So a pearl may be nothing more than a grain of sand that managed to irritate an oyster. The finished product is way more likely to soothe than aggravate. Shreve, Crump & Low has one of the largest selections of Mikimoto pearls in New England, including the South Sea collection of creamy white and black pearls studded with diamonds and precious gems. 330 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
The better the food, the flirtier we feel. And chef Frank McClelland's tasting menu really revs our engines. With choices from white asparagus and oyster salad to decadent poached lobster and a selection of handcrafted cheeses, we guarantee just a few bites will have your date absolutely enamored, too. Impeccable service in the hushed dining room helps seal the deal, ensuring lovebirds a happy ending. 774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 2199, lespalier.com.
Abandon all hope of squeezing into that teeny bikini after a feast at Captain Frosty's, the pocket-size clam shack that's been plying Mayflower and Corporation beachgoers and their overtaxed arteries with fried seafood of every strip—clams, scallops, oysters, shrimp—for more than 30 years. Hungry bathers who are reluctant to watch their love handles grow in real time can don their street clothes and dine at the shack's indoor tables or brick-patio benches. 219 Rte. 6A, Dennis, MA 2638, captainfrosty.com.
Mashpee's New Seabury is one of the Cape's toniest communities, brimming with quaint shops, picture-perfect lawns, and crushed-seashell pathways. The Raw Bar, which dispenses cheap beer beneath bare-breasted mermaid memorabilia, is the one place locals and visitors can really let their hair down. And they do—over platters of raw oysters, littlenecks, and heralded lobster rolls. The latter are technically big enough to share, but if you're like us, you'll want to savor every bite of your own. 252 Shore Dr., Mashpee, MA 2649, therawbar.com.
Just as hot dogs are a Fenway favorite, it would be silly to skip clams on Cape Cod. And among the dozens of small shacks, Arnold's remains a standout. This quality-conscious spot now has a dining room and screened-in patio—as well as lengthy lines (it's worth the wait, though). Prepare to get messy while scarfing Wellfleet oysters, lobster rolls, and, of course, the famous Arnold's fried clams. 3580 State Hwy. (Rte. 6), Eastham, MA arnoldsrestaurant.com/.
Soggy night? No problem: Award-winning chef Frank McClelland, formerly of the Back Bay landmark L’Espalier, has you covered — literally. Thanks to a protective overhang strung with twinkling lights, his Beverly restaurant’s charming patio is the perfect spot to enjoy striped bass and saffron-infused arancini al fresco even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. On balmy evenings, don’t miss the grilled oysters from the outdoor smoker. 112 Rantoul St., Beverly, MA 01915, farmtofrank.com.
With floor-to-ceiling windows and a string-lit terrace showcasing Green Monster vistas, Hotel Commonwealth’s new event space hits it out of the park. Part of the hotel’s recent $50 million makeover, the just-built wing is now the perfect spot for both Sox fans and culinary-minded couples to celebrate their love: The catering menu features dishes inspired by on-site hot spots Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA hotelcommonwealth.com.
If Cheers were a fish market, it might look like New Deal, a family-owned shop where the fishmongers know practically every customer's name (and are happy to offer tips on preparing their from-the-sea bounty). Here, the cases are stocked with the freshest (oftentimes local) fish and shellfish, whether it's sushi-grade tuna or celebratory oysters that you crave. 622 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02141, newdealfishmarket.com.
At an authentic Japanese izakaya, the food is meant to serve as a supporting role to the endless flow of sake. But at this Brighton hangout, the infinitely snackable dishes—flame-licked yakitori-style skewered meats, crisp fried oysters, the noodle omelet hybrid known as omusoba—are just as much of a draw. Maximize your experience of the massive menu (and the hefty platters of pan-fried pork and kimchi) by indulging with friends. 1414 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 2135, .
Sushi restaurants these days often look like futuristic temples, and the newfangled rolls they serve are themselves elaborate works of architecture. So it may seem surprising that a cramped 13-seat spot with nightly hour-long waits continues to inspire such reverence. And then you taste the fish: buttery baby hamachi scattered with slivered jalapeño; a teacup full of creamy Kumamoto oyster sashimi; and, for timid eaters, stellar samples of standard tuna and salmon. 612 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill, MA 2467, oishiiboston.com.
With fish, there's nothing better than fresh-from-the-ocean, as chef Gilbert Pepin well knows. In season, locally caught seafood arrives daily at his South Yarmouth restaurant and gets turned into servings of chilled Cummaquid oysters, Chatham littlenecks, sautéed halibut, and lobster truffle risotto. To finish, there are wonderful ice creams, also very locally mad—out back in the kitchen. 902 Main St. (Rte. 28), South Yarmouth, MA 902main.com.
A Maine native, chef Jeremy Sewall has spent more than enough time on the New England coast to develop a healthy respect for fish and shellfish—and just enough time in California (at the Lark Creek Inn) to avoid the Yankee fondness for giant portions and buttery sauces. Sewall's sensibilities often lean toward Asian preparations—especially at the raw bar, where he serves freshly shucked oysters with chive mignonette alongside Japanese octopus ceviche with lemongrass-ginger juice. 500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA .
Korean cuisine is about more than just barbecue. The signature dish at this tiny Allston joint is sundubu, a roiling crock of silken tofu stew that's enriched with a fresh egg and potent ingredients like briny oysters and funky kimchi. If you do happen to be in the mood for sizzling kalbi beef ribs, though, don't fret—they're on the menu, too. 58 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA kajutofuhouse.com.
Just as good for a boisterous brunch as it is for an evening gabfest over Moscow Mules, Russell House Tavern is an ideal spot for every social objective. There are late-night $1 oysters, a patio, a choice of two bars, and a welcoming basement dining room. Plus, the staff is remarkably child-friendly, even to infants. Oh, and the food? Executive chef Michael Scelfo offers the diverse menu you'd expect, from a sloppy pork-loin sandwich to a silky foie gras-Laphroaig terrine. 14 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 2138, russellhousecambridge.com.