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The Best Restaurants Serving up a Romantic Meal This Valentine's Day

By Lindsey Paradis | February 6, 2018 | Food & Drink

Kick off Valentine’s Day right with a scrumptious—and romantic—meal for two. Make sure to snag a reservation at one of these Boston restaurants serving up special menus in honor of the loving holiday.

MET Back Bay


Cozy up to your special someone with this dinner designed for sharing. In addition to their regular dinner menu, MET Back Bay is offering up a Lady and the Tramp inspired meal including plates such as hot and cold antipasto, with salumi, cheese, and crudo, along with gnocchi pomodoro, and bucatini carbonara. 279 Dartmouth St., 617-267-0451


Treat your loved one to a truffle-themed tasting menu filled with decadent flavors at this downtown eatery. Known for its Italian fare, Serafina will be cooking up beef carpaccio in a warm truffle sauce, truffle ravioli, and truffle pizza. However, if seafood is more your style, the restaurant will also be offering a special menu featuring crabcakes, scampi, and a prosecco berry bowl for dessert. 10 High St., 617-426-1234

Bastille Kitchen


Romance is in the air at Bastille Kitchen this Valentine’s Day. Be treated to an imaginative four-course prix fixe meal starting with elegant apps such as amuse bouche, followed by beet salad, seared scallops, and an indulgent chocolate mousse. Pair the dinner with one of their signature cocktails or a fine wine selected by the in-house sommelier. 49 Melcher St., 617-556-8000

Bistro du Midi

With the breathtaking background of the Public Garden, your Valentine is sure to enjoy a romantic meal at Bistro du Midi. The four-course prix fixe menu is filled with exceptional cuisine, and topped off with delectable desserts, including a dulcey ganache with chocolate genoise and burnt cara cara ice cream. 272 Boylston St., 617-426-7878

Mooncusser Fish House


On February 14, Mooncusser Chef Carolyn Johnson is serving up a menu filled with fresh seafood and an unparalleled wine selection. Rich flavors are the star of the five-course meal, with dishes such as tuna tartare, prepared with foie gras, hazelnuts, and carta musica, and grilled lamb chop made with sunchoke gratin, braised shant, and cabernet onions. 304 Stuart St., 617-917-5193

Terramia Ristorante

This Valentine’s Day, Terramia is serving up a four-course prix fixe menu filled with tasty Italian classics. You and your other half can overindulge in a complimentary glass of Villa Sandi II Fresco Prosecco, along with dishes such as insalata di arugula, risotto porcini e asparagi, and tiramisu. 98 Salem St., 617-523-3112



Dante is spreading the love with the addition of heartfelt dishes at all three of their locations from February 13 to 18, perfect for couples looking to avoid the crowds. Pair your meal with inspired cocktails such as the honey bunny with prosecco, clement creole shrubb, honey, pomegranate and the lover’s quarrel made with el jimador tequila, pineapple, cynar, turbinado, and bruleed orange. 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200.


At this South End eatery, James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, alongside their newest addition, chef de cuisine Brian Rae, will be serving up a meal that you and your valentine will not want to miss. The special pre-fixe menu includes decadent plates such as insalata al agrumi, ostriche al forno, tagliatelle con sugo, and a traditional tiramisu for dessert. And to wash it all down, the eatery is offering a wine pairings option to ensure the perfect dining experience. 253 Shawmut Ave., 617-391-0902

Ocean Prime


Located in Boston’s coveted Seaport District, Ocean Prime offers an elegant ambiance perfect for you and your special someone this Valentine’s Day. Exclusive offerings for the holiday will include entrées such as Atlantic halibut with marble potato, trumpet royal mushroom, kalamata olives, and fennel as well as a petite filet and crab stuffed lobster with asparagus. However, it’s their craft cocktails that steal the spotlight with options such as a chocolate covered cherry martini or a berries and bubbles, which is a smoking, pink libation garnished with fresh fruit. 140 Seaport Blvd., 617-670-1245


Owned by husband and wife team Chris and Pam Willis, this local eatery inspired by the feel of an Italian neighborhood trattoria offers a rustic and charming atmosphere perfect for your Valentine’s Day date night. Choose from starters such as ruby red grapefruit or Nantucket bay scallop crudo before moving on to decadent entrées including branzino, wagyu short rib steak, or one of their authentic pasta dishes. Be sure to end your evening with something sweet such as their cocoa nib cake with caramel budino. 928 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-945-1761

Branch Line


For a fun and relaxed dining experience with great food and drink, head to this Watertown eatery. This Valentine’s Day, Branch Line’s Wine Director, Charlie Gaeta, has pulled together a great selection of wines to get your evening starting, including sparkling and romantic beaujolais wines from St.Amour. For dinner, we suggest starting with their steamed mussels or stuffed flatbread before ordering entrées such as their grilled whole branzino, black barley risotto, or seared Pollock. 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, 617-420-1900

Eastern Standard Kitchen

Centrally located in Kenmore Square, Eastern Standard is a neighborhood perfect for bringing your special someone to this Valentine’s Day. Start the night off with one of their coveted craft cocktails such as the jitterbug with Fords gin, rose vermouth, lemon, and baking spice, or the fair trade made with fernet vittone, esperesso, del maguey vida, and burnt sugar. For entrées, order from a selection including casarecce pasta, seared maine salmon, and baked rigatoni, but be sure to save room for dessert because you won’t want to miss out on their crave-worthy butterscotch bread pudding with praline ice cream and salted caramel. 528 Commonwealth Ave., 617-532-9100

Photography by: Photography courtesy of Bastille Kitchen; Met Back Bay; Mooncusser; Dante; Ocean Prime; Branch Line