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100 Unique Date Ideas Dallas has to offer!

We have tons of fun date ideas nearby, great for Valentine’s, anniversaries, date night ideas, or just a simple fun date idea with your loved one.

We are here to help you find them.

Our list includes fun date ideas Dallas has to offer: in parks, museums, adventurous, and the perfect romantic restaurants.

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Date Nights for the Romantics

Romance can come in many forms but if you’re looking for romance, dinner is a tradition, which you can combine with other couple activities.

Romantic and Candlelight Dinners

If you happen to have someone to babysit the kids, then find a restaurant that offers candlelight or a romantic dim light dinner and enjoy uninterrupted time with your loved one (ditch the cell phone, please).

Maybe even consider an overnight stay in a great downtown hotel, like the Virgin Hotel Dallas

We think these are the most romantic restaurants for Date Nights in Dallas and DFW.

The Mansion Restaurant is one of the most romantic restaurants for a Date night in Dallas, The Mansion restaurant which is tucked inside the iconic Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel has remained to captivate guests for more than 35 years.

Try Chef Dean Fearing’s splashy Southwestern destination with a celebrated bar in the luxe Ritz-Carlton at Fearing’s. It won’t disappoint your eyes and taste buds.

If you want a date night near me in Plano, Fleming’s a huge favorite and has a great romantic vibe.

Bullion French cuisine from a highly acclaimed chef, Bruno Davaillo will surely create an unforgettable dining experience with your loved ones.  This should be a date night must-try restaurant.

According to Food & Wine magazine, the French Room is Texas’ most romantic restaurant. It is a fine-dining spot which is located inside Dallas’ Adolphus Hotel. A favorite of Dallasites, it has recently been renovated and it will not disappoint you too. Go early, hungry, and enjoy some peace and a unique experience with your partner

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Must-try Restaurants for the Dallas Foodies

Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House  After opening its doors in 1993, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House was named one of the country’s top new restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine and is currently ranked as one of the Best Steak Houses in America.

Gemma D Magazine review by Eve Hill-Agnus: “The cooking at Gemma is sharp and focused; the execution splendid. I was impressed.

It’s nice to know there are places that quietly continue to confound the derivative and do something subtle and creative. We have a gem in Gemma.”

Bulla Gastrobar is the perfect place for Spanish tapas and cocktails. Go to Spain without leaving Plano!

Edoko Sushi and Robata  Excite your palate with a great selection from the robata bar, sushi bar, and kitchen. Plus, you can enjoy premium sake, Japanese beer, and handcrafted cocktails. It’s just one of the many great Sushi places nearby

The restaurant ambiance reflects a similar laid-back environment at Tulum. The menu is rustic and elegant with natural offerings.

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The Capital Grille is a fine-dining restaurant and steakhouse known for its dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and award-winning wine list.

Unique Date Ideas Dallas: Take a Gondola Ride 

No time to go to Venice? Well… check out Gondola Adventure in Las Colinas and cruise on Lake Carolyn and through the Mandalay canals.  Gondoliers sing or play romantic music while you have the most relaxing and romantic time with a choice of sparkling cider, water, or hot cocoa. You can also add on meal pairings.

Dress up fancy for the Dallas Opera House

Make it an extraordinary and unforgettable night, head out to the Dallas Opera House, and watch one of their most mesmerizing opera shows.

Pamper each other with a Couple’s Massage

The most famous place in Dallas is the Four Seasons Hotel but there are many local spas that could offer a couple’s massage, including Spavia Plano.

More: 12 of the Best Places to get a Massage around Plano

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Date Ideas Dallas: (Learn to) Dance 

Such a unique date night idea in Dallas: Dancing is one way for you to enjoy some romance and learn a new talent. Arthur Murray Dance Center (with locations around DFW) is a great place to look for dance classes.

There is no better way to have a fun night with your partner than to go to a bar or a club and dance the night away. It is about time to get those dancing shoes and has a fabulous time!

Learn Country & Western Dance! Head to Fort Worth, TX as there are multiple locations that offer dance lessons, including Billy Bob’s Texas.

For a loud night, head to Sambuca 360 Dine, drink and dance at Sambuca 360, located in the trendy Shops at Legacy in Plano. The rockin’ American grill will not only tempt you with utterly delicious food, it also serves up a variety of live music every night. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, high-energy bands, dynamic light shows, and gigantic video screens give you the right ambiance.

Guitars and Cadillacs is ideal if you’re in the mood for some country music. Guitars and Cadillacs is Dallas’ #1 Country Western Nightclub in the area.

Finally, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine enjoy some salsa on the weekends. When dinner ends, the party begins!

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Adventure and Experience Dates Ideas in Dallas

Outside Date Adventures: Date Ideas Dallas

Maybe you have been wanting to go skydiving but may be a bit scared too. iFly Skydiving is an indoor skydiving experience that will help give you and your partner wings in a safe, reliable environment.  

There are several water activities at White Rock Lake; you can rent kayaks or paddle boards and wait for the sunset.

Paddle Boarding at White Rock Lake Date Idea

Try something new and soar over Dallas skies with a Fly and Dine package. Delta Charlie Restaurant and Grill will take you to this unique experience with your sweetheart. They offer a dinner & flight package which includes a 3-course dinner for two PLUS a sightseeing tour over Dallas.

If you want more adventure then head out to 7 acres of Trinity Forest Adventure Park. It has aerial obstacle courses which include zip lines and it is designed for all fitness levels.

In cooler temperatures, Go APE in Plano, is the perfect place to be outdoors, in their ropes and adventures course in the canopy of trees at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

Experience the rush with your partner and enjoy a friendly race in Go-Karts at Kartland Performance Indoor Raceway or at Adventure Landing in North Dallas.


Enjoy any of the local Escape Rooms around Dallas

Solving puzzles, and riddles, and being trapped in a room for an hour with your loved one is one of those date activities that you can combine with a meal or drinks.

Get your rage out together at a local Rage Room

Secret Chambers and Smash n’Bash are both located in Fort Worth. They’ll let you destroy anything you want in the safety of a secured room (with protective clothing and equipment)


Best Date Ideas: Food and Drink Dates

We are spoilt with options for wine-tasting menus. Seasons 52 and Cru Food and Bar at the Shops at Legacy both have great decor, a stylish vibe and a Wine Menu and Cellar to keep you fueled the whole night long. Check out their specials on select weekdays for a fun day date idea.

Lone Star Wine Cellars is such a cozy and quaint place to hang out with your partner. They are located in the historic downtown McKinney, inside a former theater with a tasting room, and retail and they have live music every Thursday to Sunday with performances of some of the exceptional local artists.

The quintessential vibe of Sixty Vines is a great place to try out a new wine choice. Over 30 wines on their menu plus beers, YES… I am in!

Did you know that Total Wine and More stores host wine tastings, classes, and special events? this may be your next date night destination and is also on our list for double date ideas.

Mercy Wine Bar in Irving, TX has a great ambiance, a fantastic wine list, and an excellent food selection. They have live entertainment from Wednesday through Sunday featuring great local artists.

Uncork’d Wine Bar is close by in McKinney for a date night near me. Perfect for a ton of wine choices but also an unrivalled restaurant menu.

One of our best cute date ideas is to head North to Barn Hill Vineyards and experience country life with their Texas vineyard, horses, donkeys, split-rail fence, and rustic barn at your fairy-tale wedding or perhaps one of our popular live music events.

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Cooking Classes for Date Nights

Perfect for couples who love to cook or at least want to learn how to cook. Check when you book, if they offer BYOB so you can bring your own wine for the meal as well. Head to Central Market in Plano or Eataly in Dallas for couples’ cooking classes!

More: The Best Happy Hour Places near us


Artsy Date Night Ideas in Dallas

Texas Wine and Wood  An enjoyable place to release that creativity inside you. You can create your own rustic & shabby chic wood decor from scratch.

Painting with a Twist and Pipe and Palette You have probably gone with some friends here. But, why not make it a date night with your partner?  Sip wine or whatever drink you want and Paint.

How cool is that?!? They have over 800 designs to pick from, or you can bring your own. And, you don’t need any experience because an artist will guide you from start to finish.

Why not try a Plant Nite? It has the same concept as “sip and paint,” and instead of creating your painting,  you will create your terrarium. A gardener walks you step-by-step through building a table-top terrarium while you enjoy chatting and drinking your favorite wine or drink at local bars and restaurants.

Try a Pottery Class at Jump Into Art – a really cool concept for people who have been wanting to try making some pottery pieces.  And, they are located at the estate of the historic Davis-Hill House, what a perfect place to create and play!


Fun Date Night Ideas: Enjoy Live Music

Dress up for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a world-class orchestra performing in one of the world’s finest concert halls located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. It will be a night to remember. Closer to home, the Plano Symphony Orchestra is wonderful.

The place to be if you wanted to watch a great show, the American Airlines Center is not just for sports, but it is also a venue for big-name celebrity concerts. It is one of the busiest arenas in the world, so check out who’s coming to the city and grab your tickets for a memorable evening with your loved ones.

At the Sons of Herman Hall, you’ll find a neighborhood bar, an upstairs ballroom, and a former bowling alley. Catch the latest musical acts, join a weekly campfire jam, and even learn to swing dance, all at this historic Deep Ellum venue.

Did you want a chill night and a cozy place to hang out with your lovey? Head down to Twilight Lounge, a perfect location to chill and listen to some jazz music. Simple, classy, and romantic.

Closer to home, head to the Grandscape area in The Colony and enjoy Live Music at Lava Cantina. This is The Colony’s newest music venue which hosts some of local artists to some famous international acts.  Have dinner and watch a live show at Lava Cantina!

Head to Arlington to Texas Live!  YES, everything is BIG in Texas, and this one is no exception.  This is a massive complex that is new to Arlington’s thriving entertainment district.

Love and War in Texas has great Food and Live Music so expect Texas food, Texas beers, and Texas wines. The live music from Wednesday to Saturday is a good mix of rock, country, and blues.

Other places we love: Grenada Theater, which is a great place for live music and you can’t go wrong at House of Blues. Check out their concerts and events.

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Enjoy a night at Legacy Food Hall, a popular premium food hall, craft brewery, beer garden, and live entertainment destination – perfect for a Plano date night idea; Legacy Hall is a new hang-out location for locals in Legacy West, with 21 different food booths under one roof.

More: Legacy West offers some great date night restaurants and bars

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Museum and Art Date nights

Every third Friday of the month, you can enjoy a Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Arts. The DMA stays open late, until 11:00 p.m.

Home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, a date night at the Nasher Sculpture Museum is one place you can’t miss out on. Enjoy the beautiful indoor and outdoor galleries to discover the works by the greatest artists of our times, including those by Matisse, Picasso, and Giacometti. They are open until midnight every third Friday of the month.  

Have you been to the Perot Museum? Most likely yes, but have you heard of the social science nights? Well… it is about time to check it out. Social Science nights transform the Perot Museum into an adults-only hangout place.  You will experience complete innovative experiments, dynamic performances, engaging discussions, astonishing inventions, and pleasant interactions; all created with adults in mind.

Explore the galleries at the Dallas Design District. It is the perfect place for creative, inspiring, extraordinary, and innovative art. There are over 30 galleries around Dallas Design District, and you can choose 1 or a few for gallery-hopping in the Design District with your partner. We love the Dallas Contemporary, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, and Laura Rathe Fine Art

Head to Deep Ellum Galleries for some of the cool exhibits at some galleries at Deep Ellum and then have a drink at a nearby bar after.  

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Date Night ideas near me – Take in a Movie

Everyone loves a good movie, right? These movie theaters below will get your date night fix for sure.

The Studio Movie Grill, Moviehouse and Eatery, iPic Theaters (nearest one in Fairview) and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have several locations that you can check out. They serve food and drinks at your seats and some locations may have a fully stocked bar where you can grab a drink before your movie.

For a unique movie, we love the Angelika Film Center. If you are into indie & smart mainstream movies, this is your movie theater. There is one located at Shops at Legacy where you can have dinner at nearby restaurants and then watch a movie after.

Finally, don’t leave the car and enjoy an old-fashioned Coyote Drive-In Movie with food, drinks, and the stars!

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Attend a Ball Game

Watch the Mavs and Texas Stars at American Airlines Center, see the Cowboys play at AT&T Stadium.

Explore The Star in Frisco at Ford Center. The Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters at The Star in Frisco is a destination created to allow fans to connect with the team in ways they have never imagined.

The VIP Guided Tours will give Cowboys fans a chance to experience the place where the Dallas Cowboys train and work 355 days of the year.

Go to Dr. Pepper Ballpark to watch baseball; it is the home ballpark of the Frisco RoughRiders Minor League Baseball club, and it has consistently been ranked as one of the top venues in minor league baseball in the US.

Check out the ballpark at Globe Life Field in Arlington, home to the Texas Rangers.

Go see some Soccer at Toyota Stadium – FC Dallas. Have fun watching some soccer leagues at one of their luxury suites or club seating.


Dallas Date Ideas for the Fitness Couples

It’s easy and fun to get in a great couple of workouts while also spending time with the one you love!

Walk the Katy Trail. You can bike, walk, run, or even rollerblade on the 3.5-mile trail and after you finish your workout, get food and drink at Katy Trail Ice House.

You don’t need to be competitive to enjoy the game of golf. It is a great way to get some exercise at the same time talk. Try Top Golf for an alternative to a golf club.

Try Acro Yoga at Gaia Flow Yoga or Alive in Plano. It’s a healthy alternative to couples therapy. It helps develop your communication skills, strength, and stability with yourself and your partner.

Go Rock Climbing at the Summit Climbing, Yoga and Fitness  They have a Climbing 101 class that is an excellent way for beginners, the course starts with the climbing basics and gradually moves on to more advanced techniques.

Kickboxing is a fun way to break a sweat together and release some frustrations, Title Boxing Club may be able to help you and your partner.

Go Ice Skating  You don’t need to be good at it, but a little sweat and some laughter is a great way to spend time together and ice skating is always fun. Within the Galleria Mall, an indoor ice skating center is open all year round.

More: Ice Skating & Hockey in Dallas and Plano: The Best Places to Go

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Enjoy some Games, Trivia, Comedy, and Dinner Shows

The Holy Grail Pub hosts a trivia night every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m, it is FREE, and each player has a chance to win some $$ toward your next bar tab. Urban Rio in Downtown Plano is another place to try.

Schedule date night monthly at the Dallas Game Marathon.  A great place to play games, it has a growing games library of over 1,600+ board games that you can check out.

Playing chess can be romantic if you play at Klyde Warren Park.

Free Play Arcade in Richardson, Arlington, and Denton. Looking for something where you can eat and have drinks and play 80s video games, rather than modern-day virtual reality? Here you go, this is the place for you.

Check out some great comedy at the Plano House of Comedy, Addison Improv, or Hyena’s Comedy House. Who doesn’t want to laugh out loud?  We all do! So, taking your partner to a comedy club is the perfect place to go. Have some food, sip on a cocktail, watch the performances, and laugh out loud with your loved one by your side.

Try Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. Enjoy some food, some drinks, and sing along as two pianists battle it out.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show Dallas An exciting evening awaits you and your partner as you embark on this dinner show with suspense and paranoia. Have fun solving the mystery! “The culprit is hiding among you, and it’s your job to figure out whodunit!”

If you’re both into Karaoke, you’ll love The City Night KTV Bar and Cafe. It is more than just a karaoke place; it’s an all-around entertainment center. They have a karaoke place, a hot pot restaurant, and a spa and massage center.

Make it a KNIGHT of travel back into Medieval Times. Don’t expect the best food but the atmosphere and fun factor make it one of our favorite things to do in DFW this weekend.

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Some other Exciting Date Night (or Day Date) ideas

Dallas by Chocolate Tours. This is a fun tour of chocolate shops, chocolate makers and artisan chocolatiers. They also offer BBQ, taco & margarita tours, winery tours, a taste of the Bishop Arts District historical food tours, and other great choices.

Walk with a Llama with Shangrillama in Royse City, TX. Enjoy some fresh air on a scenic trail as you walk with fascinating and personality-packed llamas.

Head to the Canvas Hotel pool in Dallas where you can swim on the roof in their infinity pool and have access to their bar, cabanas and restaurant too.

Go high at the Reunion Tower to check out Dallas skyline views. Go up to see the sunset… it is beautiful up there!

The Grapevine Wine Tours is a great way to visit several wineries nearby, try some of the varieties and have some food, too.

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Are you wanting to plan a date night?

Here are some great ideas for drop-in daycares around town and some places that offer parent’s night out! Once you have a sitter, it’s a great time to find last-minute date ideas Dallas and choose one of these fun things to do in Dallas.

More: Things to do in Dallas This Weekend 20+ Things to Do for Kids Near Me: This Weekend

Gregg Elkin

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Hi there. I work at Reunion Tower and I appreciate you thinking of us for a cool Date Night! However, I wanted to let you and your readers know the restaurant at the tower is closed for renovations until some time in 2022. It will also no longer be a Wolfgang Puck property. I can keep you up to date when we have a new partner and when it will open. While the restaurant is closed, the tower's observation deck is open and we also have a number of events people can take participate in. Everyone is invited to check out reuniontower.com to learn more. Please let me know if you have any questions

Shane Foster

Friday 26th of March 2021

A Great addition to this list would be Fixation VR in Hurst. The largest VR arcade in Texas. Get a private room for you and your date where you can try out all of the latest VR experiences including lots of multi-player VR. You and your partner and do an escape room, save the world fighting zombies, robots or orcs. Visit the streets of Paris, Rome or Rio in anticipation of a future trip. BYOB friendly

Abbie

Friday 26th of March 2021

That’s great Shane! Thank you for letting us know about your business. We do have options for us to work together to promote you. Check out our site at planomoms.business

Norse_Viking_Warrior

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Rent a hotel room you have so many beautiful hotels around Dallas The Ritz Carlton, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Hilton Anatole, Hotel ZaZa, the NYLO. Many options here.