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Valentine’s Day 2017 Boston Dining Guide

Where to avoid prix fixe meals, where to buy naughty cupcakes, and more

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Opinions vary, but some consider Valentine’s Day to be one of the worst nights of the year to dine out. On the consumer side, there are pricey prix fixe menus trying too hard to feed you stereotypical “aphrodisiac” foods. There’s the rush to snag a reservation. There’s the cheesy music, the lovey-dovey couples everywhere, the obligatory shared hunk of chocolate cake. For chefs and restaurant staff, it’s a night of two-tops, stressed diners trying to impress their dates, no-shows, and dates that end badly mid-meal.

Nonetheless, a lot of people will end up spending Valentine’s Day at a restaurant, so here’s a guide to your options around Boston, separated into prix fixe meals and a la carte meals. (Some restaurants offer both and thus appear in both tables below.) Menu links, reservation information, and other pertinent details are included when possible, and updates will be made leading up to February 14, so keep checking back for new additions. (Something missing? Email boston@eater.com.)

Read on past the two tables below for some recommendations on where to buy sweets for the holiday, where to celebrate on days other than February 14, and more.

Originally published January 19, 2017. Date of most recent update appears above.



Where to Eat Multi-Course Meals on Valentine’s Day

Restaurant Address City $/Person Menu Info Reservations More Details
Restaurant Address City $/Person Menu Info Reservations More Details
75 on Chestnut 75 Chestnut St. Boston $85 Sample dishes: lobster bisque; herb-crusted rack of lamb; molten chocolate cake. Reserve online Three-course meal.
75 on Liberty Wharf 220 Northern Ave. Boston $85 Sample dishes: lobster bisque; herb-crusted rack of lamb; molten chocolate cake. Reserve online Three-course meal.
Alta Strada 92 Central St. Wellesley $60 Sample dishes: truffle salad; veal loin; banana crema crostata. Reserve online Four-course prix fixe (a la carte options also available). 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Area Four 55 Traveler St. Boston Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Reserve online Multi-course meal with Area Four sweetheart candies on the table and drink specials.
Artisan Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton 10 Avery St. Boston $75 Sample dishes: lobster salad; beef short rib; molten chocolate cake. Call (617) 574-7100 Serving a prix fixe menu. Plus, half of the proceeds of every dessert sold in Artisan Bistro and Avery Bar from 2/10 through 2/14 will benefit the Family Reach organization.
B&G Oysters 550 Tremont St. Boston $75 Reserve online Three-course menu with optional supplements, such as a raw bar tower and caviar.
Back Bay Harry's 142 Berkeley St. Boston $55 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Reserve online Three-course prix fixe and special cocktails. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bar Boulud 776 Boylston St. Boston $80 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Three-course (plus an amuse bouche) prix fixe (add $55/person for optional wine pairings.)
Bastille Kitchen 49 Melcher St. Boston $90 Sample dishes: tuna crudo; lobster and mushroom ravioli; macaron heart for two. Reserve online Four-course prix fixe.
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro 25 Charles St. Boston $68 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Three-course meal (plus amuse). Add a wine pairing for $35/person.
Beat Brasserie 13 Brattle St. Cambridge $58 Reserve online The regular dinner menu will not be offered on 2/14, just the prix fixe. Items from the Valentine's Day menu will also be available a la carte 2/10-2/18. Live music on Tuesday, 2/14 as well as Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Belly Wine Bar 1 Kendall Sq. Cambridge $85 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Buy a ticket online Serving a four-course prix fixe ($85/person) and a five-course prix fixe ($100/person) with Amelie playing in the background.
Bergamot 118 Beacon St. Somerville $115 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Six-course Italian-inspired meal (add $60/person for optional wine pairings.) 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bistro du Midi 272 Boylston St. Boston $95 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (617) 426-7878 Four-course prix fixe with optional wine pairings (add $65/person.)
Bond at The Langham 250 Franklin St. Boston $75 Sample dishes: Duxbury oysters; lavender honey brushed duck breast; chocolate croissant bread pudding. Reserve online Three-course menu; reservations between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Bar menu also available.
Boston Chops 1375 Washington St. Boston $99 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Reserve online Three-course prix fixe, plus raw bar add-ons, available from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Brass Union 70 Union Sq. Somerville $55 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Buy a ticket online Four-course meal (with a couple extras) paired with Two Roads beers.
Brasserie Jo 120 Huntington Ave. Boston $100 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Special Valentine's menu available as a $100/person four-course meal (with champagne); all items also available a la carte. Optional flower and chocolate upgrades available. Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Brio Tuscan Grille 200 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill $20.95 Sample dishes: bistecca insalata; lobster bisque; crab-stuffed shrimp and lobster tail. Reserve online Two-course meal (soup or salad and an entree) starting at $20.95/person; some entrees raise the price. Available February 10 through 14.
Brownstone 111 Dartmouth St. Boston $37.50 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online $75/couple for a three-course meal (appetizer and dessert are shared) and a glass of wine per person.
Cafe ArtScience 650 E. Kendall St. Cambridge $125 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online. Credit card and email required for reservations; 72-hour cancellation policy. Serving a seven-course menu. Add $75/person for wine pairings.
Capo 443 W. Broadway Boston $80 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Buy ticket online and follow the instructions on Eventbrite for arranging your dinner reservation Tickets start at $160 per couple for Capo's "dinner and a show" Valentine’s Day event — a three-course prix fixe for two, a bottle of prosecco, and admission to the new downstairs lounge for live music by Beantown Swing Orchestra.
Centre Street Cafe 669A Centre St. Boston $65 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Call (617) 524-9217 Four-course prix fixe. Add $25/person for wine pairings. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chiara 569 High St. Westwood $85 Sample dishes: gingered crab bisque; grilled Wagyu sirloin; dessert tasting. Reserve online Three-course prix fixe.
Common Ground 319 Broadway Arlington $32.50 Sample dishes: sweet potato bisque; sage and sweet potato ravioli; grand marnier chocolate cake. Call (781) 728-0060 $65/couple for a three-course prix fixe (appetizer and dessert are shared), two glasses of champagne, and carnations. Regular menu also available, as well as some a la carte specials.
Commonwealth 11 Broad Canal Way Cambridge $35 Sample dishes: butternut squash soup; crispy bacon chicken pot pie; red velvet layer cake. Call (617) 945-7030 A comfort food prix fixe. Vegetarian option available upon request. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Coppersmith 40 West Third St. Boston $40 Sample dishes: baked goat cheese with grilled naan; sesame seared salmon; pecan pie with bourbon whipped cream. Call (617) 658-3452 Three-course meal
Craigie on Main 853 Main St. Cambridge $75 Sample dishes: braised duck and red beet lasagnette; rose-cured hamachi sashimi; ruby red grapefruit sorbet. Reserve online Six-course tasting menu ($135/person) from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; four-course menu ($75) from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen 604 Columbus Ave. Boston $65 Call (617) 536-1100 Three-course meal by Cutthroat Kitchen winner and MasterChef contestant Manny Washington Jr. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Live music.
Davio's 75 Arlington St. Boston $95 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (617) 357-4810 Three-course meal. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The regular dinner menu will not be served.)
Deadhorse Hill 281 Main St. Worcester $85 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Four-course French menu (in addition to the nightly a la carte menu). Also available 2/10-2/12. Optional $30/person wine pairing.
Deuxave 371 Commonwealth Ave. Boston $150 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Four-course prix fixe (add $75/person for wine pairing.)
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar 79 Park Plaza Boston $65 Sample dishes: spreads with house-made pita and salad; choose your own mezze; shared entree. Reserve online Tasting menu (add $30/person for wine pairings.) There's also a $75 raw tower available, as well as a surf and turf for two special. Available 2/10-2/18. The regular date-night menu won't be available on the 14th, but the standard dinner menu will be.
Fairsted Kitchen 1704 Beacon St. Brookline $89 Sample dishes: fried oysters; veal porterhouse; chocolate torte for two. Reserve online Four-course prix fixe (regular menu unavailable).
Foundry on Elm 255 Elm St. Somerville $45 Sample dishes: fried oysters; filet mignon with truffle bordelaise; sweet potato spaetzle with warm maple cream. Reserve online Three-course meal with optional $30 mini seafood tower for two supplement. Add $20/person for wine pairings. Also serving a casual "neighborhood menu" at the bar.
Granary Tavern 170 Milk St. Boston $37.50 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online $75/couple for a three-course meal (appetizer and dessert are shared) and a glass of wine per person.
Il Casale 50 Leonard St. Belmont $65 Call (617) 209-4942 Four-course prix fixe, available February 10 through 14.
Il Casale 1727 Massachusetts Ave. Lexington $65 Call (781) 538-5846 Four-course prix fixe, available February 10 through 14.
Juliet 257 Washington St. Somerville $60 Click here for current menu Reserve online. Walk-ins accommodated if possible, but reservations are encouraged. Not usually open for Tuesdays, Juliet will open on Valentine’s Day with its current prix fixe offering, a three-course ($60/person) or five-course ($83/person) Lyonnaise-style meal. Seatings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
L'Espalier 774 Boylston St. Boston $200 Call (617) 262-3023 Eight-course meal. Seatings available between 5 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
La Casa de Pedro 505 Congress St. Boston $75 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Reserve online Five-course meal.
La Morra 48 Boylston St. Brookline $90 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Reserve online Four-course meal (add $45/person for a wine flight.)
Les Zygomates 129 South St. Boston $70 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Also serving the prix fixe menu on 2/11-2/12 (closed 2/13). Live music all three nights on both sides of the restaurant. On 2/14, add $25 per person to include Perrier Jouet champagne and a rose.
Lion's Tail 354 Harrison Ave. Boston $55 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (857) 239-9276 Three-course prix fixe.
Loyal Nine 660 Cambridge St. Cambridge $65 Click here for menu (navigate to Valentine's Day tab) Reserve online Serving a shared supper ($65/guest) with a selection of dishes and some optional supplements. A la carte menu available at the bar.
Mast' 45 Province St. Boston $45 Sample dishes: arancini; Neapolitan pizza; prosciutto and burrata ravioli. Reserve online Three-course meal (and a single red rose). Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Menton 354 Congress St. Boston $250 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Seven-course tasting menu (add $95/person for wine pairings.) At the bar, the tasting menu will be served, along with a la carte options.
Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar 70 Rowes Wharf Boston $125 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Call (617) 439-3995 Four-course prix fixe (add $75/person for wine pairing.) Also available on February 11.
Mida 782 Tremont St. Boston $57 Reserve online Four-course tasting menu (add $36/person for wine pairings.)
Miel 510 Atlantic Ave. Boston $80 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Three-course meal (plus amuse bouche). Seatings between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
No.9 Park 9 Park St. Boston $215 Reserve online Six-course tasting menu (add $125/person for wine pairings.)
Oak + Rowan 321 A St. Boston $95 Sample dishes: oysters gratinee; garganelli with braised rabbit ragu; assorted sweets plate for two. Reserve online Five-course meal (with optional cheese supplement).
Off the Common at Boston Park Plaza 50 Park Plaza Boston $60 Sample dishes: Jonah crab salad; smoked beef tenderloin; NY-style cheesecake. Call (617) 426-2000 Three-course prix fixe.
Outlook Kitchen & Bar 70 Sleeper St. Boston $75 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (617) 530-1559 Three-course meal (and a champagne toast).
Pabu 3 Franklin St. Boston $135 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Seven-course tasting menu; add $95/person for beverage pairings. 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Pagu 310 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge $85 Sample dishes: kombu-cured fluke crudo; curry crab croqueta; assortment of sorbets and macarons. Reserve online Barcelona-inspired five-course meal (vegetarian option available) with optional supplements; add $65/person for beverage pairings. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A la carte menu also available.
Pantry at The VERVE Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick 1360 Worcester St. Natick $75 Sample dishes: citrus salad; charred octopus; grilled sirloin. Call (508) 416-1352 Serving a three-course dinner (available 2/11 through 2/14) alongside the a la carte menu.
Posto 187 Elm St. Somerville $50 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving a three-course prix fixe as well as an abbreviated version of the restaurant's standard menu. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Puritan & Co. 1166 Cambridge St. Cambridge $75 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (617) 615-6195 Four-course prix fixe with optional wine pairings for an additional cost. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (No regular menu served.)
RFK Kitchen 30 Dedham Ave. Needham $65 Reservations required; call (781) 444-1792 Five-course aphrodisiac tasting menu (add $20/person for wine pairings.)
Royal Sonesta Boston 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd. Cambridge $125 Sample dishes: mushroom-crusted filet; white truffle risotto; chocolate tasting. Buy tickets online Serving a four-course dinner with champagne toast and live music (Rich DiMare's four-piece jazz ensemble). Seatings available between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Overnight packages available.
Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St. Cambridge $59 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Three-course prix fixe (add $24/person for optional beverage pairings.) Full dinner and bar menus also available.
Seasons 52 Chestnut Hill
Society on High 99 High St. Boston $75 Sample dishes: beet and warm goat cheese salad; poached dover sole; chocolate fondue. Reserve online Tasting menu with optional wine pairings.
Sportello 348 Congress St. Boston $75 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Four-course meal featuring dishes meant to be shared (add $50/person for wine pairings.) The regular menu will not be available.
SRV 569 Columbus Ave. Boston $45 Call (617) 536-9500. Reservations must be held with a credit card. Cancellations within two days of 2/14 subject to $50/person charge; no-shows are subject to $100/person charge. Serving $45 and $65 tasting menus (family-style). Diners at the bar can order a la carte from a selection of cicchetti and other menu items. On 2/13, the tasting menus will be available as well as the regular a la carte menu. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
State Park 1 Kendall Sq. Cambridge $37.50 Sample dishes: breadsticks; spaghetti and meatballs for two; heart-shaped ice cream sandwich. Reserve online (encouraged, but walk-ins welcome) Lady and the Tramp-themed dinner for two ($75/couple) with romantic tablecloth, carnations, a votive candle, and a bottle of wine. 2/11 through 2/14, 5 p.m. to midnight. Regular dinner menu also available.
Strega Waterfront 1 Marina Park Dr. Boston $95 Sample dishes: beef carpaccio; dover sole almondine; tiramisu. Reserve online Three-course prix fixe (add $20/person for optional wine pairings). Available 2/11-2/14. Regular menu also available.
Tamo Bistro + Bar 1 Seaport Ln. Boston $50 Sample dishes: egg ravioli with truffle and parmesan; lamb shank; chocolate molten cake. Call (617) 385-4304 Three-course meal and a shared bottle of wine. (Available on 2/13 as well, without the bottle of wine, for $40/each.
Terramia Ristorante 98 Salem St. Boston $75 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Four-course meal, starting with a glass of Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco Brut. The regular menu will not be available. Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Beehive 541 Tremont St. Boston $69 Reserve online Serving a prix fixe on 2/14 (no regular menu available), and items from the Valentine's Day menu will also be available a la carte 2/10-2/13 and 2/15-2/19. Live jazz and soul performances throughout the week.
The Independent 75 Union Sq. Somerville $22.50 Sample dishes: boneless stuffed whole duck; winter clafoutis; Shade & Honey cocktail with house vanilla spice rum, velvet falernum, citrus. Three-course prix fixe ($45/couple) served family-style. Optional beverage pairings available. There will also be glittery special cocktails. DJ begins at 9 p.m. Dinner served 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sequins encouraged. The prix fixe menu is available 2/10-2/14, alongside the regular menu.
The Merchant 60 Franklin St. Boston $60 Click here for Valentine’s Day menu Call (617) 482-6060 Three-course meal, available 2/11 and 2/14.
The Palm 1 International Pl. Boston $97.50 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Call (617) 867-9292 Three-course surf-and-turf menu ($195/couple). Also available on February 13.
The Reserve at The Langham 250 Franklin St. Boston $60 Click here for afternoon tea menu Reserve online Afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes, and scones; reservations available between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Evening tea from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ($65/person) adds a few heartier options to the menu.
The Table at Season to Taste 2447 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge $125 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Online reservations not available for the holiday; call (617) 871-9468 Five-course meal (with extra treats). Optional $65/person beverage pairings. Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Top of the Hub 800 Boylston St. (52nd floor of the Pru) Boston $125 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online; credit card required Four-course meal (add $30/person for wine pairings.) Dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Live music and dancing in the lounge from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Townsman 120 Kingston St. Boston $89 Sample dishes: tuna crudo; carrot mousse raviolo; grilled Vermont ribeye. Reserve online Four-course ($89/person) or six-course prix fixe ($119/person) with optional wine pairings ($45 or $59/person respectively).
Tres Gatos 470 Centre St. Boston $65 Sample dishes: oysters escabeche; Peking quail; goat's milk gnudi. Reserve online Four-course prix fixe.
Tresca 233 Hanover St. Boston $69 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe ($69/person or a discounted $129/couple) will be served alongside the regular dinner menu. Make a Valentine's Day reservation and be automatically entered to win dinner and champagne for two at Tresca's balcony #77 table when it reopens in the spring.
Troquet 140 Boylston St. Boston $89 Call (617) 695-9463 The original location of Troquet will serve a three-course prix fixe with seatings available 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; the restaurant will close on February 18 for its relocation to South Street.
True Bistro 1153 Broadway Somerville $65 Click here for Valentine's Day menu Call (617) 627-9000 Four-course vegan meal. Add $25/person for wine pairings. Seatings available between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Vintage Restaurant & Lounge 72 Broad St. Boston $74.50 Reserve online Three-course meal for two with a bottle of champagne for $149 per couple.

Where to Avoid Prix Fixe Meals on Valentine’s Day

Restaurant Address City Menu Info Reservations More Details
Restaurant Address City Menu Info Reservations More Details
Alden & Harlow 40 Brattle St. Cambridge Sample specials: lamb "porchetta"; A5 Kobe; root vegetable pan roast for two. Reserve online Serving some Valentine’s Day specials 2/10 through 2/14.
Alma Nove 22 Shipyard Dr. Hingham Sample specials: roasted Island Creek oysters; stozzapreti; butter-poached lobster. Call (781) 749-3353 Serving the regular dinner menu and some Valentine’s Day specials (available 2/11 through 2/14).
Alta Strada 92 Central St. Wellesley Reserve online Serving a selection of a la carte items from the regular menu, as well as a prix fixe option. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Anthem Kitchen & Bar 101 S. Market St. Boston Sample specials: rack of lamb; grilled swordfish; peppermint chocolate mousse. Reserve online Serving some Valentine's Day specials.
Aquitaine 569 Tremont St. Boston Sample specials: parmentier of Jonah crab; merlu poele. Call (617) 424-8577 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Aquitaine 500 Legacy Pl. Dedham Sample specials: Waygu beef carpaccio; venison medallions. Call (781) 471-5212 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Aquitaine 11 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill Sample specials: caramelized bay scallops; crispy confit of duck leg. Call (617) 734-8400 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Bar Mezzana 360 Harrison Ave. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu. Plus, there will be a candy bar set up where diners can opt to pick out sweets and hot chocolate to take home.
Barlow's 241 A St. Boston Sample specials: oyster Rockefeller; surf & turf; cheesecake creme brulee. Call (617) 338-2142 Serving some specials. There's a brand new chef.
Besito Mexican 75 Middlesex Tpke. Burlington Sample specials: pescado relleno; bistec en salsa verde. Reserve online A la carte specials available in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Besito Mexican 199 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill Sample specials: pescado relleno; bistec en salsa verde. Reserve online A la carte specials available in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Bisq 1071 Cambridge St. Cambridge Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu with the addition of a holiday special.
Bond at The Langham 250 Franklin St. Boston Reserve online A bar menu will be available in addition to the Valentine's prix fixe.
Brasserie Jo 120 Huntington Ave. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving a special Valentine's Day menu that is available prix fixe or a la carte with various flower and chocolate upgrades available. Open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Bukowski Tavern 1281 Cambridge St. Cambridge "F Valentine's Day: No hugs or kissing. No love songs or romance. No PDA. No special friends." Open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and featuring hot dogs and a special cocktail.
Capo 443 W. Broadway Boston Click here for regular menu Call (617) 993-8080 In addition to offering a special "dinner and a show" package, the regular full dinner menu will be available.
Cask 'n Flagon 804 Plain St. Marshfield Serving the regular dinner menu, along with some Valentine’s Day special dishes and cocktails.
Cask 'n Flagon 62 Brookline Ave. Boston Serving the regular dinner menu, along with some Valentine’s Day special dishes and cocktails.
Catalyst 300 Technology Sq. Cambridge Sample specials: slow-cooked beef short ribs; local oyster with blood orange granita; seared foie gras with savory bread pudding. Call (617) 576-3000 A la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Chopps American Bar and Grill 1 Burlington Mall Rd. Burlington Click here for regular menu Call (781) 229-6565 Serving the full dinner menu (as well as a three-course prix fixe).
Cinquecento 500 Harrison Ave. Boston Sample specials: Alaskan side-striped shrimp; merluzzo arrosto. Call (617) 338-9500 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Common Ground 319 Broadway Arlington Click here for regular menu Call (781) 728-0060 Offering the regular menu and some a la carte specials in addition to a prix fixe.
Coppa 253 Shawmut Ave. Boston Sample specials: spaghetti and meatballs; hamachi crudo; wood oven-roasted rack of lamb. Reserve online Serving a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Dante 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd. Cambridge Sample specials: ostriche (oysters on the half shell, fried oysters, sauces, and sea beans); filetto e gaberi (juniper crusted filet mignon and grilled pesto shrimp); bianco e nero (black and white chocolate mousse cake dessert for two). Call (617) 497-4200 Serving the full dinner menu and some a la carte specials (available February 10 through 14).
Deadhorse Hill 281 Main St. Worcester Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving the nightly a la carte menu alongside a special prix fixe menu.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 250 Northern Ave. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving an abridged version of the usual menu, plus a special: an eight-ounce filet and lobster for $79.
Devlin's 332 Washington St. Brighton Call (617) 779-8822 Serving some specials.
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar 79 Park Plaza Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online The regular dinner menu will be available alongside a tasting menu (but the usual date-night menu won't be served).
Drink 348 Congress St. Boston No reservations; first come, first served "Hula With Your Honey" — like Tiki Sunday, but on a Tuesday. Opens at 4 p.m.
Farmstead Table 71 Union St. Newton Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu.
Foundry on Elm 255 Elm St. Somerville Reserve online In addition to a three-course prix fixe, Foundry is serving a casual "neighborhood menu" at the bar.
Gaslight Brasserie 560 Harrison Ave. Boston Sample specials: pan seared foie gras; pan roasted duck breast. Call (617) 422-0224 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Gaslight Lynnfield 1100 Market St. Lynnfield Sample specials: braised veal osso buco; pan seared foie gras. Call (781) 334-3433 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Glass House 450 Kendall St. Cambridge Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online Serving some Valentine's Day specials.
Grafton Street 1230 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner and bar menus, as well as some Valentine’s Day specials.
Island Creek Oyster Bar 300 District Ave. Burlington Sample specials: smoked oysters Rockefeller; dungeness crab capellini; beef wellington. Reserve online Serving an a la carte menu with some Valentine’s Day specials.
Kings 50 Dalton St. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular menu, plus Valentine's Day specials and shareable drinks. Make a dinner reservation in advance and order a minimum of an entree per person to receive a priority spot on the bowling waitlist after your meal.
Kings 52 Second Ave. Burlington Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular menu, plus Valentine's Day specials and shareable drinks. Make a dinner reservation in advance and order a minimum of an entree per person to receive a priority spot on the bowling waitlist after your meal.
Kings 600 Legacy Pl. Dedham Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular menu, plus Valentine's Day specials and shareable drinks. Make a dinner reservation in advance and order a minimum of an entree per person to receive a priority spot on the bowling waitlist after your meal.
Kings 510 Market St. Lynnfield Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular menu, plus Valentine's Day specials and shareable drinks. Make a dinner reservation in advance and order a minimum of an entree per person to receive a priority spot on the bowling waitlist after your meal.
L'Andana 86 Cambridge St. Burlington Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Motta's Italian Specialties 1357 Washington St. Boston Sample specials: roasted clams; pan roasted monkfish. Call (617) 338-5300 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Lion's Tail 354 Harrison Ave. Boston Click here for regular menu Call (857) 239-9276 Serving the full dinner menu in addition to a three-course prix fixe
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar 412 W. Broadway Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Taco Tuesday will include heart-shaped tacos.
Loyal Nine 660 Cambridge St. Cambridge Reserve online Serving an a la carte menu at the bar only. (There's a prix fixe menu in the dining room.)
Menton 354 Congress St. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Sit at the bar for a la carte options. (The seven-course prix fixe is also available at the bar.)
MET Back Bay 279 Dartmouth St. Boston Sample specials: modern potato skins; Jonah crab stuffed sole for two; chocolate and Nutella profiterole sundae. Call (617) 267-0451 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials. Available 2/10 through 2/14.
Metropolis 584 Tremont St. Boston Sample specials: crispy camembert; cocoa crusted venison. Call (617) 247-2931 Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Mistral 223 Columbus Ave. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mooo 15 Beacon St. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Morano Gelato 199 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill Special Valentine’s Day gelato flavors: dark chocolate, amarena cherry, red velvet cake. Get your gelato in free Nutella-lined cups and cones on Valentine’s Day.
Morton's The Steakhouse 2 Seaport Ln. Boston Reserve online There's a Valentine’s Day special — a steak and lobster dish for $56.
Not Your Average Joe's Various addresses 15 Massachusetts locations Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online Serving Valentine’s Day specials February 10 through 14.
Ocean Prime 142 Northern Ave. Boston Sample specials: 32-ounce tomahawk steak; petite filet and crab-stuffed lobster. Reserve online Serving the full dinner menu and some specials.
Orleans 65 Holland St. Somerville Sample specials: wild mushroom risotto fritters; pan-seared red snapper; grilled filet mignon. Call (617) 591-2100 Serving some specials.
Ostra 1 Charles St. South Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pagu 310 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge Reserve online Serving an a la carte menu in addition to a five-course prix fixe.
Pantry at The VERVE Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick 1360 Worcester St. Natick Call (508) 416-1352 Serving an a la carte menu alongside a three-course prix fixe (which is available 2/11 through 2/14).
Park 59 JFK St. Cambridge Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner and bar menus, as well as some Valentine’s Day specials.
Pier 6 1 8th St. Charlestown Sample specials: rack of lamb lollipops; baked stuffed lobster; "Frozen in Time" dessert with chocolate, gelato, and berries. Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu along with several specials.
Porto Ring Rd. Boston Sample specials: beet ravioli; truffle risotto; warm flourless chocolate cake. Reserve online Serving favorites from the regular dinner menu along with some holiday specials.
Posto 187 Elm St. Somerville Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving an abbreviated version of the restaurant's standard menu alongside a three-course prix fixe. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
River Bar 661 Assembly Row Somerville Click here for regular menu Serving the regular dinner menu with a variety of shareable specials and cocktails-for-two. Dinner served 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Row 34 383 Congress St. Boston Sample specials: lobster bouillabaisse for two; shellfish tower for two. Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu and some Valentine’s Day specials. Full bottles of wine from the wine list will be available by the half-bottle.
Ruka 505 Washington St. Boston Sample specials: soft poached duck egg with purple potato puree, smoked trout roe, and mole cracker; bone-in veal annatto chop with beet jus and aji creamed beet tops. Reserve online Serving some specials for Valentine’s Day.
Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St. Cambridge Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the full dinner and bar menus in addition to a three-course prix fixe.
Saloon 255 Elm St. Somerville Sample specials: filet mignon with truffle bordelaise; sweet potato and red quinoa hash; flourless chocolate cake. Reserve online Adding a few specials to the standard menu, as well as whiskey cocktail pairings.
Saltie Girl 281 Dartmouth St. Boston Sample specials: whole fried black bass for two; spaghetti bucatini with black trumpet mushrooms; Hawaiian kanpachi. Call (617) 267-0691 (a rare chance to make a reservation for Saltie Girl, which doesn't normally take them) Serving the full dinner menu and a la carte Valentine's Day specials 2/10 through 2/12 and 2/14 (closed 2/13).
Scampo 215 Charles St. Boston Sample specials: scallops ceviche; long bone veal chop; raspberry rose delight. Call (617) 536-2100 Serving some specials.
Serafina 10 High St. Boston Sample specials: beet ricotta gnocchi; lobster bisque; butter-poached lobster. Reserve online Food and champagne specials available 2/13-2/18 in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Smith & Wollensky 294 Congress St. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu, which includes some sharing-friendly options.
Smith & Wollensky 101 Arlington St. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu, which includes some sharing-friendly options.
Social Restaurant & Bar 320 Washington St. Newton Click here for regular menu Reserve online Serving some specials in addition to the regular dinner menu. Live jazz. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free validated parking in attached garage.
Sorellina 1 Huntington Ave. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
SRV 569 Columbus Ave. Boston Call (617) 536-9500. Reservations must be held with a credit card. Cancellations within two days of 2/14 subject to $50/person charge; no-shows are subject to $100/person charge. Sit at the bar to order a la carte from a selection of cicchetti and other menu items. (There's a tasting menu in the dining room.) 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
State Park 1 Kendall Sq. Cambridge Click here for regular menu Reserve online (encouraged, but walk-ins welcome) Full dinner menu available alongside a Lady and the Tramp prix fixe special.
State Street Provisions 255 State St. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online Serving the full dinner and provisions menus, plus some specials.
Strega Prime 100 Sylvan Rd. Woburn Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online A la carte specials available in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Strega Waterfront 1 Marina Park Dr. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Regular menu available alongside a prix fixe.
Strip by Strega 64 Arlington St. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online A la carte specials available in addition to the regular a la carte menu.
Tapestry 69 Kilmarnock St. Boston Reserve online Open at 5:30 p.m. and serving the regular dinner menu as well as some shareable specials and cocktails for two.
Teatro 177 Tremont St. Boston Click here for regular menu Reserve online Offering the usual dinner menu. Open 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Blue Room 1 Kendall Sq. Cambridge Click here for Valentine's Day specials Reserve online Serving some a la carte specials for the holiday in addition to the regular menu.
The Butcher Shop 552 Tremont St. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving the usual daily menu, along with some special dishes meant to share.
The Elephant Walk 1415 Washington St. Boston Sample specials: amok royal; filet mignon; a rum-poached pineapple dessert. Call (617) 247-1500 Serving some specials in addition to the regular dinner menu.
The Hourly 15 Dunster St. Cambridge Sample specials: crab tortellini; skate wing en papillote; chocolate grand marnier souffle. Reserve online Serving the full dinner and raw bar menus, plus some specials.
The Independent 75 Union Sq. Somerville Click here for regular menu Serving the full dinner menu (and some glittery cocktail specials) alongside a prix fixe. DJ starts at 9 p.m. Sequins encouraged. Dinner served 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter 425 Washington St. Somerville Click here for regular menu Reserve online Business as usual — no specials, no gimmicks.
The Sinclair 52 Church St. Cambridge Sample specials: seared foie gras; rack of lamb with polenta; cherry cheesecake brownie. Reserve online Serving a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Toro 1704 Washington St. Boston Sample specials: a seasonal crudo; lobster fideos; suckling Iberico pig. Call (617) 536-4300 or email toroboston@gmail.com Serving a la carte Valentine’s Day specials.
Tresca 233 Hanover St. Boston Click here for Valentine's Day menu Reserve online Serving the regular dinner menu alongside a three-course prix fixe. Make a Valentine's Day reservation and be automatically entered to win dinner and champagne for two at Tresca's balcony #77 table when it reopens in the spring.
Uni 370 Commonwealth Ave. Boston Sample specials: langoustine sashimi; duck breast with dried cherry kosho jam; A5 Wagyu sirloin. Reserve online Serving the full a la carte menu, plus some Valentine’s Day specials (available 2/10 through 2/14).
Warren Tavern 2 Pleasant St. Charlestown Sample specials: lobster bisque; seafood Newburg pie; baked haddock. Call (617) 241-8142 Serving some specials. There's a fireplace in the dining room.
Waypoint 1030 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge Sample specials: torched tuna crudo; braised pork shank; baked scallop and sunchoke gratin. Reserve online Serving some Valentine’s Day specials 2/10 through 2/14.
Yvonne's 2 Winter Pl. Boston Sample specials: charred shishito peppers; black angus porterhouse; "honey pie & baby cakes" dessert. Reserve online Serving some specials for Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps you’d rather stay in for the night or supplement your Valentine’s Day dining with treats from Boston’s best purveyors of sweets and more. Try one of these:

And if you’re running ahead of schedule, check out one of these pop-up markets for a bit of shopping, dining, and drinking in the weeks leading up to the holiday:

  • Bazaar Mezzana at Bar Mezzana on Saturday, January 28 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) — Swing by Bar Mezzana (360 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston) to shop fashion, art, and more while enjoying signature spritzes and complimentary small bites. Learn more.
  • EHChocolatier at 1 Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge from February 1 through February 17 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 11) — The Somerville-based chocolate company will have its first pop-up just in time for the holiday. Expect candy bars, pecan clusters, caramelized peanut butter cups, brown butter toffee, and sipping chocolates, as well as plenty of Valentine’s items.
  • E-Som Market at La Brasa on Saturday, February 4 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) — On the first Saturday of most months, La Brasa (124 Broadway, East Somerville) transforms into a market full of local vendors selling food, art, and more. Plus, brunch is served.

  • Learn to shuck oysters at B&G Oysters (550 Tremont St., South End, Boston) for $100/couple, which includes two B&G oyster knives to use during the lesson and take home, instruction on a few practice oysters, a dozen oysters to shuck (and eat), and two glasses of champagne. Reservations available in February between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Call (617) 423-0550.
  • Red Lantern (39 Stanhope St., Back Bay, Boston) is hosting an interactive sushi class (and lunch) on Sunday, February 12. $250/couple, which includes the class, lunch, sake and champagne tastings, and a gift to bring home. Book online.
  • Shiso Kitchen (374 Washington St., Somerville), a space that offers small, hands-on cooking classes, is hosting a Valentine’s date night on February 14 for $100/person. It begins at 6 p.m. Menu to be announced, but it will be “decadent.”
  • Townsman offers a cooking class each month; February’s will be on the 12th, focused on beer pairings. The class will include a craft beer tasting, and a local brewer will be there to talk about hops. Plus, attendees will learn how to cook some pub fare, such as fish & chips, mac & cheese, Reuben fritters, and more. $100/person; email info@townsmanboston.com or go to the restaurant.

Busy on the 14th or just want to take advantage of a quieter night for a romantic meal? Try one of these options on other days:

  • Les Zygomates is offering its prix fixe menu on February 11 and 12; see details in the prix fixe table above.
  • Sister restaurants The Beehive (in the South End) and Beat Brasserie (in Harvard Square) are both extending the holiday with a la carte versions of the prix fixe menus they’re serving on the 14th. Head to The Beehive 2/10-13 or 2/15-19 for an a la carte meal (live jazz and soul performances throughout the week) or Beat Brasserie 2/10-13 or 2/15-18 (live music Thursday through Sunday).
  • Try SRV on February 13; it’ll be serving its Valentine Day tasting menus ($45/$65; see details above) alongside the usual dinner menu.
  • Head north to Salem February 10-12 for the Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival, and check out Queen of Hearts High Tea at Jolie Tea on the 11th. (Need more Salem recommendations? Here’s our complete dining and drinking guide.)
  • Deadhorse Hill in Worcester is also serving its Valentine’s Day French four-course prix fixe meal 2/10-2/12; see details in the prix fixe table above.
  • Bar Mezzana’s brunch on February 12 will include tiki drinks for two, tarot card readings, and other specials.
  • At The Langham, hit up the Chocolate Bar at Cafe Fleuri — a dessert buffet jam-packed with chocolate, candy, and more — on Saturday, February 11 (seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.) $45/adult ($58 with a glass of sparkling wine); $35/child 5-12 years old.
  • Tico is holding a date auction on February 11 (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.) benefiting Playworks Massachusetts. The $10 cover includes apps and Tito’s elixir.
  • Head to the Boston Harbor Hotel on February 11 for the Valentine’s Dinner Dance ($195), part of the Annual Boston Wine Festival, or go to the Valentine’s jazz brunch on Sunday, February 12 ($110).
  • Fairsted Kitchen is serving a five-course, family-style tasting menu for $55/person on Friday through Sunday, February 10 through 12, in addition to the full regular menu. The tasting isn’t a set menu; the chef will cook based on your preferences and diet. Whole table must participate. Call (617) 396-8752.
  • Starting on February 7 and running through February 28, Bar Boulud has a pop-up chocolate counter with almond hot chocolate (booze optional) and a variety of desserts for dining in, plus a number of retail items. More info here.
  • On February 11 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., dress up and check out the Union Square Semi-Formal with an ice cream at Gracie’s Ice Cream and drinks at Juliet, Brass Union, and The Independent. Buy tickets online ($25).
  • Consult the Eater Boston Ultimate Dessert Guide to track down killer desserts all over town. A few ideas: Snag a bar seat at Oleana and split a Baked Alaska with your date (or get your own — why not?); go old-school with a visit to the Omni Parker House for Boston cream pie; work your way through this map of boozy milkshakes.
  • Take the opportunity to try a hot new restaurant or a classic.

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