It’s that time of the year again! Romance is in the air, cards are all over stores, and chocolate boxes are beginning to sell out. Now is the time to start thinking about dinner reservations, fun activities to do, and the perfect gift. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening for two or a night out with friends, these are the top spots around town to ensure this Valentine’s Day is one to remember.
Forget flowers and jewelry… the real way to their heart is through their STOMACH! And we’ve got the scoop on where to get the best food in town.
Best Restaurants for Dinner Dates:
The Bygone- Dazzle your date with the BEST view in Baltimore from the rooftop of the Four Seasons in the heart of Harbor East. On the menu are specialty five course dishes for the occasion, including prime rib, delmonico steak, and signature sweet treats to round out your palate. We recommend trying one of their chocolate martinis, too!
200 International Drive | Baltimore, MD
The Stanford Grill- Serenade your date with one of the coziest atmospheres in Columbia. Enjoy the warmth of numerous fireplaces and a live jazz trio in the dining room.
8900 Stanford Boulevard | Columbia, MD
Rye Street Tavern- Try something new this year with Rye Street Tavern’s first Valentine’s Day menu, boasting 3 courses of signature items including fried green tomatoes, Maryland rockfish, dry-aged duck and of course, desserts.
225 E. Cromwell Street | Baltimore, MD
Citron- Stay local with this Pikesville gem! Enjoy 4 courses of specialty Valentine’s dishes including truffled cauliflower bisque, beet salad with goat cheese, lamb shank with a black currant demi-glaze and more!
2605 Quarry Lake Drive | Pikesville, MD
Pure Wine Cafe- Perfect for a ‘Galentine’s Day’ date with the girls. Enjoy the vintage nostalgia of Old Ellicott City while you sip wine and nibble on fresh, locally sourced small plates.
8210 Main Street | Ellicott City, MD
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The Charmery- Skip the cliche chocolate covered strawberries and treat yourself to something more filling (like ice cream) because calories don’t count on holidays! Try flavors such as “Pure Love” (chocolate, strawberry, and champagne sorbet) and “Broken Hearts” made with mashed up heart candies. New this year, try “Swipe Right” a Fireball whiskey inspired flavor just in time for Valentine’s Day.
801 W 36th Street | Baltimore, MD
Now that you’ve had the BEST Valentine’s dinner of your life, take things a step further with something different- a fun activity.
Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery- Step outside of the box with this not-so-romantic night of entertainment! Test your detective skills at this annual event in Historic Oakland, Columbia. You and your guest(s) will be immersed in a mystery where you’ll attempt to trade clues to solve the case before the happy couple’s wedding day is ruined. Purchase your tickets today. Til death do us part!
5430 Vantage Point Road | Columbia, MD
Paint & Sip- Head to a local paint and sip for a perfect Valentine’s activity to spend with friends. Many restaurants and bars are hosting paint nights this Valentine’s Day including: Spirits of Mt. Vernon. Check your local events for more spots!
900 N Charles Street | Baltimore, MD
Valentine’s Movie Night- Can’t find a babysitter? No worries! Merritt Clubs in Eldersburg is hosting a Family Movie Night on Saturday, February 15th from 5 – 8 pm. Float around the indoor pool as you view a classic love story… Lady and the Tramp, of course! (Registration required.)
1388 Progress Way | Eldersburg, MD
Couples Yoga at the Zoo- What better way than to connect with your partner than through a playful and relaxing yoga class at the Maryland zoo? This 60 minute class is welcome to all levels of experience and will take place on February 16th.
1 Safari Place | Baltimore, MD
A Night for Bluegrass Lovers- Charm City Bluegrass presents this Valentine’s show with the brightest star of bluegrass, mandolinist extraordinaire, Sierra Hull. Head over to Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue promptly after dinner cause Sierra hits at 8!
3134 Eastern Avenue | Baltimore, MD
See a Movie- Valentine’s Day is always a popular night for new hit movies to be released. This year, The Photograph is your best bet if you’re in the mood for a romance film. It’s an unexpected love story between a lonely woman and a rising-star journalist. However, if you want to get as far away as possible from all things romantic, then we recommend Fantasy Island, a horror film opening just in time for the most romantic day of the year. Or for a night in, check out these snuggle-worthy movies on netflix