When you get down on one knee, you want it to be special, romantic, and even intimate. Bustling restaurants can sometimes cause unexpected issues that interfere with this memorable moment. That's why we are giving you the inside guide to the best places to pop that question!
Not only do you want good service for this special day, but you want an amazing atmosphere, delicious food, and dedicated staff who will help you plan the surprise of your life. These spots have it all and are sure to impress your special someone. Here are the top restaurants that will help you pull off the most epic proposal ever.
www.mistralbistro.com || 617.867.9300
As the first restaurant from Columbus Hospitality Group, Mistral has been offering uncomplicated French Mediterranean cuisine for many years. Inspired by the wind that sweeps through the south of France, Mitsral’s decor is reminiscent of Provence and features hand-picked pottery and arched windows that evoke warmth and sophistication.
Mistral is the epitome of fine dining. From attentive staff, to flavorful food, this restaurant is sure to impress your significant other and set the mood. High ceilings and floor to ceiling windows make the dining room uniquely elegant and the ideal place to propose to your significant other.
www.teatroboston.com || 617.778.6841
If you’re looking for something a little more cozy and casual, Teatro is the spot for you. Teatro's convenient location in the Theater District make it a great spot to dine at before or after a show. This restaurant serves classic Italian dishes with the season’s freshest ingredients. With an open kitchen and lively bar, Teatro is a vibrant venue in the heart of the city.
The intricate ceilings and warm lighting provide the perfect amount of romantic ambiance for this special night. After she says "yes," be sure to end the night of celebration with the chef's magnificent homemade gelato.
www.sorellinaboston.com || 617.412.4600
Located in the heart of Copley Square, Sorellina’s sleek black and white mural, low lighting and sophisticated dining room make for a romantic spot to pop the question. This chic restaurant will provide the perfect atmosphere for a flawless proposal. Sorellina offers exquisite modern Italian cuisine; with dishes that highlight the season’s freshest ingredients and an extensive wine list filled with hidden Italian gems, Sorellina will provide for an unforgettable experience for when you're ready to get down on one knee.
www.landanagrill.com || 781.270.0100
In 2007, Columbus Hospitality branched out to the suburbs of Boston with the opening of L'Andana in Burlington, MA. With a focus on Tuscan inspired cuisine, L'Andana specializes in wood grilled meats, fresh-made pastas and decadent desserts. The interior is styled after an old-world farmhouse with end grain floors and wooden wine barrels. This cozy restaurant will transport you and your (soon to be) fiance to rustic Tuscany.
Proposing in the warmer months? L'Andana offers al fresco dining on their breathtaking patio.
www.ostraboston.com || 617.421.1200
Ostra, Columbus Hospitality’s newest addition, is a contemporary Mediterranean seafood restaurant. Inspired by local and European varieties of seafood, Ostra highlights the natural and fresh flavors in each dish. The high ceilings, saddle leather banquets and marble bar make for an elegant scene. The open and inviting setting of this restaurant are sure to ease your nerves before popping the big question!
www.mooorestaurant.com || 617.670.2515
Mooo is an elegant steakhouse in Beacon Hill, adjacent to the luxurious XV Beacon Hotel. Chef/Owner Jamie Mammano uses his culinary expertise to create classic, yet modern steakhouse dishes. The warm modern décor provides a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere. The private dining room at Mooo…. ‘The Wine Cellar’, offers the most exclusive private dining venue in the city. The room boasts high-vaulted ceilings and shows off Mooo’s extensive wine list by lining the walls floor-to-ceiling with much of the wine contained within the wine list.
General Manager, Alexa Demarco, shared with us one of the best ways that Mooo has helped arrange a unique proposal: "I had a gentleman come in the day before and was super nervous about wanting to propose to his girlfriend in the restaurant in front of everyone. I suggested he scope out to find a beautiful tree he liked across the way in the Boston Common. I told him to take her to that spot and ask her for her hand there, then take her here for a surprise 5-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu afterward, which we custom-created for her incorporating all her favorite foods and items they had on their first date- think Foie Gras! He was a meat lover, so we made it about him as well. For dessert, we made a sugar cage that covered a chocolate box, inside was a chocolate box was a white chocolate scroll that read “She Said Yes”- he was not expecting that sweet treat, so he was equally as surprised in the end."
Mistral, Mooo, L’Andana and Ostra all have private dining spaces and are the ideal venues for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and receptions. Additionally, all of the restaurants are available for full buyouts.
www.bondircambridge.com || 617.661.0009
A cozy storefront in Cambridge with twenty-six seats, Bondir showcases the pastoral and marine bounty of New England in the context of fine dining. Chef/Owner Jason Bond and Chef de Cuisine Brendan Joy write the menus daily, working closely with the best in class purveyors to source produce picked for its of-the-moment freshness. With notably warm hospitality, the restaurant features fresh wild flowers, hand-picked antiques, and heirloom blue and white China, for a romantic charm recognized as Bon Appetit “Best New Restaurants” 2011, Boston Magazine “2014 Best Romantic Restaurant,” TimeOut Boston “Best Boston Restaurants,” and Boston Magazine “2013 Best Chef, General Excellence.”
Monica Higgins, General Manager at Bondir shared a sweet story with us - “I have been witness to some very thoughtful first dates. I think it is so sweet when one person sends flowers so that his/her date feels special. I am glad we have created a space where people can celebrate their love for each other. One night, two women were celebrating an anniversary and as they stood up to leave Etta James was singing "At last/ My love has come along/ My lonely days are over/ And life is like a song."And the women very naturally began to dance by their table and kissed at the end of song and departed.
www.heritageofsherborn.com || 508.655.9521
We can’t think of a better place to propose to your future bride than Heritage of Sherborn. Not only will you be treating your bride to be to an elegant dining experience, but since Heritage is a beautiful wedding venue, you can begin your planning that night by imaging the two of you out on their beautiful lawn exchanging vows by the large Beech Tree on their property. Imagine cocktails and appetizers from their award winning chef followed by an elegant night of dancing in our Main Dining Room. They are happy to assist in making your proposal the most important night of your life! To make things even more special, Heritage of Sherborn has 4 rooms available for reservations so you and your special someone can spend the night.
www.lamorra.com || 617.739.0007
La Morra, known for its exquisite Northern Italian cuisine, transports you to Italy without ever leaving Boston. Propose to your future bride to be in their upstairs dining room; request table 23 or 26 so you have a window view. Make sure to keep them in the know so they will have process ready to celebrate her yes! La Morra is happy to assist you in any way to make this a night neither of you will ever forget.
www.stregawaterfront.com || 617.345.3992
Strega Waterfront, owned and operated by Boston-based restaurateur Nick Varano and The Varano Group, is one of the Seaport District’s hottest dining destinations, featuring a twist on Strega’s authentic Italian cuisine and spectacular oceanfront views on Fan Pier. Noted for its intimate atmosphere and décor, Strega Waterfront is the ideal spot for couples looking to spend the night sipping on craft cocktails in our Ultra Lounge or share a romantic evening together indulging in one of our expertly prepared entrees, such as the Fettuccini Strega, served with fresh jumbo shrimp, scallops, baby spinach and creamy Strega sauce.
Many guests come to Strega inquiring about unique ways to pop the question at the restaurant. The restaurat shares with us that they've done everything from reserve couples an exclusive table under their signature arch at the center of the dining room, to craft custom floral arrangements and even to prepare decadent desserts specially-made with the ring baked inside, making the proposal simply unforgettable. They love seeing the couples’ excitement and having the ability to assist in creating such a special moment!
www.aldenharlow.com || 617.864.2100
Alden and Harlow's General Manager, Jen Fields, shared some behind the scenes stories with us that could help inspire your proposal: "We had one really adorable story from last year. One of our regular guests rented out our Garden room in the front of the restaurant to celebrate his engagement. He invited all of their family and friends and planned on proposing to his girlfriend at their house and then telling her that they were coming into Alden for dinner (just the two of them). The had their family arrive about half an hour before their “reservation” for drinks. The groom texted me right before they were walking in the door and I had all the family hide under then tables with the lights dimmed. I greeted them at the door (she was clearly gushing, it was so cute) and pretended to find their reservation in the system and then walk them back to the Garden room. She looked confused at first then all of their friends and family jumped out. Once she realized what was happening she was so excited and happy to share their special night with everyone. We passed bubbles to everyone while she showed off her new ring to all of her friends. It was so special for them and we were thrilled to be part of their night!
The best way to pull of a proposal at Alden would be to let us know in advance so we can make sure you have a special table. We would be a happy to work with any guests who have any requests or ideas!"
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