Dining out on Valentine’s Day can always be hectic. Reserve ahead this year at any one of these fantastic options in Boston and save you and your sweet heart all the trouble.
If you’re not really in the loving mood this Valentine's Day, Area Four in Technology Square is the best place for you. From 5 to 10 p.m., you can dive into Arrabiata “angry” pizza, jerked chicken, and irate rice, or skewered lamb neck with garlic green beans. The evening is run à la carte, so come in solo or with a group!
One of the top spots on The Daily Meal's list of the most romantic restaurants in Boston 2014, Bastille Kitchen is a sure bet to impress your date this Valentine's Day. Executive chef Adam Kube presents lovers with a three-course menu featuring chestnut-parsnip soup with wilted rose petal laced in (yes, you read that right), beet Parisian gnocchi, seared striped sea bass, and a duo of beef. Beet crème brûlée and chocolate mousse are options for dessert. Make a reservation at Bastille and indulge in an evening of French-inspired cuisine, service, and décor — who says you have to be in France to eat like the French?
Also named one of The Daily Meal's top romantic restaurants, Bistro du Midi is a perfect spot to celebrate your loved one this year. Chef Robert Sisca and sommelier Todd Lipman have a five-course menu inspired by the French countryside. With an oyster amuse bouche to get you started, dive into butter poached lobster, Nantucket Bay scallop, or cocoa-crusted venison. Slow-cooked lamb belly, foie gras terrine, Perigord black truffle potato gnocchi ($25 supplement), and seared duck breast are also among the options. Finish with a decadent chocolate mousse, a surefire way to anyone's heart. This menu is available Thursday through Sunday of Valentine's weekend for $125 a person, and wine pairings are available for and additional $75.
Chef Chris Coombs heats things up at his popular steakhouse Boston Chops in the South End. A three-course menu includes braised beef agnolotti, duo of beef, and a wide range of cuts with the usual sides and sauces. Order from their extensive wine list to add to your evening and finish with mocha chocolate cake or lemon tart. The menu is priced at $99 a person with options to add items à la carte from the raw bar, and reservations are required.
Bring your sweetheart to Coppa in the South End this Valentine's Day. James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette have prepared a special three-course menu with all the love presented in dish after dish of delicious Italian treats. Start with zucca passata (a kind of Italian pumpkin hummus with pomegranate) or scallop crudo, then move on to fan-favorite Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and meatballs, and end with a delectable olive oil cake with pistachio gelato. The menu is $55 with an option to add wine pairings for $35, with an additional and highly recommended cheese course available for $15 a person. Reservations highly recommended.
If upscale, authentic Mexican food is your thing, Rosa Mexicano has you covered this Valentine's Day. Indulge in a four-course meal with your date and begin with guacamole prepared tableside followed by an appetizer, entrée, and dessert of your choosing. Options include lobster flautas or wild shrimp ceviche, chile poblano relleno, or beef short rib enchiladas. End with churros accompanied by a trio of dipping sauces, or deep-fried ice cream. Reservations highly recommended.
For something a little different, hop in a time machine this Valentine's Day and reignite the excitement of Prom with your sweetheart. On the 14th of February, Tiffani Faison hosts her annual 'Valentine's Day Meat Market' at Sweet Cheeks and this year, it's prom night gone South. Singles and couples are welcome to dress in old prom getups to enjoy a barbecue dinner followed by dancing and, of course, sipping on spiked punch. Tickets are required and can be purchased here for $75. This event is 21+ and begins at 8 p.m.
Hidden in the depths of the South End, speakeasy Wink & Nod is a solid Valentine’s Day option for food enthusiasts. Currently under the culinary direction of executive chef Joshua Lewin and sous chef Kate Holowchik of Bread and Salt Hospitality, dinner reservations are available from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day for an extra special Chef’s Tasting Menu. From diver scallop, to monkfish, to poached lobster, to beef sirloin, and short rib as well as an optional cheese fondue course, and, of course, dessert, your evening will be full of romance-inspired dishes. In addition to this $85 prix fixe, a $20 dessert tasting is also available from 9 p.m. onwards.