The great thing about Boston is its abundance of restaurants…though that can be the intimidating thing about Boston, too. Love is in the air in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and you want to take your sweetheart on the best date in Beantown. Where to even start? Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of our personal best Boston restaurants for date night, many of which boast AAA Diamond designations. From foodies to history to belly dancers, Boston has it all.
Top of the Hub (Three Diamond)
800 Boylston St.
Top of the Hub is a restaurant balanced on the top of the Prudential Center – 52 floors up! Top of the Hub is all about the view, a gorgeous panoramic shot of Boston and the Charles River from the heart of the Back Bay. You and your date can enjoy nightly live music in the jazz lounge while sipping sophisticated cocktails. Dine on New American fare at the restaurant, where every table has a breathtaking view. Try the spiced swordfish steak, Moroccan spiced lamb chops and the truffle-dusted salmon to make the most of your time at one of the best Boston restaurants.
*Top of the Hub permanently closed in April 2020. More information can be found in this Boston Globe article.
Why is it named this way? I don’t know. But it’s a testament to Mooo’s sheer quality that people are willing to speak its bizarre name. “Oh I went to Mooo…. last night. Yeah. Three o’s and four periods. It has 4 AAA Diamonds.” In all seriousness, Mooo is one of the best Boston restaurants for dates or anything else. It’s a classic, yet modern and chic steakhouse that doesn’t shy away from where the steak comes from. It’s a gorgeously designed restaurant, but it also has cow-print pillows laying around. To make the most of your time at Mooo, sample the award-winning wine list and try the Japanese W5 wagyu sirloin, the tenderloin of beef Wellington with foie gras and the Painted Hills steak frites. It’s the most romantic spot for carnivores in love.
Tangierino is a Moroccan restaurant complete with belly dancers and a hookah lounge. The interior of Tangierino is moody and romantic, with intricate decor, dark lighting and gauzy red curtains around many of the tables. For all its moodiness, Tangierino is also really fun. The live entertainment of the belly dancers is enthralling and exciting, and the menu is fantastically unique. Try the chicken b’stilla, the roasted lamb ribs tagine and the meze to really get a taste of what Tangierino has to offer and why its one of the best Boston restaurants for a date night.
Lovebirds from all over the city on a hill flock to No. 9 Park, chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant. No. 9 Park is a European bistro, inspired mostly by the cuisine of southern France and Italy. The restaurant’s simple yet elegant dining room is framed by a wide wall of windows that look out onto the Boston Common and State House. Definitely try the six-course prix fixe chef’s tasting menu, which changes biweekly. And ask if they have any prune-stuffed gnocchi. It’s a fan favorite, worthy of being one of the best Boston restaurants.
Meritage (Four Diamond)
70 Rowes Wharf
Meritage is a stylish New American restaurant and wine bar with a beautiful view of the harbor from its windows. It’s got a beautiful interior, but also a jaw-dropping exterior reminiscent of a Baz Luhrmann movie – a class-act. You can order food a la carte or from the prix fixe menu. There’s also a sommelier prix fixe wine pairing option for the vinophiles out there. Its sense of style makes it stand out as one of the best Boston restaurants.
* Meritage closed permanently February 2020. More information can be found in this article.
Treat your date to this Provence-themed French brasserie at the InterContinental Boston hotel. “Miel” is French for “honey,” and Miel delivers on that sweet promise with an organically sourced menu. Dine in their elegant, yet rustic dining room or out on the terrace, which offers breathtaking views of the water. If you want to get your date off to an early start, you could drop in for the luxurious Sunday brunch. On any other day of the week, try out their Provincetown cioppino, roasted Hudson Valley duck breast, vegan ratatouille and the specialty – creme brulee.
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