What are the most romantic restaurants in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

Love is in the air - and in the kitchen. In Boston, romance abounds at restaurants year round. Whether you're celebrating a special occassion or just feel like doing something special, you'll have plenty of romantic restaurants to choose from in Boston. A few of our favorites include:

Mooo: The restaurant at XV Beacon is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it's the dinner ambiance that really sets the mood. The warm bronzed and gold-toned decor of the restaurant is aglow by candlelight and soft chandelier lighting. Make sure you check out the wine list at Mooo for some rare vintages - perfect if you're celebrating a special night.

Grotto: Located in Beacon Hill, this tiny Italian restaurant in the basement of a brownstone oozes romance. There are only a dozen tables here so make reservations early. 

Bristol Lounge: The Four Seasons, Boston's iconic Bristol Lounge has held a spot on the "most romantic restaurant" list for decades. Our advice: Ask for a table at the window in the back of the restaurant for a quiet spot with the best views of Boston.

No. 9 Park: Romance knows no limits at Barbara Lynch's flagship restaurant on Beacon Hill. No. 9 Park is small, making it a great restaurant for intimate diners. But the real magic happens at the table. Servers cater to your every whim and the views of Boston Common provide the ultimate setting. Choose a tasting menu or something a la carte, and then sit back, relax and enjoy the romance.

Kaitlin Madden

For the most romantic restaurants in Boston, just head to the North End. The historic streets of the city's "Little Italy" are packed with intimate, low-lit, cozy restaurants that offer some of the best Italian food anywhere.

A few to try: L’Osteria, Mamma Maria, Trattoria Di Monica and Pomodoro.

Finish off the evening with a stroll to a nearby cafe or bakery (wherever you dine in the North End, you won't be far from a strong espresso or a crispy cannoli). Though places like Mike’s Pastry and Modern Pastry are some of the neighborhood’s most famous, they’re often crowded and loud. For a romantic evening, try a smaller shop like Caffe Vittoria or Bread + Butter.

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