The ambiance and the menu are light and fresh at this newcomer that deftly mixes American classics and Italian preparations. Request a booth and tuck into a bunch of shareable appetizers, like the Dal Maré Raw Bar Platter or a lovely charcuterie selection, before choosing from entrées to suit any palate. The fun, fresh cocktail list will soothe any first-date jitters.
24 West St., Beverly, 978-922-9221, dalmarerestaurant.com
Pellana Prime Steakhouse
The 300-bottle wine list could be a great conversation starter at this intimate steakhouse, and the thoughtful, attentive service will ease any awkwardness. Ramp up the romance by requesting a table by the fire.
9 Sylvan St., Peabody, 978-531-4800, pellanasteakhouse.com