Conventional or quirky, Seattle has plenty of spots to spend time with a loved one. From decadent restaurants to icons of the city, a romantic date night in Seattle won’t be stale.
Head to Georgetown to visit the home of Fran’s Chocolates. Their space, in an amazing brick building from the early 1880s, has a truffle case to pick out a few favorites and an espresso bar—but skip the coffee and try the drinking chocolate. You’ll receive a warm cup of deliciousness to savor. Fran’s also has a viewing room, where you can see employees at work: Fran’s Chocolates are handmade, right down to hand-tied bows.
Salty’s on Alki Beach
Sure, there are plenty of spots downtown to get a view of the water, but head to West Seattle’s Salty’s on Alki Beach and dine while looking at the expanse of downtown’s skyline, from the Smith Tower to the Space Needle. After dinner, take a walk along the beach and listen to the waves while snuggling in the chilly weather.
The Pink Door
Nestled in Pike Place Market, the Pink Door’s moody atmosphere makes for a cozy date night. Enjoy Italian-American dishes and the nightly entertainment, which ranges from Tarot readers and trapeze artists to cabaret and magic.
Loulay Kitchen & Bar
French meets Northwest at this restaurant from The Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau. Loulay has whatever ambiance you may want—cozy tables, high energy bar seating, even a private room for parties. Stop for appetizers and a cocktail or a delicious dinner, just make sure you order dessert. (Beignets! Profiteroles!)
Quite possibly the fanciest restaurant in Seattle (and maybe the only one with a dress code), Canlis has been an institution since 1950, and is still run by the Canlis family. Enjoy a three- or four-course dinner, or indulge in the seven-course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. Don’t have a reservation? You’re in luck: the lounge is walk-in only.
Seattle Great Wheel
With fully enclosed gondolas, the Seattle Great Wheel provides year-round views of both downtown and Elliott Bay. The Wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier it sits on, and with three revolutions per ride, there’s plenty of time to take in the views.
This unique downtown venue hosts a variety of musical and theater acts. Enjoy a show while dining on pan-Asian cuisine—the Triple Door’s menu comes from next-door neighbor Wild Ginger. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, with booth and table options that all provide clear sight lines.
A cabaret and burlesque club in Pike Place Market, the award-winning Can Can will transport you to Paris. Their dinner menu features seasonal selections inspired by French and Italian cuisines, much of it made with Market ingredients. Check the website for schedules and information about the current shows.
Pike Place Market
This icon of Seattle makes a great daytime date. With most of the Market covered, you can shop, eat, explore and snap selfies for hours without worrying about getting wet. Start the morning with mini doughnuts and work your way through the mazes and levels of the Market. With a huge variety of vendors, book shops, a record store, antiques, clothing, gifts, art and more, the Market always has something new.