I’m guessing you didn’t get to socialize much during the pandemic. Neither did I. One thing I really missed was going out to dinner — a classic date night in Boston with my partner. Now that restaurants are back in full swing, you should consider getting out with your spouse. Yes, just the two of you!
Enter the date night.
Date nights are essential to help you and your partner catch a break and enjoy each other’s company. Especially when it means you don’t have to shop for, prepare, and cook the food after a long day of school pick-up/drop-off, working, cleaning the house, and making sure all the children still have their fingers, toes, and limbs attached at the end of the day.
Nurturing the relationship with your partner is hard work, too. My husband and I do try to get out once in a while. Our date nights always revolve around food, because that’s something we love sharing with each other. For us, trying interesting dishes from different cuisines right in our city is both delightful and a fun way to discuss what we think is interesting about food. Living close to the city is awesome — there are so many places in and around Boston for a great date night.
It’s worth the effort of getting out of the house, dressing up a little, and making it feel like a special night. Even if it’s an early night. Whether you live in Boston or the ‘burbs, get your babysitter lined up, grab your date-night shoes, and head out for a little fun and food at one of these fabulous places!
Sarma :: Somerville
A Somerville must, this restaurant boasts a host of beautiful and delicious Turkish-inspired small plates designed to share. The flavors of the dishes are complex, well-balanced, and out of this world. We always leave thinking, “How do they do that?” The decor is beautiful and will leave you feeling like you’ve arrived in a hip restaurant right in Istanbul.
Neptune Oyster :: North End
The North End is known for its abundance of Italian food, but Neptune Oyster is one of the few non-Italian restaurants going strong. We are lucky to get some of the best New England oysters here in our city, and Neptune Oyster doesn’t disappoint. You’ll enjoy the laid-back vibe and tastes of the clam chowder or fried clams. Not to mention they have one of the best lobster rolls in all of New England: warm, buttered, and fancy-like.
Hojoko :: Fenway
Sushi lovers, rejoice! You’ll find a rock-and-roll-style, casual vibe when you walk in. This restaurant was the brainchild of the pair that brought O Ya to the scene. Hojoko is a Japanese tavern-style restaurant, where you’ll find a great beer/sake list and everything from sushi rolls to chicken ramen designed to go hand in hand with the mood of the restaurant. It’s super hip, super casual, and full of soul.
Giulia :: Porter Square
Homemade pasta — need I say more? This place is cozy, quite romantic, and not a place for the kids, which makes it a perfect date night spot. The menu is amazing, consisting of antipasti, small plates for sharing, or larger plates including unique homemade pasta dishes. (My choice for an antipasto is the prosciutto di Parma with local kiwi berry, pear, parmigiano, and pine nuts.)
Myers + Chang :: South End
Located in the South End, the dishes at Myers + Chang are a fusion of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai, with a self-described indie diner-like setting. It’s indie chic, and the smell of the food when you walk in tells you that you know you’re going to leave happy. Date nights are especially fun here because of the small plates. This one is sure to be a hit.
Row 34 :: Seaport
Row 34 is the seaport district’s most wonderful place to get an extensive craft beer selection and seafood that is out of this world. This spot has everything from lobster rolls on that glorious buttery bun to whole grilled branzino. It’s as much a feast for your eyes as it is for your heart. The scene is fresh and urban — just what you need to break out of your routine!
Prezza :: North End
A North End hidden gem, Prezza is authentic Italian. Located off the beaten path, Prezza’s impressive menu includes an extensive selection of apps, homemade pasta dishes, and plenty of seafood and comfort food. Look for amazing homemade ravioli and risotto, plus delicious seafood or meat options if you prefer. They also offer traditional specials on Sundays. And stay for dessert!
Sorellina :: Copley Square
I consider Sorellina a special occasion type of place, since I recently celebrated a milestone birthday there. It’s a great place for an anniversary or birthday dinner — just the two of you. Fancy, if you want a date-night splurge. But even if you have no special occasion to celebrate other than getting out alone for a change, Sorellina’s staff will make you feel special.
This post was originally written for Boston Moms in 2018 by Tam Patel. It has been updated for 2022.