Best Romantic Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Romantic Restaurant

Centre Street Café

Jamaica Plain

This newly revamped neighborhood café is effortlessly sexy—no mood lighting or drippy molten chocolate cake. Instead, it offers cozy seating (especially at the prime table by the exposed kitchen) mixed…Read More

2014 Best Romantic Restaurant

Bondir

Cambridge

Ambiance is in the eye of the beholder: One man’s intimate mood-lit heaven is another’s cramped low-lit hell. But once in a blue moon an eatery comes along that approaches…Read More

2014 Best Romantic Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge

This was a winner in our 2014 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2014 winners…Read More

2013 Best Romantic Restaurant

T. W. Food

Cambridge

Sparks fly every time we enter the unassuming front door of this charming Cambridge eatery. Maybe it’s the sparse, soft-lit dining room, filled with just 10 white-linen-topped tables accented by…Read More

2011 Best Romantic Restaurant

Wheatleigh

Lenox

We’re not saying the views from the dining room of this grand 19th-century Italianate palazzo make the food taste better. But there’s something about sitting in the glassed-in portico with…Read More

2009 Best Romantic Restaurant

Oleana

Cambridge

Lovebirds find a year-round habitat in Oleana, which beckons with a lush hidden garden in summer months and a cozy fireplace when the snow flies, as well as a menu…Read More

2008 Best Romantic Restaurant

Upstairs on the Square

Cambridge

Amid pastel-colored walls (so charming!), fireplaces (so cozy!), and food like Wellfleet oysters on the half shell with yuzu ice (so flirtatious!), what makes this the Hub’s most romantic option…Read More

2007 Best Romantic Restaurant

Tangierino

Charlestown

Morocco could teach us all a thing or two about romance. At Tangierino, groups gather at intimate booths shrouded by gauzy curtains, while couples sit side by side on plush…Read More

2006 Best Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

The better the food, the flirtier we feel. And chef Frank McClelland’s tasting menu really revs our engines. With choices from white asparagus and oyster salad to decadent poached lobster…Read More

2005 Best Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

Sometimes it feels as if romance has all but vanished. Luckily there’s L’Espalier, where Frank McClelland’s sumptuous cuisine is guaranteed to set hearts aflutter. Settle into a table at one…Read More

2004 Best Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

Maybe you can’t buy love, but you can most certainly feed it. Just ask the staff at L’Espalier, which has been trained to produce a dining experience as mesmerizing as…Read More

2003 Best Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

The maitre d’ at L’Espalier is so accustomed to proposals among his customers, he’ll happily dispense advice about where to conceal the ring. It’s all part of the superb and…Read More

2001 Best Romantic Restaurant

L’Espalier

Boston

Planning to pop the question? Get thee to L’Espalier, a restaurant so famous for serving as the site of proposals that the front dining room has been nicknamed the “seduction…Read More

1998 Best Romantic Restaurant

Truc

Boston

A warm and radiant person must be at the heart of a romantic restaurant, and chef-owner Corinna Mozo fills this sweet subterranean spot with her love of cooking and a…Read More

1995 Best Romantic Restaurant

Icarus

Boston

We love it, especially on Friday nights, when there is live jazz (resuming in September), and you’re sitting in one of the booths by the wall with a bottle of…Read More

1987 Best Romantic Restaurant

Hungry I

Boston

Quiet, intimate, cozy and convivial…Read More

1985 Best Romantic Restaurant

Another Season

Boston

A Beacon Hill institution on a quiet side street, with top-notch specialties from chef Odette Bery’s kitchen…Read More

1984 Best Romantic Restaurant

Icarus

Boston

Eclectic decor, nice lighting, a relaxed and informal elegance…Read More

1983 Best Romantic Restaurant

Voyagers

Cambridge

Elegant rooftop dining (two other levels, too). Harp and harpsichord in the background. Fine food and wine…Read More

1982 Best Romantic Restaurant

Bay Tower Room

Boston

A perennial, with the best dining-room view in town. Try to pick a clear night, however, because the food is inconsistent…Read More

1980 Best Romantic Restaurant

Front Street

Boston

The atmosphere is seductive, particularly with the pictures of semiclothed women (and men) on the walls. Well, make that lascivious. And the food’s good, too, especially when owner Edmund DiStasi…Read More

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