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Where to Take Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day

Officially declared a holiday in 1537, Valentine’s Day has been the most romantic day of the year for centuries. Even though some people may act like they’re not into red heart-shaped greeting cards and bouquets of roses, over half of us (61.8%) celebrate Valentine’s Day. In addition to cards, flowers, candy, and jewelry, going out to eat is one of the five most-popular ways to celebrate matters of the heart on February 14.

Whether your dining style is casual, formal, or romantic, Valentine’s Day is always a treat because there’s no messy kitchen to clean, which allows you to spend the whole holiday making every minute of your time together relaxed, quality time. Consider making reservations for a restaurant that offers not only the dining experience that you desire but also a panoramic view of the Puget Sound’s scenic beauty (which is perfect for an intimate pre- or post-meal stroll for two).

Recipe for Romance this Valentine’s Day

Even though you’re going out to eat, consider the following to help make your day extra special:

  • Make reservations now; the best seating times and restaurants tend to book quickly, so if you’re looking to have a more formal or romantic Valentine’s Day, plan dinner arrangements well in advance. Inquire about special or fixed holiday menus for an added treat.
  • Laid-back lovers who prefer to go to lunch on Valentine’s Day or who would rather get a burger than a filet should also call in advance to make lunch reservations and/or to see if a favored casual spot will be open.
  • Sneak in a surprise; arranging to have fresh flowers or even a single rose brought to the table before or just after you arrive is a simple yet truly lovely gesture that says, “I thought about making you smile.”
  • Top off the perfect day with tickets to see a movie at the Century Point Ruston and XD Theatre at Point Ruston. It’s makes for a fun date night with your sweetie this year.

Keeping it Simple & Sweet

Even though over-the-top romance is often a theme for Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason succulent strawberries or even champagne have to be anything other than simple and sweet.

If you want to do something special but a little more low-key, Dolce Sí Bakery, Café, and Shop on Point Ruston’s Main Street is the perfect place to have a little coffee and a little sugar with your honey. The Sicilian bakery specializes in delectable treats like gelato, cakes, and stunning éclairs and tarts, as well as savory focaccias and more. A hand-clasped walk along the Waterwalk at Point Ruston after will make for a most memorable Valentine’s Day with your loved-one.

You can also get delicious pub fare at Two Town Pub and Café on Ruston Way. This American bar and restaurant, which houses a coffee shop that serves Dillanos coffee and goods from Corina Bakery, will provide their regular service on Valentine’s Day making it a great option for sweethearts who want to celebrate the day without going over the top. Likewise, WildFin American Grill, situated on the Grand Plaza at Point Ruston, will be open for the day and will offer a special menu with more “romantic cuisine,” such as Grilled filet mignon with Alaskan snow crab and béarnaise, herb roasted Alaskan red king crab legs, grilled asparagus.


WildFin American Grill — grilled filet mignon with Alaskan snow crab and béarnaise, herb roasted Alaskan red king crab legs, grilled asparagus

The 21-and-up pub Katie Downs is a fantastic place to spend a laid back Valentine’s Day. Sipping suds and dining on award-winning pizza while laughing with that special-someone.

Romantic Dining in Tacoma

If you’ve got an appetite for dressed-up romance, the Pacific Grill is a favored Tacoma restaurant when celebrating Valentine’s Day. The award-winning urban restaurant offers a special menu of expertly prepared steaks and seafood as well as vegan and gluten-free options. Cocktails, wine, and dessert make for a satisfying finish (and start) to the meal. Other ideal locations include:

  • The Adriatic Grill Italian Cuisine and Wine Bar is excellent for hungry couples looking for a Mediterranean way to celebrate their love. Located on Tacoma’s South side on Steele St., chef de cuisine Bill Trudnowski will prepare a truly romantic meal complete with a succulent dessert.
  • Not far from the Puget Sound, Bite Restaurant at Hotel Murano located at Broadway Plaza continually exceeds expectations with an elegant menu, creative cocktails, and breathtaking view from the restaurant’s fourth-floor vantage point, which overlooks Northwest Tacoma.
  • Specializing in savory steak and fresh seafood, C.I. Shenanigans on Ruston Way will, after their Sunday brunch service, offer a special menu from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an aperitif of champagne along with courses of delicious local cuisine against the backdrop of the Puget Sound.
  • Few delicacies say decadence like rich, seasoned lobster, which is why Lobster Shop South on Ruston Way will serve a special Valentine’s Day menu all weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). To top it off, from 9:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, Lobster Shop South will feature their infamous Chocolate Lover’s Brunch.

Regardless of whether you’re into a laid-back lunch or pizza at a pub or if your taste for love includes truffles and a side of lobster, each of these restaurants has a tried and true reputation for delivering high quality cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere, which leaves you to focus on the most important thing: each other. Have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for all of the right reasons; plan ahead and spend it carefree on the romantic, inspiring Waterwalk at Point Ruston.

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