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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2006 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable



Of all the romantic spots in the always romantic North End, tiny Carmen is the top pick for getting into the mood without breaking the bank. The close quarters (the room seats just 25), plush banquettes dotted with throw pillows,… read more»

2006 BEST Romantic Restaurant



The better the food, the flirtier we feel. And chef Frank McClelland’s tasting menu really revs our engines. With choices from white asparagus and oyster salad to decadent poached lobster and a selection of handcrafted cheeses, we guarantee just a… read more»

2006 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Cape Cod



Weekenders who’ve had their fill of dockside clam shacks and need a dose of romantic civility find it at Chillingsworth, where they’re cosseted by waitstaff bearing foie gras with sun-dried cherries, swordfish with fiddleheads, and a revelatory raspberry soufflé. It… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, South

Bia Bistro


Bia is a labor of love for owners Tristen and Brian Houlihan—and a setting for love for the rest of us. The food hits plenty of amour-inspiring notes with time-honored Mediterranean dishes such as mussels in saffron cream, bouillabaisse, and… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Berkshires


Great Barrington

A romantic stay in the Berkshires is not complete without a visit to Verdura, a cozy spot that oozes charm. Northern Italian classic cuisine and an inspired wine list make for an unforgettable evening. Lovers in search of lighter fare… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Cape Cod

Belfry Inne and Bistro


You’ll thank the Lord that the owners of the Belfry saw the light and created this cozy, romantic inn and bistro in what used to be a Catholic church. Stained-glass windows, roaring fireplaces, and live piano music serve as perfect… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant



Sometimes it feels as if romance has all but vanished. Luckily there’s L’Espalier, where Frank McClelland’s sumptuous cuisine is guaranteed to set hearts aflutter. Settle into a table at one of the bay windows of this charming townhouse, and unwind… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

The Sweet Life Café

Oak Bluffs

Once you and your sweetheart have strolled the beach and sailed at sunset, your next romantic rendezvous should be dinner at the Sweet Life Café. This upscale eatery serves fresh fare such as chévre ravioli in curry sauce and roasted… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

Tasca Spanish Tapas Restaurant


Far from the hubbub of the North End and the glitz of Back Bay, Brighton’s Tasca has found its way into the affections of couples seeking quiet, affordable romance. First daters will like the pitchers of potent sangria, while couples… read more»

2005 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Nantucket

American Seasons


It’s dark in here. That’s one of the reasons couples come in to snuggle up. The other is what amounts to a cross-country tour of American cuisine. We suggest sticking close to home with local seafood and cornmeal polenta, or… read more»