When looking to impress a first date or celebrate an anniversary in a beautiful restaurant setting, different eateries serve various cuisines available to ensure that the evening goes well.
Boston has some fan favorites that do not disappoint. From high-end restaurants that require you to dress up and more casual eateries that fit the right intimate atmosphere with the food. Some restaurants cater to brunch, lunch, or dinner dates, and below are the best Romantic Restaurants in Boston.
3 North Sq Boston, MA 02113
Mamma Maria is a North End favorite spot for many couples. The cobblestone walkways into the restaurant set a romantic mood and the interior of the brick row house built in the nineteenth century is upscale. The menu is a mix of Italian and Mediterranean dishes served by knowledgeable wait staff.
The food is tasty, made from fresh ingredients available locally. The menu changes every day, but some tried and true options include Lobster Agnolotti Pasta which has lobster, pasta, and mushrooms cooked perfectly. The Smoked Mackerel was delicious. The Osso Bucco is also a good option and served with saffron risotto. The dessert menu is impressive, and the apple pie with mascarpone whipped cream is the perfect ending.
119 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
Euno is the perfect romantic spot with an expansive wine menu and the ideal candlelit grotto-like wine room. The restaurant specializes in Sicilian dishes with delicious options such as linguine puttanesca and the Sea Bass. The Osso Bucco-based meals paired with pappardelle Bolognese, roasted duck served with roasted duck parsnip purée, which was heavenly.
Other superior dishes are lobster ravioli, veal chop, which came with four kinds of cheese, a tomato sauce, and Pollo Parmigiana. The fireplace, exposed brick walls, candlelit setting complete the charming setting for an intimate dinner with your loved one. The service is excellent, which makes it one of the Best Romantic Restaurants in Boston.
223 Columbus Ave Boston, MA 02116
Mistral has been an iconic Boston restaurant since they opened in 1997. While not on our budget friendly restaurant list, the food, service & decor are always on point. Everything on the menu is excellent, our favorites are the Beef Tenderloin Mashed Potato Grilled Pizza, Dover Sole Meunièr & Rack of Lamb. Mistral checks all the boxes for a memorable romantic dinner.
560 Tremont St Boston 02118
This French cuisine spot is a wine restaurant located in the South End of Boston. The restaurant is casual and serves excellent wine. The French cuisine includes some classics such as Steak Tartare, Beef bourguignon, Foie Gras, Escargot toasts, and French-inspired Charcuterie boards for a romantic meal.
The food is excellently prepared and served fresh since the ingredients are locally sourced. The desserts include Mousse au Chocolat, chocolate croissant pudding, Crème Brûlée or poached pear fromage blanc. Outside seating creates a fairy tale setting for a lovers’ date as you sip wine and converse. This is one of the best Romantic Restaurants in Boston.
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1 Charles St S, Boston
This elegant Mediterranean restaurant specializes in seafood. The menu includes rich dishes such as seafood paella, salt-crusted sea bass, Sea Bream, tuna tartare and Grilled Branzino. The food is delicious, and the accompanying sauces pair beautifully to make the meals exceptional and stylishly presented.
The wine menu is extensive, and you will make an appropriate choice to accompany your meal. The desserts are a delectable end to the meal with options such as chocolate torte, meringue, mousse and snow egg. If you want to enjoy a lovely meal in an elegant setting, Ostra is one of the best Romantic Restaurants in Boston.
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470 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
This restaurant is excellent for a first date as it is a part bookstore, a music store, and a restaurant serving delicious tapas. The menu also includes delicious fare such as Asparagus a la Brasa with smoked egg togarashi vin, brown butter walnuts, horseradish. Vegetarian paellas come with assorted seasonal vegetables and Mixta paella with shrimp, clams, rabbit, chorizo, black garlic aioli.
The menu also includes desserts Churros con Chocolate and Chocolate Creme Catalan. The food is tasty and flavors fresh and well combined. The atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, making it great for getting to know you on a romantic date. The bookstore and music store are lovely additions and make it a top romantic spot for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
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134 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA 02139
Oleanna is a neighborhood restaurant that serves Eastern Mediterranean dishes with a leaning towards Arabic foods. The idyllic spot has a garden for outside dining in the summer. For winter dining, there is a fireplace for intimate dinners. The dishes we tried were the whipped feta which was delicate and enjoyable, the falafel, and the baba ganoush.
The bread was hot with a hint of garlic which was perfect paired with a zesty dip. The meze is also exceptional. The sultan’s delight was outstanding, with the beef was tender and savory while the accompanying eggplant puree was perfectly prepared. The fresh ingredients, a staple mark of Oleaná’s dishes, make it one of the Best Romantic Restaurants in Boston.
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354 Congress Boston, MA 02210
Menton is a high-end eatery serving caviar and two menu options which are À la Carte or the Chef’s Whim Tasting. The caviar is exceptional and elevates a romantic date. The drinks menu includes champagne for lovers celebrating an occasion. The tasting menu is sublime with dishes such as beef tartare tenderly prepared, wagyu beef was also exceptional, and the squid ink pasta was delicious.
The seafood dishes are fresh and special mention goes to the lobster, served with delicate but savory sauces. The restaurant atmosphere is quite elegant, and the service is high class. The dessert selections finish off the meal beautifully.
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9 East St. Boston, Massachusetts, 02111
O Ya is a Japanese restaurant located in a one-hundred-year-old fire station. The food is exceptional, and the restaurant serves its dishes in Omakase style. The approximately twenty courses include delicious dishes such as Kyoto style mushroom sushi, Fried Oyster, bluefin chutoro sushi, Faberge Onsen Egg and many other options.
The food served in bite-sized portions is full of flavor. Because the courses are so many, you will experience a wide variety of incredibly combined flavors and high-quality fish in all the dishes. The food is a dining experience with exceptional food, attentive wait staff and a great romantic dining atmosphere.
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9 Park St Boston 02108
No. 9 Park is an intimate townhouse that offers the ultimate dining experience for a romantic date. The menu is Italian and French-inspired in an a la carte menu or as part of a chef’s tasting menu. The appetizer of prune-stuffed gnocchi with foie gras, almond, and vin santo is exceptional, while the ricotta lasagnetti is flavorful.
We had the tasting menu, which started with a lovely scallop with artichoke and lemon garnishes. We also had salmon, a duck pasta and duck, followed by foie gras, veal, and wagyu beef. The flavors were rich and exceptionally paired with wine from the comprehensive wine list.
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371 Commonwealth Ave Boston 02116
This French restaurant is a charming eatery with a warm, inviting atmosphere. It serves an elegant champagne and caviar combination that is heavenly. The modern French cuisine includes Lobster Gnocchi Fricassée, which comes with fresh lobster, Handmade Potato Gnocchi, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Bottarga, Citrus Tarragon Glace.
Other entrees are Crispy Duck Confit, Duck Liver Pâté, Summer Salad, and the Mozzarella House Burrata. The main courses include deliciously prepared beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. The Pan-Seared Sea Scallops and Spiced Long Island Duck Breast are fresh and delicious, and the Crème Brûlée was a perfect finish to the meal.