Whether you are looking for a casual date spot or an elegant setting to celebrate an anniversary or a special romantic occasion, Boston restaurants offer plenty of incredible options that will make your taste buds content. Sit at a table outside and take a delicious break between sightseeing, or plan a romantic evening out to sample new flavors and relax with a glass of wine. There are many fun romantic things to do in Boston.
Ostra is an elegant Mediterranean Seafood restaurant with an open kitchen and stylish decor. Located in Boston’s Back Bay, the restaurant serves a creative menu of Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes for dinner nightly starting at 5:30pm. Ostra has stylish black-and-white interiors and live piano music drifting in from the lounge. Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano and Executive Chef Mitchell Randall marry local seafood with celebratory opulence with dishes like smoked-to-order salmon crudo, seafood paella, and whole salt-crusted sea bass. Finish your meal with a Snow Egg dessert with meringue, mousse, raspberry and basil. If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion in a beautiful setting, Ostra is one of the top romantic restaurants in Boston.
1 Charles St S, Boston, 617-421-1200
2. Audubon Boston
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Audubon, just a short walk away from Boston’s historic Fenway Park, is an inviting neighborhood bar and restaurant. Set in a modern, comfortable space with a lovely patio for outdoor dining, Audubon serves a fusion of classic and eclectic fare, ranging from ground beef burgers and fries to charcoal grills, Asian bites, garden-fresh salads and homemade soups. Audubon's bar features five flat screen televisions and serves a selection of seasonal cocktails, beers and wine that can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle. 838 Beacon St, Boston, 617-421-1910
3. Atlantic Fish
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Situated in Back Bay, Atlantic Fish is a must-try restaurant for seafood lovers. The eatery serves innovative dishes prepared with freshly caught fish and excellent shellfish platters. The signature raw bar serves Jumbo Lump Crab, Katama Bay Oysters and other favorites. The wine list is outstanding, featuring local and international options. 761 Boylston St, Boston, 617-267-4000
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4. Mei Mei Street Kitchen
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Mei Mei Street Kitchen, which started as a food truck in 2012, is a restaurant on Park Drive in 2013 that serves a counter-service lunch and a casual Chinese-American dinner menu. Inspired by their love of food, a brother and two sisters started Mei Mei Street Kitchen to share their unique culinary creations. Certified by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, the restaurant employs energy efficient practices, uses reclaimed materials and works with local producers to source sustainably raised meats. The menu includes delicious eats such as scallion pancake sandwiches, dumplings, noodle salad, creamy soup and fried chicken. For dessert, try the Sweet Potato Churros with ginger sugar and caramel. 58 Old Colony Ave, Boston, MA 02127, 857-250-4959
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For delicious seasonal Mediterranean-inspired fare served in a striking, sky lit space, head to Vialé. Located in Central Square, Vialé is a casual, lively eatery with an emphasis on Italian dishes. The menu includes pizzas, homemade pasta with rich sauces, and duck dishes, with excellent desserts to top off the meal. The wine list offers an array of Old World and easy drinking wines, as well as spirits, beer, and cocktails. 502 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, 617-576-1900
6. The Merchant
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The Merchant is an American brasserie located in Downtown Crossing at the edge of the Financial District that serves a range of draft beers and craft cocktails, as well as a late-night menu in an elegant, pub-like setting. In true brasserie style, the bar takes center stage, offering a selection of 60 beers, an impressive wine list with three wines on tap, and a creative cocktail program. The kitchen serves a hearty menu with innovative takes on classic pub fare such as burgers and BLTs.
60 Franklin St, Boston, 617-482-6060
7. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Boston is a restaurant for meal lovers. Stop in and try a signature steak, like the Cowboy Ribeye, or the Stuffed Chicken Breast. The bar, Curley’s, offers a wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse was originally founded in 1927 by New Orleans entrepreneur Chris Matulich. It has since expanded into a highly popular chain, now owned by Ruth Hospitality Group, with over 130 locations in the U.S. You will find Ruth’s Christ Steakhouse near the Omni Parker House Hotel and the Old City Hall. 45 School Street, Boston, 617-742-8401
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8. Bostonia Public House
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Bostonia Public House is a rustic bar and restaurant on State Street designed by Tanya Nayak who merged classic elements with modern accents. Request one of the intimate booths for a romantic celebration or have a meal in the lounge. The menu features imaginative and locally inspired cuisine, while the bar offers an impressive wine list and cocktails. Live entertainment is the cherry on the top of an exceptional dining experience. 131 State St, Boston, 617-948-9800
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9. The Paramount
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Established in 1937, The Paramount reflects the history and heritage of the surrounding neighborhood of Beacon Hill. The bistro-style eatery has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, decorated with retro Formica tables and an old stainless steel grill, which produces the restaurant’s mouthwatering fare. The all-day eatery offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that feature classics such as cheese and spinach omelets, sandwiches, panini, burgers, steaks and pasta. The drinks list comprises an impressive selection of wines, local and craft beers, spirits, cocktails and freshly squeezed juices. There is a second location in South Boston. 44 Charles St, Beacon Hill, Boston, 617-720-1152; 667 East Broadway, Boston, 617-269-9999
10. JM Curley
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Located in the heart of the city’s Financial District, JM Curley serves creative American comfort food such as handmade burgers, thick-cut fries and juicy steaks in a casual, gastropub setting. The eatery has smooth wooden flooring and dark wood décor to create a cozy ambiance, with simple tables and a long bar to sit at and savor your meal. A creative breakfast to dinner menu features dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, such as traditional burgers and fries, the daily catch or a juicy steak, while desserts like the vanilla ice-cream whipped with pretzels and bourbon-soaked blueberries should not be skipped! Grab a seat at the bar and sip a signature cocktail, craft beer or a glass of local wine, while you wait for a table. 21 Temple Pl, Boston, 617-338-5333
Troquet is an elegant and intimate restaurant with beautiful views over the Boston Common in the Theater District that serves a delectable French-inspired menu. The restaurant is well-known its their award-winning wine list which offers rare and distinctive wines at reasonable prices. The menu includes classic French dishes such as Bouillabaisse, black sea bass and roasted duck. Dishes are expertly paired with wines from around the world, and can be pre-ordered if you are looking for a specific vintage. James Beard award semi-finalist General Manager, Chris Campbell, shares his passion for French food and wine though Private Wine Adventures, private parties for up to 50 guests, offered year-round. 107 South St, Boston, MA 02111, 617-695-9463
12. Al's Cafe
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If you are craving a freshly made sub for lunch, Al’s Café is one of the city’s favorite sub shops, known for great tasting food and excellent service. Stay cool with a cold sub, like the Lady Café Special, or warm up with a hot one, like the Chicken Pesto sub. Alan Costello and his family have been serving these mouth-watering sandwiches for over a decade, starting with their original site on State Street in the Financial District. They have since expanded to three other locations. On a sunny day, take a sub to go and have a romantic picnic in the park. 114 State St., Boston, 617-720-5555; 179 Essex St., Boston, 617-330-1002; Holyoke Center 1st Floor, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-441-9100
13. Mamma Maria
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Mamma Maria serves incredible traditional Italian food. Relax in the romantic, old world ambiance and dive into fantastic dishes, such as the Carpaccio appetizer or the Frutti di Mare Pasta. Mamma Maria also boasts a highly impressive wine cellar. Owner and community icon, John McGee, opened the restaurant in 1973. Perched on a small hill overlooking the city, the restaurant offers a spectacular view of downtown and the famous Boston skyline through incredible floor-to-ceiling windows. Mamma Maria is located in the historic North Square of Boston’s North End neighborhood. 3 N Square, Boston, 617-523-0077
14. Mistral Bistro
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Mistral Bistro in South End serves a French menu made with the finest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere and Provence-style décor while you dine on exquisite dishes, like the Maine Crab Ravioli appetizer, Pan-Roasted Cornish Game Hen, or a delicious, thin crust pizza. They also offer fine wines and craft cocktails. Executive Chef and owner, Jamie Mammano, opened Mistral in 1997 and later joined forces with restaurateurs, Seth Greenberg and Paul Rioff, to form the Columbus Hospitality Group, which now owns several other restaurants in Boston. 223 Columbus Ave, Boston, 617-867-9300
15. Q Restaurant
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Dine like Genghis Khan did in ancient times at Boston’s highly-acclaimed hot pot eatery, Q Restaurant, where dishes are meant to be shared in a modern setting. The restaurant serves sushi, Chinese and traditional Mongolian dishes. Try the Flying Dragon Roll or the Red Sox Roll. Owners, Ming Zhu, Do Xu and Jimmy Ni, opened the restaurant in 2010, after their former, much-adored hot pot shop (called “Little Q”) was closed down to make way for new infrastructure developments. You’ll find Q Restaurant in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown. 660 Washington St, Boston, 857-350-3968
Dine in elegance and sophistication at Boston’s Deuxave, a trendy neighborhood restaurant serving upscale, contemporary French cuisine. Treat yourself to incredible delicacies, such as the Spiced Colorado Lamb Loin or the Tagliatelle Bolognaise. The restaurant has an impressive wine list and an innovative cocktail and beer program. Deuxave was opened in 2010 by co-owners, Executive Chef Christopher Coombs and restaurateur, Brian Piccini. Deuxave has floor-to-ceiling windows and is located at Boston’s iconic corner of Commonwealth and Massachusetts in historic Back Bay. 371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, 617-517-5915
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