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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant

Wheatleigh

Lenox

We’re not saying the views from the dining room of this grand 19th-century Italianate palazzo make the food taste better. But there’s something about sitting in the glassed-in portico with a view of the sun setting over lake and mountains… read more»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

No. 9 Park

Boston

Chalk it up to the anticipation of an unforgettable meal, the warm reception proffered at the host stand, or maybe just the impact of that briskly shaken craft cocktail in your hand. Whatever the reason, there’s something so magical about… read more»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Upscale

Hungry Mother

Cambridge

Sometimes the best way to the heart is with food ;from the heart, and that’s exactly what Hungry Mother’s Barry Maiden delivers. A Virginia native, he injects southern flavors into French-bistro-inspired cooking, resulting in such genius creations as catfish and… read more»

2009 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

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»

2009 BEST Romantic Restaurant

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»

2008 BEST Romantic Restaurant, North

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

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

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, 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»