Romance without reservation
Most prix fixe menus and romantic specials are already booked, but there are other possibilities. You can walk into these restaurants, located outside Boston, and dine in the lounge or bar, even on Valentine’s Day.
Among the options at this Italian spot in Franklin are wood-fired pizzas, lamb
“lollipops,” and skirt steak with fries.
860 West Central St, Franklin, 508-520-2770, www.incontrorestaurant.com.
62 Restaurant & Wine Bar
Nestled in downtown Salem, this modern Italian restaurant, which offers homemade pasta, can get crowded. Luckily, the cocktail lounge offers the full menu along with specials of the day.
62 Wharf St., Salem, 978-744-0062, www.62restaurant.com.
Scarlet Oak Tavern
Reservations are hard to come by in this Hingham establishment, but ample bar and lounge space is available, as well as the full menu, and bar bites such as brisket sliders or local oysters.
1217 Main St., Hingham, 781-749-8200, www.scarletoaktavern.com.
Solea Restaurant & Tapas Bar
Few other adventures are as romantic as a momentary escape to Spain. In this Waltham restaurant, go to the bar and nibble on jamon serrano, calamares, and croquetas, or order from the full menu, and sip a Spanish Margarita.
388 Moody St., Waltham, 781-894-1805, www.solearestaurant.com.
Stone’s Public House
Indulge in comfort food and snuggle up in the cozy atmosphere at this Ashland gastropub, which was once a 19th-century inn. Specialties include Irish sausage with beans and mash, and fish and chips. Mac and cheese is highly recommended.
179 Main St., Ashland, 508-881-1778,
A special menu created for Valentine’s Day, along with the regular fare, will be available at the bar of this Arlington restaurant, which specializes in Argentine cuisine.
464 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, 781-443-9000, www.tangoarlington.com.
There’s a bonus to sitting at the bar at this Northborough sushi spot: Diners might get to watch chefs rolling some of their custom creations.
369 West Main St., Northborough, 508-393-4187, www.yamazakurasushi.com.