Planning a special date night in Boston? Are you looking for the most romantic spots? We got you covered! Here are some of our favorite romantic spots in Boston and Cambridge and beyond.
Orinoco (Harvard Square, Cambridge)
If you want an intimate setting in Harvard Square, check out Orinoco which is dimly lit and inside a homey building. We visit here on our Harvard Square Food Tour, Make sure to make a reservation, as there are only a handful of tables. The atmosphere is as nice as the food — and their sangria is out of this world.
Posto (Davis Square, Somerville and others)
We may be biased becaue we met here, but Posto really does have a romantic upscale Italian atmosphere and feel good vibes. It’s another spot that’s dimly lit, and the menu is super classic – there’s something for everyone, and it all tastes so good! On our anniversary, we always request their pizza shaped like a heart, so if you’re feeling extra romantic, be sure to ask your server! We do have a Davis Square Food Tour, and we’d love to show you around!
Dali (Somerville, Massachusetts)
Do you like tapas? We’ve always felt that Dali has such a romantic vibe. That’s probably why so many people get engaged at Dali. Inside a tavern right outside of Porter Square, Dali serves authentic Spanish cuisine. The tapas are quite yummy and shareable, and the artwork on the walls and soft lighting contribute to the romantic feelings.
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Krasi (Back Bay, Massachusetts)
It’s something about the DIY tzatziki that makes Krasi such an intimate spot — you can cuddle together on the same side of the table and select from their list of Greek wines over a yummy meal.
The Helmand (Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
The Helmand is one of our favorite restaurants — and the bread oven especially lends itself to a romantic date night experience. You can linger over their Afghani appetizers (try the pumpkin kaddo) with dipping sauces and bread, and the menu is diverse enough that there’s something for everyone.
Casa Romero (Back Bay, Boston)
For an even more upscale date, you can try Casa Romero in the Back Bay. We love their outdoor patio — and they have delicious tequila! Some highlights include: people watching, delicious seafood dishes, and their wonderful sangria. Yum!
Giulia (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Looking for romantic Italian food, specifically homemade pasta? Giulia does require a reservation — weeks in advance — but this hole in the wall between Harvard and Porter Square is definitely worth a trip, they are consistently yummy!
Judy’s Bay (Inman Square, Cambridge, MA)
Enjoy seafood? This restaurant took over the tiny Bondir space and kept their fireplace — in fact, you can reserve the fireplace booth for extra cozy dining! There’s also chicken on the menu if your date isn’t as into seafood.
Yvonne’s (Boston, MA)
I thought and thought, should we include this or not because it’s also a lot of fun for groups of friends. But ultimately, we decided it made the list — there’s just so many cool settings in the restaurant, and it’s a great place for a couple in love to see and be seen.
Row’s Wharf Sea Grille (Boston, MA)
Folks spend so much money getting married right on the water in Boston, and this amazing restaurant right inside of the Boston Harbor Hotel has really nice views. The seafood is top notch, and if you’re still feeling talkative after dinner — you will want to continue the conversation with a walk by the water outside.
Bistro Du Midi (Boston, MA)
Okay this spot is SUPER fancy and overlooks Boston Common — so it’s definitely a splurge! But sometimes fancy is what is called for for a special romantic date — and there’s nothing as celebratory as splitting their souffle, with flavors that change often!
Estragon (South End, Boston, MA)
Continuing on the tapas theme, we have really enjoyed Estragon in the South End for years. It’s always exciting to visit here, and you can do so after a First Friday’s SoWA experience or a stroll through their weekend farmer’s market. Our advice? Order a lot of options and split them all — it’s such a fun experience and so so tasty.
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Ruka (Boston, MA)
After theater or a movie, you can stroll over to Ruka for an interesting meal (Peruvian meets Japanese meets Chinese) in a beautiful spot. The food is excellent, and there’s a lot of flavor in the food. The atmosphere is conducive to adventurous romance.
Sonsie (Boston, MA)
There’s something about Newbury Street! Sonsie can feel like a place to see and be seen, with the large floor to ceiling windows and open kitchen. But you can catch a really nice moment — especially over brunch — and have a memorable, romantic time.
Talulla (Huron Village, Cambridge, MA)
Another cozy spot, far from the T, is Talulla which is named after the owners’ daughter — and they’re known for their wine pairings. It feels like a romantic, neighborhood spot — and you can dream about what it would be like to live within walking distance.
We also have a list of of the Top Igloo Dining in Boston, Favorite Afternoon Tea, and Favorite Outdoor Dining in Boston. Want to know more about dating in Boston? Check our our Boston Date Night Guide.
So that’s our round-up of our favorite romantic restaurants in Boston. What did we miss?