Somebody once told me that the South Shore is the culinary dessert. And I would agree for a while it did appear that we lacked suitable good eaterys. Thankfully, over the last decade or so, this has changed. We now have a plethora of places to eat good food in a pleasant atmosphere. So the question remains, where to eat for the Hallmark holiday known as Valentine’s Day? Since I can be a bit of a foodie, I have listed my recommendations for my recommended 5 places to dine for Valentine’s Day Dinner with your significant other. The list below is in no special order.
Located in the heart of Cohasset Village, Bia as it is called locally, is a quaint neighborhood place with charm and character. The restaurant is run by local South Shore chef and owner Brian Houlihan. The restaurant is a pick for my 5 places to dine for valentine’s day dinner because of the setting – a warm and cozy environment. The food has plenty of variety – inspiring notes with time-honored Mediterranean dishes such as mussels in saffron cream, bouillabaisse, and velvety tart Tatin. But it’s the service – carefully timed and discrete -that ultimately sets the stage for an enchanting evening. Visit The Bia Bistro website for more details.
Located just steps from Hingham Harbor on the edge of Hingham Square, Tosca is a staple of the Hingham dining scene. With a great bar, and a place that exudes ambience, this is why Tosca is on my list for 5 places to dine for valentine’s day dinner. Tosca offers creative regional Italian cuisine focusing on fresh New England flavors and local, seasonal ingredients. Constructed in the 1910 Granary Marketplace building, the award-winning restaurant boasts a theatrical setting with exposed brick, imported tiles, mahogany woods, and an open kitchen from which executive chef Kevin Long takes center stage.
The Square Cafe
Located at the other end of Historic Hingham Square, and among some great shopping is The Square Cafe. This white tablecloth establishment may be one of best restaurants in the area when you compare the service, quality of the food, and the atmosphere. This is what “The Square” earns a spot on my list of the 5 places to dine for valentine’s day dinner. The Square Café opened in 2001, and is both a casual neighborhood gathering place and a Saturday night hot spot. The Square Café has become one of the busiest restaurants on the South Shore. And is the go to place for a business lunch, casual bite after work or fun night out with friends.
There is a funny thing about Scituate. The locals refer to their waterfront village as “The Harbor”. When I think of “The Harbor” I think of a body of water with boats in it, but not in Scituate, this is the village down by the waterfront. The Harbor has quietly become a restaurant hot spot. And my pick for 5 places to dine for valentine’s day dinner is Riva. It has a warm, fire-placed dining room that is ideal for romance. Riva Restaurant is a hidden spot in the quaint fishing village of Scituate Harbor. Riva offers the best of all seasons! Summer guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails on our popular outdoor patio overlooking Front Street. Riva’s dining room offers the charm and ambiance for a cozy romantic dinner with a fireplace helping warm the air on those chillier nights. Riva’s Harborside Bar is great for a more casual experience and a great place to socialize with local Scituate folks!
The Scarlet Oak Tavern
Just outside of Queen Anne’s corner is the Scarlet Oak Tavern, a beacon of the Hingham dining scene. At Scarlet Oak they try to strike that perfect balance between elegant and casual. It is a warm and inviting place where you can be as comfortable having a burger at the bar as you are bringing your kids in for brunch on the weekend, or joining us for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Their approach service is to be professional and attentive, without being overbearing or intrusive.
If you were looking for a little inspiration on where to take your special someone out on the Hallmark holiday, hopefully this list gives you some choices you may have overlooked.