Arguably the most important date night of the year is just around the corner. No plans yet? Boston Back Bay has you covered with our expert dining guide, steering you towards the perfect menu for your sweetheart’s palate.
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776 Boylston Street
Wine and dine your sweetheart in the upscale comfort of this French bistro. In addition to the regular menu, Bar Boulud is offering a three-course prix fixe with entree options including wild mushroom ravioli, American snapper, and a beef duo featuring braised short rib and filet mignon.
Why We Love It: With wide windows looking out at Boylston Street and the intimate feel that comes with the French bistro, Bar Boulud is a Back Bay favorite for every occasion.
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street
Enjoy romantic views of the Public Gardens while you savor a four-course meal from Chef Louis’s special Valentine’s Day menu. With multiple options for each course — and an optional chef’s course featuring seared foie gras or Maine lobster risotto — there’s a dining experience for every palate.
Why We Love It: The only thing that you’ll love more than the intimate dining room is the inspired French fare. Think venison loin with brussels leaves and juniper jus and duck breast with charred carrots and a blood orange reduction rather than the heavy sauces and stews that grace most bistro menus.
120 Huntington Avenue
Savor authentic French flavors in the open yet intimate atmosphere of a classic French brasserie inside The Colonnade. The four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu offers a variety of options for each course, including a foie gras medallion appetizer and lobster a la bordelaise entree. Save room for dessert, with the option of an opera torte or red velvet molten cake.
Why We Love It: In addition to a phenomenal French meal, Brasserie Jo offers you romantic upgrades for your evening. A la carte options are available, but we love the Gold and Diamond packages, which include roses, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of champagne at your table. Plus, you can make it even more of an evening to remember by booking a room upstairs at the hotel.
65 Exeter Street
Situated on the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets, tucked into The Lenox, City Table offers inventive craft cocktails and carefully selected, spirited American fare in their sophisticated dining room. This Valentine’s Day, in addition to their regular menu, City Table is offering a selection of Valentine’s Day specials for you and your sweetheart. Enjoy charcuterie and cheese for two or tuna two ways, followed by boneless quail with smoked carrots, surf and turf featuring glazed pork belly and grilled chimichurri shrimp, or a pan seared halibut filet with sunchoke carbonara.
Why We Love It: The dining room strikes just the right balance between elevated elegance and relaxed comfort. The food and service is on point and, when you’ve finished your meal, you can retire in luxury by going up to one of The Lenox’s fireplace suites.
75 Arlington Street
An open kitchen and soaring windows looking out onto Arlington Street make Davio’s a restaurant with a view. Their four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu has one of the widest varieties of options. Appetizer offerings include a sampler of Davio’s signature egg rolls to oyster Rockefeller while pasta and protein courses are more in line with the restaurant’s Italian roots: lobster risotto, tagliatelle bolognese, and braised beef short ribs.
Why We Love It: Despite the open and airy dining room, nearly every table feels secluded and intimate. Plus, you and your sweetheart will walk away feeling exquisitely satisfied from the generous portions of delectable Italian fare.
371 Commonwealth Avenue
On the picturesque corner of two of Boston’s most iconic thoroughfares, Deuxave boasts an extraordinary dining experience to wow even the most discerning of sweethearts. Chef and owner Chris Coombs is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu with options that include a Waygu steak tartare first course and a spiced Long Island Duck Breast entree, among many others. Be sure to save room for dessert: pastry chef Shaun Velez’s creations are as beautiful as they are delicious.
Why We Love It: It is difficult to find a more remarkable dining experience than Deuxave — especially in a more comfortable environment. Whether you’re seated by the windows overlooking Mass Ave or in one of the comfortable high-backed chairs in the dining room, you’ll find yourself completely at ease, focusing only on your meal and your Valentine.
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
79 Park Plaza
Still a relative newcomer to the Back Bay dining scene, Doretta Taverna offers upscale Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful, modern dining room in Park Square. The ingredients are clean and fresh and the flavors – in every dish from Saganaki “fondue” and harissa carrots appetizers to the 15 hour lamb shoulder and whole grilled fish entrees — are bold and enticing. This Valentine’s Day, Doretta invites you to celebrate with either their a la carte menu or their special prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, featuring a spread and a choice of two meze, and one entree to share.
Why We Love It: While Mediterranean restaurants seem to be popping up everywhere, Doretta truly sets itself apart with both its flavors and its atmosphere. We love the raw bar selection and the fact that you can enjoy a satisfying, interesting meal with your Valentine and walk away feeling great — not overstuffed.
269 Newbury Street
Try something new this Valentine’s Day with Itadaki’s creative Japanese tapas and sushi. As Newbury Street’s only Izakaya, or Japanese gastropub, Itadaki’s beautiful dining is the perfect venue to leave your Valentine’s Day planning anxiety at home and indulge with your sweetheart. This Valentine’s Day, Itadaki is offering a special three-course prix fixe menu for two, including an incredible sushi plate entree and mochi ice cream dessert.
Why We Love It: Itadaki is not only home to sushi pizza (yes, you read that right), but an unparalleled selection of Japanese liquors, including sake, sochu, and and Japanese whiskey. Try a signature cocktail or Japanese beer with your ramen or sushi – you won’t regret it.
Joe’s American Bar and Grill
181 Newbury Street
If you haven’t visited Joe’s American Bar & Grill’s sunlit dining room on Newbury Street since the debut of their new menu, you’re missing out. The new menu boasts a wide variety of options (where else can you enjoy Hoison Pork Belly, Braised Short Rib Meatloaf, and Barbecue Baby Back Ribs on the same table) with fresh, vibrant flavors and fun cocktails. Joe’s Valentine’s Day specials reflect this new trend. Entree options for Valentine’s Day include a filet mignon with whipped potatoes, a lobster-stuffed chicken breast, and shrimp and fettuccini fra diavola.
Why We Love It: It’s food you crave — did we mention the filet mignon? — that tastes even better than you remember. The dining room is cosy and the bar area features windows overlooking Newbury Street that are perfect for people watching. Whether you choose one of the Valentine’s specials, one of their delicious supper entrees (classic mac & cheese, anyone?), or an indulgent Joe’s burger, be sure to leave room for dessert: there are five sinful options on their regular menu and two crave-worthy editions on the Valentine’s menu.
261 Newbury Street
Escape to Paris this Valentine’s Day with dinner at La Voile, one of the most authentic French experiences you can find, this side of Pointe de Corsen. Stepping inside the intimate dining room (or dining on their romantic patio in warmer weather), you’ll think that you’ve been transported to the City of Lights; everything from the menu to the staff is charmingly, authentically French.
This Valentine’s Day, La Voile is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu. Options include seared foie gras and filet of beef, among others.
Why We Love It: There are few places in Boston where you leave the restaurant and feel better cared for than La Voile. We love the authentic menu, the fantastic wine list, the knowledgeable staff — and the fact that dessert options are wide open for the Valentine’s Day prix-fixe.
Prix-fixe $59 per person. Reserve here.
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
138 Saint James Avenue
Oak Long Bar + Kitchen has the best of both worlds: modern day glitz with old world glam. And their fireplace was recently named one of the coziest in Boston, making Oak Long Bar a no-brainer for Valentine’s Day. Start your evening with a selection of plates to share: the hearth roasted oysters, merguez lamb meatballs, and ‘nduja flatbread caught our eye. The selection of small and large plates is peppered with classics and the Valentine’s Day menu of specials already has us salivating.
Why We Love It: We’re counting down to February 14th so that we can enjoy roasted moulard duck and sweet chili rubbed tenderloins of beef in one of Back Bay’s best loved dining rooms. Leave room for dessert and choose the chocolate marquis special, with pomegranate, pistachio, crystallized chocolate, and orange
406 Stuart Street
Looking for a cozy farm-to-table experience for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than Post 390. With multiple fireplaces and two floors with very different feels (floor one is the urbane yet casual tavern while floor two is the dining room, offering a more elevated experience), Post 390 is a neighborhood favorite for every occasion.
This Valentine’s Day, Post 390 is offering a special prix-fixe menu, in addition to their regular a la carte offerings. This limited time menu features a carmelized onion and mushroom tart or creamy potato soup appetizer, followed by either a grilled filet mignon with peppercorns and prune or seared cod and potato gnocchi. Dessert offerings include a chocolate box or key lime tart and cheesecake.
Why We Love It: Post 390 is perfect for any stage of your evening. The bar is expansive but intimate, the tables in the Tavern perfect for a bite and a sip with your sweetheart. The dining room upstairs offers a truly memorable experience, with the service, the ambiance, and the flavors tied for our favorite part of the evening.
Stephanie’s on Newbury
190 Newbury Street
A perennial favorite for intimate date nights, Stephanie’s on Newbury’s jewel-toned dining room and glam bar is a perfect spot to share Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart. The regular menus (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner) feature a robust variety of elevated comfort food favorites, including the fan favorite mac & cheese and the decadent Oversized Stephi’s burger and the bar churns out delicately balanced cocktails to match.
This Valentine’s Day, in addition to their regular menu, Stephanie’s is offering a selection of Valentine’s Day specials, including two signature cocktails: the Caribbean Honeymoon and Stolen Kiss on Strawberry Hill. Featured entrees include a lobster fra diavolo with 1 ¼ pound maine lobster, mussels and linguini
tossed in a spicy tomato sauce, a cowgirl steak with grilled artichoke hearts, sweet potato fries and herb butter, and pan seared branzino with black lentil risotto, seasonal vegetables and salsa verde.
Why We Love It: Everyone has a fond memory made at Stephanie’s, whether it’s a date, a family dinner, or cocktails with friends. And no matter how many times you return to make new memories, you’ll find your experience more enjoyable than the last. It’s always comfortable, never tired, and we always leave feeling contented — and impressed.
STRIP by Strega
64 Arlington Street
With a sleek interior reminiscent of an upscale Vegas steakhouse and a sumptuous menu that’s all its own, STRIP by Strega in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel is a Back Bay favorite for couples desiring a modern feel to their timeless dining experience. True to the Varano Group tradition, the menu is large with enticing options for all sorts of palates and an impressive raw bar selection. Unlike other Strega restaurants, pasta takes a back seat to thick cut, perfectly cooked steaks with sides that you would gladly eat as an entree (think gnocchi and cheese with the option to add lobster).
This Valentine’s Day, in addition to their regular menu, STRIP by Strega is offering a prix-fixe menu for two. Share a crudo plate for two, featuring shrimp, lobster, jumbo crab meat, oysters, tuna, then either a pairing of a cowboy cut steak and shrimp or tenderloin steak and lobster.
Why We Love It: We love the concept of sharing a meal with your sweetheart – and the entree pairings ensure that both of you will love your choice. Besides, if you’re willing to share the dessert — a duo of chocolate — you know it’s true love.
Top of the Hub
800 Boylston Street
Enjoy one of Boston’s romantic dining experiences, fifty-two stories above the city. Peppered with intimate dining tables, with live music adding to the incredibly romantic ambience, Top of the Hub is a perennial favorite for sweethearts looking for an evening to remember.
This Valentine’s Day, Top of the Hub is offering a special four-course prix-fixe menu with optional wine pairings. This exclusive menu features options like basil pesto crusted lamb chops with cannellini bean puree, sautéed haricot verts, and piquillo pepper oil and a miso and mirin cured Chilean sea bass with coconut infused black rice, Romanesco, and caramelized pineapple salsa.
Why We Love It: Each course of the special Valentine’s Day offers inviting new flavors, sure to please your palate and impress your date. Think blackened tuna crudo with caviar and smoked chili dusted jumbo shrimp and scallops with Peruvian potatoes. What we love even more? Wine pairings are an additional $30.