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 Date Night Restaurants


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.


Cove Lakeside Bistro, 9110 Portage Road | Portage, MI 49024 | (269)-350-5380

Waterfront dining right in Portage will make this one of your “go-to” favorites. They serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Plus, a good kid’s menu makes this a great place for a “family date night”.



Honorable Mentions Worth A Try


Bravo! Restuarant and Cafe

Latitude 42

Saffron Indian Cuisine

Fandango Tapas Bistro

Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing

Mangia Mangia

Crowe’s Nest

Cosmo’s Cucina

Great Lakes Shipping Company

Food Dance

Craftsman Chop Company

Bell’s Eccentric Cafe

Arcadia Brewing Company Kalamazoo

Webster’s Prime

Cafe 36′




Have a great night out with your significant other!