Calling all hopeless romantics! Valentine's Day is so close right now that you can almost taste the chocolate and champagne. Our carefully curated selection of romantic spots around Toronto will help you find the perfect way to spend Valentine's Day with your S/O. Whether you're looking for a fun activity to do together or need to know the most intimate restaurants for a romantic evening, our list has you covered.
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Thursday which isn't ideal for an all-out date night, especially if both of you have work and school commitments. The last thing I want to do on Valentine's Day is power through the last few hours of work, rush home to get ready and arrive for a date totally flustered. If you can, convince your sweetheart to make Valentine's Day plans on the weekend. You'll have more of an opportunity to spend time together and it will be much easier to get a reservation!
What makes a place "romantic"? It's really in the eye of the beholder, so to speak, but I think that classics French restaurants with brick walls and warm lighting and unique coffee shops are super romantic. Plus, any opportunity to make memories with your S/O or even share your hobbies together makes a perfect romantic evening.
Here are the 12 most romantic places to go in Toronto with your Valentine!
This chic restaurant is perfect for foodie couples. They carefully select locally sourced ingredients to create their artful dishes. You'll love the look of this place, too! It's perfectly cozy and intimate.
Ripley's Aquarium is hosting their amazing Valentine's Dinner Under The Sea again this year and it's probably the ultimate dinner to romance your bae! You can dine in their 'underwater-like' tunnel and enjoy a 3-course meal complete with a bar, live music, and photos to make sure you remember this night forever.
This restaurant ticks every box, making it the go-to place for a romantic meal. It serves gorgeously plated Italian cuisine in a retro-chic nook that's sure to impress your Valentine. Don't forget to wrap up your meal with indulgent Italian cheeses and desserts!
For the casual Valentine's Day couple, this coffee shop is a sweet choice. Hidden inside an old home, their book wall is super Instagrammable! This is a great choice if you'd like to do something special but not fussy for Valentine's Day together.
Treat your Valentine to a spa day like no other at Scandinave. This date idea is perfect if you don't love the idea of eating at a restaurant for Valentine's Day yet again and you want something more original for you and your sweetheart. Plus, it's just as relaxing and indulgent as eating out and you don't have to tip the servers!
Few things are as romantic as French food. This bistro is basically made for Valentine's Day dinners and romantic evenings. Their impressive menu will make for an unforgettable meal with your date. They have plenty of French classics, from steak frites to beef tartare, but they also have updated offerings like coq au vin poutine and a "Frenchy burger"!
If you and your S/O love splitting dessert, then going on a pastry tour is going to be the best romantic activity ever! This tour takes you through Greektown in Toronto to sample delicious and unique Greek pastries. This would be perfect for the weekend before or after Valentine's Day to spread out the romance.
If you feel like you want to get away from the city for Valentine's, you can try coming to this restaurant instead. It's like a rustic oasis built from old cottages from the 1860's complete with all the cozy trappings like fireplaces. It's a pretty splashy place to take your date but it's perfect if you've been saving up to spoil yourselves on Valentine's Day.
The minimalist and refined dining room at Dandylion is almost as breathtaking as their menu. If your date isn't totally into Valentine's Day as much as you are, then this is a great place to go since it's not so over-the-top with its romantic charm, it's much more subtle!
An old-fashioned night of ice skating is a low-key way to have a romantic evening together. Find an ice rink in the city that sets the right tone for your Valentine's Day and lace up!
Grey Gardens is the place to go if your dream date definitely includes a good bottle of wine. They have an impressive wine list, a separate wine bar and they serve small bites or full meals depending on your mood. This is one of the classiest ways to wine and cheese with your Valentine!
Enjoying a staycation with your S/O is always a recipe for romance. There's a lot of excitement that goes into choosing a spot, packing your bags and discovering your new temporary home. Airbnbs are ideal since they're affordable, but you could also go to a hotel or old-school bed and breakfast for the same effect.
This French-style brasserie is inside the Four Seasons, so you know it's going to be a classy occasion! Expect filling, stick-to-your-ribs French cuisine that will fill your stomach as much as your Valentine fills your heart with joy.