by Kalina Newman | January 30, 2018 4:26 pm
There are endless dining options across Boston on Valentine’s Day, and making a choice can be overwhelming. Whether you haven’t even given the February 14 holiday a thought this year, or your date is pressuring you to book those reservations now, there’s bound to be an option here that works for you.
Alden & Harlow
Diners here can choose from the regular menu, along with several a la carte specials crafted by chef Michael Scelfo. Those include seared foie gras with sour cherries, A5 Kobe with mushroom purée, roasted mushrooms, whipped bone marrow, and seeds; and drink specials from Seth Freidus and team, like El Corazon, with tequila and a beet-tarragon syrup, and more.
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100, aldenharlow.com.
This Wellesley restaurant invites you and your sweetheart to share four Italian courses throughout the evening, such as fried calamari, lasagna alla bolognese and tiramisu. A la carte options are also available.
$70 per couple, 92 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-6100 altastrada-wellesley.com
A Valentine’s spent here means a quintessential date night in the restaurant’s romantic interior. Diners can enjoy the usual menu offerings in addition to specials such as lobster thermidor nouvelle, and bone marrow crusted-ribeye.
569 Tremont St., Boston, 617-424-8577, aquitaineboston.com.
Both lovers and haters of Valentine’s Day can enjoy the holiday with Area Four. For those looking for a romantic evening, the South End, Boston location will have a special menu designed just for couples. However, if it’s not a favorite holiday, Area Four Cambridge will host its annual anti-Valentine’s Day celebration.
264 East Berkley Street, Boston, 857-317-4805, areafour.com.
500 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617-759-4444 areafour.com.
Perfect for those who aren’t big on Valentine’s Day—or are lovers of spice. “Cupid’s Hell Night” is a holiday edition of co-owner Chris Schlesinger’s curated menu where every dish is meant to hurt so good. In case the menu is too hot, the restaurant will also offer a “small wimp menu.”
B3 Restaurant & Bar honors the holiday of love with a four course menu and a live performance from singer Marie Goetzinger. Menu highlights include buttermilk ham biscuits with pimento cheese and tabasco honey, and two cocktails under their own “Love Potion” category.
$65 per person, 160 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-997-0211 b3restaurant.com
Bambara Kitchen & Bar
The Hotel Marlowe restaurant celebrates love on Valentine’s Day with a la carte specials from chef David Bazirgan. Enjoy the evening with plates of red beet salad, crispy porchetta, and fresh local scallops with caviar, among other options.
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-868-4444, bambara-cambridge.com.
Impress your significant other with a three-course prix-fixe at chef Daniel Boulud’s Boston restaurant. Modern twists on classic French bistro fare include artichoke soup, yellow hamachi crudo, and crab ravioli. Pastry chef Robert Differ has a decadent chocolate dessert to share, too.
$98 per person, $50 additional wine pairing, 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.
Celebrate with both a prix-fixe menu and live music from 8 p.m. until late. Toni Lynn Washington will give a Valentine performance. Her sound is a deep mix of soul and blues sure to make for a romantic evening.
$75, 541 Tremont St., Boston 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.
Bistro du Midi
Chef Josue Louis celebrates the culture of Provence with a four-course menu that offers multiple choices per course along with suggested wine pairings. Guests can enjoy this meal with views of the Boston Public Garden.
$105, $170 with wine pairing, 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Diners at Barbara Lynch’s standout seafood restaurant will be able to choose from the restaurant’s regular menu, with supplements like a raw bar tower for two, and luxurious caviar.
550 Tremont St., Boston 617-423-0550 bandgoysters.com.
Enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day at this urban steak bistro. If traditional steakhouses aren’t your thing, but delicious cuts of meat are, this dinner is sure to impress. For the wine lovers out there, choose the perfect glass from the restaurant’s 2,000 bottle wine room.
$99 per person, 1375 Washington St., Boston 617-227-5011 bostonchops.com
Don’t have a gift for your SO yet? Diners have the choice to upgrade their four-course menu at this romantic French spot in the Back Bay with roses, chocolates or a bottle of champagne. A la carte menu options are also available.
$95 per person, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston 617-425-3240 colonnadaehotel.com
The Butcher Shop
Meat lovers can enjoy the prime cuts of the a la carte menu in addition to a Valentine’s-themed beef tenderloin for two. If cuts of meat aren’t a top priority, it’s also a full-service wine bar with plenty of salads and pasta dishes.
552 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-4800, thebutchershopboston.com.
William Kovel’s restaurant promises “simple food created from the season’s freshest local ingredients,” and you can expect the same attention for the Valentine’s specials.
300 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-576-3000, catalystrestaurant.com.
City Tap House
No matter who you’re celebrating with, you could come to this Fort Point beer bar: It hosts both a Galentine’s Day brunch and a Valentine’s Day dinner. The brunch is on Sunday, Feb. 11, and includes a flower for each diner, heart-shaped pancakes, and a bottle of champagne, along with juice flights to customize the drinks. A la carte specials at dinner include drinks, like the Chocolate Pig Manhattan.
Galentine’s Brunch, Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Valentine’s dinner, Wednesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 5 p.m., 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston 617-904-2748 boston.citytap.com.
James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, along with new chef de cuisine Brian Rae, have created a four-course, Italian prix-fixe menu just for the holiday. Selections include small plates such as n’duja cauliflower toast on sourdough, house-made pastas, and tiramisu.
$70 per person, optional $30 wine pairing, 253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.
For the holiday, Boston’s Northern Italian steakhouse will offer a four-course dinner menu in addition to the regular menu. Highlights include filo-wrapped brie, and veal osso bucco.
$95 per person, 75 Arlington St., Boston 617-357-4810 davios.com.
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Available from Valentine’s Day through the Saturday, enjoy a family-style, prix-fixe Greek dinner. Menu highlights include a 100-layer spanakopita, a Greek spinach pie.
$75 per person, 79 Park Plaza Rd., Boston 617-422-0008 dorettaboston.com
The day before Valentine’s, celebrate Galentine’s Day with a “15 Shades of Red: A Wine and Chocolate Affair,” where throughout the evening, 15 shades of red wine will be paired with artisanal Italian chocolates. Basically, it’s the perfect excuse to spend all evening drinking wine and eating chocolate.
$45 per person, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m., 800 Boylston St., Boston 617-807-7300, eataly.com.
In addition to the regular menu, diners at this French brassiere will have the option of specials like lobster vol au vent, rabbit confit, and roasted Rohan duck.
560 Harrison Ave., Boston 617-422-0224 gaslight560.com.
Dine at Eataly’s in-store seafood restaurant on Valentine’s Day for a “One Night in Verona,” named after the city where Romeo and Juliet fell in love. Special a la carte menu items and premium wines will be available only for the night.
800 Boylston St., Boston 212-229-2560 eataly.com.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
Chef Jeremy Sewall redesigns his menu for Valentine’s Day, relabeling each section with titles such as “Foreplay” for appetizers and “Breakfast in Bed” for entrées, along with specials such as “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti, and a brown butter lobster crepe.
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston 617-532-5300, islandcreekoysterbar.com.
Les Sablons has everyone covered this Valentine’s Day. Lovers of Beyonce can party downstairs for the “Bey My Valentine” party that features cocktail specials such as “Halo” and “Lemonade.” Upstairs at the restaurant, sophisticated menu specials include a seafood plateau for two and a lobster tasting for two.
2 Bennett St., Cambridge 617-268-6800 lscambridge.com
Barbara Lynch’s French-Italian hybrid is going all-out with several dining options. For lunch, diners can choose between a three- and five-course meal. On Valentine’s Day evening exclusively, there will be a luxurious seven-course meal that features lobster salad with potato tuile and caviar; braised wagyu oxtail tortelloni; rib eye with king crab, hollandaise, and piquillo pepper; and more.
Lunch starts at $45 per person, $250 for dinner, $95 additional wine pairing, 354 Congress St., Boston 617-737-0099, mentonboston.com.
This top newcomer will offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner for two in addition to its typical Eastern Mediterranean mezze. Diners who choose the curated dinner will enjoy Wellfleet oysters and a glass of Cava rosé, among other specials.
$59 per person, 243 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-945-7448, moonarestaurant.com.
No. 9 Park
The six-course menu at Barbara Lynch’s flagship sets up a luxurious evening. End the night with dark chocolate mousse while enjoying views from its Beacon Hill location.
$215 per person with a $125 wine pairing, 9 Park St., Boston 617-742-9991 no9park.com.
OAK Long Bar & Kitchen
Charcuterie lovers will adore this Valentine’s menu, which features an extensive meat and cheese board selection. In addition, the Fairmont Copley restaurant will also host a small “Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Merlot” tasting event, where guest will taste four different wines.
$30 for wine event, 138 St. James Ave., Boston 617-585-7222 oaklongbarkitchen.com.
Oak and Rowan
Couples can enjoy a four-course menu that stays true to the motto, “Hunt. Farm. Fish. Gather,” with dishes such as black truffle gnocchi, king salmon with peekytoe crab, and passionfruit curd.
$90 per person, 321 A St., Boston, 857-284-7742 oakandrowan.com.
Celebrate the holiday with your S.O. at this Charlestown spot, which will feature a three-course menu that consists of seared scallops, steak tartare and chocolate cheesecake, among other options. A la carte selections will also be available.
$60 per person, One 8 St., Charlestown 617-337-0054 pier6boston.com.
Indulge in a four-course menu by chef Marc Orfaly while looking out into the East Boston waterfront city skyline. Menu highlights include fried oysters Rockefeller, beef tenderloin tartare, and truffled parmesan risotto.
$60 per person, optional $80 with pairing, 6 New St., Boston, 617-895-4075, reelhouseboston.com.
Ruckus, Shojo, and BLR by Shojo
Brian Moy and executive chef Mike Stark’s three Asian-fusion restaurants will each offer an exclusive dish just for Valentine’s Day. At Ruckus, diners can enjoy a crispy duck and rice noodle salad. For those dining at Shojo, there’s the option to indulge with a grilled lobster bao. Finally, BLR will have a rabbit friend rice.
Ruckus, 5 Tyler St., Boston 857-305-3129 ruckusboston.com.
Shojo, 9 Tyler St., Boston 617-423-7888 shojoboston.com.
BLR by Shojo, 13-13A Huston St., Boston 617-338-4988 blrbyshojo.com.
Select Oyster Bar
This three-course prix-fixe starts with fresh and creative crudo, and pairs perfectly with chef Michael Serpa’s eclectic wine choices. It’s also available this Friday, Saturday, and on Valentine’s Day.
$75 per person, 50 Gloucester St., Boston, 857-239-8064, selectoyster.com.
State Street Provisions
This waterfront restaurant is a perfect date spot and will serve its classic American menu along with specials just for the holiday, such as prosciutto wrapped monkfish, and passionfruit mousse. In addition, find two cocktail specials, aptly named Love Potion No. 9 and Playing Cupid.
255 State St., Boston, 617-863-8363, statestreetprovisions.com.
Perfect for the Italian food lover, this four-course menu is meant to share. Highlights include a raspberry lava cake, spaghetti carbonara, and bass crudo.
$85 per person, optional $45 wine pairing, 348 Congress St., Boston, 617-737-1234, sportelloboston.com.
Woo your SO this Valentine’s Day over plates of black truffle bigne, bay scallop crudo and flounder alla mugnaia at SRV. Take your time over this extended menu that includes 4 cicchetti, 5 shared plates, and dessert.
$75 per person, 569 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-536-9500 srvboston.com
Located on Eataly’s third floor, this standout restaurant will offer a special a la carte menu throughout the entire week, featuring special drinks titled “Mine,” “Yours,” and “Ours.”
800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-807-7307, terra.eataly.com.
Extend your love into the weekend with Valentine’s Day specials from Tico, available Wednesday through Saturday. The four-course tasting menu features any two tapas on the menu, any family style entree and a “chef’s sweet creation.”
222 Berkeley St., Boston 617-351-0400 ticoboston.com
Top of the Hub
Bask in the sprawling Boston cityscape high atop the Prudential Center, where diners can enjoy a four-course menu from chef Michael Chandler. If an artisanal cheese board, seared Hudson Valley foie gras, and roasted duck breast wasn’t enough, there will also be live music throughout the night.
$125 per person, optional $30 wine pairing, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-536-1775, topofthehub.net.
Lovebirds Matt and Kate Jennings invite you into their kitchen for a four-course prix-fixe of tilefish crudo with shaved porcini; Featherbrook Farms hen roulade; beef tenderloin for two; pistachio rose pavlova; and more options. Guests can also add on wine pairings—and a copy of Matt’s new cookbook, Homegrown, to make new food memories back at home.
$89 per person, optional $45 wine pairing, 120 Kingston St., 617-993-0750, townsmanboston.com.
Inspired by the Chinese Valentine’s Lantern Festival, this Spanish tapas restaurant is shifting gears for Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner. A sneak peek of the menu reveals wonton soup, black cod, and beef cheek.
$85 per person, 470 Centre St., Boston, 617-477-4851, tresgatosjp.com.
A Valentine’s dinner at UNI is perfect for the sushi lover, where chef Tony Messina plans to make this a night to remember. Diners can choose from a la carte menu specials, and an omakase tasting menu that includes oysters, caviar and foie gras.
370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200, uni-boston.com.
This Harvard Square spot will offer Michael Scelfo’s a la carte menu, along with celebratory specials such as a brown butter hazelnut cake, wood-grilled shrimp, and creative cocktails.
1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-2300, waypointharvard.com.
An eight-course tasting experience is sure to delight any playful couple. Called “kaiten-kase,” Valentine’s Day menu items like salmon and tomato sashimi, a tonkatsu ramen sushi roll, and mochi ice cream, will be delivered on the signature conveyor belt.
79 Seaport Blvd., Boston, 857-400-0797, yosushi.com.
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