Ceia Kitchen & Bar: Chef Billy Brandolini is offering a different four-course prix fixe menu each week during February, so…you can bring a date the first week for Austrian lamb chops and banana brûlée, and bring a different one next week for seared filet medallions of beef and Chambord panna cotta. You dog, you (open regular hours; $45 per person; 978-358-8112).
Strega Waterfront: For five nights leading up to Valentine’s Day, indulge in classic Italian specialties along the Waterfront (sounds a little Brando, doesn’t it?). The three-course tasting menu lists items including oysters Rockefeller, oven roasted pork loin and, yes, heart-shaped lobster ravioli. Sweet endings include tiramisu or chocolate chip cannoli (5-11 PM; $65 per person; 617-345-3992).
Tomasso Trattoria: Think “Italian countryside” at this Southborough trattoria, whose four-course menu offers a wide range of choices including roasted mushroom soufflé with Parmesan cream, lobster ravioli and flourless chocolate cake (5:30-10 PM; $50 per person; 508-481-8484).
Lumiere: If lobster chowder, Long Island duck breast and rosé champagne sorbet whet your appetite, head to Michael Leviton’s Newton New American, which will offer even more selections in the three-course menu for Valentine’s Day dinner. Add $25 for wine pairings (5-10 PM; $75 per person, optional $25 wine pairing; 617-244-9199).
Tryst: Sure, this New American outpost in Arlington boasts a Valentine’s night to remember (there will be à la carte specials), but if going it alone is your status, join the International Singles Awareness Day celebrations on February 15. Start with a Cupid’s Misfire cocktail ($15) followed by pig “under a brick” for $22 (781-641-2227).
Papagayo: Beginning February 11, naysayers can congregate at this festive Mexican in the Seaport to start celebrating with anti-Valentine’s drink specials such as Voodoo That You Do and The Thorny Rose, followed by complimentary passed appetizers on February 14 and a heart-shaped piñata to whack around. The $2-per-whack proceeds will be donated to Men with Heart, a charity where men are committed to eradicating breast cancer (6-10 PM; 617-423-1000).Cheap Date
Bella Luna: Ok, so maybe cheap isn’t the right word - but you don’t have to fork over a bundle to coo and cuddle over a special Valentine’s meal. That’s why this JP Italian is the spot for a four-course seductive meal, including DJ entertainment (5-11 PM; $38 per person; 617-524-6060).
Saloon: Keep it casual yet sincere when you take him or her to this Somerville outpost with class - and a long list of bourbons. A four-course meal followed by DJ music helps mix in some dirty dancin’ post-dining (5 PM; $35 per person, $15 extra for bourbon and beer pairings; 617-628-4444).
An Extra Something
Blue on Highland: Looking for an extra something to offer that special someone? This American in Needham has your number - a complimentary rose for the lady after you’ve tasted the lobster tagliatelle with basil and tomato ($25) and shared the red velvet cupcakes ($8). Stick around for raspberry vodka topped with champagne and served with a chocolate-covered strawberry (4-10 PM; 781-444-7001).
Bistro du Midi: The French have been wooing and swooning for years, so entrust your tryst to this Back Bay Frenchy with a four-course prix fixe that includes a choice of spicy lamb tartare and quail egg; slowly cooked pork belly; lobster ravioli; plus a complimentary surprise sweet treat to take home (5-10 PM; $85 per person; 617-426-7878).