Dating in Tacoma

Where to go

By Natasha Gorbachev on April 23, 2009

Recently, my roommate, who is new to Tacoma, was asking me for some date ideas. Thus, my advice this week will be dedicated to some fun ideas for great date nights now that we’re approaching our Washington days in the sun.

For starters, have you considered a walk around Wright Park and then a stop off at the conservatory? The conservatory is gorgeous and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, a master gardener is on site on Saturdays to answer your plant questions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fun!

We most certainly can’t neglect the cruise on Ruston Way. You can saunter down this stretch, holding hands, and to give your legs a rest you should sneak into the neat restaurants along the water, including Harbor Lights, Duke’s Chowder House, Katie Downs or the Lobster Shop. The views from these joints are quite romantic, which creates the perfect environment to nuzzle up for a smooch.

Of course, we can’t forget the quaint Proctor Business District, and the perfect date for an established couple would be bowling at Chalet and then catching a movie at the Blue Mouse Theatre.

When it’s class that you’re after, do you and your loved one a favor and make a reservation to Ravenous for dinner, then walk directly across the street and catch any of the upcoming shows from the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

Speaking of art, probably the best date in town (that’s also quite cheap!) is supporting downtown Tacoma’s Third Thursday ArtWalk where the museums are free in the evening and several downtown locations and businesses host cool events.

Another fun idea is to simply take your loved one to Sixth Avenue. Sure, the polite thing to do would be to make a reservation at any one of the restaurants along this strip, but it’s also fun just to take the Ave on and see what happens.

Yet another ideal date spot is Mandolin Café, and any of their evening music sets.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the hip side, I’d really like to recommend dinner at Le Le’s, followed by cocktails at Tempest and 1022 South. You’ll see that this ain’t your momma’s Hilltop anymore!

In conclusion, as one who has successfully hooked up an endless amount of couples, I’ll offer my personal salud to those that I’ve connected:

“Please raise your glass, your spirits, your wine … to a life this good, and to a love divine.”