Looking for a great restaurant to spend a special evening with your significant other? We’ve compiled a listing of restaurants that have been suggested by our KZOOkids.com Facebook readers. We’ve tried to highlight the local favorites. We are so fortunate to have such a great selection of local restaurants in our area!
Let us know if you have a local favorite that is not on the list that we can add to our “Honorable Mention” category.
Top Ten Date Night Restaurants
Casa Bolero, 116 Portage St, Kalamazoo | 269-382-3148
Located in downtown Kalamazoo and offers a wide variety of Latin-Caribbean small plates. This particular restaurant is known for their fresh margaritas and tableside guacamole (highly recommended). Their dishes are fresh, colorful and full of flavor!
Zazios Italian Restaurant + Bar, 100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo | 269-384-2650
Who doesn’t love traditional Italian? They have a fun bar section offering an array of martini’s and specialty drinks as well. The chef’s table is a fun experience to learn more about how the foods are prepared and what regions they are from. It’s great to book with a group of friends.
Rustica, 236 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 269-492-0247
Specializes in rustic European cuisine. The food is a blend of many of the European countries, while still paying homage to locally sourced ingredients from the farms within Michigan. It’s a very cozy, small dining experience. They have a great wine selection.
Bold, 6915 W Q Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-375-8551
A large small plate selections, hand-cut steaks, and fresh seafood make this restaurant a local favorite. Great wine and cocktail selections, too.
Chin Chin, 52885 N Main St, Mattawan | 269-668-7667
A great Asian Bistro that offers a great menu and well-prepared items. A good selection asian food from curry, to pad thai, to fried rice, and many great entrees. KZOOkids.com reader tip : Be prepared to wait or get there early as the seating in this restaurant is limited.
Los Amigos, 3317 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo | 269-532-1170
A good authentic Mexican restaurant. With a large menu with different appetizers, entrees, and drinks, Los Amigos is a local favorite for those who like Mexican food at reasonable prices.
Central City Tap House, 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 269-492-0100
Located in the same building as Epic Bistro, the Central City Tap House offers a good bistro-bar menu from pizzas to sandwiches to salads and a large selection of brews on tap. Outside seating is also available which offers a great place to people watch on the Kalamazoo Mall.
Fieldstone Grill, 3970 W Centre Ave, Portage | 269-321-8480
Located in the heart of Portage. You will discover a lodge-like atmosphere with a fantastic view of protected wetlands….(be sure to request a window seat). The menu has something for everyone, with dishes ranging from curry seasoned crab cakes to classic comfort food.
The Union, 125 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo | 269-384-6756
This restaurant is unique in that it offers live concert style performances every Thursday-Sunday. The menu offers regional BBQ and southern inspired specialties. Dinner and entertainment combined!
Malia Mediterranean Bistro, 34 Michigan Ave, Battle Creek | 269-441-2900
Located in the heart of downtown Battle Creek, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gem. Open for lunch and dinner with a good menu that changes often.
Honorable Mentions Worth A Try
Have a great night out with your significant other!