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5 Greater New Bedford Romantic Restaurants


By Shonna McGrail Ryan

Whether you’re on a first date or are in a seasoned relationship, finding a romantic setting can pose a challenge. Too often you may find every date night ends in front of the TV with take-out or at the same old bar down the street. Whether you’re looking to impress someone with a memorable first date or in need of someplace spectacular to celebrate your anniversary, there are a number of places in Greater New Bedford that are sure to do the trick.

Each of the restaurants you’ll read about in this article feature a sort of atmosphere that make them stand out from your average eatery.  Keep in mind that ambiance often comes with a price tag, and these restaurants can be categorized in the high priced to fine dining category.  It also never hurts to make a reservation beforehand, as some of these spots get quite packed.  Therefore, plan accordingly but know that both the food and atmosphere you pay for won’t soon be forgotten!

1. Cork Wine and Tapas

90 Front Street, New Bedford, MA

Cork Wine and Tapas New Bedford RestaurantCork’s innovative menu features both tapas (a variety of appetizers) and full entrees that are unlike any other food selection around.  The menu is often changed to reflect exciting new options and always focused on fine cuisine. While Cork may be quite artistic with its culinary splendors, their menu has plenty of suitable options for a variety of pallets.  For example, they offer a dressed up bacon cheddar burger and other traditional favorites like fried calamari or Caesar salad.  If it’s exotic you’re looking for however, they also cater to that with items like their coconut curry lobster.

Aside from a menu selection that will appease both you and your date, Cork has a great atmosphere.  Along with an impressive selection of wine and aesthetic presentation of food, the restaurant is located in downtown NB in the Joseph Tabor building, a structure which has been a fixture of the area for over 175 years.  The heavy stonework and classic New England craftsmanship make for a spacy interior and a beautiful setting for your special night out.

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About SRyan

The South Coast has been my home since I came to UMD in 2005. I have worked and lived in NB, and now live in Westport. With a Master's in public relations I have worked as a consultant, and as a professor. I love trying new foods, writing, watching movies (and football!), traveling, listening to a wide array of music, and of course, I <3 the South Coast.

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  1. So glad you included tne Airport Grille in this list – it is our favorite restaurant.

    Cork is too trendy for me –

    Candleworks and Back Eddy – kind of Old School.

    We went to the Waterfront Grille for Valentines Day a couple of years ago. We had made a reservation, but were seated on the back porch – which they had enclosed in a canvas and put electric heaters in – WE FROZE! – February in New Bedford is no time to be on a back porch right next to the water.

    The Airport Grille is wonderful – the food, the atmosphere, the ice bar, the firepplace and the music – I think it’s the best in town. My boyfriend loves their steaks with their
    homemade sauces – I am a huge fan of their roasted sole with risotto. Also, this is the only place we ever get dessert – theirs are homemade and so rich and delicious!

    • I think you need to check out Cafe Belina also. Been there for Valentine’s Day, New Years, anniversaries, etc. This is a really nice place also with great food!!

  2. I think that The Pasta House should have been included….I’ve ALWAYS been thrilled with the atmosphere, service and cuisine! Thanks!

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