Tucked on a quiet street across the harbor from downtown, this cozy spot focuses on using what is fresh and local from the waters outside their door and from area farms to craft French-inspired comfort food. Service is gracious, the ambience is intimate, and reservations are strongly recommended. Plan ahead, because parking can be tricky, especially in the summertime. If you’re up for a romantic stroll, park at Rocky Neck and plan to window shop at the galleries after dinner.
197 East Main St., Gloucester, 978-282-4426, duckworthsbistrot.com
With dark wood paneling and cool urban vibe, this cozy spot serving upscale new American cuisine has been a magnet for couples for two decades.
118 Main St., Gloucester, 978-283-7888, franklincapeann.com