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dining out

No Valentine’s Day plans? Try these

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and either because you forgot, never thought you’d get a sitter, or are miserable at things like this, you have neither dinner plans nor reservations. Maybe it’s because your love is a spontaneous thing that’s bigger than any greeting card holiday. Take your pick. Then take heart, because there’s still time to plan a high-end celebration or an affordable dining adventure.

You know Rialto is going to be a special experience once you drive into the parking garage (“So clean, so modern, so well-lit,” murmurs a member of our party). And on the dramatic staircase of the Charles Hotel where Rialto is located. And from the warm welcome at the door. Fancy, well-dressed people who look vaguely familiar glide past to the tasteful dining room. But there are plenty of seats in the L-shaped lounge and bar where no reservation is needed and the full menu is available, along with cheaper bar offerings.

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