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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 February 14th will be a success from start to finish, we have an evergreen list of top picks for date night. From French-inspired courses to eclectic omakase, many of these places will offer a Valentine’s Day menu as opposed to specials on the regular menu, so check in with each restaurant about the specifics this year at Boston’s best Valentine’s Day spots.
So your special someone has a thing for Mediterranean? Make it easy and bring them to Oleana, acclaimed chef Ana Sortun’s Cambridge institution where they’ll be greeted with wall tapestries, marble countertops, and the seductive aroma of cooking spices. Along with regular menu favorites like Sultan’s Delight (a rich short rib dish), the restaurant typically features a number of evocative Valentine’s Day specials, such as Dark Chocolate Turkish Cardamom Custard with pistachio ice cream, candied sour cherries, and whipped cream.
If your date has a pronounced love for pasta, give Giulia a call. Owned and operated by a husband-and-wife duo, this brick-walled Cambridge favorite is dimly lit and cozy. Giulia usually spins a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu to share for a set price per person. While exact menu details may not be announced until day-of, anyone who’s tasted the scratch-made Italian cuisine at this gem can attest that it won’t disappoint.
The dark lighting, delicacy-laden menu, and beautiful sushi presentations at Tim and Nancy Cushman’s upscale izakaya has made O Ya a perennial favorite for special occasions. The omakase ($250 per person, plus an optional beverage pairing) offered every night, including Valentine’s Day, allows lovers to indulge in the likes of Kona Albacore sashimi with yuzu and coriander flower, or a Toro Hand Roll with wagyu chicharron, black garlic, and green onion.
Puritan & Co.
The rustic, woody interior of Puritan & Co. in Inman Square 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 beef tartare and seared scallops, plus a red velvet Chocolate Cremeux to end the romantic dinner. 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 all that and an elegant tasting menu ($249, plus $125 for an optional wine pairing) featuring house classics like Butter Poached Lobster and Braised Duck Leg à l’Orange Raviolo. 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 delivered to your place.
Home Date Delivery
We know some people who would rather not dine 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. From clam and bacon pizza from Area Four to nigiri from Cafe Sushi, check out our picks for the best takeout and delivery options around Boston.
Updated by Jacqueline Cain