There is something so intimate about a special Valentine’s Day dinner. The lighting, the food, and the timid glances as you awkwardly enjoy a delicious meal together. Dozens of local restaurants have been prepping special Valentine’s Day dinners in Boston so you can enjoy an extravagant meal for one night and win over your lover’s heart, or remind them why they’re lucky to have you.
Valentine’s Day restaurant specials in Boston
From screen-free cafes to Osetra caviar specials and everything in between. Here are few restaurants with menus made with love, to celebrate love.
We have to start with this screen-free cafe in Cambridge. Similar to the strict Alamo Drafthouse policy, you will literally be escorted from the restaurant if you use any kind of phone or screen. Even to call your Uber. With a farm-to-table menu and screen-free zone, it’s the perfect spot to give your undivided attention to your date!
This quaint boutique hotel & restaurant is the Boston area’s only Relais & Châteaux property! Aka, it is perfect if you want a super luxe Valentine’s Day. Book the “Revolutionary Romance Package” for an overnight stay and dining in a fabulous INNgloo that features a charming faux-fireplace heater and mini speaker for mood-setting background music.
City Tap House is getting back to basics with a “no strings attached” dinner designed around the greatest love of all: food. We weren’t joking! The special 3-course Valentine’s Day meal can be enjoyed by 1, 2 or a huge party. Dine on everything from a wagyu meatball with tomato fondue to a 14oz prime ribeye steak with whipped potatoes, sauteed spinach and bordelaise!
If you really want to impress someone, bring them to this waterfront restaurant in Seaport. Known for its special “Sushi Sundays,” Lola 42 has another special rolled up its sleeves (see what we did there?)! The 3-course Valentine’s dinner includes Toro Crispy Rice, Grilled NY Strip & Seared Scallop, and Banana Butter Cake for dessert!
On Valentine’s Day, Saltie Girl will be hosting a four-course, pre-fixe dinner with Chef Kyle McClelland, that’ll leave you feeling anything but salty! The seafood-centric menu will feature options including wagyu beef tartare, cacio e pepe spaghetti, and pan-roasted black cod with two seatings, 6 and 8 PM!
Continuing with the sushi trend, another way to knock your date’s (Red) Sox off is taking the to the Four Seasons One Dalton. Because it’s the Four Season, duh! the sushi spot is offering a tantalizing 13-course omakase menu featuring everything from grilled scallops with pickled plum, shiso, and mentaiko butter to spicy chu toro sashimi!
The special dinner is available from 5:30 PM on Valentine’s Day, but from 8:30 p.m., the ambiance will transform into a haven of romance, with a fête featuring a DJ and enchanting decor in the lounge.
Chef Will Gilson’s romantic Italian destination Geppetto will be offering a special five-course tasting menu to celebrate amore! The menu features a choice of options including dishes like shrimp scampi, lamb chops, chocolate budino, and strawberry + persimmon pavlova.
Caviar anyone? Chef Michael Serpa’s Newbury St. newcomer Little Whale will be offering a $75 three-course prix fixe menu. Additionally, oysters, shrimp cocktail, dressed lobster and caviar service will be available a la carte at this intimate Back Bay restaurant!
The recently reopened diner wants you to rethink Valentine’s dinner! The exquisite five-course menu is equal parts enchanting and exotic-plus, at $45/pp won’t break the bank! Courses include: Kashmiri Deviled Eggs, Roasted Root Vegetable Salad, Wings (Gochujang) / Tikka tots, Kerala Fried Chicken / Indian Chili Sliders, and a Gulab Jamun Waffle paired with Kesar (Saffron) Kulfi!
The Liberty Hotel’s signature restaurant pays homage to its Charles Street Jail roots. Executive Chef Daniel Kenney whipped up an on-theme “Locked in Love: Valentine’s Day” pre- fixe menu. The tantalizing selection even offers a “Jailbird Dessert” made for passionate lovers.
Want dinner and a show? The 2-course pre fixe menu at the Ritz will do the trick. For $65 you can enjoy a salad and your choice of Squid ink lobster tortellini or filet mignon. Then head over to the neighboring Citizen’s Bank Opera House to catch the hilarious musical, The Book of Mormon. Tickets sold separately.
Want to really win over someone’s heart? Pay attention and listen to their dietary restrictions. Whether they are dairy-free, gluten-free, or potentially follow a plant-based diet.
If that’s the case, Lulu Green has an exquisite plant-based 4-course meal to enjoy on February 10 and 14! Courses include a Smoked Carrot Tartare, Broccoli Ménage À Trios, Braised Mushroom Short Ribs, and Dark Chocolate Mousse!
The cozy neighborhood South End Italian restaurant offering an 80’s-style ambiance with dim lights, a wooden bar, and a homey living room vibe is so comfortable you’ll feel right at home with your date! On the pre fixe menu is a Homemade Lobster Ravioli, Stuffed Zucchini Flower with tomato jam, veal, and tiramisu or chocolate mousse for dessert. Italian food never fails for date night.
The modern American spot with an emphasis on New England fare is offering up a tempting 5-course dinner. The menu includes choices such as Maine mussels toast, squash risotto, ricotta gnocchi, steak frites, and lemon vanilla posset.
If you’re single AF
We did not forget about all of our friends who are single and not ready to mingle. Have an anti-Valentine’s Day with one of these cool singles-centric outings in the city.
Celebrate your solitude all week long with the diner’s “Anti-Valentine’s week.” The late-night restaurant will celebrate Slap Day with its signature FLAP-jacks that make for the perfect SLAP!
Not only is the property fabulous for couples, but they’re also hosting a Galentine’s High Tea at Town Meeting Bistro on Valentine’s Day! Join them on February 14 at 11 AM or 2 PM to celebrate and honor friendship, besties, sisterhood, mothers, at a high tea with sweet and savory bites and tea blends from local area J’enwey Tea Company. The Inn’s wallpaper and library also make a fabulous photo op for you and your bestie!
Take your aggression out on another single year at SPIN, Boston’s coolest ping pong destination. To ensure that sparks fly, SPIN Boston, the ping pong social club and restaurant in Seaport, will be hosting Love Pong on Saturday, February 10 from 8 PM to closing time. Featuring a ping pong show, heart-shaped pizzas, live tunes and red mood lighting to set the electric atmosphere, Love Pong is sure to wow with sweet surprises! Maybe you’ll even leave with a date for Valentine’s.
For a “rebellious” Valentine’s Day, Rebel’s Guild is serving up a fun and flirty Lover’s Revolt menu on Saturday, February 10 and Saturday, February 17. Perfect to grab solo, with a date, or with a group, the specialty a la carte menu will also have a DJ blasting nostalgic breakup songs!
We get it, it can be intimidating going to a restaurant alone on Valentine’s Day. But never let that stop you from living your best life! This one’s for all the homebodies, single or taken. This pizza shop pioneered the heart-shaped New England Style pizzas on V-day and will return these very Pinterest-worthy pies from February 11-14.
City Tap House’s Mean Girls Galentine’s Day Brunch returns! Find it on February 10. Enjoy beats from DJ J-Wall and cheeky menu items like “It’s Not My Fault You’re Like in Love with Me or Something,” homemade waffles topped with fresh strawberries, mascarpone-whipped cream and maple syrup. Tell your friends to “get in loser, we’re going to CTH.”