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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2007 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard



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



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»

2006 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Berkshires



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»

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, 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, 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, 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, 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»