Setting the scene for an after-dinner kiss? Go French — cuisine-wise, that is. Bistro de Margot's elegant white-tablecloth vibe has wow factor, as do the plates coming out of the kitchen. A fresh, cherry-rich glass of Burgundy pinot noir plays nicely with the twice-breaded oxtail croustillant — or perhaps you'd prefer the pan-seared duck magret. Even on the busiest nights, chef-owner Hervé Mahé circles the dining room. "Do you like everything?" he'll ask earnestly. "Are you enjoying that wine?" Chances are, your answer will be a resounding yes.
Traditional preparation and presentation distinguish Chinese dishes such as mock eel — a fave of the Food Network's Alton Brown. Lunch date? Try the tasting menu.
A fun and relaxed vibe has made this Old North End joint a hit since the day it opened. The food — from General Tso's cauliflower to Chicago-style hot dogs — is approachable and crafted with care.
Need a conversation starter? Talk about the open kitchen's seriously imaginative food — think scallop crudo and bacon beignets. The fare has twice nabbed the chef-owners James Beard Award nominations.
Pastry shop, "fine diner" and cocktail bar in one, Monarch dishes out fun, upscale twists on American classics — and desserts worthy of love letters.
Share a bowl of handmade pasta with your sweetheart. The stellar wine list and low-lit dining room beg for a romantic spaghetti kiss, à la Lady and the Tramp.
The thin-crust pies fired up here recall Naples, the lights are low and the cocktails are strong enough to ease you through even an awkward first date.