Turtle Cove Bar & Grille, Marblehead
Standout Qualities: The warm greeting from France native Stephane Colinet helps diners feel like celebrities or long-lost friends. Trust Colinet, who has appeared as a wine expert on NECN’s TV Diner, to guide you through the exciting wine list to the perfect bottle for your special night.
What’s Unique: Décor straight out of Hollywood—the dark wood interior is highlighted by glamorous white leather banquettes in the main dining room and director’s chairs in the popular lounge. Tables are well spaced to allow for intimate tête-à-têtes.
Insider tip: Order the Tuna Tartare—it is freshly diced for each order, served at the perfect temperature to emphasize its buttery goodness, and served on a bed of ripe avocado, lightly swirled with sesame dressing, every bite an umami bomb.
165 Pleasant St., Marblehead, 781-990-3103
Mission Oak Grill, Newburyport
Standout qualities: Low lights, dark wood, and brown leather banquettes tucked into a former church.
26 Green St., Newburyport, 978-463-9009, missionoakgrill.com