The 19 Most Romantic Restaurants in Boston

Sexy French bistros, exclusive sushi dens, breezy seafood joints, and more.

Is romance dead? COVID-19 sure as hell took its best swipe at it, but we’re here to declare that love is still alive and well, even in our stoic metropolis—especially when food is involved. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary with your longtime boo or yearning to impress your latest app match, Boston’s got a romantic restaurant to serve your needs. And to make your date night planning a little less anxiety-provoking, we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic spots in the city, each living proof that, under that chilly exterior, Boston really does have heart.

Frenchie
Frenchie

Frenchie

South End
There’s a little Francophile in all of us, which is why it’s so hard to resist this intimate Parisian bistro-inspired space. The kitchen serves mostly small-plate versions of the classics, from Escargot Toast to Beef Bourguignon, all best shared with your paramour (the 30 wines by the glass seal the deal). True romance mandates you wait for your table in the back-room solarium, both due to the privacy and the dramatic floral backdrop. And if you find yourself waiting for a perpetually late date, you could do far worse than cozying up to the snug bar and sipping a French red while you wait.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Mistral Restaurant
Mistral Restaurant

Mistral

Back Bay
Here’s a little secret: Mistral is the go-to date night restaurant for pretty much every long-term couple in town. It might be the moody, evocative lighting, or the soaring ceilings, or the sophisticated decor that transports you to Provence (or at least, to a Back Bay mansion you could never afford). Or it could just be the seductive French-Mediterranean menu that gifts you both Seared Foie Gras and Grilled Thin-crust Pizzas or Dover Sole Meuniere and Housemade Linguini with Tomatoes.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Deuxave
Deuxave

Deuxave

Back Bay
How romantic is Deuxave? So romantic that there’s literally a designated table for marriage proposals. Chef Chris Coombs and restaurateur Brian Piccini have nailed down all the must-haves for a beguiling evening, from the central fireplace to the floor-to-ceiling arched windows to the nationally celebrated wine program. Of course, you’re here for the ingredient-driven modern French menu, seductive in its own right, but you’d be forgiven if you and your plus-one skipped straight to desserts, where a decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake and Artisan Cheese Plate await.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Harvest Restaurant
Harvest Restaurant

Harvest

Harvard Square
It’s romance for the erudite set. The farm-to-table menu, the garden terrace, and the fireplaces both inside and out attract all manner of professorial couples, who delight in seasonal pleasures like Lamb Tartare, Cucumber-Fennel Gazpacho, and line-caught Striped Bass. If you’re feeling indulgent, a stacked cheese plate and the revered Chocolate Tart will both do nicely.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Nautilus Pier 4
Nautilus Pier 4

The Nautilus Pier 4

Seaport
The second outpost of Nantucket’s revered Nautilus is definitely larger and more urbane than its predecessor, but still accessible and upbeat—perfect for date night. And have we mentioned those water views? Those familiar with the ACK original will be heartened to see so many familiar Asian-inspired dishes, but there are also many new additions to explore, including share-friendly offerings like a Rotisserie-roasted Peking Duck. Those looking for a daytime frolic won’t do much better than the weekend raw bar on the waterfront patio (weather and staffing permitting).
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Bistro du Midi Boston
Bistro du Midi Boston

Bistro du Midi

Back Bay
The French do everything better, including romance. So don your most Euro-centric evening wear and lean into the sexy vibes. Upstairs, the roaring fireplace, white table linens, and stunning views of the Public Garde set the tone, while the newly revamped bistro space downstairs is enchanting in its own right. Either way, you’re starting with a couple of Champagne cocktails then diving into a French-New England menu spanning Foie Gras Terrine, Moules Frites, Filet Mignon, and Chocolate Soufflé.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Contessa (Contessa)
Contessa (Contessa)

Contessa

Back Bay
A 4,000-square-foot rooftop trattoria space, luxuriously appointed in Art Deco details that almost—almost—pulls you away from the sweeping city views (and, oh yeah, your date). The Italian bill invites you and your sweetie to dine on Prosciutto from five different regions, Tortellini en Brodo, Pizza, and Dry-aged Bistecca Fiorentina. Start with a Spritz, move onto a Negroni or Martini, and revel in a special evening spent literally above it all.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Woods Hill Pier 4
Woods Hill Pier 4

Woods Hill Pier 4

Seaport
Once upon a time, those who were a-courting took their dates to Anthony’s Pier 4 for lobster, popovers, and old-school harborside ambiance. Now, another family-owned gem has taken over the highly coveted Seaport location—and, in doing so, provided a whole new generation with another wooing destination. Come for the caviar service, stay for the New England Raw Cheese, crispy Lamb Ribs, and IG-worthy Shaved Whelk, and try to snag a table on the waterside paio for peak allurement.
How to book: Reserve via Resy or order take-out via Toast.

Zuzu’s Petals

Inman Square
A cell phone-free wine and dessert bar? We can think of no greater space to revisit the art of romance. The curated wine list includes pours from France, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Finger Lakes, and there are even two orange wines currently gracing the menu. Desserts, meanwhile, skew classic and impeccable: Tiramisu, Creme Brulee, Almond Torte, and Vanilla Bean Chocolate Mousse. And for those who seek a bit of savory, there’s always the local Cheese Board.
How to book: Reserve via tablein.

Krasi
Krasi

Krasi

Back Bay
This Greek-inflected tapas and wine emporium is claiming its rightful place among Boston’s top date-night destinations. Meze, meze, meze! Charcuterie, cheeses, dips, and glorious small plates like Moussaka Tartar, Filet Mignon, Marinated Octopus, Fried Mussels, and a daily rotisserie number make up the bulk of the festive roster. Have we mentioned the tableside Tzatziki? The eats, of course, demand wine pairings, specifically Greek selections sourced from Crete, Santorini, Ioannina, and other breezy European locales.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable or order take-out online.

Ristorante Euno
Ristorante Euno

Euno

North End
We’re easy. Give us some exposed bricks and classic Sicilian (and Southern Italian) fare, and we’re yours for the night. Euno offers both in spades, with a roaring fireplace and an impressive wine list to boot. Little wonder that this place books out for Valentine’s Day so far in advance. Pro tip: Step up your dapper game by booking a table in the candlelit wine grotto downstairs.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Talulla
Talulla

Talulla

Huron Village
It’s hard not to feel the love at Talulla. Husband and wife team Conor Dennehy and Danielle Ayer have created a space that overflows with affection, from the spare but cheery decor to flavor-forward dishes that reflect their passion for seasonal ingredients. And in a restaurant with just 12 tables, flawless service is assured. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy afterward, and not just because of those epic wine pairings.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut

75 Chestnut

Beacon Hill
This one feels straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie: An American comfort fare restaurant tucked away on a charming side block, complete with a black awning and two enormous windows facing the street. In other words, you want to save this one for someone special. As you’re splitting the Molten Chocolate Cake and lingering over the last of your Willamette Valley Pinot, you’re bound to feel the love.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

No Relation
No Relation

No Relation

South End
What is it that makes omakase so… sensual? Ponder that timeless question while you and bae take your time to revel in all the exquisite plates (up to 14!) courtesy of chef Colin Lynch. With just nine seats and two nightly services, the clandestine sushi den demands you slow down and savor the moment—and the heavenly Maine Crab Sunomono.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Giulia

Porter Square
First date, ninth date, anniversary date, besties date… Giulia is perfect for them all. The cozy, intimate, brick-walled space is so dimly lit, it’s almost impossible not to get in the mood. And the service is so far above what you might usually settle for that you’ll quickly relax into the evening—just in time to twirl delectable plates of housemade pasta before sharing bites of Chocolate Terrine. And when you inevitably return years later for your engagement party, be sure to snag the special-occasion pasta table.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Branch Line
Branch Line

Branch Line

Watertown
Chicken drippings are the way to a person’s heart. Sugar snap peas, too. Or a perfect rotisserie chicken. And black perigord truffles, come to think of it. In other words, Garrett Parker and Andrew Holden have assembled an idyllic menu for the starry-eyed sap. And what brings it home is the stupendous wine list and the wait staff who serve it—they’re masters at picking the perfect bottle to set your heart (and your palate) aflutter.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Oleana Restaurant
Oleana Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge
Oleana has proven the world’s greatest date spot for vegetarian couples, given that the majority of the meze plates are totally meat-free. But even paleo pairs can’t deny the delicious allure of Oleana’s Baked Alaska, the closest thing to foreplay that doesn’t involve human touch. And anyone who has spent more than a year or two living in this town has almost assuredly enjoyed at least one romantic meal on the twee patio.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Pammy’s
Pammy’s

Pammy’s

Central Square
Another date, another intoxicating fireplace—this one double-sided. And there’s so much more that makes Pammy’s such an ambrosial date spot. The bracing cocktails will fuel conversation, the attentive but laid-back service will calm your nerves, and the perfectly executed new American cuisine will simply make you happy. Looking to mix things up? Take a seat at the long communal table and see who else you meet.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Newburyport Lighthouse

Newburyport
This is the closest you can get to embarking on a Bachelor-style date without signing a name and likeness release. At the top of the preserved North Shore lighthouse, up a short ladder and through a hatch door, sits a single table available for private bookings. How enchanting is this place? Quoting directly from the operation’s dining rules: “It should go without saying, (but needs to be said for a few), that although our romantic lighthouse dinners are designed for lovers, it does not follow it is meant for love-making. Please save yourself, and our wait staff, from embarrassment by leaving that activity for the privacy of your home.” Yeah, it’s that good.
How to book: Reserve online.

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