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BEST Romantic Restaurant

2014 BEST Romantic Restaurant
Photograph by David Salafia

Bondir

Cambridge

Ambiance is in the eye of the beholder: One man’s intimate mood-lit heaven is another’s cramped low-lit hell. But once in a blue moon an eatery comes along that approaches capital-R Romantic in an unalienable, across-the-board way. The flames flickering… read more»

2012 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Casual
Photograph by Anthony Tieuli

Franklin Cafe

Boston

No need to consult with a wardrobe stylist when prepping for a classy date night at the Franklin. Just come as you are, slide into a black leather booth, and let the low lighting, art-covered walls, and excellent wine list… read more»

2012 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Upscale

Bondir

Cambridge

Stepping into Bondir is like entering a softer, kinder, and happier universe—a place where everyone exudes a drowsy warmth enhanced by soft lighting and seemingly bottomless wineglasses. Ease into the brininess of the nori-laced bread, savor the silkiness of the… read more»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant, North

Ceia Kitchen and Bar

Newburyport

If the rustic-meets-modern, exposed-brick décor doesn’t get you, there’s always the savory Gorgonzola-stuffed olives. If those don’t do the trick, a bite of chef Billy Brandolini’s citrus-poached halibut with squash blossoms just might. Still not feeling amorous? Trade a few… read more»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant, West

Lumiere

West Newton

Pike traffic is a proven romance killer. Which is why it’s a good thing Newton has its own spot to sip, sup, and swoon. The dining room’s billowy fabric sets the tone for a special evening, while the dishes from… read more»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Nantucket

American Seasons

Nantucket

The candlelit, farmhouse-style dining room will get you started, and a bottle from the all-American wine list will complete the effect. Chef Michael LaScola’s cuisine is well suited to sharing: Split a silky foie gras terrine with black Mission figs… read more»

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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
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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»