Column: The best restaurants in Boston for Valentine’s Day


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Many restaurants are still available for Valentine’s Day reservations.

Hayleigh Evans, news correspondent

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and while it may be easy to grab a last-minute box of chocolates for your significant other, finding a restaurant reservation in Boston will not be. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening with your partner or a fun night out with friends, there are a slew of Boston restaurants with great food and more importantly, reservations still available. There are a variety of Valentine’s Day specials at many restaurants, ranging from multi-course meals to “anti-Valentine’s Day” celebrations. 

Blu Boston is the ideal Valentine’s Day restaurant. This upscale American restaurant is located in Downtown Crossing on 4 Avery St., boasting scenic city views to set the romantic atmosphere. Blu is a more expensive option, yet not too pricey, clocking in at an average of $30 and under per dish on OpenTable, a popular online reservation service. They offer a variety of entrees, from seafood to pasta to steak, and even some vegan options. If it’s not too cold outside, consider taking a stroll through Boston Common to end your night!

Area Four offers two options on Valentine’s Day: their South End location is hosting a typical romantic celebration, while the Cambridge location will have its fourth annual anti-Valentine’s Day event. Area Four’s “Haters Valentine’s Day” features sad movies, emo music, and gingerbread voodoo dolls. Both locations offer a large selection of gourmet pizzas and various meat and fish entrees to choose from. Area Four is a cheaper option as well, as the most expensive item on their regular menu is under $30. 

If you are in the mood for Japanese cuisine on Valentine’s Day, try Osaka in Brookline. Osaka is a Japanese sushi and steak house, with two levels dedicated to sit-down dining areas and hibachi grills. Osaka is located on 14 Green St. and has an extensive sushi menu. 

Fogo de Chao in Copley Square is a great choice if you have a bigger budget for Valentine’s Day. Fogo de Chao is a Brazilian Steakhouse located on 200 Dartmouth St. Their menu features a variety of meats, including steak, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood. However, keep in mind that this restaurant is a pricier option, with a range of $31 to $50 according to OpenTable. 

If you are looking for a quirky and lively setting for Valentine’s Day, check out Beehive. Beehive is a self-proclaimed “underground Bohemian eatery and bar” with live music, located at 541 Tremont St. Beehive is extending Valentine’s Day from just one night to a five-day long celebration from Feb. 12-16. They have a special menu for brunch and dinner with romantic live music. All nights are à la carte, except on Valentine’s Day with a special $85 dinner menu. 

Sonsie on Newbury Street offers a variety of foods, boasting a menu full of international cuisines. Located at 327 Newbury St., Sonsie is a great choice for those who like to have options. Sonsie offers intimate street-level seating—the perfect setting for Valentine’s Day. Similar to blu, this restaurant also clocks in at $30 and under on OpenTable, cheaper than many other Boston restaurants. 

Any of these popular restaurants will provide a great setting for Valentine’s Day, no matter who you choose to spend it with. An intimate, home-cooked dinner at home always works too! Wherever you spend your Valentine’s Day, planning something with loved ones, including friends, can make anyone feel less alone on a day that celebrates romance.