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No Reservations Needed for These Casual Valentine's Day Options

Whether these last-minute reservation options aren't floating your boat or you'd just prefer to keep things casual and head out on a whim Saturday night, here are some walk-in-friendly picks for Valentine's Day 2015. You may have to wait in line, but the no-frills, no-fuss dinner will be worth it.

A4 Pizza, Somerville
A4 Pizza, Somerville
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater


A4 Pizza: Always casual, never reservations. Beer, pizza, Hoodsies.

American Fresh: Slumbrew's Assembly Row beer garden will be keeping things laid-back. (Don't worry about the snow — it's a heated tent.) Snag a charcuterie board and a couple of beers; it'll only set you back around $25.

Audubon: Yep, it's a 50 Shades of Grey-themed dinner and party. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (both a 50 Shades prix fixe menu and the regular a la carte menu), and at 10 p.m., the Fenway restaurant becomes "The Red Room" dance club (a DJ, photo booth, an outdoor patio bar with frozen cocktails, and snacks). While reservations are being accepted, walk-ins are also welcome for both dinner and the party.

Cuisine en Locale: The Somerville event space is offering an a la carte menu as well as a three-course prix fixe ($35) — oysters, lobster pasta, Taza chocolate cake. Reservations "happily accepted," but walk-ins are also very much welcome.

Dali: This longtime Somerville restaurant offers a wide range of tapas, a kitschy-yet-romantic ambiance, and plenty of classy booze. Reservations are available for seatings before 6 p.m. (Dali opens at 5:30 p.m.), but the rest of the night is first come, first served.

The Gallows: The regular menu will be available, "sprinkled with a little extra love," and bar seating will be reserved for walk-ins.

Highland Kitchen: As usual, this lively Somerville spot won't be taking reservations. While no specific details have been announced, the restaurant tells Eater it'll be a "fun" and "casual" night.

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant: This South Boston restaurant is treating Saturday like any other day and encouraging friends to spend time together rather than couples. Walk-ins more than welcome.

Nebo: Pizza and pasta on Atlantic Wharf — no special prix fixe menus (but there might be a few specials available). Walk-ins welcome.

Neptune Oyster: This North End hotspot never takes reservations. You'll have to wait in line, but some of Boston's best lobster rolls await you inside the cozy restaurant.

Shake Shack: Keep it ultra casual with quick-service burgers. On Valentine's Day, the chain (local outposts are in Harvard Square and Chestnut Hill) is offering a buy-one-get-one-free shake deal if you bring a date. "Love means never having to share your shake," notes a press release.

State Park: The Kendall Square restaurant is hosting a Lady and the Tramp-inspired night, complete with chianti in traditional straw-wrapped bottles, breadsticks, and "one giant plate of (bbq) spaghetti," served on a table bedecked with a "romantic tablecloth." Forty bucks a couple; no reservations. "Just get a date and come on in."

TRADE: The Atlantic Wharf restaurant promises a casual night with the full regular menu and a few specials. While reservations are accepted and recommended in the dining room, the bar and kitchen bar areas are saved for walk-ins.

Shake Shack (Chestnut Hill)

49 Boylston St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-651-3406 Visit Website

A4 Pizza

445 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

The Gallows

1395 Washington Street, , MA 02118 (617) 425-0200 Visit Website

American Fresh Taproom

300 Grand Union Blvd, Somerville, MA

Cuisine en Locale

156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 285-0167 Visit Website


520 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210 617 723 6326 Visit Website

Highland Kitchen

150 Highland Avenue, , MA 02143 (617) 625-1131 Visit Website

State Park

300 Lower Level, , MA 02139 (617) 848-4355 Visit Website


415 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143 617 661 3254 Visit Website


838 Beacon Street, , MA 02215 (617) 421-1910 Visit Website

Neptune Oyster

63 Salem Street, , MA 02113 (617) 742-3474 Visit Website


1410 14th Street Northwest, , DC 20005 (202) 986-1094 Visit Website

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

425 West Broadway, , MA 02127 (617) 765-8636 Visit Website

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