Love at First Bite
by Laurren Henning
photo by Chika Okoye
In the overwhelming midst of chocolate-covered strawberries, Hallmark cards and heart-shaped candy, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself and your loved ones to a delicious dinner. As the day of love quickly approaches, the search for the ideal date-night spot can get intense—so this post is here to ease your nerves. Each place’s ambiance, location and—obviously—taste was carefully considered in the making of this post. Whether you’re dining out with your gal pals or significant other, act fast and get reservations to these delicious spots to make V-Day an affair to remember.
1. Yamato II
What’s more romantic than all-you-can-eat sushi? With Yamato II’s extensive menu of sushi, noodles and rice plates, you can eat your heart out. Also, every dish is finished with an aesthetic touch that will surely impress your date or wow your besties.
2. Rosa Mexicano
Located in picturesque Seaport, Rosa Mexicano has the perfect mood lighting and stunning decor for those trying to set the mood. It boasts tableside guacamole, flavorful tacos and churros for your sweet tooth. They’re also featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu as an add-on to their regular menu, serving dishes such as fire roasted oysters, duck confit and mini tacos with lobster and bacon.
Tasca features delicious small-plate tapas, allowing you to experience diverse flavors. The lighting is dim and romantic—perfect for one-on-one time while enjoying Tasca’s signature mouth-watering paellas. Their extensive list of Spanish favorites will satisfy even the pickiest of tastes.
4. Beard Papa’s
Branch out from store-bought candy and check out Beard Papa’s world-famous cream puffs. This sensational bakery first originated in Japan, where their franchise expanded to over 400 stores across the globe. Their flaky pastries are out-of-this world, and it’s guaranteed you’ll fall in love with their sweets.
“Beard Papa’s is unreal,” said Sabrina Lu (COM ’22). “It tastes like eating a cloud in a good way.”
Toscano immediately comes to mind when envisioning romantic and delicious restaurants for a special occasion. Its traditional Italian fare is served in ample portions with infinite flavor—you won’t want to miss this fantastic spot, in either charming Beacon Hill or happening Harvard Square.
“Toscano is my favorite place in Boston,” said Hodi Miller (COM ’22). “Great atmosphere, pasta and everyone there is so friendly.”