The 15 Most Romantic Restaurants in Boston
From an effortlessly elegant farm kitchen in Cambridge, to a chic cocina on the Fort Point Channel.
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Love knows no bounds, sure—but sparking conversation over shared plates at a warmly candlelit table is a surefire way to stoke romance. Greater Boston offers plenty of cozy date spots, whether you’re in the mood for an inviting vibe, incomparable views, or impeccable wines. From an effortlessly elegant farm kitchen in Cambridge to a chic cocina on the Fort Point Channel, get to know each other over a relaxed meal any night of the week at these 15 hot spots.
Dining at this Cambridge restaurant is akin to a comfortable night in at a well-appointed farmhouse. That’s thanks mainly to chef Jason Bond’s inventive, elegantly simple cooking that brings new dishes to the table every night, comprised of many local ingredients from his Carlisle garden—but the fresh flowers on the intimate tables and the glowing, rustic fireplace don’t hurt, either.
279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Bistro du Midi
Sweeping views of the Public Garden help set the scene from the sophisticated, second-floor dining room. Sharing the menu-staple chocolate soufflé is the perfect end to a meal of classic French cuisine with a New England accent from a Best of Boston chef.
272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
Lace-draped and bejeweled 1920s-esque decor, classic cocktails, and globe-trotting shared plates set the mood for a sexy, delicious adventure at this lively Central Square venue.
95 Main St., Cambridge, 617-864-2929, cuchicuchi.cc.
The skinny little La Brasa sister restaurant impresses with contemporary, seasonal Italian cuisine (including a nightly prix-fixe option), affordable and well-balanced apertifs, and a super-cool vibe created by moody lighting and chill beats.
126 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-1612, fathenboston.com.
Warm, intimate, and casual, Boston’s premier Scottish gastropub is comfortable and cool—plus, the menu of uncommon fare like cullen skink (a traditional Scottish chowder), herb-roasted chicken with rumbledthump (a side dish of potato, cabbage, and onion), and lamb haggis, is not only great comfort food, but also a fun conversation starter.
2 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-2836, thehavenjp.com.
The key to a long-term relationship with a date-night spot? Consistent comfort, which the married chef and sommelier behind this Brookline Village favorite have provided for more than 15 years. Rustic, refined cichetti such as fried sage leaves with anchovy; comforting northern Italian cuisine (don’t skip the signature house-made tagliatelle bolognese), and a curated selection of wines are right at home in the brick-and-beam dining room.
48 Boylston St., Brookline, 617-739-0007, lamorra.com.
Lolita Cocina & Tequila (Fort Point)
This sprawling space ups the drama on date-night with red chandeliers and stained glass against stone walls and velour appointments—particularly on a sultry night when the Channel-side windows let in the sea breeze. But it’s not just about atmosphere here: Culinary director Tom Berry (Yvonne’s, Ruka) oversees a menu of fun and fresh Mexican cuisine—and tableside tequila shots.
253 Summer St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-369-0931, lolitatequilabars.com.
Let the warm glow beckon you into this West Newton mainstay, where chef-owner Jordan Bailey awaits with beautiful, approachable, and seasonal bistro fare, such as prime bavette steak frites with roasted mushrooms and salsa verde.
1293 Washington St., Newton, 617-244-9199, lumiererestaurant.com.
There is nothing ostentatious or pretentious about this decidedly upscale restaurant, from chef Daniel Bruce’s “vineyard-to-table” cuisine and the exquisite wines paired with it, to the casually elegant room offering unmatched Boston Harbor views.
Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617-856-7795, meritagetherestaurant.com.
Many memorable evenings have started with the intoxicating aromas emanating from chef Ana Sortun’s award-winning Eastern Mediterranean kitchen. Whether you settle in at a table nearby the dining-room wood stove or outside in the fairy-like garden, dinner at this Cambridge classic is always a feast for the senses.
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-661-0505, oleanarestaurant.com.
The Old World charm of the North End is perhaps no more charming than at this hidden gem, which is modeled after a country cottage in Sicily. During warmer months, opt for a table overlooking Salem Street; in wintertime, get cozy at a table in the wine cellar by the fireplace.
119 Salem St., North End, 617-573-9406, eunoboston.com.
The leafy courtyard is a dreamy setting to while away an afternoon in Roslindale Village over wood-fired pizzas, and Mediterranean-inflected snacks like goat cheese-stuffed artichoke hearts wrapped in proscuitto.
22R Birch St., Roslindale, 617-323-4595, sophiasgrotto.com.
The Table at Season to Taste
With two options per course, chef Carl Dooley’s always-delicious nightly prix-fixe is tailor-made for date night: Order up the menu, then spend the rest night enjoying the company of the person across the table—and the exciting flavors dished up by the affable Top Chef alum.
2447 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-871-9468, cambridgetable.com.
The married couple who took over this romantic-restaurant stalwart (it was formerly married-couple Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann’s T.W. Food) imbue the same loving care into the new dining destination. Chef Conor Dennehy pours passion into his tasting menus, such as a scallop-hibiscus crudo that was inspired by a family trip to the Yucatan; while sommelier Danielle Ayer graciously works the room and wines.
377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-714-5584, talullacambridge.com.
Top of the Hub
Does your love know no bounds? Reserve a table 52 stories above the Back Bay. The view is something special.
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 617-536-1775, topofthehub.net.