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Dedo Lounge & Bistro (CLOSED)

69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

Photo of Dedo Lounge & Bistro, Boston, MA An outstanding restaurant in the heart of Bay Village? Believe it or not, it is true. This charming little Boston neighborhood, bordered by the Theater District, the South End, the Mass. Pike, and the Back Bay, is itself a hidden gem; its quiet, narrow, tree-lined streets wouldn't look out of place on Beacon Hill, but because Bay Village is heavily residential, there are few businesses of any kind. With the recent arrival of Dedo Lounge & Bistro, however, Bay Village now has an upscale dining spot that holds its own against many of the other New American restaurants in Boston.

The first thing you notice when you walk into Dedo is the unusual layout; an intimate bar greets people who enter, while a lounge sits upstairs. In the back is the dining room, which is small, cozy, and quiet. While many New American bistros can be a tad pretentious, Dedo's atmosphere seems more low-key and straightforward. This is a restaurant where the chef and the waitstaff put more emphasis on substance than style, which is refreshing these days.

The stress on quality is immediately apparent with one bite of the food served at Dedo. The mixed green salad is simple, but fresh and delicious; the gnocchi, which is served with a fruit/vegetable mix in a cream sauce, is hearty, rich, and unlike any gnocchi you will have in a Southern Italian restaurant. And the halibut (which I believe was a house special that night)...well, this writer has eaten this delectable fish in many a seafood restaurant in Boston and, for that matter, all along the East Coast, and Dedo definitely ranks among the best of them in the halibut department.

Hopefully Dedo's location in Bay Village is not keeping the restaurant too much of a secret. Although it is indeed a thrill to feel as though one has "discovered" a terrific Boston restaurant that no one else knows about, in the long run it is better if places like Dedo are able to flourish in Boston's competitive restaurant scene. Here's hoping that this romantic little hideaway has a long life in this quiet part of the city.