Every February, many people look for the most romantic restaurant they can find to take their special someone for a night to remember. Restaurants love to oblige, rolling out Valentine’s Day menus with champagne, oysters and chocolate galore. These three Boston eateries are no different.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar
Another stylish option around Valentine’s Day is Four-Star Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. The establishment, located in Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel, offers amazing views of the waterfront, an award-winning wine list (over 850 varietals are available) and the talents of renowned chef Daniel Bruce in the kitchen.
Bruce’s menu relies heavily on locally sourced meats, fish and produce, and his vineyard-to-table approach focuses on expertly matched food and wine.
A special four-course prix fixe will be offered on February 11 (when it may be easier to snag a reservation), as well as on Valentine’s Day. The menu includes diver scallops, seared foie gras, Atlantic halibut, short ribs, a cheese course and hazelnut cremeux. And when you consider the expert sommelier on hand and the choices in the wine cellar, it would almost be a crime to skip the optional vino pairings.
No. 9 Park
This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, part of award-winning chef Barbara Lynch’s empire of Boston-area restaurants, is located in a historic townhouse in Beacon Hill, less than a block from the State House and across from Boston Common.
At almost 20 years old, the restaurant still holds its own, so no matter when you visit, Lynch’s signature pastas will have you swooning. Add candlelit tables, white tablecloths, views of the skyline and an outstanding wine list, and all the ingredients for romance are set.
For Valentine’s Day, try the special six-course tasting menu. With choices like caviar, Kampachi crudo, foie gras, halibut, duck, New York strip and chocolate soufflé, it’s no easy task to decide on what to have for dinner.
To elevate the meal even more, we highly recommend that you add wine pairings.
Head to Frog Pond, just across the street, for ice-skating under the stars before or after dinner.
French restaurants are always a popular choice for an amorous evening, and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Deuxave, with its brick walls, sparkling chandeliers, comfortable banquettes and flickering fireplace, fits the bill.
The seasonally changing menu often features favorites like French onion soup and New York strip steak. True to form, the current winter roster has more than enough options for couples looking for a special night out. Diners might want to start with the Scituate lobster with gnocchi or the seared Hudson Valley foie gras with hazelnut butter. Entree options such as pan-seared scallops or spiced Long Island duck breast are sure to leave you sated. End the meal with a chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier anglaise or a yuzu mousse with pralines.