Food, lovely friends and family and drinks… I’m already counting down to my next birthday. A celebratory birthday dinner is a great opportunity to try places that you normally wouldn’t visit, and treat yourself to fancy desserts without any guilt.

While there are many restaurants in Boston that serve wonderful birthday meals and bake delicious pastry, food lovers I know suggested these favorites. – By Yoojin Cho

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774 Boylston St.

Call ahead and make a reservation for Chef’s Table. You can dine in the middle of L’Espalier kitchen while learning about French cuisine, and the best part? You can watch the chefs make your food in front of you.

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The Capital Grille

359 Newbury St.

This restaurant on Newbury St. will welcome you with a pleasant surprise if you tell them you’re celebrating a birthday when you make a reservation. You will walk into a confetti-topped table, a “happy birthday” card and more…

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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

528 Commonwealth Ave.

ESKD Boston can accommodate a large group of people, and with its wide selection of cocktails, everyone will find what they like. Its fun, upbeat atmosphere also perfectly fits birthday ambiance.

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Brown Sugar Cafe

1033 Commonwealth Ave.

Lights out, Disco lights on, Flashing lights everywhere, cue the music, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Brown Sugar staff will make sure the entire restaurant knows it’s your birthday.

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Fire and Ice

205 Berkeley St.

You can pick fresh ingredients you want grilled in front of you right then and there. It’s an all-you-can-eat style restaurant where you can come back for more, so everyone in your group can find what they want.

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Winebar

217 Stuart St.

Just as the name suggests, Fleming’s offers high-quality steak and burgers. Private Dining rooms are available if you want them, but you can also just make a reservation ahead of time to secure a table for you and your friends.

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569 Tremont St.

Who says birthday dinner must take place around dinnertime? Change it up a little and start your birthday celebrations early with brunch.

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Sunset Cantina

916 Commonwealth Ave.

Especially popular among college students, it is a popular spot for that midnight celebration. As the clock strikes 12 and it officially becomes your birthday, you can enjoy a glass of margarita and an order of XXL nachos that you can share with everyone.

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Hamersley’s Bistro

553 Tremont St.

Many people call Hamersley’s a “neighborhood gem” for its delicious roasted chicken. Though it may not be the best spot for a group of 20, it can easily accommodate a more intimate celebration.

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37 Bowdoin St.

Grotto certainly lives up to its name and its Italian roots – besides the usual pasta and gnocchi found at any other Italian restaurants, Grotto’s desserts definitely make this place stand out.

Yoo jin Cho is a Boston University student who spent two semesters interning with the CBS Boston Digital Media team.