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Durgin Park — (617) 227-2038; 340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, Massachusetts.

Amenities: “An old Boston favorite, the seating is at long tables with checkered table cloth; other people will be seated next to or near you at the same table.

Depending on your personality, you can get involved with the other people or not, but the idea is that somebody is there and you do not feel like you are sitting alone. The waitresses are extra friendly to the extent that they sit right down with you and talk or take a sip of your drink, or they have been known to be down right nasty. It is all in fun though.

The food is excellent, from seafood to steaks and chops .The prices are moderate, but worth every penny.” L. Assner

Items of note: community table seating only. One table is reserved for solo regulars and travelers; sometimes they have to double it! (Female solo diners are on the rise according to management.) “Dottie Lamb” has waitressed here for over 30 years!

Cuisine: New England-American

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Saint — (617) 236-1134; 90 Exeter Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Amenities: A "boutique nitery" — what's that? It's "Saint" and if this phenomenon wasn't crafted with solo diners in mind, it should have been! Imagine a new type of eating and drinking experience in a setting that's lounge-like, bar-like — and yet, like so many innovations, more than the sum of its parts!

Located in the home of the former Café Budapest, this ultra hip lounge and nightclub is attracting guests from 25-60. It boasts a 30-foot communal table (20-30 seats!), three bars including a vodka infusion bar, sumptuous VIP dining pods and more. Add sexy food to this mix — mini-cuisine small plates, perfect for sharing — and you have a satisfying menu for the ravenous or those who just feel like nibbling!

Cuisine: Balinese-Mediterranean fusion (plus New England cuisine, like tuna, scallops and caviar)

Neighborhood: Located in the Copley Square Hotel

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Santarpio's Pizza — (617) 567-9871; 111 Chelsea Street, East Boston, Massachusetts

Amenities: A 10 minute cab ride (or two blocks from #33 free shuttle) from Logan International Airport will land you in the bosom of a boisterous, packed, family-run place that prepares pizza dough fresh every morning.

During the luncheon crush, it's common for solos to commandeer 1/3 of 16 tables.

Note: Newspapers are usually available, but solo women tend to bring books.

Cuisine: Pizza — plus lamb and home-made sausage

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