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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, North

Glory

Andover

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

Scituate

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

L’Espalier

Boston

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, West

Le Soir Bistro

Newton

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, Affordable

Lala Rokh

Boston

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»

2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Cape Cod

Chillingsworth

Brewster

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2004 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

L’Etoile

Edgartown

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»

2003 BEST Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

The maitre d’ at L’Espalier is so accustomed to proposals among his customers, he’ll happily dispense advice about where to conceal the ring. It’s all part of the superb and attentive service at this Back Bay institution, which just so… read more»

2003 BEST Romantic Restaurant, West

Le Soir

Newton

It could be the soft lighting and rich hues of creamy taupe, burgundy, and deep orange in the dining room. Maybe it’s the Francophile’s dream of a wine list. It might even be the comfortable and confident service. But ultimately… read more»

2002 BEST Romantic Restaurant, West

Stellina

Watertown

Stellina will gently coax you into warm receptivity with its quirky, comfortable atmosphere, seductive northern Italian fare (think figs baked with gorgonzola and toasted walnuts), and inviting wine list. Of course, a grapevine-lined patio with gurgling fountain (and close proximity… read more»