Romantic Restaurants in Boston: 8 Great Places to Eat for Couples
Are you planning to sweep a special someone off of their feet? Head to Boston to find some truly intimate restaurants that are sure to impress.
If you are planning a romantic meal out, Boston has some excellent locations for a dream date. From fine dining, to great wine, to exotic eateries, Boston has the perfect foodie destination for any rendezvous.
1. Mamma Maria
If you want to recreate that moment in Lady and the Tramp with the kiss and the spaghetti, this is the place. Mamma Maria is that cozy, low-lit, traditional Italian, serving up romance with really good quality food. This restaurant sits in the heart of the North End, famous for its Italian restaurants, but this stands head and shoulders above most of them due to the provenance of the ingredients and excellent cookery.
The menu is simple- a selection of Antipasti to start and Principi, for the main meal. Aphrodisiacs abound on this menu. Figs with proscuttio served with gorganzola features as a starter and the frutti de mare pasta, overflowing with sea food, stars as a main course. Or there is steak available if you find that red meat is the way to your date's heart.
The service is second to none at Mamma Maria, and the waiting staff really know their wine, so you will be able to wow your date with a delicious bottle. Finally, when you are ready for dessert, there is an amazing array of treats to choose from- the chocolate torte is particularly rich and delicious.
This restaurant even boasts a number of private rooms that you can book out, so if you wanted to dine with just the two of you, you can opt for a truly intimate experience.
3 North Square
Boston, MA 02113
Sunday - Thursday
5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday
5:00pm - 11:00pm
2. Top of the Hub
If your idea of a dream date is a restaurant with a great view, Top of the Hub fits this bill. Top of the Hub serves sumptuous contemporary cuisine in the Skylounge at the top of the Prudential Building in Boston. There is a 360-degree view of the city, so prepare for your date to be impressed before you have even eaten anything.
The menu is well-designed with incredible attention to detail. This place serves classic dishes with a contemporary twist. The appetizers include spicy lobster soup and the beautifully-light tartare of yellowfin tuna served with pickled ginger, coriander, and avocado. The main courses are no less stunning, with dishes such as a pork chop served with Fontina mac & cheese, and a rich grilled eggplant and zucchini rollatini, offering plenty of choice for you and your beloved.
The style of this restaurant is laid back elegance- if you don't want a full meal, this is a great place to just chill out and have a few drinks while you take in that panoramic view. If you want a more relaxed dining experience, Top of the Hub also offers a brunch menu on Sundays.
800 Boylston Street Prudential Tower
Boston, MA 02199-8142
This is the place to come to if you want to celebrate something really important. Whether you are planning to propose or you are celebrating an anniversary with the one you love, L’Espalier will deliver the food, ambiance, and romance that your dearest deserves.
There is an a la carte menu, but if you really want to impress, go for the Degustation Menu. This is a tasting menu featuring up to six amazing courses. The menu changes seasonally, it currently includes the Maine lobster with butternut squash juice, green pumpkin seeds, coconut and fresh apple roll, and a delectable rack of lamb served with a spiced carrot jus. You can also opt for four or six wine pairings to make sure you both get the most out of your wine and food.
If you want to truly impress your date, take them out for a meal at L’Espalier; the food is out of this world and the service will make them feel special and looked after. They will never forget the meal you had at this romantic restaurant.
774 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Dinner: Daily: 5:30-10:30pm
Tea: Saturdays & Sundays: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
4. No 9 Park
If you are going out with a wine buff, No 9 Park is the place to go. They boast a curated wine list by wine director Cat Silirie that is made up of excellent old world wines.
The cuisine, influenced by traditional French and Italian cooking, is also second to none. There is a prix fixe menu that includes delightful starters such as red snapper crudo or a terrine of Hudson Valley foie gras. The options for the main course include Atlantic yellowfin tuna served with Bulgar wheat, cucumber, and Spanish octopus, and short rib rossini. For something sweet, the hazelnut semifreddo, or the homemade sorbet du jour, are among the lip-smacking options.
Alternatively, a six-course tasting menu is available with wine pairings. This restaurant is located in a house, and the interior is cozy, and very romantic. If you want to show off your wine and food knowledge, No 9 Park is the place to go.
9 Park Street
5:30pm - 9:00pm
This is another restaurant located in Boston’s exclusive Back Bay area, and Deuxave really takes advantage of this beautiful location with their summer patio, where they can accommodate up to 30 guests. In the winter months, diners can enjoy the warmth and ambiance of an open fire in the well-crafted designer interior.
The menu is inspired by classical French cookery using the finest local ingredients. The kitchen prides itself in offering very good value for the money, so if you really want to impress, but are on a budget, Deuxave is well worth investigating.
The menu can seem deceptively simple, for instance, one of the starters is French onion soup. However, this has been slow cooked for nine hours, is served with Comte cheese and a bone marrow crouton, making it something truly special. Similarly, the main of pan fried scallops seems basic, but when perfectly cooked, and served with Chanterelle mushrooms, the resulting dish is truly indulgent.
371 Commonwealth Avenue
Harvest does have an excellent dinner menu, specializing in American cuisine, however, if you are having a lazy weekend with your lover, you may want to check out their spectacular brunch menu.
For $35 dollars, you can enjoy a three-course brunch menu that offers an assortment of sweet and savory options. Greek yogurt parfait, harvest Caesar salad, and potato and leek soup are all available as a starter. The main courses include Nutella pancakes, a farmer’s market frittata, and a patty melt.
You can finish your decadent brunch with delights such as a vanilla panna cotta or the intriguing bacon bun bread and butter pudding. Of course, there are a variety of cocktails available to make your meal even more indulgent.
If you choose to come here for dinner with your beloved, be sure and take advantage of the excellent Raw Bar. You can kick start your date with an aphrodisiac of oysters, or choose a sharing platter with the finest raw seafood available before taking in the rest of the menu, offering wonderful meat and fish options.
44 Brattle Street
Friday- Saturday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Menton is a tasting menu-based restaurant, offering the latest in modern cookery in tasteful surroundings. If you are looking for a sophisticated experience, look no further; Menton is seriously classy.
The tasting menu changes five times a year, to represent the five seasons of Boston. They have divided Fall into early and late Fall, to allow for the late summer harvest flavors to grow deeper and more complex as the nights draw in.
The ingredients used are earthy and wholesome, and the ethos of this restaurant is to treat you like one of the family. The staff at Menton allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the treat. The current menu incorporates dishes such as hearts of palm, yellowfin tuna, sunchoke, and truffle; and potato, herbs, with a la greque lamb and clams.
If you want to impress your date with seasonal ingredients and sophisticated cookery, Menton is the perfect destination.
354 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Oleana is something completely different. This eatery specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, with an extensive mezze menu that incorporates the warm, spiced, flavors of the Mediterranean. There is a beautiful patio area with a fragrant herb garden to enjoy in the summer, and an intimate cozy interior featuring Turkish rugs and jeweled colors in the winter.
This is a restaurant where you and your date can while away the hours, nibbling at shared plates of food, and enjoying a glass or two of wine. The mezze includes dishes such as whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers, and fried mussels with hot peppers and Turkish tarator sauce. If you fancy something a bit more substantial there are main courses available. These are divided into Meat and Fish options and include striped bass, in a saffron-curry broth, served with root vegetables and tahini, and lemon chicken served with za’atar and a Turkish cheese pancake.
This is also a great place to take vegetarians, they offer a vegetarian mezze platter for two, with dessert for $40. Or you can simply order a range of mezze from the menu, kick back, and relax.
This is a place where you may encounter spice mixes that you haven’t experienced, such as dhukah, which is an Egyptian nut and spice mix. It is like going on holiday somewhere exotic, whilst staying in Boston. The staff is proud of this unique venue, and are happy to talk you through the menu. If you want to escape it all with your loved one, Oleana could be the perfect destination.
134 Hampshire St
Whether you go for a laid back brunch, a loved-up lunch, or an intimate candle-lit dinner, Boston has the perfect date destination for you.
We hope you have enjoyed this round up of the most romantic restaurants in Boston, and that it has inspired you to book a table for that special rendezvous.
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