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Boston’s Best Valentine’s Day Spots

By Eric Twardzik · 02/01/2018

You’ve ordered the roses. Penned the card. All you have to do now is secure the perfect Valentine’s Day reservation—but often that’s the hardest part. To ensure your 14th will be a success from start to finish, we’ve investigated what some of our favorite spots are offering.

So your special someone has a thing for Mediterranean? Make it easy and bring them to Oleana, James Beard Award-nominated chef Ana Sortun’s Cambridge institution where they’ll be greeted with wall tapestries, marble countertops, and the seductive aroma of cooking spices. While the restaurant will be featuring a number of specials for Valentine’s Day, they haven’t yet been announced—but given the kitchen’s mastery of Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese cuisines, we know they’ll be good.

If your date has a pronounced love for pasta, you’d best give Giulia a call. The dimly lit, brick-walled Cambridge favorite is offering a special five-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day that will be served family style. While exact menu details may not be announced until day-of, anyone who’s tasted Giulia’s dense, chewy, scratch-made pastas can attest that it won’t disappoint.

Craigie On Main
French is a natural go-to for Valentine’s Day fare, and few better choices exist than Tony Maws’ tried-and-true Cambridge bistro. On the 14th, Craigie on Main will be serving two special menus. The first is a five-course prix fixe that begins seating at 5:30 p.m. ($135, plus $48 for wine pairings). Late-night diners can instead opt for a four-course tasting menu beginning at 9:30 p.m. ($75, plus $38 for wine pairings). Each menu might include dishes like red beet spaghetti, Wagyu Beef Three Ways, and a two-person chocolate tasting for dessert. Bonus: The restaurant’s impressive collection of Belle Époque posters can transport you and your partner to Paris without the plane ticket.

Saltie Girl
Getting one of the 30 seats at this pint-sized tinned seafood mecca can be a struggle on the slowest of days, so the fact that Saltie Girl is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal. If you call ahead and manage to secure two of its few seats, you’ll be treated to a la carte specials like Spanish Bluefin Tuna Tartare, Whole Salt Crusted Branzino, and Dry Aged Ribeye with Butter Poached King Crab.

O Ya
The dark lighting, delicacy-laden menu, and beautiful presentations at Tim and Nancy Cushman’s upscale izakaya has made O Ya a perennial favorite for special occasions. The omakase ($185 for 18 courses; $285 for a 20-course grand tasting) offered on Valentine’s Day is no exception, allowing couples to indulge in the likes of Kona Albacore sashimi with yuzu and coriander flower, or a Toro Handroll with wagyu chicharron, black garlic, and green onion.

The Table at Season to Taste
A tiny restaurant with a where-are-we-walking-to location and a homey, intimate dining room, The Table at Season to Taste is already an ideal V-Day setup before food comes into play. But it will, and on Cupid Day you and your better half can indulge in a six-course sharing menu from a Top Chef alum priced at $160 per person, plus $80 for optional beverage pairings.

Puritan & Co.
The rustic, woody interior of Puritan & Co. comes with built-in romantic appeal, amplified by a four-course ($75) menu showcasing the restaurant’s farm-to-table ethos. The menu includes eclectic choices like Lamb Belly Pastrami and Beet Agnolotti, plus an appropriately romantic red velvet Chocolate Cremeux to end the meal. An additional starter course of oysters or caviar is also on offer.

A table next to a fireplace is pure Valentine’s Day gold. And if that table happens to be in a French restaurant ensconced in a Commonwealth Ave. mansion, you’ve hit the jackpot. At Deuxave, you’ll be treated to a four-course dinner ($159, plus $75 for wine pairings) featuring house classics like Veal Carpaccio with black truffle vinaigrette and Spiced Long Island Duck Breast. And if either you or your partner are oenophiles—or just want to be one for the night—Deuxave’s exhaustive 20-page wine list will serve you right.

Valentine’s Day and classic Italian go hand-in-hand. Coppa, the cozy South End corner spot from Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, is answering the call with a four-course menu including a choice of house-made pastas like squid ink bucatini, tagliatelle with pork sugo, or campanelle with anchovy and parmesan ($70, plus $30 with wine pairings). But if you’re choosing a romantic night in, you can still arrange to have some of their pastas, wood-fired pizzas—or if you want to go full on Lady And The Tramp—meatballs dropped off at your place via Caviar.

Home Date Delivery
We know some people who would rather not eat out on Valentine’s Day. We respect that choice—and have a few suggestions on how to bring some of Boston’s best eats into your domestic date. With Caviar you can order-in favorites like Wagyu Beef Dumplings from Uni, clam and bacon pizza from Area Four, Bun Cha Hanoi from Tiger Mama, nigiri from Cafe Sushi, Datiles con Jamon from Toro, Braised Pork Belly Buns from Myers + Chang, or Little Donkey’s Caviar Sandwich. That’s going to be one impressive spread.

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