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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2009 BEST Romantic Restaurant
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Oleana

Cambridge

Lovebirds find a year-round habitat in Oleana, which beckons with a lush hidden garden in summer months and a cozy fireplace when the snow flies, as well as a menu of eastern Mediterranean sumptuousness that sets the mood no matter… read more »

2009 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable
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Ten Tables

Jamaica Plain

Talk about spreading the love. This year the team at Ten Tables expanded across the Charles, giving Hub cuddlers the choice of intimacy (the tiny J.P. original) or intrigue (the new Cambridge location, full of cozy dark nooks). Both locations… read more »

2008 BEST Romantic Restaurant, North
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Evenfall

Haverhill

On the approach—down a dismal stretch of highway, across from a gas station—Evenfall scarcely looks the date-night part. Enter, though, and the picture improves as you discover a space that’s cozy but not cramped, dim but not dark. Things get… read more »

2008 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable
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Grotto

Boston

Dim lighting and deep red accents set the mood at Grotto, an Italian eatery nestled into the eastern slope of Beacon Hill. Chef-owner Scott Herritt delivers unexpected luxury in his $35 three-course prix fixe, which sashays smoothly from southern simplicity… read more »

2008 BEST Romantic Restaurant
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Upstairs on the Square

Cambridge

Amid pastel-colored walls (so charming!), fireplaces (so cozy!), and food like Wellfleet oysters on the half shell with yuzu ice (so flirtatious!), what makes this the Hub’s most romantic option is the space. Specifically, that there’s lots of it. Amorous… read more »

2007 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Atria

Edgartown

Every summer weekend night, local pianist John Alaimo tickles the ivories at Atria, further charming the diners delighting in chef Christian Thornton’s serious dishes with not-so-serious names: Cod Is Great, Cod Is Good, for prosciutto-wrapped fish with corn pureé and… read more »

2007 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Nantucket

Sfoglia

Nantucket

A low-key ambiance and an ever changing wellspring of impressively fresh Italian-influenced far—house-made gnocchi, chocolate-hazelnut-espresso semifreddo—accented with locally grown produce earn Sfoglia raves as an artful dining destination. It’s also a blissfully ringtone-free one: There are no cell phones allowed… read more »

2007 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

Ten Tables

Jamaica Plain

The 10 menu items at this petite boite, including meats and homemade pastas, list for $21 or less, and the vibe is as sweet as it gets. Your date—and your accountant—will be impressed. read more »

2007 BEST Romantic Restaurant

Tangierino

Charlestown

Morocco could teach us all a thing or two about romance. At Tangierino, groups gather at intimate booths shrouded by gauzy curtains, while couples sit side by side on plush benches—no awkward tables to lean across here. Start with a… read more »

2006 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Berkshires
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Blantyre

Lenox

Overnighting at a Lenox mansion is a thrill in its own right, so we recommend you combine a sumptuous meal at Blantyre with an equally luxurious stay. Striking tapers, crystal glassware, and courtly waiters set the scene for an extravagant… read more »