Five Valentine’s Day Options

 Obviously, in the land of foodies, you have your choice of where to spend the most beloved/dreaded holiday of the year. But here’s five that range in price, atmosphere and locale. All are a short drive from the Kensington, and reachable on public transit as well.

Strega Waterfront

24 Fleet St., Boston 617-345-3992

Waterfront offers everything you’ll need for love and romance, but also offers the lure and beauty of the ocean. This seaside spot will offer a flexible chef’s tasting menu featuring items such as heart-shaped beet salad, heart-shaped lobster raviolis, and heart-shaped just about anything else. Mood is dark, comfy and upscale.

Great thing is you have your choice of days to dine – the Valentine’s menu is available February 10-14 from 5-11 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, or $85 per person with wine pairings.

Ten Tables

597 Centre St., Boston 617-524-8810

Haven’t heard of Ten Tables? Well please climb out from under that rock, because these ten tables will offer you a night to remember. For Valentine’s Day only, patrons will enjoy a romantic candlelit atmosphere with a four-course menu to include a first course, main course, cheese course, and dessert.

Again, available on February 14 only. Dinner is $75 per person.

ArtBar

40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge 617-806-4122

Celebrate V-day with a four-course aphrodisiac inspired menu – for true love birds. The evening’s menu starts with a raw bar for two, lobster bisque, or house-made cavatelli, and rounds out with a main course choice of barrel cut sirloin, salmon, or risotto. Desserts and wine are no brainer additions.

Available February 14 only from 5-10 p.m. for $55 per person or $75 per person with wine pairings.

Bokx 109

399 Grove St., Newton 617-454-3399

Aw c’mon, Newton is not that far – especially when you consider BOKX 109 for Valentine’s Day. The restaurant will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu for the five nights leading up to Valentine’s Day. Some menu choices include shrimp and scallop risotto, roasted half duck, and cast iron seared tenderloin.

Available February 10-11 from 5-11 p.m. and February 12-14 from 5-10 p.m. Dinner is $65 per person

L’Espalier

774 Boylston St., Boston 617-262-3023

For the ultimate in lavish nights, a true spoiling is what you’ll find at L’Espalier. Boasting an eight-course dinner menu accompanied by its famous Belgian Malinois cocktail for $195 per person on Valentine’s Day, L’Espalier never disappoints. If that’s not quite in your budget but you’d still like the fancy fancy, consider their Valentine’s Day lunch menu for $85 per person.