Choosing the right restaurant for you and your date for Valentine's Day can be stressful, so Somerville Patch has put together list of five romantic ones. Some are for couples willing to splurge on fine dining; others are for those seeking a more casual but still delicious meal.
Valentine's Day dinner hours: The five-course seating ($75 per person) is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; the seven-course one ($95 per person) is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Why Go: Feast on avant-garde versions of American cuisine like a chilled seafood salad, pan-seared skate wing, butter-poached beef deckel and flourless chocolate cake. Add a wine pairing to the five-course meal for $45 per person and to the seven-course meal for $60 per person.
Valentine's Day dinner hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Why Go: Celebrate at this innovative and local-food-focused restaurant Friday, Feb. 10 through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Choose a five-course vegetarian or omnivore tasting menu ($65 per person) or a seven-course menu for meat eaters ($85 per person). There will be sparkling wine and special cocktails to pair with the meal.
For Valentine's Day reservations, call the restaurant at 617.718.2333. Reservations can be made online by clicking here for all other nights.
Valentine's Day dinner hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Why Go: The Davis Square bistro will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $50 per person, or $70 per person with a wine pairing. You could order oysters for an appetizer, a grilled, coffee-scented pork chop for an entree and a slice of flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Your date might choose seared tuna and salmon gravlox, cranberry glazed stuffed quail and a bowl of fresh strawberries.
Valentine's Day dinner hours: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Why Go: This moderately priced Spanish restaurant serves an extensive menu of cold and hot small plates, priced from $4.50 for marinated olives to $15.50 for a plate of cheese, ham, roasted red peppers and olives. There are three takes on the classic rice dish, paella ($26 for vegetable to $32 for seafood). Drinks include Spanish wine, sherry and sangria.
Call (617) 661-3254 to make a reservation.
Valentine's Day dinner seating: 5 p.m.
Why Go: The pre-prohibition themed bar encourages women, in the spirit of a Sadie Hawkins dance, to ask a partner to accompany them to the party. A four-course menu is $25 per person, or $40 paired with bourbon or beer. After dinner, there will be dancing to music spun by DJ Monster Carl.
Call 617-628-4444 to make a reservation.