Best of Boston

BEST Romantic Restaurant

2016 BEST Romantic Restaurant



This lovable Porter Square trattoria specializes in subtlety, right down to its dim lighting, intimate ambiance, and exposed-brick walls. The straightforward dishes—delicate house-made gelato and hand-rolled pastas with simple sauces, almost all available with a dusting of shaved truffles—are best… read more»

2015 BEST Romantic Restaurant

Centre Street Café

Jamaica Plain

This newly revamped neighborhood café is effortlessly sexy—no mood lighting or drippy molten chocolate cake. Instead, it offers cozy seating (especially at the prime table by the exposed kitchen) mixed with warm hospitality, plus shareable Italian-inflected plates from Rialto alum… read more»

2014 BEST Romantic Restaurant



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

Franklin Cafe


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»

2013 BEST Romantic Restaurant
TW Food

T. W. Food


Sparks fly every time we enter the unassuming front door of this charming Cambridge eatery. Maybe it’s the sparse, soft-lit dining room, filled with just 10 white-linen-topped tables accented by fresh flowers. Or maybe it’s the anticipation of chef Tim… read more»

2012 BEST Romantic Restaurant, Upscale



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


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


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


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»

2011 BEST Romantic Restaurant



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»