Tiny Cambridge spot with big, globally influenced flavors
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 the flavor-forward dishes that reflect their passion for seasonal ingredients. And in a restaurant with just 12 tables, impeccable service is assured. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy afterward, and not just because of those epic wine pairings.
Casual, welcoming bistro with Boston seafood classics
This one feels straight out of a Nancy Meyers movie. An American comfort fare restaurant tucked away on a charming side block, complete with 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 affirm that romance is far from dead.
Nine-seat sushi bar serving traditional Japanese sashimi and nigiri
What is it that makes omakase so … sensual? Ponder that timeless question while you and your sweetie take your time to revel in all the exquisite plates (up to 14!) from Chef Colin Lynch. With just nine seats and two nightly seatings, the clandestine No Relation demands you slow down and savor the moment -- and the Maine crab Sunomono.
Impressive housemade pasta served in a rustic, dimly lit space
First date, ninth date, anniversary date, besties date . . . Giulia is perfect for them all. The cozy, intimate, brick-walled space is so dimly lit you almost can’t not 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 and then share bites of the chocolate terrine. When you return years later for your engagement party, be sure to book the special-occasion pasta table.