8 Great Seattle Date Ideas

From romantic restaurants to flights of fancy, our guide guarantees a fantastic evening.

Sharing a new experience together is a fantastic way to bond with the one you love, so break out of your comfort zone while you're visiting Seattle and try something different for date night. We've made a list of some of the best ways to spend time together in the Emerald City. Whether you opt for an out-of-the-box adventure or a classic dinner date, you're sure to create memories you'll treasure long after you leave.

Sing Your Hearts Out

What could be more romantic—and, let’s face it: probably hilarious—than serenading each other with “your” song? At the Japanese-style karaoke bar Rock Box on Capitol Hill, you and your honey can belt out tunes on the public stage near the bar or reserve a private room for a more intimate experience. Boost your confidence with the bar’s signature cocktail, a saké sangria, and feast on charcuterie from next-door Cure, all delivered right to your “box.”

Row With the Flow

Bundle up for bracing water and shove off in a double kayak for an adventure a deux. Located just steps away from the West Seattle water taxi pier, Alki Kayak Tours and Adventure Center offers sea kayak rentals by the hour for experienced paddlers, as well as special guided tours around Elliott Bay at sunset and on full moon nights for those who’d rather explore with a group. Never kayaked before? Two-hour introductory classes are available to help you get on board with this popular Seattle pastime. Dedicated landlubbers may prefer to rent bikes for an easy cruise along Alki Beach instead.

Shuck and Savor

Oysters have a reputation for bringing lovers out of their shells; apparently they’re rich in minerals and amino acids that are known to be natural aphrodisiacs. But science aside, there’s just something undeniably indulgent about sharing a plate of oysters. Combine that with a few drinks and a water view, and you’re in for a special evening. Pike Brewing Company’s recently opened seafood-focused restaurant, Tankard & Tun, is a fantastic place to test the theory. Perched above the brewery and overlooking Elliott Bay, the lively dining room serves fresh, local oysters on the half shell, along with a full menu of small plates and mains and, of course, house-brewed drafts and mixed drinks incorporating Pike’s brews.

Cut a Rug 

Love to dance? Grab your partner and head to Century Ballroom to show off your fancy footwork. Set in an elegant 1908 building that was originally an Odd Fellows lodge, the ballroom hosts dances every night for a range of styles, including swing, tango, bachata and salsa. Don’t worry if your skills are rusty: half-hour intro lessons are available before the dances most nights. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head across the hall to The Tin Table for shareable plates like prosciutto, fig and goat cheese bruschetta, and a glass or two of wine.

Mangia! 

Why is it that we so often associate Italy with romance? Sure, the mellifluous language and gorgeous scenery are part of it, but it’s the Italians’ pursuit of the “la vita bella”—slowing down and enjoying the company of loved ones—that appeals most. It’s no surprise that several of Seattle’s go-to date night restaurants are those where couples can linger over linguine and other Italian cuisine. Toast your amore with a candlelit dinner at Ristorante Machiavelli, a Capitol Hill destination since 1988, or at Pike Place Market’s underground trattoria, Il Bistro. Another tucked-away spot in the Market, The Pink Door, features burlesque and cabaret entertainment while you dine.

Go Above and Beyond 

Share breathtaking views and an unforgettable experience with an aerial tour of Seattle. Board Kenmore Air’s Scenic Seaplane Tour at Lake Union for a 20-minute narrated flight that takes in stately lake- and seaside estates, the University of Washington campus and the city skyline against sparkling Elliott Bay. Atomic Helicopters offers similar tours above the city, as well as a longer flight that soars above Ballard Locks, the Space Needle and Seattle waterfront before heading out to beautiful Snoqualmie Falls.

Raise a Toast 

If flights of wine are more your style, make a beeline for Charles Smith Wines Jet City to swirl, sip and savor samples from Washington state's star winemaker. Housed in a stunningly renovated warehouse across from Boeing Field, you can enjoy Smith's award-winning wines while watching planes take off and land through dramatic double-story windows. On Saturdays, the upstairs bar offers a cozy spot to relax with a glass of your favorite while sharing a cheese and charcuterie plate.

Be Bowled Over 

If yard games are how you roll, Capitol Hill's Rhein Haus is the place for you. The Bavarian-inspired pub features several indoor bocce lanes as well as a patio with other games. In between turns, you and your liebchen can enjoy beers from the impressive draft list along with giant pretzels, schnitzel sliders, brats and other German-style bites.

Lara Hale
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