11 Date-Night Deals at Boston Restaurants
Leave the ambiance to the chefs with prix-fixe menus each week at Select Oyster Bar, Bondir, Myers + Chang, and more.
Are you and your partner planning to cross off a number of restaurants to try from your lists this winter? Or, perhaps you’ve finally garnered the courage to meet up with your latest Tinder match. With curated menus priced right for a date, hotspots like La Brasa, SRV, Oak + Rowan, and more make it easy to reconnect, or get to know each other, over a relaxed meal any night of the week.
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
As if you need another reason to revisit Michael Schlow’s latest now that Brendan Pelley is there, the chef de cuisine is making it easy to try his modern Greek cooking. Every Sunday-Tuesday night, the rotating options cull from his regular menu with a spread, three mezze, and a dessert affordably priced for two. The first week featured crispy lamp meatballs with scented tomato sauce, Mountain Tea-smoked lamb tartare, warm shrimp with crispy kataifi, and more to choose from, with deals on wine, too.
$50 for two, every Sunday-Tuesday, 5 p.m.-close, 79 Park Plaza, Boston, 617-422-0008, dorettaboston.com.
Select Oyster Bar
Chef Michael Serpa has an intimate new option to try out his venerable debut. Bistro Mondays brings three courses to the table—as well as optional, $1 Island Creek oysters to start—with dishes like Faroe Islands salmon tartare, Peekyetoe crab pappardelle, and more. We definitely recommend browsing the chef’s curated wine list, but he’ll also hand-pick a few special deals each week, too.
$33 per person, every Monday, 4:30 p.m.-close, 50 Gloucester St., Back Bay, Boston, 857-239-8064, selectboston.com.
It’s easy to linger over five, farm-to-table courses at Jason Bond’s Cambridge hideaway any night of the week—the elegant tablescapes, crackling fireplace, and deep reserve of wine and beer make it one of the area’s most romantic stops. But for a little more casual taste, visit on a Monday for chef de cuisine Pierce Kelley’s Bistro Mondays. The menu provides three, curated courses, like pork ragu with gnocchetti and squash bottarga, roasted cauliflower with preserved vegetable broth and sauerkraut, and beet ice cream with white chocolate
$45 per person, every Monday, 5-10 p.m., 279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Coda Bar and Kitchen
Make an upcoming Monday special at this South End spot. On January 30, the restaurant will add an option to share two appetizers, like crispy polenta with confit chicken, or sautéed baby bok choy with soy sauce and bean sprouts; a large-format entrée, such as fettuccine with lemon-butter sauce, or half chicken with sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry jus; and a dessert. Choose from three paired wine options for less than $40 a bottle, too, in addition to the rest of the full bar.
$40 for two, optional wines $25-$40, every Monday beginning January 30, 5-11 p.m., 529 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston, 617-536-2632, codaboston.com.
Myers + Chang
This South End spot’s legendary Cheap Date Night happens every Monday and Tuesday. Chef Karen Akunowicz creates a fun spread portioned and priced for a couple, with ever-changing themes like Netflix + Chill, the Pig Out Date, and A Long Walk and the Beach. It’s an opportunity to try a range of Asian-inspired dishes, like the kale caesar! salad, vegetable dumplings, green curry lobster, and more. Plus, there are dessert and wine specials.
$45 for two, every Monday-Tuesday, 5-10 p.m., 1145 Washington St., South End, Boston 617 542 5200, myersandchang.com.
Looking to get saucy by a dining room fireplace? Try Southie’s new Italian joint. Chef Tony Susi has a three-course menu for two every Tuesday, with starter options like escarole Caesar, or roasted lamb skewers; plus entrées like sweet corn ravioli, chicken Milanese, monkfish piccata, and more to choose from, complete with a dessert. Bar manager Kevin Mabry creates a special, $25 wine pairing each week, too, or couples can add select bottles for that price.
$50 for two plus optional $25 wine pairing, every Tuesday, 5-10 p.m., 443 W. Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.
Planning a Wednesdate? Chef Daniel Bojorquez saves some culinary inspiration for the middle of the week, creating a unique, three-course meal for two every Wednesday at his wood-fired restaurant in East Somerville. Recently, he’s served chile rellenos, a mesquite-and-mayo lobster roll, and a banana split with horchata ice cream.
$50 for two, every Wednesday, 6-10 p.m., 124 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-1412, labrasasomerville.com.
Oak & Rowan
For all you pasta lovers, the Boston debut from Nancy Batista-Caswell (Ceia, Brine) is warming up this winter with a four-course tasting menu on Thursdays. Try hand-rolled dishes like caramelle with bison short rib, sweet potato, and cranberry; and squid ink capellini with Bowfin caviar, celery, and lemon.
$49 per person, every Thursday, 5:15 p.m.-midnight, 319A St., Fort Point, Boston, 857-284-7742 / 857-350-4099, oakandrowan.com.
Puritan & Co.
If your honey loves a well-executed prime rib dinner, make a reservation at Will Gilson’s restaurant. The chef carves it up every Sunday, serving prime rib with a black pepper popover (but of course!), a choice of salad (bibb or red romaine), twice-baked Duchesse or galette gratin potatoes, a choice of vegetable, and red wine jus or creamy horseradish. Plus, the deal comes with dessert. More of a spur-of-the-moment type? Puritan & Co. has also brought back a $35, snow day deal this year: Whenever it snows more than 3 inches, see what they’re cooking up.
$45 per person, every Sunday, 5:30-close, 1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, 617-615-6195, puritancambridge.com.
Escape a wintry Beacon Hill into this cozy respite of an Old World eatery. Every single night, chef-owner Scott Herritt offers a three-course version of his northern Italian menu—a primi, like creamy buffalo mozzarella carozza, or mussels piccata; and dolci, including the classic banana bread pudding, with a guest’s choice of pasta or heartier entrée.
$35 / $40 per person, every night, 37 Bowdoin St., Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-227-3434, grottorestaurant.com.
Take advantage of a chef-directed experience at one of the city’s best new restaurants. Co-chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi orchestrate an Arsenale menu alongside regular dinner service every single night. Portioned and coursed with the whole table in mind, it’s a great way to try a range of the delightful dishes at the South End bacaro, while keeping your attention squarely on your partner, as critic Jolyon Helterman noted.
$45 per person, every night, 5-11 p.m., 569 Columbus Ave., South End, Boston, 617-536-9500, srvboston.com.
UPDATE, January 23, 9:30 a.m.: This post was updated with a new deal from Coda Bar and Kitchen.