Planning the Perfect Date Night in Grand Rapids

When it comes to planning the perfect date night in Grand Rapids, the options are truly endless. Grand Rapids keeps us busy with its activities – from dining to events to art – you name it. If you are looking for some inspiration for the perfect date night for you and your Hunny, get ready for our step-by-step guide for planning the perfect date night – in or out!

Step One: Don’t be Hangry

Arguably one of the more important items on the agenda on Valentine’s Day is the food. What’s on the menu? Are you thinking of staying in or dining out? What type of cuisine? When it comes to food in Grand Rapids, we know it! Check out our suggestions for carryout and dining in for your Valentine’s day dinner below. Be sure to make reservations early!

Carryout Options in Grand Rapids

Cozy nights at home are okay with us! If you’re planning a date night (in) this Valentine’s Day, check out some of these local restaurants offering carryout near you in GR!

Blue Ginger Asian Kitchen

Backdoor BBQ

Blue Dog Brewery

El Granjero Mexican Grill

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

Hall of Fame Burgers

Maru Sushi

Saigon Garden

Southern Fish Fry on Wealthy 

Tropical Taste

Westside Social

Dining-in in Grand Rapids

If you’d rather save your cozies for the weekend and get out for an elegant meal, we’ve got the options for you. Get ready for a beautiful night out at any of the below local restaurants in GR! 

Atwater Brewery 

Bistro Bella Vita 

The Chop House 

The Candied Yam

GR Noir Wine and Jazz

Harmony Brewing

Kitchen 67

Linear Restaurant

Max’s South Seas Hideaway

Reds at Thousand Oaks

Step 2: Something to Do

Now that you have the food all planned out, it’s time to see where the night will take you! From dancing to wine to pillow making – there is something for you and your significant other to take part in together this Valentine’s Day. Take a look at some of these fun things to do in Grand Rapids below.

A Night on Broadway – Hamilton by Broadway Grand Rapids

Dance Your Way Into the Night – Salsa and Bachata Classes by Social Dance Studio

Nothing to Wine About Here – Wine Tasting Robinette’s Winery

Spice things up with a Cooking Class – The Local Epicurean

Craft your own Candles – Wax Poetic Candle Bar 

Pillow Talk – Couples’ Pillow Making Workshop 

Step 3: A Gift to Remember

The last piece of this special day is something that will last longer than the delicious dinner or a show’s encore. Gift-giving doesn’t have to be extravagant.  There are thousands of ways you can show love this Valentine’s Day while also supporting small businesses in the Grand Rapids area. 

Take a look at a couple of places to shop for your significant other –  while also supporting our beloved Grand Rapids community below! For whatever your special someone is into, Grand Rapids is sure to have it. 

For the one obsessed with flowers. 
Thelma’s Flowers 

For the one obsessed with sweets. 
Daddy’s Dough Cookies 

For the one who is a bookworm. 
Books and Mortar 

For the one who listens to groovy tunes.
The Corner Record Shop

For the ones who are always thrifting. 
Bluedoor Antiques

For the one who is always buying candles. 
Sable Candle Co

For the one who loves their jewelry. 
A Little Gem and Wire 

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