Tacoma does indeed have a romantic side—tucked into cute parts of downtown or located along the Waterfront, you will find great ideas for things to do in Tacoma for Valentine’s Day around every corner. No matter what your taste is, or whether you’re an advance planner or a last-minute scrambler, there are plenty of options for you and your sweetie to enjoy. And if Tacoma is ever just not enough, a half-hour drive north opens up all the many romantic Valentine’s Day options in Seattle.
Romantic Restaurants in Tacoma
While the idea of a romantic restaurant varies from couple to couple, there are some options where you just can’t go wrong. Top romantic restaurants in Tacoma include the intimate and delicious Indochine and Pacific Grill, both located on Pacific Avenue in downtown. El Gaucho and The Melting Pot are other popular downtown options, but Stanley and Seaforts, perched high above the city, is another excellent option. Any restaurant with a view lends itself well to romance, and there are many spots with beautiful water views in Tacoma.
If you want something a little quieter and not as expensive, perhaps look to the Proctor District in North Tacoma, which has options like Pomodoro Italian restaurant, Europa Bistro, and La Fondita. Or for something a little different, start your day with breakfast at one of Tacoma’s best breakfast spots.
Go to a Show
There are few better matches than dinner and a show. While not the cheapest option, pairing a performance at one of Tacoma’s theaters with a dinner downtown or on nearby 6th Avenue can be a sure way to win over a heart, or at least entertain your date for an evening. The Theater District is centered around 9th and Broadway and includes the Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, and Theater on the Square. Any given weekend, you can find musicals, dramas, and musical performances. The theaters themselves often offer package deals combining dinner and a show for a slightly better price.
Another option to get you out and about is taking a walking tour of downtown Tacoma. This can be a fine way to complement other Valentine’s Day activities if you both enjoy being outdoors or viewing public artwork. Sneak a kiss at the Bridge of Glass while you enjoy views of Tacoma, the Puget Sound, and Mt Rainier (as long as it’s not too cloudy).
Take in a Movie
You can always hit up a blockbuster at one of Tacoma’s many theaters. Lakewood Towne Center, 84th Street, and a plaza kiddy-corner from Tacoma Community college all feature your everyday theaters (84th Street has stadium seating). But if you want to enjoy a romantic atmosphere, look into more unique cinemas—Tacoma has two.
Blue Mouse Theater is located in the Proctor District in North Tacoma and usually has one movie per week at a pleasantly affordable rate (tickets are $5 as of 2011). Your other option is the Grand Cinema, near the Theater District. The Grand typically has avant garde and independent films for brainier sweeties.
Yes, it’s a bit cold out in February, but all the more reason to take a stroll along the water—you will likely be one of the only couples on this often-crowded walkway. If you get too chilly, duck into one of the restaurants located here. Choose from cheaper options like The RAM or Duke’s Chowder House, especially if a beer and a burger is your idea of romance, or hit up one of the seafood restaurants if you want to enjoy something a little more refined. Options include The Lobster Shop, C.I. Shenanigan’s, or Harbor Lights.