Best of Boston

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 Norbert Bouhana sees to it that all the French staples are present and accounted for: a smoky-sweet boneless duck à l’orange, escargot de Bourgogne, a hearty wine list, and all the recherché charm any couple can handle.

95 Front St., Scituate, 781-545-6092,