It’s hard to deny that there’s an extra dose of love in the air throughout February (after all, it’s even harder to escape the Valentine’s Day merchandise lying in wait around every corner). If you’re not coupled up, perhaps you’re planning to spend the holiday with a new love interest. These Seattle-based lunch and dinner locations offer especially fun-filled settings to break the ice on any first date.
Doc's Marina Grill | Multiple locations
Don’t settle for your same old date at the same old haunt in Seattle -- journey outside of city limits, and better yet, start the adventure before you even arrive at your destination! Impress your sweetie with a seafaring trip across the sound to either Doc’s location in Bainbridge Island or Port Townsend. The ferry ride over will give you time to enjoy the journey and stoke the conversation before downing cold drafts and scrumptious seafood entrees.
Los Agaves | 1514 Pike Place Market Ave #7 | 206-504-0202
Does it get more Seattle than a Pike Place Market date? Wander the market stalls, window shop, browse the selection at a few beloved used bookstores and quirky souvenir locations, and once you work up an appetite, head to this favorite market Mexican spot for some street tacos. It’s the perfect casual daytime rendezvous for a first date.
Shingletown Saloon | 2016 NW Market St | 206-782-5182
If you or your date like a little rodeo-style recreation, head to this Ballard saloon for Thursday night line dancing, Wednesday and Sunday night karaoke, or a late-night live country DJ on weekends. Take the pressure off with a cold beer or draft cocktail before letting loose on the dance floor.
Buenos Aires Grill | 2328 1st Ave | 206-448-3114
When was the last time you planned a night out at an Argentinian tango spot? If you haven’t yet been to Buenos Aires Grill, chances are this is a novel concept to you (and to your date) within Seattle. There’s no better place to wine and dine than over a romantic dinnertime tango performance. Dig into wood-fired steaks, pastas and pizzas, or empanadas, and don’t forget to order a bottle for the table from the unique Argentinian wine list.
Elliott's Oyster House | 1201 Alaskan Way, Pier 56 | 206-623-4340
What makes an oyster house the perfect first date spot? Beside the fact that oysters are an infamous aphrodisiac, this unbeatable location atop Pier 56 is sure to impress with front-row Elliott Bay views. Cheers to that!