by Jill Piwko and guest writer, Julie H




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 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!

Zazio’s100 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.

Rustica236 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 Chin52885 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. reader tip : Be prepared to wait or get there early as the seating in this restaurant is limited.

Los Amigos3317 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 House359 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.

Sushiya242 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-342-7340

  • A local favorite place to get fresh sushi in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo.

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.

Union Cabaret and Grill, 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!


Honorable Mentions Worth A Try


Latitude 42

Saffron Indian Cuisine

Epic Bistro


Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing

Mangia Mangia

Crowe’s Nest

Alamo Drafthouse

Cosmo’s Cucina

Great Lakes Shipping Company

Food Dance

Craftsman Chop Company

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo




Have a great night out with your significant other!




By | 2014-08-11T15:58:32+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Newly Published|1 Comment

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.

One Comment

  1. Samara P August 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    the top three are too expensive but would be great for a couples cooking class at like Zazios. I love to share a plate and money when I go on a date with my husband. Celebration theater now has a great food and drink menu that’s affordable ( delicious sweet potato fries as an alternative to popcorn). The Onion is great with live music as well as the wine loft. What’s better than dessert with a delicious dessert wine by candle light outside in downtown kzoo or inside with a romantic atmosphere. Sakura 2 is a great hidden gem in portage, they have a great sushi selection and hibachi grill. My Husband and I went to Sakura 2 for our first and second wedding anniversaries.

  2. Rinda August 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    We just tried Wild Ginger in Portage that was good!

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