Le Refuge has been an institution in Old Town for nearly four decades, bringing a little slice of Paris to the quaint neighborhood. Its romantic, intimate dining room—complete with white linen tablecloths and flickering candlelight—might be the perfect place to take your love if they love French cuisine.
Start with a glass of wine or a cocktail and a few fancy hors d’oeuvres, such as the clams casino swimming in garlic butter sauce and the cheese plate showcasing a combination of brie, Roquefort, and goat cheese plus walnuts and fruit. For the next course, treat your special someone to surf or turf prepared in classic French culinary tradition. The filet de beouf Wellington starts with a perfectly tender slab of filet mignon, which the chef encrusts and sears perfectly. Then he smothers it with mushrooms and madeira sauce and complements his creation with duck liver mousse. When it comes to seafood, the menu includes options like sea scallops sauteed with Pernod, garlic, parsley, and tomatoes or salmon smothered with bearnaise sauce (one of the chef’s favorite dishes). If you really want to impress your significant other, opt for the prix fixe menu and pick and choose each course as you go.