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Boston's Best Low-Key Date Spots

Dinner and a movie can get tiresome quickly. Spice up date night at these Boston spots.

  • Myers + Chang
    • Asian
    • South End
    Food
    25
    Decor
    20
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $41

    Date night doesn’t have to break the bank. After choosing from one of five theme menus and splitting your meal like Lady and the Tramp, dinner’s only going to cost you and your date $45 altogether. This special is only served on Monday + Tuesday nights, and reservations are recommended.

  • Bogie's Place
    • Steakhouse
    • Downtown
    Food
    24
    Decor
    21
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $27

    Cozy up with your steak (and date) at this steakhouse-within-a-restaurant. A strictly-enforced “no cell phones” rule keeps the noise level down, so you can whisper sweet nothings in your mate’s ear.

  • Tres Gatos
    • Tapas Bar
    • Jamaica Plain
    Food
    24
    Decor
    23
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $37

    Compare literary guilty pleasures and your obscure vinyl collection over tapas and wine at this hipster restaurant/store hybrid. Local musicians also perform every Monday night at 9 PM.

  • Addis Red Sea Restaurant
    • Ethiopian
    • South End
    Food
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $28

    Forgo the utensils and be prepared to dig in with a piece of injera (yeast-risen flatbread) at this Ethiopian hot spot.

  • The Fireplace
    • New England
    • Brookline
    Food
    22
    Decor
    21
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $43

    Mix it up with local vintners, distillers, and micro-brewers while sampling the fruits of their labor at the restaurant’s weekend Fireside Chats, happening every other Saturday at 3 PM.

  • Shabu-Zen
    • Japanese
    • Chinatown
    Food
    21
    Decor
    16
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $30

    While its popularity sizzled through China and Mongolia for centuries, the hot pot trend has only been around for a hot second in Boston. Couples can choose from an assortment of meats (or vegetables for the vegetarian in your life) to cook in homemade broth at the table.

  • BELLY wine bar
    • Cocktail Bar
    • Cambridge
    Atmo.
    20
    Decor
    21
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $48

    What could be more romantic than falling in love over a crock of melting cheese? Indulging in fondue while sipping on glasses of vino! Note: you must reserve 24 hours in advance.

  • The Sinclair
    • American
    • Cambridge
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Take in a performance from some of the country’s biggest indie artists while indulging in upscale bar food and potent libations. Note: the kitchen closes at 1 AM from Sunday through Wednesday and 2 AM the rest of the week.

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