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If the custom-made wine cases — and the 12,000 bottles they hold — flanking both ends of the contemporary rectangular room are any indication, Meritage takes its wine seriously. With more than 850 varietals, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find a bottle that suits your mood and your menu selection. The carte du jour is even organized by styles, such as sparkling and full-bodied whites, to ensure that you get the most from your food and drink (and if you get confused, the affable and wine-versed staff is eager to assist). A key player at the Boston Wine Festival, chef Daniel Bruce incorporates local ingredients into his menu as often as possible. Every menu item can be ordered as a small or large plate, so feel free to share and taste more than a few. Did we mention that the restaurant holds claim to one of the best views of Boston Harbor in the city? Good food, exceptional wine, romantic vistas — no wonder it’s become a solid date-night destination.

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