Tacoma is a beautiful city with a rich history. Whether you’re a lifelong local or a recent transplant, there’s always more to explore in this vibrant, growing city — and a Tacoma date night is the perfect time to get out and try something new!
Looking to take your special someone out for a nice evening on the town? Here are some great date night ideas for the Tacoma area.
To have a romantic evening (or daytime!) date in the Tacoma area, you could go out for a nice dinner or drinks, or opt for a more unique activity-based date. We’ll cover ideas for both below!
The Tacoma Museum of Glass is a worthy daytime date idea for art-lovers, crafty folks and anyone who appreciates beauty. The museum features exhibits from some of the best-known artists in the glassblowing world. Plus, you can catch live glassblowing shows to learn how artists meld white-hot glass into beautiful works of art! The Museum of Glass closes at 5pm — but pair an afternoon visit with a happy hour downtown, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful date night!
Point Defiance Park truly has something for everyone. With miles of hiking trails, a beautiful Japanese garden (complete with turtles!), a wonderful sandy beach, a large zoo, boat rentals and more, you can spend many hours in this paradise of natural beauty.
A stroll down the waterfront path in newly developed Ruston offers accessible nature, incredible views, and plenty of dining and entertainment options. On weekends, you’ll find outdoor markets and live music, and 7 days a week you’ll enjoy dining, drinks, and a movie theatre. Plus, it’s one of the best spots to enjoy views of Mt Rainer if the mountain is out!
Looking for some fun nostalgia? A visit to Dorky’s barcade may be in order. Dorky’s is a Tacoma staple, serving up late night drinks and old-fashioned fun with both modern and old school arcade games. For a budget-friendly weeknight date, head to Dorky’s on Tuesday for $2 tacos and happy hour drink pricing all day long.
Dinner-and-a-movie is a date-night classic, and The Grand Cinema is a great spot to catch a flick. This historic cinema hosts independent, international and local films, classic films, film festivals, and more. Tickets are affordable, and snacks sourced from local Tacoma visitors are served up at the concessions stand. Beer, wine and cider are also available!
En Rama is an Italian restaurant with PNW flair, and offers a cozy, warm environment perfect for a romantic evening. There’s also a lovely patio for outdoor dining when the weather is nice, and excellent cocktails to boot!
Wooden City is one of Tacoma’s best-rated restaurants, and for good reason: It’s darn good! Wooden City serves up comforting American food, including award-winning stonefired pizzas and expertly crafted cocktails. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekend nights.
Indochine in downtown Tacoma is a popular Asian fusion restaurant with a romantic ambiance, complete with private tables and a gorgeous pond running through the center of the restaurant. Indochine’s Pearl location serves up the same food, but the downtown location is a clear winner in terms of ambiance.
For the meat lovers in your life, Asado serves up flame grilled Argentinian dishes with a flair. The ambiance is excellent for a special occasion, with candlelit tables and fantastic service. In the summertime, large garage-style doors are rolled open for fresh air and a wonderful indoor-outdoor dining experience.
For high-end whiskeys, craft cocktails, and decadent small bites, head to Tacoma’s Boom Boom Room. This unique cocktail bar is reminiscent of a mid-century Vegas cocktail lounge, and the bar stocks all sorts of hard-to-find liquors. The food menu rotates, but typically includes fresh seafood, small bites, and New American classics.
Going out for a special occasion, like an anniversary or a birthday? You might want to stop by Bellevue Rare Coins in downtown Tacoma to find the perfect gift for your special someone.
Bellevue Rare Coins stocks a wide variety of stunning jewelry, timeless watches, collectibles, and of course coins and bullion. Our downtown Tacoma location is at 2302 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 and is open Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm. Stop by today to see why Bellevue Rare Coins has been the Northwest’s favorite source for jewelry, coins and more for over 40 years!