The Beatles sang it the best: “All you need is love, love is all you need.” Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Although it is an exciting time, it is can also be a lot of pressure. Which restaurant? What if the food is terrible? What if everything is busy? The expectation-heavy holiday brings a lot of anxiety. It’s like prom all over again (shivers). But fear not, friends. With our help and a call ahead to reserve a table, you will have an awesome V-Day. This is our ultimate guide for where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston.
Where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston: 2019 Guide
City Tap House
First on our list is City Tap House. Their “Tap into Love” evening will feature 60 draught lines, along with a special menu. Besides the food and beer, your dining experience will be complete with live music by Joe Marino (6 p.m.-8:30 p.m ) and DJ Sprino (8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.). They will be offering special menu in addition to their regular dinner menu. The options include: Fried Oysters with celery root, green apple slaw, chipotle honey aioli ($11), Citrus and Herbed Roasted Half Chicken with farro risotto, herb roasted baby vegetables and roasted chicken jus ($28), Grilled 10 oz. New York Strip with herbed butter, crispy fingerling potatoes, roasted mushrooms, and braised cippolinis ($32) and Dark Chocolate Mousse and raspberry tart, black berry gelée, candied pistachio, salted caramel gelato ($15).
Beginning at 5 p.m., 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston, citytap.com
Nothing says love like Italian. That is why Tuscan Kitchen is one of the more romantic spots on our list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. Not only does this restaurant boast unbelievable views of the city, but guests can also enjoy an a la carte dinner menu with Romeo & Juliet-inspired cocktails. Their special menu includes: Carpaccio di Manzo ($17), Zuppa di Zucca ($14), Wild Mushroom Tart ($19), Agnello alla Griglia ($48), Pesce Spada ($45), Surf & Turf ($65) and Chocolate Torte, Chocolate Mousse and Strawberries ($22; serves two people). Their special drink menu includes: The Romeo ($16), The Juliet ($16) and champagne by the glass and bottle.
64 Seaport Blvd., Boston, tuscanbrands.com
Whaling in Oklahoma
Located in the South End, this restaurant is a modern American brassiere. Chef and owner Tim Maslow will be offering their regular menu this Thursday. There is also an “All You Can Eat” option which serves the chef’s favorites, priced at $80 and served family-style. Beverage manager Colin Mason created a drinks menu that is creative and fun with a Japanese twist. [Cos] for Concern is a riff on a cosmopolitan, using charred shishito pepper-infused vodka. Their bar also serves the only Suntory Toki Whiskey Highball machine in Boston. The drink infuses whiskey with super carbonated water, which has been popular in Japanese bars since the 1950s.
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647 Tremont St., Boston, whalinginoklahoma.com
If you're looking to go the distance, we recommend Catalyst on our list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. Located in Cambridge, Chef Justin Urso at Catyalst seeks to serve simple food delivered with warm service. This Valentine's Day, the chef will be serving a special menu along with his current menu. These French classics are sure to amaze: Chatham Oysters, ($3 ea.), Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, ($18), Lobster ravioli, ($18), Prime Cote de Boeuf for Two ($75), Chocolate Tart ($10) and Petit Gateu ($10).
300 Technology Square, Cambridge, catalystrestaurant.com
If you're looking for decadent food, Saltie Girl is high on our list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. For one night only, Saltie Girl will be taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner. Guests will be able to order a prix fixe meal for $115 with seating available from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Dinner will begin with Mock Oyster, follow by a Deconstructed Bluefin Tuna Tartare and a Pan Roasted Black Bass. Entrée options include Creekstone Farms 28-Day Dry Aged Sirloin with pava potatoes, smoked spinach, foie gras bordelaise and Butter Poached Maine Lobster with winter squash tortellini, Thumbelina carrots and pistachio crumble. For dessert, guests can end on Honey Truffles and Milk Chocolate Gelato.
281 Dartmouth St., Boston, saltiegirl.com
If you're looking for a tropical staycation, Shore Leave is our pick on our list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. Located in South End, this restaurant is the newest neighborhood tiki bar. This Valentine’s Day, they invite guests for a night out for two called, “You’re the Rum that I Want.” Beverage Director Ryan Lotz and Chef Colin Lynch created a fun, shareable menu for $65 per couple. The special menu includes: a Pu Pu Platter for Two, your choice of a Volcano Bowl Cocktail with of three variations of flavors and Hoodsie Cups with Miami Vice Flavors.
11 William E Mullins Way, Boston, shoreleaveboston.com
If you want a warm and inclusive environment, Lumiere is next on our list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. Located in West Newton, this intimate French bistro is sure to impress whoever you decide to bring. Chef and owner Jordon Bailey will be serving a special Valentine’s Day menu to his customers. The menu is affordably priced at $65 per person. But if you can’t make it that day or Valentine’s Day is not your cup of tea, don’t worry. Chef Bailey is keeping it around the following Friday and Saturday with their regular menu. The weekend is called Lumiere Loves All & Welcomes All, so bring your significant other and dine like kings! (And/or queens.)
Feb. 14-16, 1293 Washington St., West Newton, lumiererestaurant.com
If your date enjoys an ocean breeze before you dine, Alcove is our choice on the list of where to eat on Valentine’s Day in Boston. Spend your night dining along the waterfront while being served Alcove’s Mediterranean-inspired menu. Chef Maxime Fanton has put together several specials in honor of love. Beetroot Tortellini and Grilled Filet Mignon with Buttered Poached Lobster will be seen on the menu. Alcove’s pastry chef Alexandra Artinian will be serving dessert specials as well. Roses are Red is a rhubarb and almond frangipane tart with poached rhubarb and rose-pink peppercorn ice cream. Violets are Blue for two is a cocoa panna cotta with a violet sauce and chocolate and lavender ice cream. The Valentine’s Day specials will be offered during dinner service from Thursday through Saturday.
Feb. 14-16, 50 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, alcoveboston.com