Best of Boston

BEST Romantic Restaurant

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



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»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Cape Cod



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2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard



Housed in a glass atrium attached to the island’s most exclusive inn (the Relais & Chateaux-affiliated Charlotte Inn), this restaurant continues to charm with its alluring mix of casual elegance, contemporary French cuisine, and good-natured, accommodating staff. Whether you’re seated… read more»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, North



Sometimes all it takes to stir up emotion is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant with drippy candles and a few two-tops. Other times the road to love is paved with linen tablecloths and crystal goblets. Safe middle ground can be found… read more»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, South

Petit Paris Bistro


Romantic meals in France are often more about joie de vivre than over-the-top luxury. The same could be said of Scituate—at least when it feels like the quatrième arrondissement. And in the intimate Petit Paris Bistro, it does. Lyon-trained chef… read more»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, West

Le Soir Bistro


This elegant boîte radiates such warm, intimate energy that if you’re not in love by the time you’ve chosen an appetizer (lobster and fennel profiteroles, perhaps?), you’ll surely swoon when the server brings the entrée. By dessert (the lusciously generous… read more»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant



Maybe you can’t buy love, but you can most certainly feed it. Just ask the staff at L’Espalier, which has been trained to produce a dining experience as mesmerizing as it is meticulous. Start with a glass of bubbly at… read more»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Affordable

Lala Rokh


With Thai food on every corner and henna tattoos sold at the mall, the truly exotic is hard to find anymore. That’s why this atmospheric Beacon Hill restaurant is the perfect getaway for you and your paramour. The mood is… read more»