If you haven’t made a booking for Valentine’s Day yet, you better get on the phone and find somewhere to wow your number one with a fancy meal, or forward this article to your love so they know what’s up.
Here are 10 romantic date ideas in St Catharines and the Niagara Region.
1 The downtown chic date
I love Bolete‘s modern minimalist interior and fine food. The dishes are delicious, the service is top notch and our wine paired perfectly. This one is a no-brainer for a romantic lunch or dinner.
2 The pizza and beer date
I’m not talking your average cold pizza and flat beer joint. The Exchange Brewery in Niagara-on-the-Lake is about as sexy as a brewery gets! The interior is cool and sophisticated. If your honey is a beer lover, this date will score you some major points. On Wednesday nights (like the 14th February) you can order in gourmet wood-fired pizzas from Pieza Pizzeria while you enjoy a flight of The Exchange’s award-winning brews.
3 The ‘i’m a foodie’ date
Foodies are in fine hands at Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine. This is an excellent fine dining experience in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Sit at the kitchen table so you can watch the masters at work. An in-house sommelier will pair your meal perfectly with a delicious drop.
4 The cheap and cheerful date
Can’t afford to spend a week’s wage on dinner? I hear ya! Light some candles and serve-up some flavourful Pho. Check out our favourite Pho spot in St Catharines, Pho Dau Bo. You can look worldly, well-travelled, and hatch plans to backpack through Vietnam.
5 The hipster date
No need to worry about any awkward silences at OddBird. Hip hop music from the noughties will fill the air with atmosphere as you go on a food adventure with these talented young chefs. It’s also one of St Catharines’ newest restaurants so you will look pretty on-the-pulse taking your date here. They don’t take bookings – just as well if you leave things to the last minute – so get there early.
6 The wine lovers date
If your date is a wine connoisseur, check out Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery. They run a biodynamic and organic farm and their restaurant has a seasonal menu based on what’s available in their own backyard. Meals are paired with the guidance and discriminating palate of a winemaker. Stop in at their tasting room before dinner to show-off your wine knowledge.
7 The classic fine dining date
Wellington Court in St Catharines is a Niagara Region fine dining institution. It is elegant and classy, the food is second-to-none, and the service is great. Another no-brainer (if you can get a reservation!).
8 The brunch date
Maybe your date works nights, or maybe dinner is just too much of a commitment this early in your relationship. Fear not! Check out cute and cosy Bistro Mirepoix. Siddle into a booth with a bouquet of posies and canoodle over coffee and eggs.
9 The seafood lovers date
Tide & Vine Oyster Co, off the beaten track in Niagara Falls, shuck aphrodisiacs fresh from the sea just for you, along with a tasty menu of crustaceans and fish.
10 The “be a tourist in your own backyard” date
Niagara Falls, AKA “the honeymoon capital of the world”, is right here! Take advantage of the stunning views of the Falls from The Watermark Restaurant.
What’s your favourite date night idea? Pick a number and share this article with your Valentine. It’s the perfect subtle hint!