Date night. Are you one of those parents too busy to even think the phrase, let alone actually make plans for a night out? While the prospect of dining out in a venue that doesn’t offer a toy with every meal may sound like outlandish dreaming, the occasional date night is important for your mental health as a parent -- not to mention your relationship.
The Seattle date night scene is brimming with options if you can set aside a night to get out. Whether you’re looking for a low-key dinner date, a night on the town, or something more adventurous, there’s something for every couple’s taste. Here are some of our favorite spots!
A Tasting Room Experience in Elsom Cellars For Your Seattle Date Night
A cozy cellar, local wine and cider, perhaps an arranged food tasting. Sound enticing? Then Elsom Cellars, a romantic women-run boutique winery just five-minutes’ drive from downtown Seattle, is just the ticket. Founded in 2006, Elsom produces 100% local wine sourced from some of the state’s finest vineyards.
Try a food and wine pairing—all locally sourced and curated by Chef Mahogany Williams of The Pickled Chef—as a date night activity, or pop into the tasting room and sample some Washington wines, ciders, and spirits for a lower-key evening out.
Try the Best Seafood At Ray’s Boathouse & Cafe
Savor some of the freshest seafood the Pacific has to offer at Ray’s Boathouse & Café. Situated on the waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound, as the sun sets behind Olympic National Park in the distance, Ray’s is a Seattle icon, locally owned and operated since 1973.
Mussels, clams, prawns, scallops, crab, oysters, and more—Ray’s Boathouse prides themselves on serving only the freshest sustainably-sourced seafood around. A fully stacked wine list of both local gems and more adventurous international selections serves as a companion on your Seattle date night tour through the fruits of the Pacific.
Enjoy Westward on Lake Union
The Pacific Northwest sports some of the best weather in the nation, and if your idea of date night in Seattle includes taking advantage of our Great Outdoors, head to Lake Union—and grab a table at Westward while you’re at it.
Located on the north shore of the Lake Union, the Mediterranean-Northwestern-fusion locale overlooks a stunning view of the lake itself and, beyond, the Seattle skyline in full. The daily-changing menu is ever an elegant surprise, or if you’re feeling like fully embracing the watery setting, get a seafood tower to share! With a full boat dock, umbrellas and Adirondack chairs laid out on the shore Westward fully embraces the stunning vistas that only Seattle can offer, and delivers critically acclaimed service to go along with.
Top-Notch Entertainment While Dining At The Pink Door
Pike Place Market is known as a tourist trap at the best of times, but it has its hidden gems even for the local trying to escape on a night out: The Pink Door. The Pink Door has been an Italian American Seattle staple since 1981. Tucked away behind the eponymous unmarked pink door on Post Alley, the space is a hidden wonder, boasting some of the best Italian food the tourists have yet to find—this one’s all for you.
While we’re at it, be sure to check the website when planning a night to drop in: The Pink Door hosts live entertainment every night! Cabaret, trapeze, live jazz, tarot; there’s always some unique entertainment on the books.
Quality Time at the Great Wheel At Pier 57
Restaurants are always a surefire intimate date night option, but if you’re feeling like seeing a bit more of city, check out the Seattle Great Wheel. An iconic attraction perched at the end of Pier 57, the massive Ferris wheel overlooks the Seattle Aquarium, Elliot Bay, Century Link Field, Mt. Rainer, T-Mobile Park, Space Needle and Pike Place Market—a full view of the city by night. See the city a new way!
Check out any number of great seafood spots nearby after, or enjoy a meander along the pier while checking out the light shows. Be a tourist at home for an evening!
Hire a Trusted Babysitter For Your Date Night
Seattle has date night options for every couple but the reality is, the impediment to date night is more often about being able to out of the house than about deciding where to go. Finding a qualified babysitter can be a daunting task, especially on short notice.
Nanno is an all-in-one tool that takes the hard work out of finding your perfect babysitting match. Nanno delivers an array of pre-vetted professional nannies in your area, according to your standards and timeframe. Parenting is hard enough, and it’s too easy to let your self-care slip while raising a child. Let Nanno help relieve at least one stress. Then you can plan your perfect night out worry-free, and rest assured that your kids are in the best possible care.