V-Day in the Fenway: 6 Spots to Grab Dinner with that Special Someone

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and even if you don’t do the whole flowers and chocolate thing, you still need to eat!

While The Fenway is packed with places to feast on an excellent meal, we wanted to make sure our hand-picked list had a little something for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married for two decades or you both just swiped right last week, if you’re looking for a candlelit table or just a styrofoam flagon of cherry cola for two, we’ve got you covered.

Our six picks are arranged in order of affordability, starting with a neighborhood staple and rounding things out with a relative newcomer.



1. Tasty Burger

Wallet still feeling a bit slim after the holidays? Looking to keep it (incredibly) casual? Or perhaps that special someone in your life values burgers and fries over diamonds and pearls. If so, Tasty Burger might just be the place for you.

With its glut of takeout options, Tasty Burger’s versatility is unmatched: It’s a great place to grab a quick bite before heading to somewhere swanky, bring a sack of burgers home for some quality couch cuddling, or commiserate with a Tinder date. And when it comes to sheer value the Starvin’ Student—burger, fries, beer for just $10—is an unbeatable option (provided you’ve got an ID, of course).

2. Neighborhoods Cafe

Tucked away on Peterborough Street, Neighborhoods Cafe is a buzzing coffee shop locals and passersby alike just can’t get enough of. They specialize in crepes, and they do them well. It’s the perfect spot for a deep, engaging Valentine’s Day conversation or to split a delicious after dinner snack (they’re open until 10 pm). Sweet or savory, budding romance or eternal flame, Neighborhoods Cafe has you covered.

3. Thornton’s

“Fenway’s hot spot for cold beer and good food” is how it’s billed, but Thornton's is something much more than that: it’s a neighborhood staple. The warm environment and extensive menu (comprised of comforting bites and gargantuan sandwiches) is sure to satisfy all appetites. 


4. Hojoko

If you or your date is a foodie with a flare for the exotic, look no further than The Fenway’s hip izakaya offering, Hojoko! And if you’re coming into the city from out of town and need a place to stay, check out The Verb Hotel, to which Hojoko is attached. Less inclined to eat something adventurous? Even if your date prefers mac and cheese over raw tuna rib, the extensive sake list and large format cocktails (think “Mai Thai meets Coleman Cooler” adorned with impossibly long straws) make Hojoko a Valentine’s Day must-visit.  


5. Citizen Public House

Raw bar? Check. Extensive bourbon list? Check. Amazing staff? Sold. Citizen Public House, located on Boylston Street, is a classic pub with an extra dash of class. The ambiance is dim and and cozy, making Citizen Public House the most intimate spot on the list. It’s easy to enjoy the pleasure of your date’s company despite the fact that the place will assuredly be packed. Bottom line: Oysters are delicious, it won’t break the bank, and who doesn’t love a whisky flight after a long day of wooing or swooning?


6. Tiger Mama

And last, but certainly not least: Tiffani Faison's Southeast Asian eatery, Tiger Mama. “Cool” is an accessible way to describe it. Aesthetically, with its varied wood grains and burnt orange neon hue it’s on its own plane entirely, and nothing pairs with a romantic dinner quite like a tiki drink. Oh, and then there’s the food, which…just trust us. Go. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day to remember, your search has ended. Just don’t forget to make a reservation.

Check out one of these incredible restaurants on February 14th, or any other day for that matter, and let us know what you think.




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