With so many options for dining and entertainment, planning a night out in Grand Rapids with friends, family, or your significant other can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for a romantic spot to celebrate your anniversary, a relaxed setting to reminisce with old friends, or a spot that’s fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered.

We asked four of our blog contributors to share with us their favorite spot for a night out in Grand Rapids, and here’s what they had to say:

Insider Tip: Amore Trattoria Italiana gets extremely busy on holidays and weekends. Make a reservation ahead of time or dine during the week.

Insider Tip: Amore Trattoria Italiana gets extremely busy on holidays and weekends. Make a reservation ahead of time or dine during the week.

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Suggested Date Idea: For the Hopeless Romantic

Author: Austin Langlois

“Where better to spend a romantic night out than at a restaurant called Amore Trattoria Italiana? To find this hidden gem, head north on Alpine Ave. toward Comstock Park. Dining here is like stepping into your grandma’s kitchen. Expect warm hospitality and authentic Italian cuisine to accompany your special evening.

Chef Jenna is known to craft an aphrodisiac-inspired menu for Valentine's Day, including items like oven-roasted king crab legs and rosso, a spaghetti dish cooked in red wine, garlic, chili peppers, parsley, walnuts, and Grana cheese. Save room for the decadent chocolate peanut butter tiramisu that’s sure to impress.”

Be sure to check their website for seasonal menus, unique dining experiences and carryout options - this is a delicious place to go for any occasion.

Stop by Martha's Vineyard to explore their extensive wine selection!

Stop by Martha's Vineyard to explore their extensive wine selection!


Suggested Date Idea: Enjoy a Cozy Night Indoors

Author: Nadira Kharmai

“For a cozy night indoors, head to Martha’s Vineyard to build a charcuterie board for a cozy, romantic picnic at home. This historic local corner store is filled with a variety of delectable cheese, meat, bread, deli items, beer, wine, desserts, and more.

Half the fun of this date is going with your significant other to browse what Martha's Vineyard has to offer. Whether you stroll through the beer cooler and grab side dishes, crackers, and dips from the deli, or venture to the wine section to pick out the perfectly crisp wine to pair with your cheese tray, there is nearly something for everyone's palate at Martha's Vineyard.

If you're unsure on how to pair beverages with food, Martha's friendly and knowledgeable staff provides excellent recommendations so you can make a stellar pairing. Oh, and don't forget about the incredible dessert counter!”

To sign up for a production tour at Vander Mill, call 616-259-8828 or email rebecca@vandermill.com.

Patio is open! Or order online for takeout!

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Suggested Date Idea: A Night Out with Friends

Author: Melody VanderWeide

“With a tap room in Grand Rapids, Vander Mill is a great place to hang out with friends (like another couple) or on a date any time of year. Their food is local fare with a flair, and it tastes great with their award-winning hard cider."

Their patio is currently open and you can order online for takeout.

Explore the great outdoors for your next date night with your significant other, family, or friends. Visit our site for information on upcoming adventurous and outdoor events.

Explore the great outdoors for your next date night with your significant other, family, or friends.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Suggested Date Idea: For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Author: Kirsetin Morello

"If you find nature as romantic as my husband and I do, you might enjoy celebrating similarly. We’ll be heading to the Wittenbach Wege Center in Lowell, pulling on snowshoes (they rent them for $5 per 3 hours), and exploring the trails. As we take in the scenery, we’ll talk, reminisce about the kids and our many years together, make plans for the future, laugh, and work up a little bit of a sweat. Afterwards, we’ll head to Main St. BBQ in Lowell for a delicious, casual dinner of pulled pork, hush puppies, and craft beer. Grand Rapids has tons of outdoor winter activities and amazing restaurants, so grab your partner and make it a date!”

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