Mission Oak Grill
The lights are low, the wood is dark, and the lighting is intimate in this church turned Brazilian-inflected steak house. Sink into a plush banquette and let the outside world fade away. Or grab a seat in the intimate bar and order a perfectly chilled martini with half-price snacks at happy hour any day but Saturday.
26 Green St., Newburyport, 978-463-9009, missionoakgrill.com
1640 Hart House
Housed in a building constructed just 20 years after the Pilgrims first landed, this five-story tavern’s cozy nooks and crannies and fireplaces invite intimacy.
51 Linebrook Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-1640, 1640harthouse.com