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Date Night in Seattle: The Perfect Ideas for a Romantic Evening

Date Night in Seattle: The Perfect Ideas for a Romantic Evening

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If you’ve ever asked my opinion on where to go on a Seattle vacation, the Seattle Waterfront is always at the top of my list. I mean, I wrote a whole post about exploring Pier 57 with kids! So, it should come as no surprise that it’s also an unforgettable date night in Seattle!

I have always found this place to be one of the most romantic getaways in the U.S., and in this post, I’ll tell you all the reasons why.

Whether you’re visiting from out of town or you’re a Seattle local (like me!), there’s something alluring about watching ferries go in and out on the water while the downtown lights twinkle behind you.

It’s so magical and romantic that it’s no wonder Grey’s Anatomy always seems to feature it anytime they want to remind us the show is set in Seattle!

Date Night in Seattle: The Perfect Ideas for a Romantic Evening

Romantic Date Night in Seattle

For all my love of planning cool family vacations (like Walt Disney World, Kauai, LEGOLANDParis, etc) I’m just awful at planning date nights with my husband.

I’m so bad at it that I recently asked my friends for unique Seattle date ideas. Don’t worry, I included them in a post about my favorite romantic things to do in Seattle.

But I can’t believe I forgot to include the Seattle Waterfront!

Since it’s truly one of my favorite places to spend time with loved ones, I’ve decided to write a dedicated post declaring my love for Pier 57!

Miners Landing at Pier 57

For those of us who geek out about Seattle history, you’ll be interested to know that Miners Landing at Pier 57 played a part in the Klondike Gold Rush.

Date Night in Seattle:Miners Landing at Pier 57 in Seattle, WA features restaurants, shops, a carousel, and several top Seattle tourist attractions.
Miners Landing is located on Alaskan Way near the Seattle Aquarium. Photo credit: Darren Cheung

The first boat loaded with gold from Klondike docked right where Miners Landing now stands!

People dropped everything (including my own ancestors) and headed to Alaska to find their fortune. And that was the start of the Klondike Gold Rush!

Talk about a “rich” history!

Nowadays, Pier 57 is the home to waterfront dining, attractions, shops, and house-made ice cream and sourdough bread!

THE FISHERMAN’S RESTAURANT & BAR

If you are looking for a Seattle waterfront restaurant with a view, head to The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar.

It’s located at the foot of the Seattle Great Wheel and overlooks Elliott Bay.

We tried it for the first time this week, and the flavors blew us away! I can’t believe in all our years exploring the Seattle Waterfront, we’d never eaten here before.

Appetizers

Chef Nick brought us oyster shooters from their happy hour menu to kick off our night.

Try the oyster shooters off the happy hour menu at Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar for an awesome start to a date night in Seattle
We started with oyster shooters off their Happy Hour menu. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

One tasted exactly like a buffalo wing (which my husband loved!), and the other had a citrus base (which I loved!)

Then, we moved on to freshly shucked Treasure Cove oysters on the half shell.

Treasure Cove oysters are a great start to a romantic date night in Seattle!
These Treasure Cove oysters were so plump and juicy! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

They had a grapefruit mignonette, mustard caviar, and a grilled lime. My husband and I definitely enjoyed the bright flavors!

One of the standout appetizers was the goat cheese beet tartine.

The goat cheese beet tartine at Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar in Seattle is a standout appetizer, perfect for a romantic date night in Seattle.
Isn’t the goat cheese beet tartine pretty? Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

Neither my husband nor I have ever been a fan of beets, so we were hesitant about trying it. But it was so delicious!

Chef Nick prepared the beets in three ways. Their mild flavor worked perfectly with the goat cheese’s punch.

And we also got to try Fisherman’s classic clam chowder in a house-made sourdough bread bowl.

Date Night in Seattle: For the tastiest clam chowder in Seattle, head to Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar on Pier 57 on the Seattle waterfront.
This is officially my favorite clam chowder in Seattle! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This chowder was served with a slice of lemon, and my world is forever changed!

Even though I normally squeeze lemon on my seafood, I have never considered doing the same with chowder.

It was unbelievably delicious, and I can’t wait to enjoy this dish again!

Entrees

Even though we were starting to get full, we paced ourselves so we could try a few of their entrees.

The first one we tried was the braised tomato shrimp brodo with ricotta dumplings.

Date Night in Seattle: Braised tomato shrimp brodo and ricotta dumplings at Fishermans Restaurant and Bar in Seattle WA
Braised tomato shrimp brodo and ricotta dumplings. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The ricotta dumplings kind of tasted like gnocchi, and I couldn’t stop eating them!

And the shrimp had an amazing charred taste that my husband really liked.

Next up was the pinenut and walnut-crusted Pacific cod.

Date Night in Seattle: Pinenut and walnut crusted Pacific cod at Fishermans Restaurant and Bar in Seattle WA
Pinenut and walnut-crusted Pacific cod. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The crust was a bit too thick for us, and it wasn’t our favorite dish.

However, the sauce and those pickled plums were insanely tasty, and we would have eaten an entire bowl of just the plums!

The final entree we tried was their classically grilled steelhead with rice pilaf and Brussels sprouts.

Date Night in Seattle: Classically grilled steelhead with rice pilaf and brussels sprouts at Fishermans Restaurant and Bar in Seattle WA
Classically grilled steelhead with rice pilaf and Brussels sprouts. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This dish hit all the marks for us. I’m not usually not big on rice pilaf, but this one had a nice, bright flavor.

And the fish and Brussels sprouts were seasoned well!

Desserts

Finally, it was time to try some desserts! Dessert is my favorite part of dining out, so I was very excited!

The most interesting dessert was the vanilla braised pineapple with red velvet ice cream and red velvet cake crumble.

Date Night in Seattle: Vanilla braised pineapple with red velvet ice cream at Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar in Seattle, WA
Vanilla braised pineapple with red velvet ice cream and red velvet cake crumble. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The pineapple is actually semi-frozen and would be incredible on a stick in the summer! The vanilla pairs really nicely with the pineapple!

And the ice cream is made right on the pier! It’s very smooth and full of red velvety goodness!

Next, we tried their purple carrot cake.

Date Night in Seattle: Purple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting at Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar in Seattle, WA
Purple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

This one had an unexpected texture. It actually reminded me of gingerbread. The cake layers are dense and chewy, like bread.

And the topping is super fun and crunchy.

I really liked the purple carrot cake, and I thought it would be yummy with coffee as a brunch treat!

Finally, we saved the chocolate pot de creme with diced strawberries.

Date Night in Seattle: Chocolate pot de creme at Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar in Seattle, WA
Chocolate pot de creme. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The chocolate was thick and creamy, and the sea salt made this one of our favorite desserts!

And even though we were pretty stuffed, we ate the entire dish!

The service was outstanding, and we were lucky enough to chat with Chef Nick.

We could tell instantly that he’s very proud of the food at The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar and genuinely hopes everyone else enjoys it as well.

He has a nice balance of innovative creations, as well as classic seafood dishes, so there’s really something for everyone.

Date Night in Seattle: The Fisherman's Restaurant & Bar is one of the top Seattle seafood restaurants at Pier 57 on the iconic Seattle Waterfront.
This outdoor patio has one of the best views in Seattle! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

We’ll definitely be back to sit on their gorgeous patio this summer! And we’ll bring our friends!

Additional Pier 57 Dining Options

Another good option is The Crab Pot, where they dump seafood on your table, and you eat with your hands! It’s yummy but messy fun!

And the Salmon Cooker is awesome for easy takeout for a waterfront picnic.

THE SEATTLE GREAT WHEEL

In 2012, the Seattle Great Wheel forever changed the Seattle skyline. And for the better!

The Seattle Great Wheel is a fun Seattle date night spot and it has one of the most romantic Seattle views of the city. Perfect for a date night in Seattle.
We love seeing the light show from inside the Seattle Great Wheel! Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

I was so obsessed with this project that I spent my birthday riding it just days after it opened to the public.

We’ve been back several times with our kids and out-of-town guests, but this was the first time we went at night. We had clear skies, and the views of the city lit up were breathtaking!

The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the West Coast and can hold more than 300 passengers at any given time.

It’s covered in half a million LED lights, and they put on all kinds of light shows throughout the year.

Rides last 10-20 minutes, depending on how many people need to load/unload. Each ride is three full rotations.

The Seattle Great Wheel is such a smooth experience that it doesn’t even feel like a ride. It’s more like a slow elevator ride with an unbelievable view!

VIP Gondola

This was also the first time we rode in the VIP Gondola!

Date Night in Seattle: The VIP Gondola at the Seattle Great Wheel features 4 leather seats, a glass floor, and its own sound system.
The VIP Gondola was so fun because we got to listen to chill music while getting some of the best views of Seattle! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

There’s only one of them, and it has four leather seats, a sound system with awesome jams, and a glass floor for the ultimate Seattle Great Wheel experience!

WINGS OVER WASHINGTON

The first time I experienced Wings Over Washington, I did it with my oldest son, who loved every second of it!

Wings Over Washington is a top Seattle tourist attraction and a fun place for a date night in Seattle.
Wings Over Washington is one of the coolest experiences on the Seattle Waterfront! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

In fact, his commentary and reactions have forever made this one of our favorite Seattle memories!

But my husband had never done it, so I was super excited to see what he thought of this state-of-the-art immersive theater experience.

As you enter, you’ll sit in a holding area that is decorated in true Northwest design. It feels like you are in a happy log cabin.

Then, a park ranger will tell you a few humorous stories, and some totems will start moving, and you’ll hear a bit about safety.

If you’ve ever done Soarin’ at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, this ride is very similar.

There are two rows of seats with baskets underneath to store jackets and bags.

When the experience starts, the chairs are lifted up, and you’ll feel like you’re flying over some of the most beautiful spots in Western Washington.

There are even some smells and surprises thrown in to really heighten the entire experience.

My husband and I had goofy smiles plastered on our faces the whole time, which made us feel like we were on a special adventure!

Date Night in Seattle: The Perfect Ideas for a Romantic Evening

THE CAROUSEL, ICE CREAM + MORE

Miners Landing is a fun place to just walk around. A few stands serve ice cream made right on Pier 57.

There are also some shops that sell a mix of kitschy souvenirs and locally made Seattle products that you’ll actually want to keep or give to friends.

What I love about this vintage amusement park area at Miners Landing is that it feels completely tucked away from everything else on the Seattle Waterfront.

You’ll feel like you discovered a hidden gem!

There are a few cute games, buttered popcorn, cotton candy, and a giant gumball machine.

The lovely historic carousel plus house-made ice cream make a sweet end to a romantic date night in Seattle!

More Fun on the Seattle Waterfront

THE SEATTLE AQUARIUM

My husband and I actually had our second date here at the Seattle Aquarium. And we did our engagement photos here because we’re quirky like that!

It’s a really fun place to go in the late afternoon before dinner. The families have left for nap time, and you can take your time looking at the different exhibits while holding hands.

We like to joke that looking at the fish makes us hungry for a seafood dinner! Plus, it’s right on Puget Sound.

ARGOSY CRUISE

Another one of our favorite things to do is an Argosy Cruise. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner aboard one of their boats, and our guests still talked about how much fun they had!

There are a few different options around Seattle, like the Tillicum Excursion to Blake Island and the Saturday Wine Cruise around Lake Union.

But I’d suggest the one-hour harbor cruise around Elliott Bay. That gives you time to enjoy a cocktail and soak up the gorgeous Seattle scenery before heading to dinner.

How to Get to Miners Landing

My husband and I usually drive ourselves and park across the street in one of the parking lots or garages.

Another option is to take the ferry from West Seattle or one of the islands. You can walk on as pedestrians and then walk down the street to Miners Landing.

But Miners Landing is also easy to reach from Pike Place Market. It’s just below, and you can take the parking garage elevator all the way down to Alaskan Way.

SEATTLE WATERFRONT SHUTTLE

They tested out the Seattle Waterfront Shuttle a few years ago for what was supposed to be a limited run.

It was such a wild success that it’s now running every summer.

What I love about this shuttle bus is that it makes stops at many of the top Seattle attractions and popular intersections.

That means you can stay almost anywhere downtown and have an easy ride to and from the Waterfront. Perfect for enjoying a few glasses of wine without worrying about driving.

Oh, and it’s FREE!

Romantic Seattle Hotels

And if you really want to go all out and make it a romantic Seattle weekend getaway, stay at one of these incredible Seattle hotels:

THE EDGEWATER

The Edgewater is one of the most epic Seattle Waterfront hotels. This is where The Beatles infamously fished out of their hotel room window.

But it’s also a romantic hotel with cozy gas fireplaces, a fantastic restaurant, and unsurpassed views of Elliott Bay. Check the latest rates and availability.

THE FAIRMONT OLYMPIC

One of my personal favorites for a romantic getaway is the iconic Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

Their rooms are recently renovated and feature rainfall showers, plus they have an on-site spa, several restaurants, and some of the best customer service in the business!

It’s an easy walk to Pike Place Market, the Seattle Waterfront, the 5th Avenue Theater, and tons of shops and restaurants. Check the latest rates and availability.

THE FOUR SEASONS

For a splurge, head to the Four Seasons Hotel. Its marble bathrooms have soaking tubs, separate rainfall showers, and TV screens in the mirrors!

Plus, they feature an infinity pool, a spa, and an Ethan Stowell restaurant. Check the latest rates and availability.

Date Ideas in Seattle FAQs

What are some unique date ideas in Seattle that are not the typical tourist attractions?

If you want a few more ideas, consider these Seattle date ideas:

  • Take a glassblowing class together at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio.
  • Visit the Ballard Locks and watch the boats go through the locks.
  • Explore the many food trucks at the Fremont Sunday Market and sample local cuisine.
  • Visit the Theo Chocolate factory and take a chocolate-making class.
  • Enjoy a romantic picnic at Gas Works Park and take in the stunning views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline.
  • Take a ghost tour of Pioneer Square and learn about the spooky history of Seattle.

What are the most affordable date ideas in Seattle?

You can still do romance on a budget! Take advantage of the Seattle Art Museum’s free admission days (first Thursday of the month). You can also visit Pike Place Market and watch the famous fish-throwing show for free. Or take a stroll through the Seattle Arboretum and enjoy the beautiful gardens and scenery.

What are the best rainy day date ideas in Seattle?

As a Seattle local, let me tell you that most of my Seattle date nights have happened in the rain.

A few of my top recommendations include exploring the Museum of Pop Culture and learning about music, sci-fi, and pop culture. Or Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and admire the colorful glass art. Or do both since they are located at Seattle Center.

You could also go indoor skydiving at iFly Seattle and experience the thrill of skydiving without leaving the ground. Or go on a brewery tour and sample local craft beer.

What are some romantic dinner spots in Seattle for a date night?

If you’re looking for the most upscale fine dining, head to Canlis to enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline. The Pink Door is a hidden Italian restaurant with live entertainment and a romantic atmosphere. And our personal favorite is Spinasse, a Northern Italian restaurant with homemade pasta.

What are some day trip ideas from Seattle for a romantic getaway?

We really like taking the ferry from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island to explore the charming towns and eat yummy seafood (they are known for their mussels). Mount Rainier National Park is another great option, especially when you can check out the wildflowers on a hike. I also suggest visiting the majestic Snoqualmie Falls and enjoying the views, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks.

Date Night in Seattle Wrap-Up

I hope this inspires you to plan your next date night! These are a few of the most romantic date ideas in Seattle that are sure to impress! These are great for a first date or for couples looking for new date ideas.

Thanks to Miners Landing at Pier 57 for hosting us on this date night in Seattle. All opinions are my own.

Looking for more Seattle posts? Find out the most romantic getaways from Seattle, winter weekend getaways, kid-friendly Seattle hotels, and my review of Alderbrook Resort & Spa!

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Garrett Vargas

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Wow, those are some great looking dishes, and great ideas for a fun date night! In addition to several of the attractions on the waterfront, Seattle also has a lot of great local classes and workshop activities which can be a fun getaway before or after dinner. Seattle is home to the largest glass-blowing industry in the country, has several restaurants and kitchens that offer cooking classes, and many other fun in-person learning opportunities that can make for a unique date night experience.

marciecheung

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

For sure! I've done the glassblowing near the Space Needle and it was so much fun!

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