawa Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Kagawa Sushi Bar & Restaurant

Quincy Center

Classic Japanese dishes such as shrimp tempura, udon soup with beef, homemade pork dumplings, and dozens of sushi rolls

$40 $25

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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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